Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Viseart Bridal Satin (03) Eyeshadow Palette
Viseart Bridal Satin (03) Eyeshadow Palette

Viseart Bridal Satin (03) Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00 for 0.84 oz.) contains twelve shimmery shades ranging from buttery yellow to violet to satiny black. You know you’re onto something when the lower scoring product is a B+ and its the lone B+ at that. The formula on these is incredibly buttery, dense, and richly pigmented, which made them easy to apply to bare lids and get long, extended wear (nine to ten hours). The ingredient list on this palette is actually quite different than the other two shimmery palettes I bought this year (I got this one last year), and I wonder if that accounts for the creamier, smoother texture of this palette, whereas Paris Nudes was a little softer and more powdery (to a small degree), as this felt noticeably different in texture, though performance was more comparable.

Champagne is a lightly brightened, light-medium buttery yellow gold with a frosted finish. There’s enough white in the base to give it more of a butter yellow coloring, but the strong sheen and warmer undertones make it appear golden, too. It was intensely pigmented with a rich, dense, and buttery texture that blended beautifully on the skin. It wore well for ten hours without fading or creasing. Disney by Sephora Sand in the Glass (LE, ) is less shimmery. MAC Lily White (2014) (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. MAC In the Meadow #2 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever D416 Crystalline Yellow (P, $21.00) is lighter. Anastasia Legend (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige (P, $21.00) is darker. Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Unlocked (P, ) is lighter. Guerlain Petrouchka #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Fresh Blade (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop High Tide (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Milani Bella Chiffon (28) (P, $4.49) is lighter. Milani Bella Chiffon (28) (P, $4.49) is lighter. Milani Bella Chiffon (28) (P, $4.49) is lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sterling is a bright, silvery white with a metallic sheen. It had nice pigmentation that went on smoothly and evenly as the texture was soft, lightly creamy, and blendable. It didn’t have any fading even after ten hours of wear. MAC White as Snow (LE, $32.50) is darker. Urban Decay Crystal (LE, $18.00) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Lovely #1 (P, ) is darker. Disney by Sephora Your Voice (LE, ) is less shimmery. Sleek MakeUP Pretty in Paris (LE, $9.99) is darker. Sleek MakeUP Pretty in Paris (LE, $9.99) is darker. Make Up For Ever D118 Platinum (P, $21.00) is darker. theBalm #34 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever D200 Crystalline Mauve Turquoise (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever D124 Crystalline White (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever ME202 Iceberg Blue (P, $21.00) is brighter. MAC Treasure Me (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Nimbus Cloude (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. Chanel Mysterio (102) (P, $36.00) is darker. Clarins Garden Escape #1 (LE, ) is more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Peony is a brightened, light-medium pink with subtle, warmer undertones and a very frosted, slightly metallic finish. It had really good color payoff, but the texture was a smidgen thick that it was easily over-applied, so use less than you think when initially using it. Once on, it stayed in place and looked immaculate ten hours later. Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #2 (P, ) is warmer. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #5 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Chanel Impulsion (93) (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. Milani Bella Pink (13) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery, lighter. Chanel Tisse Rhapsodie #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Milani Bella Rose (29) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery, darker. Rouge Bunny Rouge Capricious Nightingale (P, $19.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Blue Diamond is a brightened, bluish-white with a hint of silver in its frosted sheen. It had good color coverage with a blendable, creamy consistency that adhered well to bare skin. It wore well for ten hours on me. Sephora Collection Sweet Dreams (17) (P, $13.00) is warmer. Disney by Sephora Glass Slipper (LE, ) is more muted. theBalm #34 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery. Maybelline Hydrangea Hype (135) (LE, $6.99) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Orange Topaz is a brightened, light-medium orange with warm undertones and a frosted, lightly metallic sheen. The color payoff was fully opaque, while the texture felt soft, smooth, buttery, and blended like a dream. It was still going strong after ten hours of wear. Urban Decay Moonflower (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. LORAC Apricot (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Sun Tweaked (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Apricot (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Chanel Tisse Vendome #3 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. NARS St-Paul-de-Vence (Left) (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery. Anastasia Fresh Peach (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Velvet is a medium, taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a really dense, buttery texture that felt almost like a cream. It adhered exceptionally well to the skin and lasted for ten hours (and still no fading!). Urban Decay Derailed (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Mushroom (P, $18.00) is darker. bareMinerals Cheers (V2) (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever I550 Olive Gray (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever ME554 Gunmetal (P, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Cinder (Left) (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #2 (LE, ) is warmer. MAC Force of Nature #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer. Makeup Geek Mesmerized (P, $9.99) is darker. Too Faced Rum Raisin (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Tarte Steel the Scene (LE, ) is less shimmery. Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #3 (P, ) is lighter. Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #3 (P, ) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Violet is a brightened, medium purple with cool undertones and a frosted sheen. It had great color coverage that applied really smoothly and evenly with a soft, blendable consistency. The color lasted for ten hours on me before fading. Urban Decay Omen (P, $18.00) is lighter. Illamasqua Trance (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Fyrinnae Parental Advisory (DC, $8.25) is less shimmery, darker. Maybelline Potent Purple (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, more muted. Urban Decay Betrayal (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Sexy PB&J (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever D926 Blueberry (P, $21.00) is warmer. Colour Pop Dare (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Ardency Inn Royal (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Caitlin Rose (P, $9.99) is darker, more muted, cooler. Urban Decay Flash (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sapphire is a dusty, subdued, medium-dark blue with a hint of gray and a pearly sheen. It had decent pigmentation but was the weakest shade in the palette with a slightly powdery texture. It lasted for eight and a half hours before fading. Urban Decay Occupy (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker. theBalm Matt Horowitz (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Nautica (P, $5.99) is darker, cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Cobalt Rush #2 (P, ) is darker, cooler. Divergent Erudite Sapphire (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Ocean Breeze (P, $5.99) is darker, warmer. Chanel Tisse Riviera #1 (P, ) is lighter. Make Up For Ever I112 Chrome (P, $21.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Moonshadow (P, $18.00) is brighter, cooler. MAC Heavy, Black and Pendulous (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker. theBalm Pipeline (LE, $16.00) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Cashmere is a slightly muted, light-medium yellow gold with warm, gold and brown undertones and a frosted sheen. The color payoff was fully opaque, while the powder felt soft and smooth with good density. It lasted for ten hours on me. Viseart Camille (P, ) is more muted, cooler. Buxom Gold Status (P, $12.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #2 (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Colour Pop Snakebite (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter. LORAC Unlimited (P, ) is lighter, brighter. Tarte Dare to Be Gold (LE, ) is lighter. Colour Pop Amaze (P, $5.00) is lighter. Tarte No Champagne, No Gain (LE, ) is lighter, more muted. LORAC Copper (LE, ) is less shimmery. Tarte Up to No Gold (LE, ) is lighter. Stila Vitality (P, ) is lighter. Make Up For Ever I662 Amber Brown (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #2 (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter. Too Faced Honey Honey (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer. MAC Her Cocoa #1 (LE, $16.00) is warmer. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Copper is a softened, medium-dark brown with warm, orange undertones and a frosted sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a soft, buttery, and blendable consistency that nearly applied itself. This shade was still going strong after ten hours of wear. MAC Eclair (LE, $18.50) is darker. Urban Decay Lost (P, $18.00) is darker. CoverGirl Scorching Cocoa (355) (P, $4.99) is less shimmery. Illamasqua Dart (P, ) is warmer. MAC Divine Decadence (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $16.00) is darker. Clarins The Essentials #9 (LE, ) is darker, warmer. Anastasia Truffle (LE, $12.00) is darker, warmer. LORAC Mocha (P, ) is lighter. Too Faced Cote d’Azur (P, $16.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever ME612 Silver Brown (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever I606 Pinky Earth (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. LORAC Maroon (LE, ) is darker. Laura Mercier Crystal Beige (LE, $23.00) is lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Prune is a medium-dark, plummy purple with warm, pink undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff with a fairly soft and smooth texture that lasted for almost ten hours on me. Makeup Geek Masquerade (P, $9.99) is lighter, warmer. Urban Decay Backfire (P, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Frizzyplum (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Vanity (LE, $18.00) is darker. theBalm Surfari (LE, $16.00) is cooler. Urban Decay Remix (LE, $18.00) is darker, more muted. Dior Constellation (864) #4 (LE, ) is darker, cooler. MAC Violet Impact (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Dior Lilas Mitzah (176) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, cooler. NARS Caravaggio #2 (P, $24.00) is darker, more muted, warmer. MAC Highly Charged (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, cooler. Urban Decay Psychedelic Sister (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Grape (LE, $32.50) is darker. Buxom Schnauzer (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Overlook (P, $14.00) is warmer. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Tuxedo is a medium-dark, satiny black with subtle,w arm undertones. It had decent pigmentation, but the texture was a little drier, though it blended quite readily (which was a surprise). It wore well for nine hours. Make Up For Ever S102 Onyx (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. YSL Fetiche #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery. NARS Sycorax (P, $29.00) is less shimmery. Ulta Night Sky (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC A Waft of Grey #4 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. MAC Dark Dare (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. LORAC Caviar (LE, ) is less shimmery. LORAC Onyx (LE, ) is less shimmery. Rouge Bunny Rouge Volcano Fairy Wren (P, $19.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Rêve d’Orient #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Lancome My French #9 (LE, ) is cooler. Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Viseart Charbon (P, ) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Viseart Dark Matte (04) Eyeshadow Palette
Viseart Dark Matte (04) Eyeshadow Palette

Viseart Dark Matte (04) Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00 for 0.84 oz.) is a mix of darker, more satin to matte shades that range from brown to blue to plum. There were a few eyeshadows that were just average, while there were a few that were exceptionally lovely to work with. The eyeshadows that I had trouble with were workable, even on bare skin, and typically the less pigmented shades were buildable in practice. I was still a little disappointed to see issues in the palette, though, at this price point. The palette can be used to create looks using just the contents, but it does work better when paired with Viseart’s other palettes to bring in more light and mid-tone shades (which is how the palette system is designed to be used).

Dark Matte #1 is a lightly brightened, medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. The color payoff was rich, while the texture was silky and extremely easily blended out on the skin. It wore well for nine hours on me. MAC Uninterrupted (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter. Make Up For Ever S638 Mocha (P, $21.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Yes Please (P, ) is cooler. MAC Terre (Right) (LE, ) is warmer. MAC Clove (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Truffled (P, $16.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Preppy (P, $5.99) is lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Cocoa Brown (LE, ) is lighter, more muted. Sephora + Pantone Universe Carob Brown (LE, ) is lighter. LORAC Undeniable (P, ) is lighter. Hourglass Atmosphere #3 (P, ) is lighter. Hourglass Infinity #4 (P, ) is less shimmery. MAC Mumu (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Givenchy Delicate #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Mumu (LE, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #2 is a muted, medium-dark taupe brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had so-so pigmentation with a drier, powdery consistency that gave it a more faded appearance. It started to show signs of actual fading after seven and a half hours of wear. Make Up For Ever M558 Dark Taupe (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, cooler. Make Up For Ever M630 Sweet Chestnut (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer. Stila Being (P, ) is warmer. Tarte Eiffel for You (LE, ) is darker. LORAC Brown (LE, ) is lighter. Urban Decay Dare (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery. Tarte Dreamer (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Cocoa Brown (LE, ) is warmer. MAC Aromatic (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Unedited (P, ) is darker. Tarte Sweet Tea (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. Becca Ombre Nudes #4 (P, ) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #7 (LE, ) is lighter. Too Faced Cashmere Bunny (P, $16.00) is lighter. Buxom Big Spender (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #3 is a muted, medium-dark red-toned brown with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that ran a little powdery but didn’t look that way applied. It lasted for eight hours on me. MAC Soft Brown (P, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Beautyburst (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted. MAC Brown Script (P, $16.00) is darker. Viseart Dark Matte #4 (P, ) is cooler. Guerlain Turandot #3 (LE, ) is darker, cooler. Viseart Dark Matte #4 (P, ) is darker, warmer. Colour Pop Hot Tamale (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Hot Chocolate (LE, ) is darker. Colour Pop Mittens (P, $5.00) is darker. NARS Dolomites (Right) (LE, $24.00) is darker. MAC Amorous Alloy (P, $20.00) is more shimmery. Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear (P, $5.99) is darker. NARS Naiade (P, ) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #4 is a muted, medium brown with warm, orange undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque coverage that applied with smooth, even color and blended beautifully on the skin. It showed signs of fading after nine hours of wear. MAC Exposed (LE, $16.00) is darker. Guerlain Les Fauves #2 (LE, ) is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild To Muse and Carouse #2 (LE, $2.29) is lighter. theBalm C4 (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear (P, $5.99) is darker. Sisley Paris Toffee (7) (P, $47.00) is more shimmery. MAC Amorous Alloy (P, $20.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever S602 Cinnamon (P, $21.00) is lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Chutney (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Hot Chocolate (LE, ) is darker. Viseart Dark Matte #3 (P, ) is cooler. Buxom Filthy Rich (P, $12.00) is lighter. Zoeva Freshly Toasted (P, ) is darker. Viseart Dark Matte #3 (P, ) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #5 is a muted, medium-dark plum with warm, red undertones and a mostly matte finish. The texture felt a little soft and dry, so it had some powderiness to it, but it wasn’t too difficult to apply or blend on the skin. It wore well for eight and a half hours. Chanel Delicatesse #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery. MAC Deep Damson (P, $16.00) is darker. Laura Mercier Kir Royal (P, $22.00) is darker. Chanel Quadrille #1 (LE, ) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Stallion (LE, $9.99) is darker, cooler. MAC Sketch (P, $16.00) is darker, more muted. Viseart Dark Matte #6 (P, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #6 is a muted, medium-dark eggplant purple with subtle, warmer reddish tones and a semi-matte finish. The texture on this shade was a little firmer and drier, which showed in its application (fussy and harder to blend) and color payoff (semi-opaque). It lasted for eight and a half hours, though. bareMinerals Nightcap (P, ) is darker, brighter. MAC Palace Pedigreed (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #6 (LE, ) is more shimmery. MAC Hyperviolet (LE, $18.00) is darker. Kat Von D Fur Elise (P, ) is darker. Too Faced Charming (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Tarina Tarantino Deep Dahlia (LE, ) is darker. Kat Von D Hybrid Moments (P, ) is cooler. Tarte Plums Up (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Fabulous Three #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Chanel Pulsion (112) (P, $29.50) is darker, more muted. Sleek MakeUP Stallion (LE, $9.99) is darker. Colour Pop Doe-a-Deer (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler. Tarte Boudoir Noir (LE, ) is darker. Hourglass Exposure #2 (P, ) is darker. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #7 is a brightened, light-medium orange with warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly as the texture was silky and blendable. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Illamasqua Vulgar (P, ) is brighter. MAC Rule (P, $16.00) is darker. Disney by Sephora Rajah (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever M726 Sienna (P, $21.00) is lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild A Regular at the Factory #3 (LE, $2.29) is brighter. Ardency Inn Tangerine (P, $21.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Chickadee (P, $5.99) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #8 is a brightened, medium-dark orange with hints of rusty red and a satin finish. It had fantastic pigmentation with a silky, smooth, and blendable texture. The color lasted for nine hours before fading. Kat Von D Cleopatra (P, ) is darker. Buxom It Crowd (P, $12.00) is darker, brighter. Kat Von D Mandala (LE, ) is darker, brighter. Viseart Brique (P, ) is more muted. MAC Body Conscious (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Hot Paprika (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #9 is a muted, medium-dark purple with strong blue tones and a mostly matte finish. It had a silky texture that ran a little powdery, so it was prone to sheering out on the skin. On me, the color lasted for eight and a half hours before fading. Giorgio Armani #02 (P, $32.00) is brighter. bareMinerals Starry Night (LE, $14.00) is better quality. MAC Indigo Blend #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Too Faced De La Mer (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m His Breezey #3 (P, $2.29) is lighter. bareMinerals Maven (LE, ) is darker. Laura Mercier Deep Night (P, $23.00) is more muted, cooler. Wet ‘n’ Wild I Don’t Do Camouflage #2 (LE, $2.29) is lighter. MAC Naval (LE, $16.00) is lighter. NARS Kamchatka (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Graphology (DC, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Indian Ink (P, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Exotic Purple (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Cle de Peau Cosmic Aura #4 (P, ) is lighter. Tarte Le Cordon Bleu (LE, ) is brighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #10 is a deepened, muted navy blue with a satin finish. It was intensely pigmented with a slightly firmer consistency, but luckily, this just made it apply more intensely while still maintaining its blendability on the skin. It lasted for ten hours and left a slight stain behind, so you might want to use a primer with this one to avoid that. bareMinerals Lagoon (LE, $14.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Heroine (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. Giorgio Armani Minuit (02) (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever S226 Abyssal Blue (P, $21.00) is warmer. Too Faced De La Mer (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, more muted. Chanel Metamorphose (44) #4 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. MAC Prussian (P, $16.00) is warmer. Inglot #332 (P, $6.00) is lighter. Inglot #389 (P, $6.00) is darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #11 is a muted, medium-dark cool-toned green with a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff that was fairly buildable on the skin, and it blended without too much trouble, but it was on the powdery side. It started to fade after nine hours of wear. Giorgio Armani Emeraude (04) (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Green Room (LE, $16.00) is brighter, cooler. Giorgio Armani Iridescent Jade (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. bareMinerals Velvet Emerald (LE, $14.00) is lighter. MAC Bottle Green (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #12 is a slightly muted, medium-dark olive green with warm, khaki undertones and a semi-matte finish (there’s a slight sheen). It had excellent color payoff with a soft, smooth consistency that blended out easily and wore well for nine hours. Makeup Geek High Tea (P, $5.99) is darker. NARS Shade III (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Marsh (LE, $16.00) is lighter. theBalm Lead Zeppelin (P, $16.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Dirty Martini (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, darker. theBalm D4 (LE, $16.00) is darker. Clarins Forest #1 (LE, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Smashbox #SHAPEMATTERS Palette
Smashbox #SHAPEMATTERS Palette

Smashbox #SHAPEMATTERS Palette ($65.00 for 1.06 oz.) includes a brow wax, two brow powders, four face powders, nine eyeshadows, and a double-ended brush. The palette is neutral-to-warm in tone overall, with the contour powder leaning neutral, almost cool in tone. All of the products in the palette had fairly soft, finely-milled textures that were blendable and easy enough to use. The eyeshadows can be a little powdery to work with when applying without a primer for the powder to adhere to, so that would be my bit of advice when working with them: use a primer, though they are workable on bare skin. The more matte highlight shade may look chalky on medium and darker skin tones, and the more shimmery highlight powder has a strong white base and can be stark when not buffed out.

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Taupe is a light-medium taupe brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency, but it may be a little too soft for brows (though works nicely as an eyeshadow). It wore for eight hours. Smashbox Soft Brown (P, ) is darker. Viseart Café (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. Too Faced Nudie (P, $16.00) is lighter, more muted. Make Up For Ever M540 Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is darker. Too Faced Cashmere Bunny (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Kat Von D Vanish (P, ) is lighter. Divergent Radiant Initiation (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Charcoal Brown (P, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Soft Brown is a medium-dark taupe brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had very nice pigmentation with a smooth, silky texture that blended well on the skin. This one wasn’t too soft or too firm. It wore well for eight hours before fading. MAC Charcoal Brown (P, $16.00) is lighter. Smashbox Taupe (P, ) is darker. Viseart Dark Matte #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. Viseart Café (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Viseart Tabac (P, ) is darker, cooler. Too Faced Cashmere Bunny (P, $16.00) is lighter. Tarte Taupe of the World (LE, ) is more shimmery. Laura Mercier Stone Taupe (LE, $23.00) is darker, cooler. Anastasia Warm Taupe (P, $12.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever M558 Dark Taupe (P, $21.00) is cooler. Dior Mirage (761) (P, $30.00) is lighter, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Contour is a medium-dark taupe brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque coverage that was buildable from semi-sheer to semi-opaque and more blendable in practice than it seemed swatched. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Kat Von D Sombre (P, ) is lighter. Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P, ) is warmer. LORAC Light Contour (P, ) is more shimmery. NYX Taupe (P, $5.00) is cooler. MAC Taupe (LE, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Bronze is a medium brown with soft, warmer yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good pigmentation with smooth texture that was slightly firmer in the pan, and I found it a little more difficult to blend out than most of the powders in this palette. It lasted for eight hours on me. MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is warmer. MAC Aphrodite’s Shell (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $65.00) is darker. Benefit Hoola (P, $28.00) is warmer. MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is lighter. Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights (P, $48.00) is warmer. Colour Pop Skinny Dip (P, $8.00) is lighter. MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is lighter, warmer. Colour Pop Bon Voyage (P, $8.00) is lighter, warmer. Kat Von D Shadowplay (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Highlight is a light yellow with a semi-matte finish–a very subtle sheen that gets lost on my normal-to-dry skin but may be more apparent on those with normal-to-oily skin types. The texture of this one is silky and smooth but excessively powdery to work with, so a little goes a long way and it is better to build up the color slowly. It started to fade after seven hours of wear. LORAC Yellow Highlight (P, ) is darker. Kat Von D Lyric (P, ) is darker, brighter. Dolce and Gabbana Eva (P, $51.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Glow is a muted, buttery gold with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff, but it was soft enough to be a little powdery and I felt like the shimmer came away from the powder (the two weren’t binding well), so more shimmer is pronounced on the skin compared to the underlying color–which is better for medium and darker skin tones. The shimmer didn’t emphasize pores for me, and the highlighter lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Tarte Champagne (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Vanilla is a light beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage with a soft, lightly powdery texture that lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Wet ‘n’ Wild Naked Truth #2 (P, $2.29) is warmer. Urban Decay Anonymous (LE, $18.00) is lighter. LORAC Nude #1 (LE, ) is cooler. Urban Decay Righteous (LE, $18.00) is lighter, brighter. theBalm #24 (P, $6.50) is warmer. Dior Sundeck #1 (LE, ) is cooler. Too Faced Heaven (P, $16.00) is cooler. Too Faced Dream On (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Zoeva Bitter Start (P, ) is lighter. Too Faced Rock Candy (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #1 (P, ) is brighter, warmer. Tarte Compassionate (LE, ) is lighter. Kat Von D Damned (LE, ) is more shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #4 (P, ) is lighter. Too Faced Coconut Crème (P, $16.00) is lighter, cooler. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Totally Nude is a muted, medium pink with a hint of beige and warm undertones paired with a matte finish. The texture was slightly powdery but very silky in feel, while it had good pigmentation that adhered fairly well to the skin. It showed signs of fading after seven and a half hours of wear. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (3) (P, $23.00) is darker. Laura Mercier Cashmere (P, $23.00) is darker. bareMinerals Velvet Mauve (P, $14.00) is darker. Chanel Rose de Mai (P, $29.50) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Laced (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler. Inglot #359 (P, $6.