Friday, July 24th, 2015

Kat Von D Thunderstruck Metal Crush Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Thunderstruck Metal Crush Eyeshadow

Kat Von D Thunderstruck Metal Crush Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “metallic pearl.” It’s a brightened, white gold beige with warmer undertones and a very subtle pink tinge to it. It had more of a pearly sheen than an overtly metallic one. It had good color coverage with a very soft, finely-milled texture that was dense and buttery while still wearing for eight and a half hours on me. NARS Andromeda (P, $29.00) is brighter. Make Up For Ever I414 Yellow Ivory (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter. theBalm High Tide (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever I514 Pink Ivory (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $20.00) is darker. MAC Satin Ochre (Left) (LE, ) is darker. Chanel Poesie #2 (LE, ) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #1 (LE, ) is cooler. Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #1 (LE, ) is darker, more muted. Colour Pop Girly (P, $5.00) is less shimmery. Colour Pop Girly (P, $5.00) is less shimmery. Buxom Satin Seduction (P, $12.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Kat Von D Thrasher Metal Crush Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “metallic gold.” It’s a brightened, rich molten gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a really creamy, buttery, and dense texture that blended out beautifully without losing any of its intensity. The texture has a really cream-like feel to it, but it was still easy to work with and didn’t thicken up on the lid. On me, it wore for nine hours before creasing. Too Faced Instigator (LE, $16.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #5 (P, ) is lighter, brighter. NARS Iskandar (P, $25.00) is darker. Too Faced Twinkle (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted. Makeup Geek Liquid Gold (P, $6.99) is darker. Anastasia Metallic (P, $12.00) is darker, more muted. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #3 (P, ) is darker. Makeup Geek Fortune Teller (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter. Buxom 24KT Stilettos (P, $12.00) is lighter, more muted. MAC Old Gold (P, $21.00) is darker. Sephora Collection Girls Night Out (03) (P, $13.00) is darker. Sugarpill Goldilux (P, $13.00) is darker. See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

Kat Von D Synergy Metal Crush Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “metallic bronze.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a soft, gray-ish tinge–it’s almost a taupe brown, but it leans a little too bronze to really be a taupe in my eyes. The texture was soft, blendable, and a little less dense compared to some of the other shades, but it still applied really evenly and smoothly to bare lids, though it has a little fall out during application if you aren’t careful. It started to crease after eight and a half hours of wear. LORAC Mocha (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Too Faced Amaretto (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Clarins The Essentials #9 (LE, ) is warmer. Makeup Geek Night Life (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, cooler. Make Up For Ever ME612 Silver Brown (P, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is warmer. Too Faced Tiger’s Eye (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Laura Mercier Burnished Rose (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. NYX Bedroom Eyes (P, $6.00) is more shimmery. Viseart Copper (P, ) is cooler. Cle de Peau Satin Moon #2 (P, ) is lighter. Tarte Pretty (LE, ) is less shimmery. Anastasia Gilded (LE, $12.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Depeche (LE, ) is lighter. Kat Von D Nephilim (LE, ) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Kat Von D Raw Power Metal Crush Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as an “iridescent intense garnet.” It’s a medium-dark, reddish-burgundy wtih warm, orange undertones and a frosted sheen. The texture was very dense and thicker, and it made it prone to almost over-applying color–it looks like it is almost “powdery” in the swatch, but it’s really how it thickens. It is very pigmented, and I’d highly recommend applying with less pressure than you think to ensure a smooth, opaque result. It wore well for nine hours before fading. Le Metier de Beaute Fire Lily (P, $30.00) is more shimmery. MAC Cranberry (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Gash (DC, $18.00) is less shimmery. MAC Crimson Tryst (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #2 (P, $9.99) is brighter. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #8 (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter. Zoeva Warm Notes (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #3 (LE, ) is lighter. Makeup Geek Showtime (P, $9.99) is darker. Colour Pop Drift (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery. MAC It’s Not Easy Having a Good Time (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever I824 Ocher Pink (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Makeup Geek Enchanted (P, $6.99) is darker, cooler. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Kat Von D Danzig Metal Crush Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “pearlescent violet.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark violet purple with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff with a fairly soft, smooth consistency that was just a smidgen firm in the pan compared to other shades, so it didn’t have the same buttery feel–smooth but just not as dense. The color translated well on the skin with the same intensity and blended out well. On me, it wore for eight hours before fading. It is one of the better purple eyeshadows on the market, and a cool-toned one at that. Inglot #439 (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer. Disney by Sephora Sea Witch (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. Fyrinnae Parental Advisory (DC, $8.25) is brighter. Disney by Sephora Snarfblat (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. Sleek MakeUP Bliss in Barcelona (LE, $9.99) is darker. Makeup Geek Pop Culture (P, $5.99) is lighter. Milani Primary #4 (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. Urban Decay Ransom (DC, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Pink Union #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Caitlin Rose (P, $9.99) is lighter. Sugarpill Strangeling (P, $13.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Too Faced Sugared Violet #2 (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted. Buxom Posh Purple (P, $12.00) is more muted. Hello Kitty Supercute (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted. Anastasia Iridescent Purple (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer, lower quality. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is supposed to have “maximum pigment and extreme wear” with a “creamy and lustrous” finish available in eleven shades (though only ten are online at the moment). The texture of the majority of the shades is very soft, dense, thick, and creamy; they feel more like a hybrid of cream and powder than your typical powder. All ten shades were quite pigmented when pressed into the skin with a flat or firm brush (MAC 242), and while almost all of the shades applied well with your regular eyeshadow brush (like MAC’s 239), one shade didn’t work as well (Raw Power) as it was more sparkly and didn’t bind together as well. The formula was long-wearing on me with wear ranging from eight to nine hours. I found the texture comparable to Make Up For Ever Diamond/Metallic finish eyeshadows, though these are larger (0.10 oz. vs. 0.08 oz.)

