Friday, June 12th, 2015

Viseart Neutral Matte (01) Eyeshadow Palette
Viseart Neutral Matte (01) Eyeshadow Palette

Viseart Neutral Matte (01) Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00 for 0.84 oz.) contains twelve matte (well, mostly) neutral eyeshadows. When it comes to their eyeshadow palettes, the Neutral Matte palette is considered the “base” where this is the one you start with, and the other palettes build on this one, particularly the shimmery ones like Bridal Satin, Sultry Muse, and Paris Nude (though you can get looks out of them as is, but you have to love your shimmer). According to the brand, the formula is supposed to be pigmented, smooth, blendable, and long-wearing, and the palettes/eyeshadows are made in small batches (which is what is said to be the reason for why restocking can take awhile). All of the shades in the palette were very soft and silky to the touch, finely-milled, and fairly pigmented, though some shades were more semi-opaque and buildable, while others were quite pigmented from the get-go. A few of the shades are more semi-matte to satin-matte, where they lack the flatness of a truly matte eyeshadow but look like a “natural matte” finish applied, so even some of the lighter shades are less prone to looking dry or chalky on the skin. They all wore well for nine hours on me before fading (no primer). Its greatest strength to me is really that they adhere and apply to bare skin without the necessity of primer, and they tended to blend easily without turning patchy or uneven. It’s worth taking a look at if you’re in need of more matte, warm-toned neutrals in your stash, but if you’ve already stocked up on many a neutral palette in the last few years, these are dupable (182 dupes across the twelve shades).

The brand has been around for awhile as a more artistry/professional brand, but Sephora recently started to carry some of their products (four of their eyeshadow palettes specifically, but there are additional ones; I have personally shopped through Muse Beauty and bought three more through them, shipping was $10, but they shipped from SF so I got mine to what amounted as overnight delivery). I hope Sephora will start carrying the other palettes, though, to make it more and more accessible.