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Champagne is a brightened pop of gold with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a metallic sheen. It’s a light-medium, orange-leaning gold with a frosted, metallic sheen. The texture was soft, silky, and a smidgen powdery to work with on bare skin, as it sheered out a little, but it blended well. The color wore for eight hours before fading. Dior Contraste Horizon #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Buxom Gold Status (P, $12.00) is darker. MAC Natural Vigor #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Kitties (P, $16.00) is lighter. Too Faced Nutmeg (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler. Ardency Inn Sunday (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Too Faced Honey Pot (LE, $16.00) is darker. Tarte Golden Locket (LE, ) is darker, cooler. Divergent Golden Honesty (LE, ) is darker. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is darker. Stila Vitality (P, ) is darker. Dior Night Golds #4 (LE, ) is darker. bareMinerals Surreal (P, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Stripped is a soft, medium orange with warm, yellow undertones and a pearly sheen. It had mostly opaque coverage with a silky, smooth texture that applied well to the skin. It faded after seven and a half hours, but it was easy to work with. bareMinerals Tres Chic (P, ) is lighter. bareMinerals Nirvana (P, ) is more shimmery. Buxom Famous Flirt (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #5 (P, ) is lighter, more muted. Kat Von D Ludwin (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Kat Von D Geek (LE, ) is darker. bareMinerals Shhh… (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Posh is a medium, rosy pink with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It’s a muted, medium pink with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had a soft, smooth consistency that applied well to bare skin and wore for eight hours. MAC After Dusk (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Rose Light (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Scratch (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. Maybelline Inked in Pink (P, $6.99) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #12 (P, $9.99) is cooler. bareMinerals Page Six (P, ) is lighter. Inglot #399 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker. Chanel Abstraction (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Platinum is a light-medium, golden pewter with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a fairly soft, smooth texture that was easy to work with on the lid. On me, the color wore for eight hours before fading. Viseart Jeu de Paume (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Anastasia Beigely (LE, $12.00) is lighter. Colour Pop I Heart This (P, $5.00) is more shimmery. Kat Von D Delaney (P, ) is darker. Kat Von D Telepathy (P, ) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sumatra is a dark brown with subtle, warmer undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a fairly soft, smooth texture that took a little extra effort to blend but lasted for eight hours. MAC Brown Down (P, $16.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Sytry (P, ) is warmer. Buxom Big Spender (P, $12.00) is lighter. Too Faced Sexpresso (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Becca Ombre Nudes #5 (P, ) is darker, warmer. MAC Ground Brown (P, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Chocolate Cake (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Tarte Eiffel for You (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. Tarte Dreamer (LE, ) is warmer. Hourglass Obscura #2 (P, ) is lighter. LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, ) is darker. Too Faced Knockout (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Make Up For Ever M626 Neutral Brown (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Shadow Box (P, ) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Aubergine is a blackened plum-purple with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. This was the hardest shade to work with, as it was a little stiffer and had trouble adhering as well to bare skin as some of the other shades. It lasted for eight hours before fading, though. MAC Black Plum (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Tarte Bombshell (LE, ) is brighter. Tarte My Own Cotes de Rhone (LE, ) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Rich Chocolate (LE, $22.00) is warmer. theBalm #27 (P, $6.50) is lighter, more muted. MAC Dynamic Duo 4 #2 (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler. MAC Spellcaster (LE, $16.00) is lighter. theBalm Matt Batali (LE, $16.00) is darker. bareMinerals Ensemble (LE, ) is more muted. MAC Shadowy Lady (P, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Blackout is a deep black with neutral undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wore well for eight hours. Milani Pitch Black (P, $5.99) is more shimmery. Sugarpill Bulletproof (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Carbon (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Panther (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. bareMinerals Black Leather (LE, $14.00) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek Corrupt (P, $5.99) is less shimmery. Guerlain Crazy Paris #6 (LE, ) is cooler. Wet ‘n’ Wild Three’s a Party #3 (LE, $2.29) is cooler. Urban Decay Crave (P, $18.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Blackout (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. theBalm Righteous (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Kat Von D Shax (P, ) is lighter. Kat Von D Killing Moon (LE, ) is . Anastasia Noir (P, $12.00) is less shimmery. Colour Pop Roulette (P, $5.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow

Last week, there were four new shades of Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) added to the line-up. If you’re unfamiliar with the formula, it’s supposed to be an ultra-sparkly eyeshadow that “feels like a cream but goes on like a powder.” It can be used wet or dry (and it is recommended to use it wet for “intense color payout”), and Urban Decay recommends using fingertips for application, though I have used flat, synthetic brushes myself (my fingertips are far too large!). The effect of these is really pretty on the lid if you like your bit o’ sparkle, and I thought these four felt particularly smooth compared to past shades in the range. Dark Force was the most troublesome of the four; it tended to sheer out a lot on the lid when applied and creased quickly (within six hours), but the other shades stayed more intact, and those other three shades had almost no fall out.