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Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Kat Von D Electric Warrior Metal Crush Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Electric Warrior Metal Crush Eyeshadow

FORMULA SUMMARY | Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is supposed to have “maximum pigment and extreme wear” with a “creamy and lustrous” finish available in eleven shades (though only ten are online at the moment). The texture of the majority of the shades is very soft, dense, thick, and creamy; they feel more like a hybrid of cream and powder than your typical powder. All ten shades were quite pigmented when pressed into the skin with a flat or firm brush (MAC 242), and while almost all of the shades applied well with your regular eyeshadow brush (like MAC’s 239), one shade didn’t work as well (Black No. 1) as it was more sparkly and didn’t bind together as well. The formula was long-wearing on me with wear ranging from eight to nine hours. I found the texture comparable to Make Up For Ever Diamond/Metallic finish eyeshadows, though these are larger (0.10 oz. vs. 0.08 oz.)

Kat Von D Electric Warrior Metal Crush Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “pearlescent citron green.” It’s a bold, brightened chartreuse green with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic, sheen. The texture was soft, smooth, creamy, and blendable on the skin while having great adhesion on bare lids with wear that came in at eight and a half hours. NARS Rated R #1 (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker. CoverGirl Lime Light (310) (LE, $4.99) is lighter. MAC Chartreuse Bouquet (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Kat Von D Birdcage (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. NARS Tropical Princess #1 (LE, $24.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Sour (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Mermaid Kiss (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. MAC Green Clean #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted. Make Up For Ever ME338 Acidic Green (P, $21.00) is brighter, cooler. Make Up For Ever I340 Lime Green (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer. Giorgio Armani #17 (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Kat Von D Paranoid Metal Crush Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “pearlescent cobalt.” It’s a brightened, medium blue with a frosted sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a creamy, smooth consistency that blended beautifully on the skin without sheering out. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing slightly. MAC Freshwater (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. MAC Blue Calm (P, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Peace (P, $18.00) is lighter. Sephora Collection Surfin’ USA (14) (P, $13.00) is warmer. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #6 (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, lighter. CoverGirl Sapphire Flare (315) (LE, $4.99) is darker. Make Up For Ever ME216 Electric Blue (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted. Make Up For Ever ME232 Turquoise Blue (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Make Up For Ever S214 Ultramarine Blue (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Kat Von D Iggy Metal Crush Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “pearlescent mermaid green.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium-dark emerald green with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. The texture was slightly firmer, though smooth, but it seemed denser overall. It applied better with a firmer, synthetic brush than my go-to eyeshadow brush, though the difference was slight (you can definitely use a domed eyeshadow brush with it). This shade wore well for nine and a half hours and didn’t stain the lid (which I was surprised to find!). Milani Green Safari (P, $6.49) is darker, warmer. Sephora Collection Picnic in the Park (07) (P, $13.00) is warmer. NARS Misfit #2 (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever #52 (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery. Sugarpill Midori (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker, less pigmented, warmer. Make Up For Ever ME304 Emerald (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Buxom Pre-nup (P, $12.00) is lighter, more muted, cooler. Disney by Sephora Fins (LE, ) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Kat Von D Black No. 1 Metal Crush Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as an “iridescent gunmetal.” It’s a muted, medium-dark charcoal gray with cool undertones and larger silver sparkle. This shade was a little “chunky” in a way, as the sparkle gave it a noticeable layer of texture and seemed prone to crumbling during application, rather than binding together–even with used with a flat and firm brush. With a tacky base, I think it would work better, or possibly with a damp brush (not sure if these can be used wet, though). MAC Knight Divine (P, $16.00) is darker. NARS Bad Behaviour (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery. bareMinerals Abracadabra (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #2 (P, ) is less shimmery. theBalm Surf’s Up (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Stila Black Diamond (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. NARS Jardin Perdu (Left) (LE, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Say It Isn’t So (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. NYX Smoke & Mirrors (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Kat Von D Static Age Metal Crush Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “metallic silver.” It’s a bright, light silver with a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, creamy, and blendable texture that wore for eight and a half hours on me. Le Metier de Beaute Platinum (P, $30.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Crystal (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery. MAC Guise (LE, $21.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #6 (P, ) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Pretty in Paris (LE, $9.99) is lighter, brighter. MAC A Party of Pastels #1 (P, $21.00) is lighter. Dior Trompe L’Oeil (011) (LE, $31.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC A Waft of Grey #2 (P, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever ME202 Iceberg Blue (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Just Breathe #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, more muted. Kat Von D Moonshine (LE, ) is warmer. Urban Decay Shellshock (LE, $18.00) is darker. Milani Bella Silver (20) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery, darker. Giorgio Armani Silver Chafer (35) (LE, $33.00) is darker. Too Faced Jailbird (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

bareMinerals Work, Weekend, Wow Eyeshadow Palette
bareMinerals Work, Weekend, Wow Eyeshadow Palette

bareMinerals Work, Weekend, Wow Eyeshadow Palette ($26.00 for 0.17 oz.) includes seven eyeshadows from beige to navy blue. There are a few repeats: 500 Thread Count (Permanent, The Dream Sequence), Custom Made (Limited Edition), Rowdy (Permanent, The After Party). It’s a good palette, though a few shades are on the dupable side. I liked that it leaned a little cooler-toned overall, but I would have preferred more satin/pearl finishes to pair with the mattes rather than the more sparkly/ultra-frosted shades (like Custom Made and Starstruck), as I think they have a thicker/denser consistency that makes them harder to blend with the mattes as a whole.