Cannelle is a muted, mediuum peachy-brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The texture was soft, smooth, blendable, and easy to work with, as it yielded mostly opaque color payoff and lasted for nine and a half hours on me. MAC Layin’ Low (P, $18.50) is less shimmery, lighter. Laura Mercier Ginger (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever M650 Cookie (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever M664 Fawn (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Satin Ochre (Right) (LE, ) is lighter. Make Up For Ever S706 Milk Toffee (P, $21.00) is darker. Too Faced Peanut Butter (P, $16.00) is darker. Kat Von D Ludwin (P, ) is lighter. Colour Pop Selfie (P, $5.00) is brighter. Colour Pop Just a Sip (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter. Urban Decay Riff (P, $18.00) is darker, brighter. Urban Decay Riff (P, $18.00) is darker, brighter. Too Faced Honey Butter (P, $16.00) is lighter. Buxom Invite Only (P, $12.00) is darker. First 15 dupes listed, please click the links to see additional dupes: Viseart Beige (P, ) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Beige is a light-medium, muted peach with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good color payoff that was buildable to opaque, but it wasn’t fully pigmented. The texture was soft and a little powdery, but it remained blendable and applied well to the lid in practice. On me, the color lasted for nine hours before fading. Viseart Cannelle (P, ) is lighter. Laura Mercier Ginger (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker. Viseart Cannelle (P, ) is darker. Kat Von D Ludwin (P, ) is darker. Tarte Peach Poppy (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler. bareMinerals Shhh… (P, ) is more shimmery. Colour Pop Just a Sip (LE, $5.00) is darker. Kat Von D Geek (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Bamboo (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Samoa Silk (DC, $16.00) is less shimmery, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sable is a light beige with warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation with a soft, smooth consistency that blended well on the skin without looking powdery or dry. It started to fade after nine hours of wear. Urban Decay Skimp (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Brule (P, $16.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Countess (LE, ) is darker. Urban Decay Bleach (LE, $18.00) is . MAC Her Mistress (LE, $16.00) is darker. Kat Von D Damned (LE, ) is lighter. Tarte Just Malt Away (LE, ) is more shimmery. Makeup Geek Vanilla Bean (P, $5.99) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #4 (P, ) is lighter. Hourglass Graphite #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Dior Sundeck #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery. theBalm #24 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery. Tarte Sand Out from the Crowd (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Kat Von D Laetus (P, ) is darker. Hourglass Color Field #1 (P, ) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Ivoire is a lightly, brightened white with neutral undertones and a matte finish. It was semi-opaque with a silky texture that was surprisingly soft without turning powdery. It lasted for nine hours before fading. Sugarpill Tako (P, $12.00) is cooler. Bobbi Brown White (LE, $22.00) is cooler. Inglot #373 (P, $6.00) is brighter, cooler. MAC Chill (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #10 (LE, $16.00) is warmer. LORAC White (P, ) is cooler. Hello Kitty Milk (LE, ) is brighter. Makeup Geek White Lies (P, $5.99) is darker. Kat Von D Banshee (LE, ) is brighter. Kat Von D Liberatus (P, ) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Chocolat is a muted, dark brown with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a satin finish. It had decent to good color payoff, but the texture was a little firmer compared to the other shades and wasn’t as easily blended in comparison. The color still wore well for nine hours, though. Inglot #327 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, warmer. MAC Brown Down (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Kat Von D Wolf (P, ) is cooler. Chanel Charming #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Guerlain Two Spicy #2 (P, ) is more shimmery. Tarte Multi-Tasker (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Kat Von D Leather (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Farah (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Hourglass Obscura #4 (P, ) is less shimmery. Colour Pop Fairfax (P, $5.00) is cooler. MAC Choco Cake (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Kat Von D Sytry (P, ) is less shimmery. Tarte Powerful (LE, ) is less shimmery. Becca Ombre Nudes #5 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. First 15 dupes listed, please click the links to see additional dupes: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Brique is a medium-dark, copper-brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It was richly pigmented, silky-smooth, and blendable on the lid and lasted for almost ten hours on me. MAC Body Conscious (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. MAC Saddle (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Cleopatra (P, ) is darker. Inglot #122R Middle (P, $6.00) is brighter. Anastasia Sienna (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. Zoeva Substitute for Love (P, ) is more muted. Sephora + Pantone Universe Chutney (LE, ) is less shimmery. Too Faced Peanut Butter (P, $16.00) is lighter. Anastasia Morocco (P, $12.00) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever S706 Milk Toffee (P, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever S604 Teak (P, $21.00) is cooler. Make Up For Ever S602 Cinnamon (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted, cooler. Make Up For Ever M704 Canyon (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. Kat Von D Wrath (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. LORAC Dream Girl #2 (LE, ) is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Taupe is a muted, medium-dark brown with warm, caramel undertones and a satin sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth consistency that was easy to work with on bare skin. The color started to fade after nine hours of wear. Inglot #360 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Texture (P, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Twice Baked (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker. Too Faced Semi-Sweet (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Laura Mercier Café au Lait (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Makeup Geek Hipster (P, $5.99) is warmer. Laura Mercier Café au Lait (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Sleek MakeUP Entwined (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, lighter. LORAC Unspoken (P, ) is less shimmery, warmer. Too Faced Truffled (P, $16.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever M630 Sweet Chestnut (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, cooler. MAC Clove (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Dior Cuir Cannage #3 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer. MAC Clove (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Dior Cuir Cannage #3 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer. First 15 dupes listed, please click the links to see additional dupes: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Cafe is a medium, taupe brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had excellent pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency that sat well on the skin. On me, the color started to fade after nine hours of wear. Make Up For Ever M540 Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Vanish (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever M540 Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever M558 Dark Taupe (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Primal (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever M630 Sweet Chestnut (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Too Faced Fawned of You (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. Stila Being (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Tarte Merci You Later (LE, ) is lighter. LORAC Brown (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer. Laura Mercier Stone Taupe (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. Tarte Taupe of the World (LE, ) is darker. Urban Decay Dare (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Fix (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Too Faced Puddin’ (P, $16.00) is darker. First 15 dupes listed, please click the links to see additional dupes: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Charbon is a medium-dark black with a satin finish. This shade had the most sheen out of the entire palette, but it seemed to make it more blendable than some matte black eyeshadows are, so perhaps that’s the reason for that slight sheen. The texture was soft, smooth, and had a slightly firmer press compared to other shades. I started to see fading after nine hours of wear. MAC Dark Dare (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. Sugarpill Bulletproof (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. Anastasia Coal (LE, $12.00) is . Giorgio Armani Obsidian (01) (P, $38.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Perversion (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Rêve d’Orient #4 (LE, ) is darker. Make Up For Ever M100 Black (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever S102 Onyx (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Caviar (LE, ) is less shimmery. Chanel Tisse Riviera #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. NARS Sycorax (P, $29.00) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek Corrupt (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, darker. Viseart Tuxedo (P, ) is more shimmery. Milani Bella Black (12) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Souris is a muted, dark gray with a “warmer” leaning though it still seemed cool-toned overall with a matte finish. I thought this was the worst performer of the palette, as it was prone to sheering out and didn’t adhere as evenly as other shades. The texture felt soft but somewhat powdery. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. MAC All Woman (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Graphic Nature (P, ) is darker. LORAC Charcoal (P, ) is darker. MAC Smoked Cocoa #4 (LE, $16.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Velvet Charcoal (P, $14.00) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Cendre is a softened, medium-dark taupe with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had decent to good color payoff but wasn’t as pigmented as other shades. The eyeshadow had a slightly firmer press, and it wasn’t as blendable as the other shades. It stayed on well for eight and a half hours. Urban Decay Rewind (LE, $18.00) is warmer. MAC Brains & Brawn (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Slate (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer. bareMinerals Head Over Heels (LE, ) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Eyeshadow #2 (LE, ) is warmer. Urban Decay Undone (LE, $18.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever M558 Dark Taupe (P, $21.00) is warmer. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, warmer. Too Faced Risque (P, $16.00) is warmer. Colour Pop Adios (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Laura Mercier Stone Taupe (LE, $23.00) is warmer. Tarte Power Player (LE, ) is warmer. theBalm Dig It (LE, $16.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Tabac is a medium-dark brown with warmer undertones and a subtle gray tint paired with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation that applied smoothly and evenly to the skin, and it was easily blended and diffused. On me, the color wore well for nine hours. NARS Bali (P, $24.00) is darker. MAC Deep Brown (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Brun (P, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Rewind (LE, $18.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Get Ahead (LE, ) is warmer. Make Up For Ever M630 Sweet Chestnut (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever M558 Dark Taupe (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Noble Spirit (LE, $16.00) is less pigmented, lower quality. MAC Lofty (LE, $16.00) is darker. Tarte Eiffel for You (LE, ) is darker. Urban Decay Undone (LE, $18.00) is darker, cooler. MAC Aromatic (P, $16.00) is warmer. Rouge Bunny Rouge Umber Fire Finch (P, $19.00) is more shimmery. Buxom Big Spender (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer. Tarte Espresso Yourself (LE, ) is lighter. First 15 dupes listed, please click the links to see additional dupes: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Friday, June 12th, 2015