Urban Decay Shockwave Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as “deep berry with pink and blue 3-D sparkle.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy purple with warm, copper-brown undertones and lighter purple and copper sparkle. It had semi-opaque coverage applied dry with more of the warmer base color coming through, while damp application yielded more intense sparkle and a stronger leaning towards the purple end of the spectrum. On bare lids, it lasted for seven hours before creasing but had almost no fall out. MAC Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop (LE, $21.00) is lighter, less pigmented. Urban Decay Last Call (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Interstellar Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as an “antique gold with pink and gold 3-D sparkle.” It’s a lightly brightened, light-medium yellow gold with warmer gold and rosy pink sparkle over a metallic finish. It had semi-opaque coverage applied dry with a much more amplified, metallic finish and opaque coverage when applied damp. It wore well for eight hours before creasing and had almost no fall out. Buxom Gold Status (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. Tom Ford Beauty Naked Bronze (Eye Color) (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #2 (LE, ) is darker. Urban Decay Disco (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek Magic Act (P, $9.99) is less shimmery. Dior Golden Shock #3 (LE, ) is darker. Tarte No Champagne, No Gain (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Ardency Inn Sunday (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Stila Vitality (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Sleek MakeUP Gold Souk (LE, $9.99) is warmer. Dior Golden Snow #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is less shimmery. Lancome Eternal Gold (P, $24.50) is less shimmery. Dior Fairy Golds #2 (LE, ) is lighter. Chanel Vision (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Vortex Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “smoky black with green shift and gold 3-D sparkle.” It’s a medium-dark, olive green set over a warmer, bronzy-brown base with lighter green and gold shimmer. This one seemed the smoothest and had the least amount of sparkle, even though it had a lot of sheen. It was semi-sheer when applied dry, and it was fully opaque when applied damp. It wore well for eight hours before fading and had almost no fall out. LORAC Clover (LE, ) is lighter. Giorgio Armani Green Iron (06) (P, $38.00) is warmer. NARS Gabon (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker. Hourglass Color Field #4 (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Cle de Peau Stardust #4 (P, ) is darker. Colour Pop Hammered (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #3 (P, ) is lighter. MAC Sea Worship (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer, less pigmented, brighter. MAC Greenluxe #4 (P, ) is darker. Urban Decay Zodiac (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Dark Force Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “taupe-brown with gold and iridescent 3-D sparkle.” It’s a medium, rosy brown with warm undertones and lavender and gold sparkle. This shade was the most sparkly of the four, and it was the problem-child! The texture was noticeably sparkly where the sparkle lifted away from the base color, so it had a lot of fall out during application and tended to sheer out and leave traces of sparkle with minimal color on the skin. It lasted for six hours before creasing and had some fall out. Colour Pop Nillionaire (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Don’t Tell (P, $16.00) is cooler, lower quality. Colour Pop 3 (Three) (P, $5.00) is less shimmery. Colour Pop So Quiche (P, $5.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Diamond Dog (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Friday, June 19th, 2015

LORAC PRO Metal Palette
LORAC PRO Metal Palette

LORAC PRO Metal Palette ($28.00 for 0.144 oz.) includes eight eyeshadows with all but one being very shimmery (Onyx is more of a satin). If you’re a big fan of shimmer, frost, or metallic finishes, you may enjoy this. The quality is there, and none of the shades were difficult to use, even on bare skin. They’re soft, pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing; they are less powdery compared to some of LORAC’s eyeshadows but seem in line with their more shimmery/metallic shades (like Unzipped and Unzipped Gold). The only downside is that all of the shades are dupable, so you may have several similar shades already in your stash.

For pricing, the LORAC PRO palette retails for $42 and contains 0.32 oz. worth of eyeshadow (but also comes with a travel-sized eye primer, so it’s not as easily compared). Ignoring the primer, the eyeshadows cost $131.25/oz. in the full PRO palette, and this palette is $194.44/oz. The eyeshadows appear to be the same physical size as the ones in the full 16-shade PRO Palettes, even though these are 0.018 oz. each and the PRO palette lists each shade as 0.02 oz.

Quartz is a brightened, white gold with warm, buttery yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was soft, dense, and buttery, but it’s a shade that could easily thicken on the lid so use less than you think you need, as it is very pigmented and stretches quite a bit. The color wore well for eight and a half hours on me before creasing. Too Faced Snowflakes (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Nylon (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Opal (LE, ) is less shimmery. Chanel Rêve d’Orient #2 (LE, ) is darker. LORAC Cashmere (LE, ) is darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Shifting Sand (LE, ) is darker. LORAC Unlocked (P, ) is darker. Guerlain Les Precieux #3 (LE, ) is darker. MAC Fresh Blade (LE, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Rose Gold is a medium, muted copper with hints of rose and brown and a metallic sheen. It had great color payoff with a really soft, smooth consistency that was easily blended on the skin. The eyeshadow lasted for almost nine hours before fading. MAC Tan (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, cooler. bareMinerals Tan Lines (LE, ) is darker. LORAC Unbelievable (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Unattainable (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Sleek MakeUP Scheherazade’s Tale (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever I538 Pearly Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Colour Pop La-La (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. Laura Mercier Rosegold (P, $24.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever ME612 Silver Brown (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Laura Mercier Rosegold (P, $24.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Amaze (P, $5.00) is warmer. Hourglass Exposure #3 (P, ) is lighter. Buxom Bold Bling (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer. Viseart Camille (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Rouge Bunny Rouge Angelic Cockatiels (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Graphite is a dark, taupe brown with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted finish. It had intense pigmentation that applied beautifully to the skin with really smooth, even coverage that wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing slightly. Sleek MakeUP Lust in LA (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Deeper (LE, $18.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Silver Dawn (P, $20.00) is cooler. bareMinerals Embellish (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Pretty It Up (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #2 (P, ) is less shimmery. Buxom Haute Couture (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Bracken (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Guerlain Les Precieux #4 (LE, ) is lighter. Urban Decay Reign (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, cooler. MAC Collective Chic #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Moondust (P, $5.99) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #09 (P, $32.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Onyx is a medium-dark black with neutral undertones and a matte finish paired with subtle, silver sparkle. The sparkle doesn’t bind well with the underlying color, so it looks and functions primarily as a matte black eyeshadow. It had good pigmentation with a soft, silky texture that was a little powdery but blended well on the skin. It wore well for eight hours on me. Kat Von D Oddfellow (LE, ) is less shimmery. LORAC Indigo (LE, ) is less shimmery. LORAC Caviar (LE, ) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Black Star (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Raven (LE, $5.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #2 (P, ) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #2 (P, ) is darker. Milani Bella Black (12) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery. Viseart Charbon (P, ) is less shimmery. bareMinerals Penthouse (LE, ) is darker. MAC Dark Soul (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. MAC Dark Dare (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Tisse Riviera #4 (P, ) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Gilded is a light-medium, yellow gold with a metallic sheen. It had good color coverage with a soft, blendable consistency that was a smidgen powdery. The eyeshadow was easy to work with and blended nicely on the skin, and the color started to show signs of creasing after eight and a half hours of wear. Inglot #403 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, brighter. Chanel Blazing Gold (LE, $29.50) is less shimmery, darker. bareMinerals Remix (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is darker. Lancome Eternal Gold (P, $24.50) is darker. L’Oreal Gold Imperial (LE, $7.99) is darker, cooler. MAC Dreammaker (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted. theBalm D1 (LE, $16.00) is brighter, cooler. MAC Captivating #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. MAC Golden Hours #3 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. MAC Until Dawn #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, brighter. Divergent Golden Honesty (LE, ) is darker. Kat Von D Brass Knuckles (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler. Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige (P, $21.00) is lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Amber is a medium, copper with warm, orange undertones and a metallic sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a soft, creamy texture that adhered well to the skin and blended out with ease. On me, the color started to crease after eight and a half hours of wear. This is one of the most dupable shades, so there are plenty to choose from. bareMinerals Louder (LE, ) is darker. Urban Decay Half Baked (P, $18.00) is more shimmery. theBalm Manic Maribel (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #10 (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker. Too Faced Honey Honey (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #7 (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #3 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Nude #2 (LE, ) is warmer. Make Up For Ever ME700 Amber (P, $21.00) is lighter. Tarte Candlelit Dinner (LE, ) is darker. Ardency Inn Copper (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Too Faced Caramel (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Too Faced Bon Bon #2 (P, $16.00) is darker, more muted, warmer. Sephora + Pantone Universe Butterum (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Unleashed (P, ) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Clover is a muted, medium-dark olive green with warm, golden undertones and a frosted sheen. It had great color payoff with a soft, buttery, dense texture that applied evenly and smoothly to the skin. On me, it wore well for nine hours before creasing. theBalm Kawabunga (LE, $16.00) is darker. bareMinerals Flicker (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer. Urban Decay Mildew (P, $18.00) is darker. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 (LE, ) is darker. Inglot #419 (P, $6.00) is darker, more muted. Sephora + Pantone Universe Kelp (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Hourglass Color Field #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Giorgio Armani Green Iron (06) (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Mirage (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Gucci Beauty Mosaic (P, $37.00) is lighter, brighter. Milani Bella Khaki (17) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery, darker. Gucci Beauty Fumé (Left) (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Jester (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Cobalt is a brightened, medium-dark navy blue with a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff with a slightly thinner, drier texture compared to the other shades, though I didn’t notice issues working with it in practice. The color lasted for eight hours on me before fading. Buxom Backstage Pass (P, $12.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Etiquette (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Center Stage (P, $9.99) is darker, cooler. Kat Von D Estrella (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Moonshadow (P, $18.00) is more muted. Make Up For Ever D222 Night Blue (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever I218 Indigo Blue (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. Kat Von D Entombed (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Tonight’s Temptation #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Evidence (P, $18.00) is darker, more muted. MAC Love Cycle #2 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Urban Decay Wende's Contraband Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Wende’s Contraband Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Wende’s Contraband Eyeshadow Palette ($34.00 for 0.21 oz.) includes six eyeshadows and one travel-sized eyeliner. The eyeshadows are 0.03 oz. each, whereas a full-sized Urban Decay eyeshadow is 0.05 oz. Four of the six shades are part of the permanent range, while the other two (Reign and Tornado) have been released previously so there are no truly new shades here. The formula is different from their regular range, and then different from both last year’s Shadow Box and Vice3/Vice LTD palettes. The press is firmer on all six shades, and it is only a detriment to one (Flash), while one other shade has a dryness to it that made it a pain to work with without a base (Tornado). The palette seems unnecessarily large, probably to accommodate the eyeliner, but it could be a lot slimmer and smaller and contain the eyeshadows still.

Of course, I’m not sure how many long-time Urban Decay collectors need another Smog or Zero eyeliner, so this palette seems more suited for those who haven’t yet added these shades to their stash. If you prefer a mix of finishes, you’ll want to skip this, as it is very heavy on the shimmer. Also worth noting, Trick lacked all of the sparkle and micro-glitter as the one found in Naked3, while Tornado is comparable in color to its Shadow box (2014) appearance but warmer and significantly less intense than its original iteration (Wizard of Oz).