500 Thread Count is a light, pinky-beige with a mostly matte finish. It had excellent pigmentation with a soft, dense texture that was just a smidgen on the powdery side–in the pan only. It adhered well to bare skin and lasted for ten hours on me. MAC Mylar (P, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Vanilla (P, $16.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Anonymous (LE, $18.00) is darker, warmer. Too Faced Cream Colored Ponies (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Too Faced Snow Angel (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Kat Von D Lifelike (P, ) is warmer. Too Faced Egg Nog (LE, $16.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever M500 Ivory (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Meringue (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever M530 Eggshell (P, $21.00) is lighter. Tarte Super Mom (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #5 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. Urban Decay Thirteen (P, $18.00) is cooler. Colour Pop Glow (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery. Tarte Full Moon (LE, ) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Trench Coat is a muted, medium-dark taupe brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had very good pigmentation with a really silky, blendable consistency that was a teeny, tiny bit powdery. It wore well for ten and a half hours on me. Kat Von D Vanish (P, ) is warmer. Divergent Radiant Initiation (LE, ) is warmer. Too Faced Cashmere Bunny (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Make Up For Ever M540 Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer. Too Faced Nudie (P, $16.00) is warmer. Smashbox Taupe (P, ) is darker, more muted. Smashbox Sable (P, ) is darker. Laura Mercier Cappuccino (LE, $23.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Custom Made is a light-medium, peachy-pink with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had good color coverage with a soft, blendable consistency that adhered well to bare skin and lasted for nearly eleven hours before creasing. NARS Goddess (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler. LORAC Dream Girl #10 (LE, ) is darker. Urban Decay High (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. Cle de Peau Baby Universe #2 (P, ) is lighter, brighter. MAC A Natural Flirt (P, $20.00) is darker. MAC A Natural Flirt (P, $20.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Bouffant (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Tarte Champagne Bubble Bath (LE, ) is darker. MAC Nostalgic (LE, $19.50) is less shimmery. Stila Rose Quartz (P, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. bareMinerals Future (P, ) is cooler, more pigmented, more shimmery, brighter, darker. MAC Jest (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #1 (P, ) is lighter. Urban Decay Sin (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker, more shimmery. First 15 dupes listed, see more: View dupes side-by-side.

Starstruck is a bright, light-medium silver-pewter with colder undertones and a warmer, metallic sheen. The texture was really dense, but it was a little harder to get a smooth, even layer of it, because it was almost cream-like. I would recommend using a flatter, firmer brush with this one to maximize the effect and smoothness on the lid. On me, it wore well for nine hours before creasing. MAC Palladium (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Guerlain Two Stylish #1 (P, ) is darker, warmer. Sephora Collection Lunar Eclipse (98) (P, $13.00) is darker, warmer. Dior Etoile (021) (P, $31.00) is less pigmented. Tarte C’est La Vie (LE, ) is darker, warmer. MAC Misty (LE, $32.50) is lighter, brighter. Sugarpill Tiara (P, $13.00) is darker. Inglot #454 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Fuze is a muted, dark taupe-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation with a soft, silky consistency that was very easy to blend on the skin. The color lasted for ten hours before fading slightly. bareMinerals Exhale (P, ) is lighter, cooler. MAC Diamond Dove (LE, $16.00) is darker. bareMinerals Vow (P, ) is lighter, cooler. MAC Lofty (LE, $16.00) is lighter. theBalm Dig It (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick #4 (P, ) is darker. LORAC Cool Gray (P, ) is lighter. Chanel Charming #5 (LE, ) is less pigmented. bareMinerals Head Over Heels (LE, ) is lighter. Tarte Wind Down Brown (LE, ) is darker. LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, ) is darker. Tarte Espresso Yourself (LE, ) is lighter. LORAC Chocolate (P, ) is warmer. Viseart Cendre (P, ) is lighter. Too Faced Risque (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Rowdy is a cool-toned, purply-taupe with a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a finely-milled, silky smooth texture that worked well on the skin and lasted for ten hours. Milani Bella Taupe (05) (P, $4.49) is lighter, brighter. Too Faced Clove (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker. Too Faced Clove (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker. LORAC Cool Gray (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler, warmer. theBalm #25 (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, darker, cooler. MAC Smoked Cocoa #2 (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, cooler. theBalm B3 (LE, $16.00) is darker. Guerlain Les Tendres #4 (LE, ) is darker. View dupes side-by-side.