MAC Dazzleshadow
MAC Dazzleshadow

MAC Last Dance Dazzleshadow ($20.00 for 0.03 oz.) is described as a “peach beige with pink sparkles.” It’s a light, yellowed peach that shifts to more of a pink-orange sheen. The texture was soft and lightly emollient, but it tended to crumble if you weren’t careful. Applied dry, it was chunkier and semi-sheer, while damp application was semi-opaque but buildable to full coverage with two to three layers. It started to crease and had a lot of fall out by six hours when used dry, and it lasted closer to eight hours when used damp with slightly less fall out. Used over a glitter adhesive, I only saw minimal fall out and no creasing or fading after a ten-hour wear period. Colour Pop Shark Attack (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek In the Spotlight (P, $9.99) is darker, brighter, warmer. Makeup Geek In the Spotlight (P, $9.99) is darker, brighter, warmer. Colour Pop Too Soon (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Urban Decay Fireball (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. bareMinerals Future (P, ) is less shimmery, warmer. Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #3 (LE, ) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Slow/Fast/Slow Dazzleshadow ($20.00 for 0.03 oz.) is described as a “bronze with red sparkles.” It’s a muted, rosy brown with copper and pink sparkles. The texture was noticeably grittier and more prone to looking “dry” on the skin–almost like the formula was separating the sparkles from the color base as it was applied to the skin, which made it harder to work with dry (and it lasted for five and a half hours before creasing). When I used it damp, it was a little easier to apply, though the best way was to pat it in place with a fairly dampened brush, and this helped it to last seven hours before fading. There was a lot of fall out dry, a fair amount damp, and then minimal (and ten-hour wear) with a glitter adhesive. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Haze (LE, $42.00) is less shimmery, cooler. L’Oreal Amber Rush (P, $7.99) is darker. Tarte Rose to the Top (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Chanel Laurier Rose (127) (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery. Chanel New Moon (97) (LE, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Dive (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Toxic (LE, $18.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Let’s Roll Dazzleshadow ($20.00 for 0.03 oz.) is described as a “red bronze with sparkles.” It’s a brightened, medium copper-red with warm, orange undertones and a slew of pink and copper sparkle. The texture has that slightly wet-feel to it, but it goes on more like a powder and certainly blends like one. It had semi-opaque coverage dry and full coverage damp. The wear dry came in at six and a half hours, while damp got me closer to eight, though there was significant fall out either way (less with damp application). When applied over a glitter adhesive, it stayed on for ten hours without fading or creasing, and the fall out was minimal. MAC Spicy Smoke (LE, $32.50) is less shimmery, darker. Zoeva Warm Notes (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala Glitter (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Sonic (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Toxic (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Can’t Stop, Don’t Stop Dazzleshadow ($20.00 for 0.03 oz.) is described as a “deep plum purple with sparkles.” It’s a brightened, coppery plum with warm undertones and lighter pink and purple sparkle and flecks of shimmer. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, while damp application yielded much richer, opaque coverage. It wore for six hours before creasing with a lot of fall out dry; eight hours with fading and some fall out damp; and ten hours with no fading or creasing and minimal fall out over a glitter adhesive. Urban Decay Last Call (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. MAC Plummed (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Tarte Plum Away With Me (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Make Up For Ever ME840 Pink Chrome (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. NARS Desdemona (P, $29.00) is less shimmery. Buxom Wild Nights (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Anastasia Sangria (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Try Me On Dazzleshadow ($20.00 for 0.03 oz.) is described as a “deep blue green with sparkles.” It’s a muted, medium-dark bluish-green with cooler undertones and warmer olive-gold and blue sparkle over a metallic sheen. It had so-so pigmentation applied dry, but it was very sparkly and chunky to work with, so it didn’t go on as evenly and the sparkle tended to look more like “dirt” on the skin when it wasn’t catching the light. The color lasted for six hours dry but had a ton of fall out to deal with. When I applied using a dampened brush, it was smoother and the sparkle embedded better with the base color, and the color stayed on for eight hours but still had a moderate amount of fall out. I had the best luck applying it over a glitter adhesive, which minimized fall out and extended wear to ten hours. Colour Pop Krinkle (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. Sleek MakeUP Hocus Pocus (LE, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shoshanna (414) (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, brighter. MAC Legendary Lure (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker. Chanel Jade Shore (LE, $34.00) is warmer. Giorgio Armani #16 (P, $33.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Let’s Boogie Dazzleshadow ($20.00 for 0.03 oz.) is described as a “black with sparkles.” It’s a muted, charcoal black with gold and silver sparkle and flecks of shimmer. The texture on this one was noticeably grittier than the other shades, which made it very mess to work with, especially if you did more than just pat it into the skin. It had semi-opaque coverage both damp and dry, but it was smoother damp. Applied dry, it lasted for six hours before creasing with a lot of fall out, while damp application yielded no creasing but some fading after eight hours and moderate fall out. When applied over a glitter adhesive, there was minimal fall out and no fading after ten hours of wear. Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacklight (306) (LE, $32.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Moonspoon (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented, warmer. MAC Jet Couture (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. Tom Ford Beauty Black Oyster (Cream) (LE, $42.00) is less shimmery, cooler. Urban Decay Scorpio (P, $20.00) is warmer. Colour Pop Deck (P, $5.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Friskie (P, $5.00) is darker. Givenchy Inattendue #2 (P, ) is less pigmented, warmer. Viseart Diane (P, ) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: The texture has a slightly emollient feel, but it is primarily a powder eyeshadow. It’s not really gritty, as the sparkles are flatter and less textured, but it’s not quite smooth like your traditional powder eyeshadow, because it is packed with sparkle. The wear is poor when used dry; there is a fair amount of fall out as well as creasing within six hours, and there’s a tendency for the color to sheer out as it is blended on the lid. Even just applying the eyeshadow with a damp brush improves the wear to eight hours with minor creasing and less fall out but still a moderate amount. I also used Too Faced’s Glitter Glue, which these are harder to blend over (workable but requires extra brushes), but the primer intensifies the base color while making the finish appear more sparkly. I think they’re an improvement as far as your standard powder eyeshadow that has sparkle or glitter in it (think of MAC Lustres as a good example), but it’s not a perfect formula. You’ll still want to use a good, slightly tacky base underneath to maximize the performance of both color payoff as well as wear. Check out part one for a full overview of the formula.

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Thursday, June 11th, 2015

MAC She Sparkles Dazzleshadow
MAC She Sparkles Dazzleshadow

MAC Dazzleshadow ($21.00 for 0.03 oz.) is a new formula that launches online on June 11th and hits stores on June 18th (July for international locations). The formula is supposed to have “rich pigments [that] adhere to the lid” with a “twinkling sheen.” The “liquidform ‘bridge’ texture” gives it “superior adhesion and performance, minimizing fallout.” MAC didn’t note whether they could be used with a damp brush, though I used all with a damp brush (as well as dry and over primer), and I didn’t notice any adverse changes to the surface texture of any of the shades. The texture has a slightly emollient feel, but it is primarily a powder eyeshadow. It’s not really gritty, as the sparkles are flatter and less textured, but it’s not quite smooth like your traditional powder eyeshadow, because it is packed with sparkle. A lot of the shades had more of a duochrome nature and others shifted based on the amount of sparkle (the sparkly bits reflected light more, giving the color a lighter appearance at certain angles but not a real color shift).

The wear is poor when used dry; there is a fair amount of fall out as well as creasing within six hours, and there’s a tendency for the color to sheer out as it is blended on the lid. Even just applying the eyeshadow with a damp brush improves the wear to eight hours with minor creasing and less fall out but still a moderate amount. I also used Too Faced’s Glitter Glue, which these are harder to blend over (workable but requires extra brushes), but the primer intensifies the base color while making the finish appear more sparkly, even from the get-go. I think these are easier to work with when you’re only using one or two shades, but using them altogether with no other powder eyeshadows was a little more challenging, as they do not blend out as evenly as the glittery bits tend to give the edge a rougher, more uneven look as some bits of sparkle are spread but not the rest.

I think they’re an improvement as far as your standard powder eyeshadow that has sparkle or glitter in it (think of MAC Lustres as a good example), but it’s not a perfect formula. You’ll still want to use a good, slightly tacky base underneath to maximize the performance of both color payoff as well as wear. It is also comparable to several other formulas on the market in terms of feel and performance: Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eyeshadow, MAC Pressed Pigments, Urban Decay Moondust, Tom Ford, Charlotte Tilbury, Gucci.

