Sunday, July 19th, 2015

NARS True NARS Lip Pencil Set
NARS True NARS Lip Pencil Set

NARS True NARS Lip Pencil Set ($49.00 for 0.21 oz.) includes three full-sized Lip Pencils. Two are part of the permanent range (Yu and Luxembourg) and one is limited edition (Provocative Red). I didn’t expect this to sell out online, but it actually has–you may still be able to find it at a Nordstrom near you (it is exclusive to them, at least in the states). The set includes a mini sharpener that fits these pencils, too (which means they aren’t twist-ups–probably the formula’s biggest downfall!). It’s a nice set, though I really wish the container it is packaged in didn’t have such specific slots (to hold the pencils in place), as it is rather bulky and can’t really be reused as a result.

Yu is described as a “shocking pink.” It’s a bright, fuchsia pink with cool undertones and a soft sheen. It had rich, opaque coverage that glided on easily without tugging and lasted five to six hours. It is very slightly hydrating, but if you have very dry lips, it may not be enough hydration for you. Maybelline Faint for Fuchsia (P, $7.99) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Electric Pink (15) (P, $50.00) is more muted. MAC Flat Out Fabulous (P, $16.00) is darker, glossier. Guerlain Fluo Stiletto (662) (LE, $37.00) is darker, more muted, less glossy. Tom Ford Beauty Pablo (LE, $32.00) is darker, more muted. Tom Ford Beauty Jack (LE, $32.00) is brighter. MAC Ultramarine Pink (LE, $30.00) is lighter, brighter, darker. Kat Von D Sexer (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, more muted. MAC Dear Diary (LE, $18.00) is cooler. Urban Decay Anarchy (P, $22.00) is darker, more pigmented, more shimmery. Maybelline Electric Fuchsia (LE, $7.49) is cooler. Maybelline Hot Plum (P, $7.49) is darker. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is more muted, cooler, lower quality, brighter, lighter. Ardency Inn Twist (P, $25.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Violet (P, $24.00) is cooler. First 15 dupes listed, see even more: View dupes side-by-side for comparisons here.

Luxembourg is described as a “vivid watermelon.” It’s a brightened, pinky-red with cool undertones and a satin finish. The texture is lightweight, comfortable to wear, and lasts five to six hours while leaving behind a stain. It’s not drying, but it’s not hydrating either. It had mostly opaque color coverage. Colour Pop Creeper (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, less glossy. MAC Victoriana (LE, $16.00) is darker, less glossy. MAC Damn Glamorous (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler, less glossy. Chanel Rouge Byzantin (LE, $34.00) is darker, more pigmented. Dior Marilyn (LE, $36.00) is darker. Guerlain Calligraphy #5 (LE, ) is darker. MAC Love Goddess (LE, $16.00) is more pigmented, glossier, darker, cooler. Urban Decay Catfight (P, $22.00) is more pigmented, glossier, cooler. MAC Relentlessly Red (P, $16.00) is less pigmented, lighter, glossier. Dior Minuit (LE, $36.00) is darker, less glossy, more shimmery, glossier. MAC Prepare for Pleasure (LE, $16.00) is cooler, less glossy, less pigmented, warmer. MAC Glam (DC, $16.00) is brighter, warmer, glossier, lighter. Chanel La Precieuse (317) (LE, $34.00) is cooler, less glossy, less pigmented, warmer. MAC Red Necessity (LE, $20.00) is darker, less glossy, less pigmented. First 15 dupes listed, see even more: View dupes side-by-side for comparisons here.

Provocative Red is described as a “fuchsia rose.” It’s a muted, medium-dark reddish-plum with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that covered the lips with even color. The texture wasn’t too stiff or too creamy, so you still retained a very flat, matte finish but was fairly easy to apply without skipping. It wore for six hours but was a little drying over time. Burberry Redwood (304) (P, $30.00) is warmer, glossier. Colour Pop Tulle (P, $6.00) is darker, more muted. View dupes side-by-side for comparisons here.

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Saturday, July 18th, 2015

NARS Blame It On NARS Blush Palette
NARS Blame It On NARS Blush Palette

NARS Blame It On NARS Blush Palette ($59.00 for 0.56 oz.) includes a highlighter, bronzer, and two blushes, plus a traval-sized ITA brush. I have reviewed most of these shades before, so the list of similar shades is pretty up-to-date, so rather than pull a new link, I’ve included the current lists as they stand. I did test each of these versions for wear, pigmentation, application, and so forth. I think the packaging is really cool, but I wish the compact didn’t feel so bulky. I really like some of NARS’ blushes, but there are a fair amount that have been misses for me. This palette is a bit of a mixed bag, and I find there is too much variance from release to release.

It may seem expensive initially, but each powder is 0.14 oz., while a full-sized highlighter/blush from NARS is 0.16 oz. and costs $30. The bronzer is larger at 0.28 oz. and retails for $39. You’re getting 0.42 oz. of blush, which is a value of $78.75. You’re getting 0.14 oz. of bronzer, which is a value of $19.50. The kit has $98.25 worth of powder products and then whatever value the ITA would bring in (full-size retails for $55, which I don’t have, so I can’t comment on the quality between the two, but I do not like the travel version at all, as it is very scratchy, rough, poorly cut, and sheds).

Satellite of Love is described as a “sparkling gold sand.” It’s sort of apt, because it is a muted, medium brown with warmer, orange undertones and larger gold sparkle that tends to separate from the base powder, so not as much sticks to the skin or gets trapped in your brush. The version in the palette seems a little smoother but drier than the one I have as an individual pan (it is permanent), and it didn’t seem to emphasize pores this time around. It is a Highlighting Blush, so it is a more buildable product, though the best case was semi-opaque. The color wore for seven hours before fading. Surratt Beauty Grisaille (P, $32.00) is more shimmery. NARS Jubilation (Right) (P, ) is less shimmery, more pigmented, brighter, darker. Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is darker, more pigmented. View all similar shades on The Dupe List!

Casino is described as a “dark brown with golden shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, orange undertones and a golden, pearly sheen. It had decent to good pigmentation with a slightly firm texture, but it blended well on the skin and lasted for seven hours on me. Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery. Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $65.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (P, ) is more shimmery. View all similar shades on The Dupe List.

Day Dream is described as a “flirty sheer peach.”
This shade has been released previously as a limited edition shade, and the original launch was much more pigmented and almost darker overall, but this version is consistent with the one that was in last holiday’s Laser Cut palette. Urban Decay Score (P, $26.00) is warmer. Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Clinique Melon Pop (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. MAC Alpha Girl (LE, $26.00) is darker. Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is lighter. MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $20.00) is warmer. MAC Legendary (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Fleeting Romance (P, $23.50) is cooler. Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is darker, warmer. Tarte Bashful (LE, $26.00) is darker. MAC Sideshow You (LE, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever I802 Coral Pink (P, $21.00) is cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Blush (LE, $55.00) is darker. NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, warmer, cooler, lighter. NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker. View all similar shades on The Dupe List.

New Attitude is described as a “cherry blossom pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with a mostly matte finish. The version in this palette seems to lean warmer, whereas the individual version I have of it was distinctly blue-based (even in the pans!). The texture of this blush was soft but a little powdery, and it lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Colour Pop Mochi (P, $8.00) is warmer. Makeup Geek Rendezvous (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter, less pigmented, cooler. MAC Lovecloud (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. Tarte Flush (P, $26.00) is brighter. Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is cooler. Urban Decay Blush (P, ) is darker. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is warmer. theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is darker. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler. Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $20.00) is darker, brighter, cooler. Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is darker, warmer. NARS Angelika (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Quickie (LE, ) is darker, brighter, cooler. View all similar shades on The Dupe List/a>.

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Friday, July 17th, 2015

Anastasia Shadow Couture Eyeshadow Palette
Anastasia Shadow Couture Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Shadow Couture Eyeshadow Palette ($30.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a limited edition palette for fall that contains twelve eyeshadows (five are part of Anastasia’s permanent line). Hope to review soon, though I’m sure you can see at least one is going to be a challenge to use!

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Thursday, July 16th, 2015

MAC Pretty Natural Lip Kit
MAC Pretty Natural Lip Kit

MAC Pretty Natural Lip Kit ($29.50 for 0.31 oz.) is a pinky-beige set of shades, all in full-size, so this is one of the better value kits from Nordstrom’s Anniversary sale. The set of shades works well together, and for what they are, they are decent. I find MAC’s Lip Pencil formula to be harder to apply as it is quite stiff/firm, and it is quite drying. The lipstick was the best of the set.

Pretty Natural is described as a “midtone warm nude.” It’s a light-medium, pinky-beige with warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff that went on fairly evenly, though the color had a tendency to pull into lip lines (which worsened as it wore). The texture was creamy and glided on without tugging, while the color itself lasted for four hours and was neither hydrating nor drying. MAC High Tea (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Japanese Maple (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Love Happens (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler. MAC Naked Dream (LE, $16.00) is cooler, less glossy. MAC Boca (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler. Marc Jacobs Beauty Roleplay (110) (P, $30.00) is darker. Charlotte Tilbury Confession (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker. Bobbi Brown Blush (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Wear with Flare (LE, $22.00) is brighter, warmer. MAC Wear with Flare (LE, $22.00) is brighter, warmer. NARS Barbara (P, $32.00) is darker. Guerlain Galiane (15) (P, $51.00) is glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Feeling Fine is described as a “soft beigey pink with pearl.” It’s a light, pink-beige with multi-colored shimmer (a mix of lavender, gold, white, and pink). On the lips, it is sheer, so it doesn’t add a lot of color, and I noticed the lighter base color was visibly lightening my natural lip color while adding noticeable shimmer–but your mileage will vary a lot on this one, as it will depend vastly on your natural lip color. The gloss had a light-medium weight to it, was tacky, and stayed put for three hours. This shade has been released previously (but has always been a limited edition shade). L’Oreal Pretty Precious (LE, $9.99) is less glossy. MAC Dressed to Dazzle (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Star (LE, $29.50) is lighter. Maybelline A Wink of Pink (P, $4.49) is less shimmery, darker, more pigmented. Marc Jacobs Beauty Love Buzz (324) (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Revlon Snow Pink (P, $7.99) is more pigmented. MAC Boundless Beige (P, $19.50) is lighter. MAC Rags to Riches (P, $20.00) is more shimmery. MAC Poetic (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented. MAC Lovingly Yours (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, more pigmented. Bobbi Brown Rose (LE, $24.00) is cooler. MAC Steel Kiss (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. NARS Bimini (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. MAC Oh My Darling (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. Dior No Angel (353) (P, $29.50) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Subculture is described as am “underground pink.” It’s a muted, medium peachy-brown with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had a dryer, firmer consistency which really needs firm pressure to achieve color coverage. I’m not a big fan of the standard MAC Lip Pencil formula as I find them hard to use all-over the lips and mildly tolerable along just the edges of the lips. This is part of the permanent range. It lasted for six hours but is pretty drying on its own. MAC Boldly Bare (P, ) is lighter, brighter, warmer. MAC Boldly Bare (P, ) is lighter, brighter, warmer. MAC Nice ‘n’ Spicy (P, $19.50) is darker, cooler. MAC Etcetera (P, $19.50) is darker, cooler. MAC Have to Have It (LE, ) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

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

Laura Mercier Art of Colour Eye & Cheek Palette ($79.00 for 0.83 oz.) includes eight eyeshadows, one blush, and a full-sized mascara and is a Nordstrom Anniversary Exclusive. It’s a disappointing palette; I think it looks and swatches better than it applies, and it’s a palette that should be used with an eyeshadow primer to minimize some of the issues that I experienced (like adhesion and longevity). Some of the eyeshadows ran a little drier, one was quite firm and difficult to use altogether, while the blush was horrendous. I would have also preferred to see them ditch the mascara and drop the price.

Bellini is a light-medium, pink-coral with gold shimmer. This was such an awful product; I have no idea why the brand’s blushes are dry and almost chunky in texture, when their eyeshadows are much smoother and more finely-milled. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that blends decently, but it looks a little dry on my skin. If I applied it with a damp brush or over still-drying liquid or cream foundation, it looked better. On, it lasted for six and a half hours before fading. Benefit Bella Bamba (DC, $28.00) is brighter. MAC Star Wonder (LE, $30.00) is darker. MAC Springsheen (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer. NARS Orgasm (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer. Tarina Tarantino Feather (P, $25.00) is warmer. Too Faced Something About Berry (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer. Sleek MakeUP Rose Gold (P, $6.99) is more shimmery. Benefit Bella Bamba (Palette) (P, $28.00) is warmer. Smashbox Carnation (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Burnished Rose is a muted, medium-dark brown with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, but almost dry, consistency. This shade didn’t layer well with other eyeshadows, as it didn’t seem to stick as well, but it was better when applied as the first layer (onto bare skin). It wore for seven and a half hours on me. Laura Mercier Brown Sugar (LE, $23.00) is . Benefit Dandy Brandy (P, $18.00) is darker. Inglot #421 (P, $6.00) is darker. MAC Sable (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. MAC Divine Decadence (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $16.00) is darker. Too Faced Brown Sugar (LE, $16.00) is darker. LORAC Mocha (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Kat Von D Papilio (P, ) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever ME612 Silver Brown (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. LORAC Maroon (LE, ) is warmer. Colour Pop Mooning (P, $5.00) is darker, more muted. Tarte Pretty (LE, ) is brighter, warmer. Cle de Peau Satin Moon #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Lost (P, $18.00) is more shimmery. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Gunmetal is a medium-dark gray with cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, lightly drier and dusty consistency that applied decently to bare lids. It lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $18.00) is darker. Kat Von D Piaf (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. LORAC Slate (P, ) is darker. MAC Graphic Style (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Diesel (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Giorgio Armani #21 (LE, $33.00) is darker. Buxom Cool Caviar (P, $12.00) is lighter. Milani Bella Gray (10) (P, $4.49) is lighter. Smashbox Obsidian (P, ) is less shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #2 (P, ) is lighter. Make Up For Ever ME108 Steel (P, $21.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #1 (LE, ) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Silver Shoes (LE, ) is darker. Kat Von D Santeria (LE, ) is darker. Makeup Geek Galaxy (P, $5.99) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Morning Dew is a subtly warm-toned, pink beige with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a really silky, finely-milled texture that could get a little powdery in the pan as it is quite soft. It wore for seven and a half hours on me. Smashbox Naked (P, ) is darker. Dior Golden Shock #4 (LE, ) is darker. Tarte Palace of Versaille (LE, ) is darker. Too Faced Powdered Sugar (LE, $16.00) is darker. Inglot #356 (P, $6.00) is darker. Too Faced Coconut Crème (P, $16.00) is cooler. Tarte Super Mom (LE, ) is lighter. bareMinerals Chance (P, ) is lighter, brighter. Urban Decay Walk of Shame (P, $18.00) is cooler. MAC Blanc Type (P, $16.00) is lighter. Too Faced Snow Angel (LE, $16.00) is . Too Faced Dainty (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler. Laura Mercier Buttercream (P, $23.00) is warmer. Too Faced Egg Nog (LE, $16.00) is darker. Too Faced Cream Colored Ponies (LE, $16.00) is more pigmented. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

African Violet is a warm, plummy purple with larger gold sparkle and shimmer. It’s part of the permanent range, and it’s been included in past palette releases from the brand. It’s an interesting shade, but it seems to have production issues; you’ll see a lot of love it or hate it kind of reviews. This was the smoothest and softest version I’ve come across, but the shimmer separates slightly when you start to blend it on the lid still. It lasted for seven hours on me before fading. Smashbox Amethyst (P, ) is darker. Too Faced Passion (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Kat Von D Love Letter (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Prickly Pear (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, cooler. bareMinerals Catch Me If (P, ) is less shimmery, cooler. MAC Pinkluxe #3 (P, ) is more shimmery, cooler. theBalm #2 (P, $6.50) is lighter, cooler, less shimmery. MAC Neo Nebula (LE, $21.00) is lighter, cooler. Urban Decay Bordello (P, $18.00) is cooler. theBalm A1 (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less pigmented, less shimmery. theBalm rem (P, $16.00) is cooler. Fyrinnae Meerkat (Pressed) (P, $8.25) is darker, brighter. Fyrinnae Meerkat (P, $6.80) is darker, brighter, more pigmented, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Vanilla Kiss is a light beige with a satiny sheen. It had semi-sheer coverage (it just blends in with my skin tone) with a really firm texture, which I think is why the color payoff was subpar. I had really had to jab at it to get any powder to dislodge from the surface, so this was the big dud in the palette. It wore for seven hours before fading on me. Divergent Serene Vanilla (LE, ) is less shimmery. bareMinerals Celebrate (LE, ) is darker. MAC Smokeluxe #1 (P, ) is more shimmery. MAC Brownluxe #1 (P, ) is darker. MAC Mylar (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, brighter. Kat Von D Lucius (P, ) is less shimmery. Tarte Chantilly Lace (LE, ) is warmer. YSL Avant Garde #2 (P, ) is brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Cappuccino is a muted, medium brown that leans slightly taupe-y but still pulls lighter and warmer than taupe, I think. It had a matte finish that was really smooth and finely-milled. The texture felt silky and a smidgen powdery in the pan but looked good applied. The color lasted for almost eight hours on me. MAC Omega (P, $16.00) is darker. Kat Von D Vanish (P, ) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #7 (LE, ) is darker. theBalm Score (LE, $16.00) is darker. Hello Kitty Hot Cocoa (LE, ) is darker. Make Up For Ever M540 Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is darker. Becca Ombre Nudes #3 (P, ) is darker, warmer. bareMinerals Trench Coat (LE, ) is darker. LORAC Latte (P, ) is warmer. Smashbox Taupe (P, ) is darker. Buxom Star Treatment (P, $12.00) is darker. Too Faced Nudie (P, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Cashmere Bunny (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

Pink Haze is a peachy-pink with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth consistency that applied well to the skin and lasted for eight hours before fading. NARS Goddess (P, $28.00) is darker. Sugarpill Kitten Parade (P, ) is darker, cooler. Viseart Pont des Arts (P, ) is less shimmery. Zoeva Sweeter End (P, ) is darker, more muted. Cle de Peau Baby Universe #2 (P, ) is darker. bareMinerals Future (P, ) is warmer. Make Up For Ever I524 Pinky Beige (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Urban Decay X (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler. MAC Jest (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Brown Sugar is a softened, medium-dark brown with warmer, yellow undertones and gold sparkle. It had semi-sheer coverage and the glitter didn’t bind with the powder, so it got everywhere but your eye. A lot of it was trapped in the brush or fell below my lid when I was blending it out, so there wasn’t a lot of fall out during wear as there just wasn’t much glitter to fall! I would recommend a tackier base to use with this one. It lasted seven hours on me. Laura Mercier Burnished Rose (LE, $23.00) is . NYX Bedroom Eyes (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Too Faced Cocoa Chili (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Tarte Pretty (LE, ) is warmer. Givenchy Inattendue #1 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer. Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Laura Mercier Bamboo (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Sketchbook (LE, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

NARS Hardwired Eye Kit
NARS Hardwired Eye Kit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hardwired Eye Kit

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