Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

NARS Pasiphae Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Pasiphae Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Pasiphae Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “shimmering peacock burgundy.” It’s a muted, medium-brown with lighter olive green shimmer-sheen; it seemed like a duochrome, but it doesn’t really shift noticeably. On the eye, it mostly looks like an olive green over a warmer, murky brown. The texture was soft, blendable, and easy to apply to bare lids, and the color wore for seven hours dry, eight hours damp before fading. Damp application yields much more opaque coverage, whereas dry application is sheer to semi-sheer. Giorgio Armani Green Iron (06) (P, $38.00) is darker, cooler. Gucci Beauty Fumé (Left) (P, ) is lighter, cooler. Too Faced Don’t Settle (LE, $16.00) is cooler. Kat Von D On the Road (P, $16.00) is cooler. bareMinerals Flicker (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever I628 Reptile (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. Kat Von D Hexagram (LE, ) is warmer. theBalm Runaround Rebecca (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NARS Telesto Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “brown with gold shimmer.” It’s a medium brown with warm, orange-y undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. Applied dry, it was mostly opaque, just looked lighter and less intense, and then applied damp, it was slightly darker and had a stronger sheen. It lasted for seven hours applied dry, almost eight when applied damp. Zoeva Subtle Blend (P, ) is darker. LORAC Dream Girl #8 (LE, ) is darker. Too Faced Puppy Love (P, ) is darker, cooler. Gucci Beauty Oxydus (P, $37.00) is warmer. Colour Pop Eve (LE, $5.00) is darker, brighter, warmer. Colour Pop Blaze (LE, $5.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Nephilim (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. Makeup Geek Pretentious (P, $5.99) is darker, warmer. Tarte Keepsake Frame (LE, ) is warmer. Anastasia Gilded (LE, $12.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever ME658 Golden Brown (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer. Make Up For Ever D640 Golden Snake (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Nude #6 (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer. MAC A Harvest of Greens #2 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary | NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is supposed to be sheer when applied dry, opaque when applied with a dampened brush, and this is sometimes true, sometimes not. Some shades are very sheer, while a few were quite pigmented dry. If you aren’t someone who likes to use their eyeshadows wet, then I would say to look elsewhere, but if you like the idea of two types of finishes and color coverage, you may like these. The texture is generally soft, blendable, and smooth, and the wear is average (seven to eight hours).

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Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Too Faced Love Palette
Too Faced Love Palette

Too Faced Love Palette ($49.00 for 0.50 oz.) contains fifteen eyeshadows split into three combinations. It utilizes a new formula with “slurry powder technology,” which ultimately gives them a slightly drier, dustier consistency that is harder to apply on bare skin. The formula is one that definitely needs to be used damp (and I think most shades could probably be used with a damp brush with no ill effect, but I haven’t tried it with all of the shades) or with an eyeshadow primer, preferably one with a little tack or thickness to it. The more sparkly shades create a lot of sparkle fall out while applying as well as during wear, as the sparkle tended to separate from the base color. The eyeshadows lasted for seven to eight hours on average with semi-opaque color payoff. I think a brown eyeliner might have been a better fit with these, as they run more faded/softer applied, and the black can be harsh–it’s certainly a dramatic choice.

Cherish is a light-medium peach with warm, orange undertones and a frosted finish. It had mostly opaque coverage with a soft, fairly smooth texture that blended and adhered well to the skin. It lasted for eight hours. MAC Hey (P, $16.00) is lighter. Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is cooler. Disney by Sephora Splendid (LE, ) is lighter. Clarins The Essentials #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. theBalm #7 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery. bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE, ) is darker. Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (P, $21.00) is cooler. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #7 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Tarte Rose Champagne (LE, ) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek In the Spotlight (P, $9.99) is brighter, more pigmented. Makeup Geek In the Spotlight (P, $9.99) is brighter, more pigmented. YSL Onde Sable (04) (P, $30.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Starry Eyed (P, $9.99) is darker, more muted. Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #1 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #1 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dearest is a light-medium gold with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. You could feel the sparkle pull away from the base color, so it had a more crumbly consistency and tended to have fall out during application (as I blended) as well as when worn (all over the under eye). It lasted for seven hours before fading. Milani Drenched in Gold (P, $6.99) is darker. Gucci Beauty Antique Gold (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, better quality. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is darker. theBalm #41 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery. Divergent Golden Honesty (LE, ) is less shimmery. Ardency Inn Sunday (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Divergent Golden Honesty (LE, ) is less shimmery. Ardency Inn Sunday (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Guerlain Petrouchka #1 (LE, ) is lighter. Colour Pop Fringe (P, $5.00) is lighter, cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Naked Bronze (Eye Color) (LE, ) is darker. Makeup Geek Rapunzel (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, lighter. LORAC Dream Girl #1 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. LORAC Gilded (LE, ) is less shimmery. Dior Contraste Horizon #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Adore is a soft, medium-dark copper with warm, orange-brown undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth texture that was a little dusty and tended to look sheerer on the lid as a lot of the color blends away. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. bareMinerals Imagine (P, ) is darker. MAC Magnetic Attraction (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #11 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter. Divergent Peaceful Shimmer (LE, ) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Trick (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter. Maybelline Caramel Cool (100) (LE, $6.99) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Gingersnap (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler. