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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Look in a Box: Pretty Natural

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8/10

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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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Art of Colour

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8/10

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8.5/10

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7.5/10

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Bellini

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7/10

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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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Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

LORAC Black Skinny Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Black Skinny Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Black Skinny Eyeshadow Palette ($15.00 for 0.45 oz.) is a mix of darker neutral shades that ranges from a gray-ish beige to a medium-dark black. The quality is decent to good, but the more powdery formula could benefit greatly from an eyeshadow primer/base. A few shades are powdery enough where they don’t adhere smoothly to the lid or they’ll dust away as you blend them. The wear was decent at seven and a half hours on average, despite no primer. The darker shades were a little firmer and harder to blend, while the lighter shades felt very smooth and finely-milled (but on the powdery side).

Black #1 is a light, gray-tinged beige with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, finely-milled texture that was very smooth without being powdery. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Urban Decay Walk of Shame (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler. theBalm Adagio (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Cozy Grey (P, $16.00) is darker. Too Faced Meow (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Lifelike (P, ) is lighter, less pigmented. Too Faced Meringue (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Baby Face (P, $5.99) is darker. Colour Pop Glow (LE, $5.00) is lighter, brighter. Tarte Full Moon (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. theBalm Matt Smith (LE, $16.00) is cooler. theBalm B1 (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Orb (P, $16.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Black #2 is a light-medium, beige-brown with a sparkly, frosted sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a slightly drier texture where the shimmer seemed to separate from the powder, which made it harder to apply. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading. NARS Dione (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented. Rouge Bunny Rouge Rain Dove (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker. Laura Mercier Topaz (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. Smashbox Doe (P, ) is darker, warmer. Smashbox Flirt (P, ) is lighter. Dior Golden Reflections #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Kat Von D Vast (LE, ) is darker. bareMinerals Air (P, ) is less shimmery. MAC Fashion Beat (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. bareMinerals Ginger Sugar (LE, $14.00) is warmer. theBalm Stand-offish (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. NARS Ashes to Ashes (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Spotlight (LE, $18.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Black #3 is a light-medium taupe brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had excellent pigmentation with a soft, finely-milled texture that made it easily blended on the skin. It wore for seven and a half hours on me. LORAC Latte (P, ) is darker, warmer. Sephora Collection Smoke Signals (P, $13.00) is darker. Becca Ombre Rouge #1 (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Too Faced Nudie (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Hello Kitty Hot Cocoa (LE, ) is darker. Tarte Mud Mask (LE, ) is darker. Make Up For Ever M518 Nude (P, $21.00) is cooler. Kat Von D Vanish (P, ) is darker. NARS Yamal (LE, $24.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Black #4 is a softened, medium brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The texture was soft, though a little powdery, but blendable on the skin. This shade stayed on for seven and a half hours on me. Inglot #357 (P, $6.00) is warmer. theBalm Allegro (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Clove (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever S610 Almond (P, $21.00) is warmer. Cle de Peau Baby Universe #1 (P, ) is lighter. MAC Terre (Right) (LE, ) is warmer. Viseart Taupe (P, ) is more shimmery. Sleek MakeUP Entwined (P, $9.99) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever M636 Cappuccino (P, $21.00) is warmer. Makeup Geek Hipster (P, $5.99) is more shimmery, darker. Laura Mercier Café au Lait (P, $23.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Milk Chocolate (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. Chanel Charming #2 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. Too Faced Romance (P, ) is darker. Colour Pop Bravery (LE, $5.00) is darker. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Black #5 is a medium-dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish–there was a subtle sheen to the eyeshadow, but it was less apparent once applied. The texture was drier and stiffer, which made it harder to blend when used on the lid. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Sephora Collection Rocky (P, $13.00) is lighter. LORAC Chocolate (P, ) is darker. Sephora Collection #tbt (P, $13.00) is darker. LORAC Corduroy (P, ) is warmer. Viseart Jori (P, ) is more shimmery, warmer. Buxom Big Spender (P, $12.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Whiskey (P, $18.00) is warmer. Becca Ombre Nudes #5 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Tarte Powerful (LE, ) is darker. MAC Choco Cake (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Hourglass Obscura #4 (P, ) is warmer. Tarte Eiffel for You (LE, ) is darker. LORAC Unedited (P, ) is warmer. Urban Decay Vengeance (LE, $18.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Shadow Box (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Black #6 is a muted, medium-dark taupe with an almost pink-sheen. It had subtle, cooler undertones. The texture was powdery, and the coverage was semi-opaque at best. The color wore for seven and a half hours. Make Up For Ever I544 Pink Granite (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Mystere #3 (LE, ) is warmer. Makeup Geek Taupe Notch (P, $5.99) is darker, warmer. Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #2 (P, ) is lighter, warmer. LORAC Khaki (LE, ) is lighter. Zoeva Delicate Acidity (P, ) is more shimmery. NARS Oaxaca (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Black #7 is a medium black with a satiny sheen. The texture was firmer, which made this shade extremely difficult to blend as it turned quite patchy. It lasted for seven hours before fading. MAC Fashion Legend (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Oddfellow (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Sleek MakeUP Love in London (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Black Market (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Dark Dare (P, $20.00) is darker. Chanel L’Intemporel de Chanel #3 (LE, ) is darker. Viseart Charbon (P, ) is more shimmery. Viseart Tuxedo (P, ) is more shimmery. LORAC Onyx (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. YSL Fetiche #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Chanel Jardin Zen #4 (LE, ) is darker. Chanel Tisse Riviera #4 (P, ) is darker. See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

The Glossover

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palette

Black

B

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

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Black #1

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Product

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Texture

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Black #2

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Product

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7/10

Texture

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Sunday, July 12th, 2015

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

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my haul of Nordstrom Anniversary Sale beauty exclusives, which I photographed for the most part, but I still have a whole palette to swatch and then almost all of it still to test, so it’s going to be a bit. That leads me to: sneak peeks! The first I have ready to share with you is Laura Mercier Art of Colour Eye & Cheek Palette ($79.00), which includes eight eyeshadows and one blush, plus a mascara. I wish they had skipped the mascara and gone with a lower price.

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