MAC She Sparkles Dazzleshadow ($21.00 for 0.03 oz.) is described as a “light grey with silver sparkles.” It’s a muted, light-medium pewter with warm, beige tones paired with a sparkling, metallic finish. This was one of the better shades in the collection, as it had a stronger base color and less sparkle, which resulted in stronger color payoff, better application, and less fall out. It wore well for seven hours before creasing (worn dry), eight hours (worn damp), ten hours (with adhesive primer). Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery. MAC Palladium (LE, ) is less shimmery. Guerlain Two Stylish #1 (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Dior Constellation (864) #2 (LE, ) is warmer. Dior Etoile (021) (P, $31.00) is lighter. Sephora Collection Lunar Eclipse (98) (P, $13.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Telepathy (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever D552 Crystalline Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. Tarte C’est La Vie (LE, ) is warmer. Colour Pop I Heart This (P, $5.00) is warmer. Hourglass Graphite #5 (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Colour Pop Ice (LE, $5.00) is warmer. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #4 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. Sugarpill Tiara (P, $13.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Boom Boom Room Dazzleshadow ($21.00 for 0.03 oz.) is described as a “light burgundy with emerald sparkles.” It’s a reddish-burgundy with warm, coppery undertones paired with fine green shimmer that shifts from copper-brown to bluish-teal. It had semi-sheer coverage applied dry, which amplified to semi-opaque applied damp, but it is a very sparkly shade, so the fall out during wear was noticeable. It lasted for six hours (worn dry), seven hours (worn damp), ten hours (with adhesive primer). Urban Decay Solstice (P, $20.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Feel the Fever Dazzleshadow ($21.00 for 0.03 oz.) is described as a “deep blue purple with pink sparkles.” It’s a muted, purply taupe with cooler undertones and multi-colored shimmer and sparkle, primarily blue and pink. It had the same color coverage applied dry as it did damp, which was mostly opaque. The texture was lightly emollient with good glide and adhesion, but it adheres better damp as it goes on smoother and the sparkles seem to bind better with the underlying color. There was a fair amount of fall out after six hours when worn dry, a little less fall out when worn damp where it lasted for closer to seven hours. I had minor fall out and longer wear (ten hours) when applied over a glitter adhesive. MAC Get Physical (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. MAC Electroplate (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. MAC Black Grape (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC 2x Dare #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is lighter, warmer. MAC Grand Galaxy (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Frost at Midnight (LE, $21.00) is warmer. Too Faced Sugar Plum Fairy (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Too Faced Nashville (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Fathoms Deep (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, cooler. Maybelline Black Orchid (130) (LE, $6.99) is less shimmery, lighter. Giorgio Armani Shadow (07) (P, $38.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Ether (P, $20.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Darkstar (LE, ) is less shimmery. Colour Pop Meow (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, warmer. First 15 dupes listed previously, see even more dupes: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Say It Isn’t So Dazzleshadow ($21.00 for 0.03 oz.) is described as a “dark grey with pink sparkles.” It’s a muted, medium-dark gray with silver and pink sparkle over a metallic finish. It was very sparkly, so applied dry, it was less pigmented and more prone to fall out during wear and creased within six hours. Applied damp, it was easier to work with, as it adhered better and lasted a little longer (seven hours) with fall out but not as much as dry application. It wore for ten hours over a glitter adhesive with minimal fall out. Kat Von D Piaf (LE, ) is less shimmery. MAC Tundra (LE, ) is less shimmery. L’Oreal Liquid Diamond (P, $7.99) is less shimmery, lighter. bareMinerals Gunmetal (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Sleek MakeUP Acid #11 (P, $9.99) is less shimmery. NARS Jardin Perdu (Left) (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Get Physical Dazzleshadow ($21.00 for 0.03 oz.) is described as a “purple with light blue sparkles.” It’s a muted, medium-dark purple with warmer, plummy undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied damp, it was mostly opaque. I had some fall out by the end of six hours when I wore it dry, and then slightly less but still noticeable fall out after seven hours when I wore it damp. Over a glitter adhesive, it lasted closer to ten hours with minimal fall out. MAC Grand Galaxy (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. MAC Feel the Fever (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. Sugarpill Strangeling (P, $13.00) is lighter, brighter. Make Up For Ever D926 Blueberry (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, brighter. NARS Jardin Perdu (Right) (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Urban Decay Voodoo (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Black Grape (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Hoodoo (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter. NARS Canberra (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Plumluxe #3 (P, ) is warmer. MAC Feel the Fever (LE, $21.00) is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

LORAC Dream Girl Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Dream Girl Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Dream Girl Eyeshadow Palette ($24.00 for 0.70 oz.) includes ten eyeshadows, with two of those being oversized (the “highlighters”) in a range of neutrals and pops of color with the palette leaning warm in undertone. Some of the shades were easy to use, while others were prone to sheering out when applied to bare skin and really needed an eyeshadow primer or slightly tacky white base to pop/look their best.

Dream Girl #1 is a buttery, yellow gold with warm undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had a soft, denser texture that was smooth and blendable on the skin while adhering well. It wore well for eight hours. bareMinerals Standing O (P, ) is less shimmery. Hourglass Color Field #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. MAC Canter (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Brass Knuckles (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Gucci Beauty Antique Gold (P, $37.00) is darker, cooler. Anastasia Legend (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Golden Hours #3 (LE, $21.00) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #4 (LE, ) is darker, warmer. MAC Captivating #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer. bareMinerals Rising Star (LE, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dream Girl #2 is a medium-dark brown with warm, orange undertones and a satin finish. The texture was somewhat powdery, so it had sheerer color coverage on the skin. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Viseart Marais (P, ) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Riff (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. Viseart Brique (P, ) is darker, brighter. Colour Pop Desert (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever S706 Milk Toffee (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Sable Riche (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker. Dior Atlantique #5 (LE, ) is darker. Disney by Sephora Bazaar (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. MAC One to Watch (P, $21.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dream Girl #3 is a light-medium coral-orange with a pearly, golden sheen. It had so-so pigmentation with a dusty consistency that made it prone to sheering out when applied. It started to fade after seven hours of wear. MAC Paradisco (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. MAC Paradisco (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #6 (P, ) is darker, cooler. Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #2 (P, ) is darker, cooler. Urban Decay Freelove (P, $18.00) is cooler. Makeup Geek Cosmopolitan (P, $5.99) is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dream Girl #4 is a muted, medium-dark bluish-teal with a mostly matte finish. The texture was powdery and thin, which made this apply poorly on bare skin. It was better patted over another shade or else applied over an eyeshadow primer or white base. It showed signs of fading after six and a half hours on me. Makeup Geek Shark Bait (P, $5.99) is darker. theBalm C2 (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Inglot #338 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dream Girl #5 is a light-medium, golden copper with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had a really soft consistency that made it prone to thickening on the skin if you over-applied, so I highly recommend using less than you think you need, as it is quite pigmented with little product. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours. Makeup Geek Untamed (P, $9.99) is darker, brighter. Colour Pop KathleenLights (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Unleashed (P, ) is darker, warmer. Tarte Candlelit Dinner (LE, ) is darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Butterum (LE, ) is warmer. Make Up For Ever ME700 Amber (P, $21.00) is lighter. LORAC Nude #2 (LE, ) is darker. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #3 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Exquisite Ego #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Brownluxe #3 (P, ) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dream Girl #6 is a brightened, medium lavender purple with warm, pink undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. There was micro-glitter in this shade, so there was some fall out over time, though the underlying color lasted for eight hours.
Make Up For Ever D926 Blueberry (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. NARS Parallel Universe (Right) (LE, $24.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Dasher (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. Too Faced Live It Up (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. L’Oreal With a Twist (LE, $7.99) is darker. MAC Tropica (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler. MAC Cheers My Dear (LE, $21.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Light Violet (LE, $32.50) is lighter. MAC Butterfly Party (LE, $32.50) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dream Girl #7 is a softened, light-medium olive green with warm, golden pearl. It had decent color payoff, though it had a drier, thinner consistency that made it easily sheered out on the skin without a base. Makeup Geek Jester (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Kelp (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Poison Ivy (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, darker. MAC 2 Dozen and One Greyhounds (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler. Cle de Peau Stardust #2 (P, ) is darker. theBalm #16 (P, $6.50) is darker. Make Up For Ever I324 Bronze Khaki (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Tarina Tarantino Dandy Lion (LE, ) is darker. Gucci Beauty Mosaic (P, $37.00) is darker. Colour Pop Mirage (LE, $5.00) is lighter. Hourglass Color Field #4 (P, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dream Girl #8 is a dark bronzy brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had nice pigmentation with a soft, slightly dense texture that really needs to be pressed into the skin and must be laid down prior to any other shades. When I tried to blend it over a more satiny shade (from the palette), it applied as a crumbly brown and was harder to blend. The color wore well for eight hours. Zoeva Subtle Blend (P, ) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Aladdin’s Lamp (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Reign (LE, $18.00) is darker. Too Faced Cinnamon Sugar (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Snakebite (LE, $18.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Radar (P, $18.00) is cooler. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #3 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Le Metier de Beaute Autumn Rust (LE, $30.00) is darker. Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #4 (P, $30.00) is warmer. MAC Woodwinked (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Bronze (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Too Faced Brown Sugar (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Too Faced Haute Chocolate (LE, $16.00) is darker. bareMinerals Embellish (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dream Girl #9 is a brightened, subtly warm-toned white with a frosted sheen. It was very pigmented with a dense, buttery consistency that adhered well to bare skin and lasted for eight hours. Buxom Diamond Darling (P, $12.00) is less shimmery. MAC Smoky Black Friday #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Tarina Tarantino Dreamy #1 (P, ) is less shimmery. Too Faced Famous in a Small Town (P, $16.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Lunar Lights (P, ) is less shimmery, warmer. Too Faced La Croisette (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Viseart Yves (P, ) is more shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dream Girl #10 is a light peach with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had a softer, blendable texture that was a little dusty on the skin and faded after seven and a half hours of wear. theBalm D2 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Summer Honey (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #2 (P, ) is darker, warmer. theBalm #18 (P, $6.50) is warmer. theBalm #14 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker. Kat Von D Precious (LE, ) is darker. Chanel Tisse Venitien #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever I524 Pinky Beige (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Beige (P, ) is less shimmery, warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #2 (LE, ) is darker. Guerlain Les Precieux #2 (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Bouffant (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Cle de Peau Silver Eclipse #1 (P, ) is lighter, brighter. NARS Valhalla (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer. Tarte Champagne Bubble Bath (LE, ) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, June 8th, 2015

LORAC Pro Contour Palette
LORAC Pro Contour Palette

LORAC Pro Contour Palette ($45.00 for 0.74 oz.) includes three highlighters and three contouring powders. Five of the powders are matte, while one of the highlighters is frosted. The shimmery highlighter and medium contour powder are larger than the other four shades. It comes in a slim, cardboard packaging like the rest of the Pro palette range, plus a contouring brush, which is a nice, synthetic brush that doesn’t feel scratchy and blends fairly well. It seems to pick up a lot of product, even with a light hand, so those who prefer a subtler contour may want to choose another brush, while it doesn’t work as well for highlight placement. The powders are supposed to be “ultra-pigmented” and “blendable.” The texture of all of the powders is comparable to LORAC’s spring blush palette as well as their eyeshadows: very silky, finely-milled, and smooth but kicks up excess powder easily, so it can seem powdery.

It’s extremely similar to Kat Von D’s Shade + Light Contour PalettE, though these were even more matte (in general) and LORAC’s palette contains an overtly shimmery highlighter. Kat Von D’s palette doesn’t include a brush (though she has one designed for the palette) and is $45/0.72 oz., so they’re similarly sized, but you’ll find the six shades in Shade + Light are the same size.

Beige Highlight is a light beige with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky texture that was smooth but prone to kicking up excess powder, though it never looked powdery on the skin. From what I could tell (it doesn’t show up well on my skin tone), it lasted for eight hours. Too Faced Light Cocoa (P, ) is more shimmery, brighter. Kat Von D Lucid (P, ) is lighter, brighter. Dolce and Gabbana Eva (P, $51.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Light Contour is a light-medium brown with rosy, subtly warm undertones and a matte finish. It had excellent pigmentation with a really soft, smooth texture that was blendable on the skin and lasted for nine hours. Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P, ) is lighter, cooler. Kat Von D Sombre (P, ) is lighter, cooler. Inglot #504 (P, $15.00) is darker, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Yellow Highlight is a muted, light yellow with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, silky consistency that was blendable on the skin, but it did kick up a lot of excess powder in the pan, so use a very light touch to minimize waste. It wore well for eight hours on me. Dolce and Gabbana Eva (P, $51.00) is lighter, more muted. Kat Von D Levitation (P, ) is darker, warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Highlight (P, ) is darker, more pigmented, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Deep Contour is a subdued, dark brown with slight warm, reddish undertones and a mostly matte finish. The texture was soft to the touch with a silky, finely-milled feel that was slightly powdery if you weren’t careful, but it didn’t look powdery on the skin. I had a little trouble blending out this shade, which may have been the result of this one not adhering as well to bare skin as the other powders. I tried three different times, and I had to use a different brush (something more feathery) than the included brush in order to get a more blended out look. It wore well for nine hours on me. Kat Von D Subconscious (P, ) is warmer. Kevyn Aucoin Medium (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Coffee Walnut (LE, $20.00) is darker, glossier. Marc Jacobs Beauty Contour (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Medium (P, ) is lighter, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Shimmer Highlight is a pale, pink-tinged white with a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky texture that wasn’t too powdery to work with. It didn’t emphasize pores, though this one doesn’t smooth them out either. It’s more than just luminous, as you can see the shimmer particles. You can also mute the shimmer by dusting one of the more matte highlight powders on top. This shade lasted for eight hours on me. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is darker, warmer. Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder (LE, $72.00) is less shimmery. MAC Too Chic (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Luminous (P, $29.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Camelia de Plumes (LE, $76.00) is more shimmery, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Medium Contour is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation that went on smoothly and evenly, while the texture was silky and blendable. Like the other shades, the consistency is so soft that it is easy to kick up powder in the pan, but it didn’t look powdery or cakey applied to the skin. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on me. MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is cooler. Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P, ) is lighter. Kat Von D Shadowplay (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Kevyn Aucoin Medium (P, $44.00) is darker, cooler. Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Medium (P, ) is more shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty Contour (P, ) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, June 8th, 2015

Rouge Bunny Rouge Angelic Cockatiels Long-Lasting Eyeshadow
Rouge Bunny Rouge Angelic Cockatiels Long-Lasting Eyeshadow