Nightfall is a medium-dark, navy blue with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had decent to good color payoff that was buildable to fairly opaque pigmentation, if desired. The texture was slightly firmer than the other shades in the palette, but it still blended with ease and wore for ten and a half hours before creasing. bareMinerals Climax (P, ) is darker. Kat Von D Entombed (P, ) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Evidence (P, $18.00) is darker. Maybelline Electric Blue (P, $6.99) is darker. MAC Deep Truth (P, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Lunar (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted. Colour Pop Etiquette (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Cobalt (LE, ) is lighter. Makeup Geek Center Stage (P, $9.99) is brighter, cooler. Urban Decay Moonshadow (P, $18.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Estrella (LE, ) is darker. theBalm Pipeline (LE, $16.00) is cooler. Make Up For Ever I218 Indigo Blue (P, $21.00) is brighter. Make Up For Ever D222 Night Blue (P, $21.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

MAC Nordstrom's Finest Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Nordstrom’s Finest Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Nordstrom’s Finest Eyeshadow Palette ($85.00 for 0.68 oz.) includes fifteen eyeshadows, with each being full-sized (the palette is the same size as the empty 15-pan palettes MAC sells). Many of MAC’s pre-made palettes are misses, but I think that the larger 15-pan pre-made palettes (like this one) are better and decent to good. For the price of MAC, it’s not bad, but it is a decent amount to pay for a palette, even if there are 15 full-sized eyeshadows included in it. I do wish MAC would consider making the pans removable, as I think it would offer a lot more functionality as a user or to create smaller, travel-friendly quads for trips and the like. I think this palette is okay; there are three duds that really bring down the overall score significantly (e.g. Carbon), while the rest are more B to A- in ratings. The palette contains an assortment of permanent shades as well as limited edition/exclusive shades, though some of the shades in this palette that may seem new were released in the Gravitas palette, which was limited edition (Soft Brown, Luscious, Carbon, Persuade, Plummed are repeats). I believe only Chains of Love and Felt haven’t been released before (based on my log of MAC eyeshadows).

Beaded is described as a “light golden beige.” It’s a muted, light-medium gold with hints of brown–almost like a tarnished gold–and soft frost finish. It had good pigmentation and a fairly soft, smooth consistency that was easy to work with on the lid. The color lasted for eight hours before fading on me. MAC Unwind (P, $16.00) is darker. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery. MAC Until Dawn #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #1 (P, ) is cooler. Makeup Geek Bleached Blonde (P, $5.99) is more shimmery. Too Faced Honey Pot (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Tarte Dare to Be Gold (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, brighter. Tarte Go for the Gold (LE, ) is more muted. Cle de Peau Satin Moon #1 (P, ) is darker. Viseart Orangerie (P, ) is darker. NARS Hollywoodland (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Goldmine is described as an “intense gold with shimmer.” It’s a brightened, light-medium yellow gold with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color coverage, though my older permanent version seemed a bit denser and more pigmented, but it blended and adhered well to the lid and wasn’t a fuss to work with. The color lasted for eight hours. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #5 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, brighter. Tarina Tarantino Mr. Gold (P, ) is lighter. theBalm #40 (P, $6.50) is lighter, brighter, cooler. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #4 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. Make Up For Ever ME406 Golden (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever ME406 Golden (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek Fortune Teller (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, brighter. Gucci Beauty Oro (P, $37.00) is lighter. Milani Bella Gold (22) (P, $4.49) is lighter. LORAC Unlimited (P, ) is less shimmery. Guerlain Petrouchka #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Amberluxe #2 (P, ) is darker, warmer. MAC Sunny Outlook (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, more pigmented, brighter, more muted. MAC Gorgeous Gold (P, $16.00) is darker, brighter, warmer. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Chains of Love is described as a “mid-tone coined bronze.” It’s a brightened, dark brown with warm, yellowed bronze shimmer that gives it an almost metallic-like finish. It was intensely pigmented with a really smooth, blendable consistency that applied nicely and lasted for eight and a half hours on me before fading. MAC Cognac (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Museum Bronze (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Urban Decay Smog (P, $18.00) is more shimmery. Too Faced Buttered Rum (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Deeper (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. Dior Golden Flower #4 (LE, ) is lighter. LORAC Nude #6 (LE, ) is darker. Make Up For Ever D640 Golden Snake (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever ME658 Golden Brown (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Poker Face (P, $6.99) is lighter, warmer. Makeup Geek Pretentious (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, warmer. Hello Kitty Chocolate Chip (LE, ) is more shimmery, brighter. Colour Pop Eve (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Blaze (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Cork is described as a “muted golden brown.” It’s a medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. The texture has a very soft, finely-milled feel to it but isn’t powdery to work with, and the color payoff was mostly opaque. It wore well for eight hours on me. theBalm Allegro (P, $16.00) is darker. LORAC Brown (LE, ) is lighter. theBalm Sultry (P, $16.00) is cooler. Too Faced Fawned of You (LE, $16.00) is lighter. theBalm Score (LE, $16.00) is lighter. theBalm #44 (P, $6.50) is lighter. Becca Ombre Nudes #3 (P, ) is lighter, cooler. Becca Ombre Nudes #2 (P, ) is lighter. Kat Von D Samael (P, ) is cooler. LORAC Undeniable (P, ) is lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Carob Brown (LE, ) is brighter. Tarte Wanderer (LE, ) is lighter. Urban Decay Fix (LE, $18.00) is cooler. Buxom Gimme Gorgeous (P, $12.00) is darker, less pigmented. MAC Soba (P, $16.00) is more muted, warmer, lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Persuade is described as a “mid-tone cool grey brown.” It’s a muted, dark taupe brown with subtle, warmer undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, which was buildable in practice, and it was blendable despite having a slightly dusty consistency. It lasted for almost eight hours on me before fading noticeably. MAC Just Before Dawn (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. bareMinerals Head Over Heels (LE, ) is cooler. Chanel Charming #5 (LE, ) is darker, cooler. Burberry Graphite (No. 28) (P, $29.00) is darker, cooler. Make Up For Ever M106 Slate (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler. Burberry Storm Grey (No. 27) (P, $29.00) is cooler. MAC Lofty (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Defy (LE, $18.00) is darker, cooler. Kat Von D Saleos (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. Hourglass Atmosphere #5 (P, ) is darker, cooler. Milani Bella Taupe (05) (P, $4.49) is lighter, cooler. Viseart Tabac (P, ) is more pigmented, warmer. Viseart Cendre (P, ) is cooler. bareMinerals Fuze (LE, ) is darker, cooler. Colour Pop Downtown (LE, $5.00) is more muted. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Retrospeck is described as a “beached blonde.” It’s a lightened, light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted sheen paired with slight bits of larger gold sparkle–this seemed significantly less sparkly and “chunky” compared to the permanent version of Retrospeck, which has a lot of fall out. It had nearly opaque coverage, which is actually odd, since Lustres are designed to have sheerer coverage. Tom Ford Beauty Naked Bronze (Eye Color) (LE, ) is less shimmery. Dior Golden Shock #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Dior Rivage #4 (LE, ) is darker. Chanel Convoitise (90) (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery. Dior Golden Flower #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Too Faced Moon on Their Wings (LE, $16.00) is darker. Stila Wheat (, $18.00) is darker. MAC 2x Dare #2 (LE, ) is darker. MAC Until Dawn #2 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, warmer. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is darker, warmer. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is darker, warmer. Dior Golden Snow #2 (LE, ) is lighter. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #1 (LE, ) is darker, warmer. Benefit Bikini-tini (P, $10.00) is warmer. View dupes side-by-side.