Trick is described as a “light metallic pinky-copper shimmer with tonal micro-sparkle.” It’s a medium, copper orange with warm undertones and a frosted, golden sheen. It was missing all of the sparkle and micro-glitter that is readily apparent in its iteration found in my Naked3 palette, and it seemed a little warmer overall. The texture was firmer than the usual Urban Decay eyeshadow but very smooth and blendable. It wore well for eight hours before creasing. Make Up For Ever D712 Creme Brulee (P, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever D708 Pinky Copper (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever D708 Pinky Copper (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Sequin (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker. Viseart Melonie (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, less glossy, darker. Chanel Laurier Rose (127) (LE, $34.00) is darker. YSL Steamy Coral (05) (P, $30.00) is more shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Haze (LE, $42.00) is darker, warmer. Colour Pop La-La (LE, $5.00) is darker. Urban Decay Dive (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, warmer, cooler, lighter. Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is darker, more muted. Makeup Geek Roulette (P, $5.99) is more shimmery, more muted, lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #2 (LE, ) is darker, warmer. LORAC Nude #5 (LE, ) is lighter, more muted. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Smog is described as a “deep coppery bronze shimmer.” It’s a dark brown with warm, copper undertones and a metallic gold sheen. It had intense color payoff with a really soft, smooth texture that was easy to work with and blended well on the skin. The color started to crease after eight hours of wear. MAC Woodwinked (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Cognac (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Venetian Tarnish (LE, ) is darker. Too Faced Buttered Rum (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Deeper (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. Dior Sundeck #4 (LE, ) is lighter. Colour Pop Eve (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever D640 Golden Snake (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Hello Kitty Chocolate Chip (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. Hello Kitty Chocolate Chip (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. Colour Pop Blaze (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. Charlotte Tilbury Bette (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Zoeva Subtle Blend (P, ) is darker, cooler. Gucci Beauty Oxydus (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, darker. Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Reign is described as a “rich brown satin.” It’s a dark brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had nice pigmentation that applied smoothly and evenly without trouble. The texture had a firmer press compared to the usual Urban Decay formula, but it seemed very smooth, though not as dense or as creamy. It lasted for eight hours before creasing. Inglot #402 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #3 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Pewter (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Tarte Bastille in the Night (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. YSL Saharienne #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Burberry Gold #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. NARS Ursa Major (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery. Charlotte Tilbury Mona Lisa (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker. Viseart Grand-Palais (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Dream Girl #8 (LE, ) is darker. Urban Decay Radar (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Havana (P, $20.00) is warmer. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, more pigmented, more shimmery. Colour Pop Mooning (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #6 (P, ) is less shimmery. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Deep End is described as a “bright teal.” It’s a brightened, blue-leaning teal with a frosted sheen. It had nice color payoff with a firmer, but smooth and blendable, consistency that adhered well to bare skin. It wore well for eight hours before creasing slightly. Disney by Sephora Caspian Sea (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Coconut (P, $5.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Midnight Sea (Eye Color) (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever I238 Blue Cedar (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #5 (P, ) is less shimmery. Gucci Beauty Iconic Ottanio (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Too Faced Too Glam (LE, $16.00) is cooler. Make Up For Ever I-20 (P, $21.00) is darker. Urban Decay Fringe (P, ) is darker. theBalm #23 (P, $6.50) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Ozma (LE, ) is . theBalm Open to Offers Olwen (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented, less shimmery. Too Faced Sequin (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, cooler. Maybelline Never Fade Jade (P, $6.99) is lighter, cooler. Urban Decay Junkie (LE, $18.00) is darker, cooler. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Flash is described as a “bright iridescent purple.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium-dark violet with cooler undertones and a soft, frosted finish. The texture was firm as well, but it was thinner and stiffer to work with, and the resulting color payoff was semi-opaque. It required some layering and packing on the lid, and it is more suitable to be used over a primer. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading. The color is weaker and softer than past iterations of Flash. Urban Decay Hoodoo (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted. Anastasia Iridescent Purple (P, $12.00) is darker, more muted. Viseart Violet (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler. Sugarpill Strangeling (P, $13.00) is more shimmery, cooler. Makeup Geek Caitlin Rose (P, $9.99) is lighter, warmer. Hello Kitty Happy (LE, ) is lighter, brighter, cooler. Too Faced Live It Up (LE, $16.00) is cooler. Urban Decay Omen (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter. theBalm #33 (P, $6.50) is lighter, cooler. MAC Sexy PB&J (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Highly Charged (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Milani Bella Violet (14) (P, $4.49) is darker, brighter. Illamasqua Charm (P, ) is darker, cooler. Urban Decay Urban (P, ) is lighter. Inglot #441 (P, $6.00) is darker, brighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Tornado is described as a “vibrant deep purple shimmer.” It’s a deepened purple with warm, plum undertones and a frosted finish. The texture was drier and dusty to work with, so it didn’t adhere evenly to the skin and tended to look faded as you worked with it (blending the edges and whatnot). The color had noticeably faded after seven hours of wear. Illamasqua Queen of the Night (LE, ) is darker, warmer. Make Up For Ever I834 Grape (P, $21.00) is warmer. NARS Phoebe (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer. Makeup Geek Drama Queen (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Urban Decay Uncut (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Backfire (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Sephora Collection Seahorse (115) (LE, $13.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Vanity (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Milani Bella Purple (15) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery, lighter. theBalm Surfari (LE, $16.00) is brighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever D926 Blueberry (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Plumluxe #4 (P, ) is darker. Chanel Tisse Cambon #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, brighter. Urban Decay Freakshow (DC, $18.00) is lighter. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur #3 (LE, ) is lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Wende's Contraband Palette

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9/10

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