Rouge Bunny Rouge Angelic Cockatiels Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “metallic finish golden honey.” It’s a muted, light-medium copper brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. The texture was soft and blendable, but it was drier and dusty to work with, so it was more prone to sheering out on the skin. The color wore well for seven hours before fading noticeably. Buxom Bold Bling (P, $12.00) is darker. Hourglass Exposure #3 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler. Colour Pop La-La (LE, $5.00) is brighter, warmer. Laura Mercier Rosegold (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter. 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. bareMinerals Bare Skin (LE, ) is less shimmery. bareMinerals Tan Lines (LE, ) is darker. Urban Decay Chopper (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker. Disney by Sephora All Aglow (LE, ) is more shimmery. Too Faced Y’all (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Whispering Ibis Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “rich iridescent fern-green with gold pearl.” It’s a soft, sage green with subtle, warmer undertones and a frosted finish. It had great pigmentation, but the texture was drier and powdery, which made it harder to apply with the same intensity as once you blended the color, it sheered out. It started to fade after seven hours of wear. L’Oreal Golden Emerald (P, $7.99) is more shimmery, darker. Milani Bella Emerald (18) (P, $4.49) is brighter, warmer. Sephora Collection Hidden Treasure (114) (LE, $13.00) is warmer. Inglot #418 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. Colour Pop Empire (P, $5.00) is brighter, cooler. Anastasia Emerald (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer. Make Up For Ever D306 Bottle Green (P, $21.00) is brighter, warmer. Sleek MakeUP Fauna (P, $9.99) is lighter, warmer. MAC Silver Sun (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Ulta Sage (P, $10.00) is lighter, warmer. Sephora Collection Rolling in the Grass (10) (P, $13.00) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer. Fyrinnae Boot Season (P, $6.80) is warmer. NARS Night Porter (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Mysterious Tinamou Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark blue with a pearly sheen. The texture was drier, thinner, and more powdery compared to most of the shades I’ve tried from the range. It had decent color payoff, but it didn’t adhere well to the skin unless applied with fingertips (so you can really press it against the skin). It faded in less than six hours. bareMinerals Controversy (LE, ) is darker. Colour Pop Coconut (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter. Lancome My French #8 (LE, ) is darker. Sephora Collection Stormy Seas (113) (LE, $13.00) is more shimmery, darker. Ulta Teal (P, $10.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #18 (P, $32.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever ME230 Peacock Blue (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Beehive Blue (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. L’Oreal Timeless Blue Spark (760) (P, $7.99) is more shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Madness (LE, $18.00) is brighter. Giorgio Armani Blue Beetle (34) (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, cooler. Urban Decay Haight (P, $18.00) is darker, brighter. Urban Decay Unhinged (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Dior Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Trumpeter Koel Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “dark lead-grey with lilac-blue iridescence.” It’s a muted, dark gray with a cool, bluish tint and a satin finish. It was powdery with a dusty texture that looked dry on the skin and was prone to sheering out. It had semi-opaque coverage as long as you patted it on and didn’t touch it. The color started to fade after six and a half hours of wear. Chanel Gris Exquis (LE, $29.50) is darker. Urban Decay Dagger (P, $18.00) is darker. Urban Decay Slanted (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer. Colour Pop Lovey Dovey (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Kat Von D Dios (LE, ) is lighter, more muted. Too Faced Chimney (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Chanel Fascination #3 (P, ) is darker. MAC Thunder and Rain #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker. Disney by Sephora Flotsam (LE, ) is darker. theBalm Matt McDonald (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Golden Rhea Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as an “iridescent pale gold.” It’s a muted, light-medium yellow gold with a frosted sheen. It had good color coverage with a soft, blendable consistency that was just slightly dusty. It lasted for almost eight hours. Chanel L’Intemporel de Chanel #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. MAC Lithe (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer. Guerlain Petrouchka #2 (LE, ) is darker, warmer. Anastasia Legend (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever S506 Linen (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Tarina Tarantino Taurella (LE, ) is lighter. theBalm D1 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Chanel Pearl River #2 (LE, ) is lighter. Makeup Geek Rapunzel (P, $5.99) is less shimmery. Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #1 (P, ) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: It is supposed to be a “lightweight” powder eyeshadow with “unprecedented adherence” that has “8-hour wear.” They’re available in individual compacts at $25 each, but the brand offers them in pan-only form (simple metal pan, same size as the compact version, just stripped of the plastic compact) for $19 through their website. Overall, the formula has a very soft texture that can get powdery or feel a little dry and dusty (depending on the finish/shade), so they are more prone to sheering out on bare skin. The wear is decent but rarely hits the eight-hour mark (without primer), though it isn’t significantly below the eight-hour wear time (six to seven hours), and it should wear longer over your favorite primer. They are blendable with semi-opaque to opaque color payoff.

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Angelic Cockatiels

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Whispering Ibis

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