Greensmoke is described as a “tarnished olive.” It’s a muted, dark olive brown with lighter green and gold shimmer that gives it a pearly sheen. There is some chunkier gold sparkle that doesn’t bind with the base color that gets dusted away as soon as you blend it. The texture had a very firm press to it, which made getting color difficult without really jabbing at the surface. It started to fade noticeably after seven hours of wear. Dior Jardin #3 (P, ) is more muted. Charlotte Tilbury Veruschka (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, more muted. Guerlain Khaki Mono (07) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery. Hourglass Color Field #5 (P, ) is more muted. Chanel Tisse Fantaisie #3 (LE, ) is darker. Kat Von D Division (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Laura Mercier Pewter (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker. Cle de Peau Stardust #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, more muted. Make Up For Ever D320 Golden Khaki (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, more muted. Dior Pied de Poule #5 (P, ) is lighter. MAC Cool Companions #2 (LE, ) is darker, warmer. theBalm #30 (P, $6.50) is darker. theBalm D4 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. theBalm #42 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery. theBalm Lead Zeppelin (P, $16.00) is warmer. First 15 dupes listed, see more: compare dupes side-by-side.

Felt is described as a “cool neutral army green.” It’s a subtly, olive-tinged brown with warmer undertones and a matte finish. It had so-so pigmentation in one layer, though it was somewhat buildable, and the texture was soft enough that I think using primer would help amp up the payoff. This shade wore well for eight hours on me, but it could have been slightly more blendable. Urban Decay Secret Service (P, $18.00) is darker. Urban Decay Faint (P, $18.00) is warmer. MAC Deep Brown (P, $21.00) is darker. Urban Decay Dare (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Hourglass Atmosphere #4 (P, ) is darker. Tarte Dreamer (LE, ) is darker. MAC Aromatic (P, $16.00) is lighter. Tarte Sweet Tea (LE, ) is lighter. Becca Ombre Nudes #4 (P, ) is lighter. Buxom Big Spender (P, $12.00) is warmer. Too Faced Sexpresso (P, $16.00) is darker. Smashbox Moss (LE, ) is darker. Rouge Bunny Rouge Umber Fire Finch (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, cooler. Urban Decay Primal (P, $18.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Rewind (LE, $18.00) is lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Print is described as a “muted grey with shimmer.” It’s a dark, charcoal gray with subtle, cooler undertones and a satiny finish. The shimmer is hardly noticeable, and it really functions more as a semi-matte product on the lid–not totally flat but not really shimmery or reflective. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture, though it was a little firmer in the pan. The color started to fade after eight hours on me. MAC Double Feature #7 #2 (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Gravel (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Gravel (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Typographic (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Nehru (P, $16.00) is cooler. MAC Cinder (Right) (LE, ) is darker. YSL Avant Garde #3 (P, ) is more shimmery. theBalm #26 (P, $6.50) is cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Ice Queen #4 (P, ) is lighter, cooler. Makeup Geek Paparazzi (P, $6.99) is lighter. Kat Von D Siouxsie-sioux (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Desperation (P, $18.00) is more shimmery. Guerlain Les Gris #1 (P, ) is darker, cooler. Kat Von D Dark Throne (LE, ) is darker. bareMinerals Panorama (LE, ) is lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Carbon is described as an “intense black.” It’s a medium black with a matte finish. This shade is notoriously difficult to use with a firmer press, spotty color payoff, and is often difficult to blend. I think it applies better than it looks, but it’s not a great shade even in application. I wish MAC would consider including Typographic, which is a slightly lighter black but infinitely better in texture. NARS Shade VI (LE, $25.00) is darker. NARS Filbuste (P, $28.00) is less glossy. LORAC Jet Black (P, ) is darker, more pigmented, better quality. Smashbox Blackout (P, ) is less shimmery. Buxom LBD (P, $12.00) is darker. Le Metier de Beaute Onyx (LE, $30.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever S102 Onyx (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Anastasia Coal (LE, $12.00) is darker. MAC Overnight (LE, $16.00) is more muted. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #1 (P, ) is cooler. Too Faced Licorice (P, $16.00) is darker. Kat Von D Killing Moon (LE, ) is . Tarte Fashionista (LE, ) is darker. Anastasia Noir (P, $12.00) is lighter. Too Faced Santa’s Boots (LE, $16.00) is darker. First 15 dupes listed, see more: compare dupes side-by-side.

Orb is described as a “soft peachy-beige.” It’s a soft, light beige with a hint of peach and a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency that adhered well to bare skin. On me, it showed signs of fading after seven and a half hours of wear. Make Up For Ever M532 Sugar Coated Candy (P, $21.00) is darker. bareMinerals Promise (P, ) is darker, cooler. Too Faced Dainty (LE, $16.00) is cooler. Kat Von D South (LE, ) is darker. Too Faced White Chocolate (P, $16.00) is darker. theBalm B1 (LE, $16.00) is darker. LORAC Cream (P, ) is darker, cooler. MAC Bisque (DC, $16.00) is cooler. Inglot #355 (P, $6.00) is brighter. Hourglass Infinity #1 (P, ) is warmer. Anastasia Fresh (P, $12.00) is darker. Tarte Vanilla Candles (LE, ) is darker, warmer. MAC Fancy Dress (LE, $16.00) is cooler. NARS Shade I (LE, $25.00) is darker. Hourglass Color Field #1 (P, ) is lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Luscious is described as a “neutral bronze.” It’s a brightened, orange-copper with lighter copper sparkle and gold shimmer. It had decent to good pigmentation with a slightly drier consistency (possibly just due to the sparkly content) that was fairly blendable but could have sat better on the skin. It lasted for eight hours with some fall out.
NYX Liquid Gold (P, $6.00) is less shimmery. Viseart Marais (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Viseart Beaux-Arts (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Zoeva Pure Ganache (P, ) is lighter, brighter, warmer. Cle de Peau Marmalade Sky #4 (P, ) is less shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #5 (LE, ) is lighter. Urban Decay Heat (LE, $18.00) is darker. Hourglass Graphite #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Butterum (LE, ) is less shimmery. Too Faced Caramel (P, $16.00) is more muted. Guerlain Petrouchka #3 (LE, ) is lighter, more muted. Maybelline Breaking Bronze (P, $6.99) is more shimmery. LORAC Nude #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Kat Von D Summerfly (P, ) is lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: view dupes side-by-side.

Soft Brown is described as a “soft golden peachy brown.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, silky consistency that was very easy to work with. The color lasted for eight hours on me. Viseart Dark Matte #3 (P, ) is warmer. Buxom Filthy Rich (P, $12.00) is darker. Zoeva Freshly Toasted (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever M600 Pink Brown (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. Too Faced Chocolate Cookie (P, $16.00) is cooler. Kat Von D Succubus (P, ) is darker, warmer. LORAC Sepia (LE, ) is darker. LORAC Unspoken (P, ) is lighter, cooler. Sleek MakeUP Propose in Prague (LE, $9.99) is lighter, more muted. Urban Decay Buck (P, $18.00) is warmer, cooler, darker. Inglot #357 (P, $6.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Wrath (P, ) is more muted, cooler. Kat Von D Wrath (P, ) is more muted, cooler. Makeup Geek Frappe (P, $5.99) is darker. Makeup Geek Latte (P, $5.99) is darker. First 15 dupes listed, see more: compare dupes side-by-side.

Trax is described as a “burgundy-plum with shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark purple with warmer undertones paired with gold and copper shimmer. The shimmery bits sit on top of the powder and brush away very easily, so while it looks complex, it loses most of that complexity as soon as you blend it out. It lasted for seven hours on me before fading. MAC Trusted Instinct #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. Maybelline Sparkling Wine (, $3.75) is more pigmented. Chanel Quadrille #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery. Makeup Geek Last Dance (P, $5.99) is less shimmery. NARS New York (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer. theBalm Curvy Cami (P, $16.00) is cooler. MAC A Medley of Mauves #3 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek Enchanted (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. Anastasia Pink Sapphire (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, more muted. MAC After Dusk (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. View dupes side-by-side.

Plummed is described as a “shimmering dark plum.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy purple with warm, brown undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was smooth and not too firm. It wore for eight hours before fading slightly. MAC Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Buxom Wild Nights (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. Zoeva Warm Notes (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Sugarpill Countess (P, $13.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Makeup Geek Showtime (P, $9.99) is less shimmery. Anastasia Sangria (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker, less pigmented, less glossy, more muted, cooler. Make Up For Ever D826 Fig (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. MAC Heritage Rouge (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. LORAC Merlot (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Trusted Instinct #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Cranberry (P, $16.00) is warmer. Chanel Seduction #1 (LE, ) is more muted. MAC Plum Dressing (P, $16.00) is brighter. Sleek MakeUP A Vow in Venice (LE, $9.99) is cooler. First 15 dupes listed, see more: view dupes side-by-side.

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Nordstrom's Finest

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8/10

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8/10

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Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Laura Geller Love Me Dew Moisturizing Lip Crayon Trio
Laura Geller Love Me Dew Moisturizing Lip Crayon Trio

Laura Geller Love Me Dew Moisturizing Lip Crayon Trio ($25.00 for 0.30 oz.) includes three shades of jumbo-sized lip pencils that twist-up. The formula is supposed to be “ultra-hydrating” with “shiny color,” and it’s pretty much tinted lip balm. I believe this is the first time I’ve tried this formula, but I enjoyed them overall. They have sheer to semi-sheer that’s buildable, wears three to four hours, and is hydrating over time. I like that they twist-up, so you don’t have to worry about wasting product when sharpening. The texture is lightweight with moderate slip, so their biggest downfall is that they don’t always look perfectly even. The formula is vanilla-scented but the scent didn’t linger or translate into a taste for me. Dragon Fruit Sorbet and Mango Sorbet are both available as permanent singles, while I didn’t see Fig Prosecco on Laura Geller’s website, and they retail for $16 as a standalone formula (so the kit is worth $48).

Fig Prosecco is a softened, peachy-brown with warm undertones and very fine, golden peach pearl. It had semi-opaque coverage that went on evenly and smoothly while hydrating the lips over the three and a half hours it lasted. Guerlain Gracieuse (DC, $51.00) is darker. MAC Posh Tone (P, $22.00) is less shimmery. NARS Peloponnese (P, $26.00) is darker, brighter, less glossy. shu uemura OB Dream Orange (LE, $30.00) is glossier. Maybelline Stormy Sahara (945) (P, $7.49) is less shimmery. Givenchy Beige Caraco (107) (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Bite Beauty Caramel (P, $28.00) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Hepburn Honey (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter. bareMinerals Fall in Love (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Mango Sorbet is a muted, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a glossy sheen. It had sheer coverage that gave lips more of a tinted/stained appearance, while the glossier finish made lips appear plumper. It wore well for three hours but was hydrating over time. MAC Play It Soft (LE, $20.00) is cooler. Estee Lauder Charmed (P, $30.00) is more pigmented. Estee Lauder Surreal Sun (P, $30.00) is brighter, more pigmented. Givenchy Corail Decollete (206) (P, $36.00) is less glossy. MAC Call the Hairdresser! (LE, $16.00) is more pigmented. NYX Haute Melon (P, $4.00) is more pigmented. Chanel Boheme (91) (P, $35.00) is glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dragon Fruit Sorbet is a brightened, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a glossy finish. It had semi-sheer coverage that applied easily without dragging. There was a little extra slip to this one, so it seemed to show “lines” if you pressed your lips together (I’d recommend applying a little less and pressing lips together to check). It wore well for almost four hours on me and was moisturizing while worn. MAC Glamorized (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Chanel Jean (454) (P, $36.00) is less glossy. Urban Decay Ladyflower (LE, $22.00) is more pigmented, less glossy. MAC Boutique Pink (LE, $22.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Lust Extract (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Bold Spring (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, July 20th, 2015

MAC Sophisticate Face Kit
MAC Sophisticate Face Kit

MAC Sophisticate Face Kit ($49.50 for 0.43 oz.) includes six eyeshadows, two blushes, and two lipsticks. Worth pointing out right away is that the back of my palette says the second blush on the left is Simply Bliss, whereas Nordstrom’s product listing had Cream Soda in its place; I checked both of them, and the blush in this palette is slightly more pink-tinted and a little lighter but not by much.

Linda is described as a “peachy tan shimmer.” It’s a muted, medium-dark orange-copper with hints of brown and warmer undertones paired with a pearly sheen. It was slightly powdery with semi-opaque coverage that wore for eight hours. Becca Songbird (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Becca Rose Gold (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter, darker. Illamasqua Expose (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker, more pigmented. MAC Coppertone (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter. NARS Soulshine #2 (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, cooler. NARS Gina (P, $30.00) is darker. MAC Eternal Sun (P, $23.50) is darker, more muted. Colour Pop Bonus (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter. MAC Seduced at Sea (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker. NARS Frenzy (Right) (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $25.00) is darker. MAC Bad Girl Gone Good (LE, $21.00) is darker. View dupes side-by-side.

Simply Bliss is described as a “light neutral coral.” It’s a muted, light-medium peachy-coral with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It darkens as it is applied to the bare skin, so unless you have very dry skin and/or powder prior, it may do the same. The texture was slightly powdery but blendable with good pigmentation. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. MAC Ripe Peach (LE, $32.00) is darker. MAC Ripe Peach (LE, $32.00) is darker. Illamasqua Flirtatious (LE, $26.00) is darker, glossier. MAC Cream Soda (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer. Illamasqua Flirtatious (LE, $26.00) is darker, glossier. MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Corol #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Corol #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Bliss (P, $9.99) is darker. Makeup Geek Bliss (P, $9.99) is darker. bareMinerals The Spring Fling (LE, $22.00) is lighter. Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dance in the Dark is described as a “deep blackened plum.” It’s a very dark brown with subtle, cooler undertones and a mostly matte finish. It is firm, stiff, and hard to work with and lasted for seven hours. Zoeva Beans are White (P, ) is darker. Too Faced Risque (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler. Tarte Ice Cream Cone (LE, ) is . Tarte Dim the Lights (LE, ) is warmer. Hourglass Infinity #5 (P, ) is darker, less pigmented, more shimmery. Giorgio Armani #08 (P, $32.00) is darker. Tarte Wind Down Brown (LE, ) is . Anastasia Deep Brown (P, $12.00) is warmer. LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, ) is darker. Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick #4 (P, ) is warmer. Urban Decay Undone (LE, $18.00) is darker, more pigmented, less shimmery. Chanel Charming #5 (LE, ) is lighter. NARS Bali (P, $24.00) is darker. Guerlain Calligraphy #4 (LE, ) is lighter. theBalm Matt Ramirez (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. View dupes side-by-side.

Sun Tweaked is a light-medium, peachy-beige with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wore for eight hours. Viseart Orange Topaz (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. NARS Outer Limits (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker, more pigmented. Makeup Geek In the Spotlight (P, $9.99) is less shimmery. bareMinerals Shazam (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Mortal #2 (LE, ) is cooler. MAC Jest (P, $16.00) is darker. bareMinerals In the Buff (LE, ) is lighter. Too Faced Marzipan (P, $16.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Cinderella (P, $5.99) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Moonflower (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer. LORAC Light Bronze (P, ) is lighter. MAC Sweet Heat (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler. NARS Nepal (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, lighter. View dupes side-by-side.

Wedge is described as a “soft muted beige taupe.” It’s a muted, medium yellowed brown with a matte finish. It seems a bit lighter than the permanent version of Wedge to me. It had sheerer coverage with a dusty texture. The color lasted for seven hours on me. Urban Decay Naked (P, $18.00) is less pigmented, more pigmented. Jane Rock Star (DC, ) is lighter. Kat Von D Harlow (P, ) is darker. Ulta Sable (, ) is less shimmery. theBalm C3 (LE, $16.00) is darker, less pigmented, more muted, lighter. View dupes side-by-side.

With Flair is a muted, coppery-brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had nice pigmentation with a fairly soft, blendable texture, but it was a smidgen dry, which made it a challenge to work with on bare lids. It wore for seven and a half hours on me. Make Up For Ever D708 Pinky Copper (P, $21.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Roulette (P, $5.99) is darker. MAC Red Alert (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Chanel Laurier Rose (127) (LE, $34.00) is darker, more muted, cooler. YSL Steamy Coral (05) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker. Viseart Melonie (P, ) is darker, cooler. NYX Fireball (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Leila (416) (P, $28.00) is more shimmery. Maybelline Caramel Cool (100) (LE, $6.99) is more shimmery. MAC Gingersnap (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Beautifully Charred is described as a “deep brown with pearl.” It’s a slightly muted, dark brown with warmer undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. It had great color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was easy to apply and lasted for eight hours. Tarte Bastille in the Night (LE, ) is warmer. Inglot #409 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Mona Lisa (P, $32.00) is more shimmery. Anastasia Baby I’m a Star (LE, $12.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Embellish (LE, ) is more shimmery. Too Faced Obsessed (P, ) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #3 (P, ) is more shimmery, warmer. Too Faced Hot Fudge (P, $16.00) is darker. NARS Ursa Major (LE, $29.00) is lighter. Burberry Gold #1 (LE, ) is lighter. Guerlain Petrouchka #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Reign (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #4 (LE, ) is darker. Make Up For Ever ME614 Graphite Brown (P, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Hey is described as a “nude shimmer.” It’s a light peach with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had fairly good color payoff with a blendable texture but wasn’t quite as soft in the pan (almost firm, but it worked okay). It wore well for eight hours on me. Too Faced Cherish (P, ) is lighter. Dior Ambre Nuit #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery. Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #1 (P, ) is cooler. MAC A Natural Flirt (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer. Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever S516 Sand (P, $21.00) is darker. Tarte Rose Champagne (LE, ) is cooler. Stila Kitten (P, ) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Eyeshadow #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Sin (DC, $20.00) is darker. Kat Von D Precious (LE, ) is lighter, cooler. Stila Kitten (, $18.00) is . Disney by Sephora Splendid (LE, ) is more shimmery. MAC Summer Haze (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #2 (P, ) is more shimmery. View dupes side-by-side.

Love Happens is described as a “warm light nude.” It’s a light-medium peach with a hint if pink and warmer undertones paired with a satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that felt a little dry and clingy on the lips. There was some color that settled into lip lines within the first half hour, and it worsened over the three hours it wore for. It was slightly drying. Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is darker, warmer. MAC She’s a Peach (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Antonio’s Girls (LE, $16.00) is darker. NARS Biscayne Park (P, $25.00) is darker. Maybelline Barely Bloomed (700) (P, $7.49) is lighter, brighter. Bite Beauty Amaretto (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer, better quality. Tom Ford Beauty Beau (LE, $32.00) is lighter, brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pout (142) (LE, $30.00) is glossier. MAC What’s Haute? (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Close Contact (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Pretty Natural (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

True Red is described as a “vivid bright coral red.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark orange-red with warm undertones and a satin finish. It seems more matte here, which may just be due to the format of the lipstick in a pan compared to a tube. It lasted for five hours and was on the drying side. MAC Barbecue (LE, $16.00) is . Clinique Poppy Pop (P, $18.00) is brighter, warmer. Estee Lauder Fierce (P, $30.00) is brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Flame (06) (P, $50.00) is lighter, brighter. Maybelline Rose Rush (735) (P, $7.49) is lighter, brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Rafael (LE, $32.00) is lighter, more muted. Kat Von D Countess (P, $21.00) is glossier. MAC Excite (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Bobbi Brown Lady Ruba (P, $26.00) is glossier. NARS Lana (P, $32.00) is brighter. MAC Fashion Trip (LE, $22.00) is lighter. Dolce and Gabbana Fire (610) (P, $33.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Mangrove (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, more muted, less glossy. MAC Dangerous (P, $16.00) is less glossy, less shimmery, darker. Givenchy Carmin Escarpin (306) (P, $36.00) is darker. View dupes side-by-side.

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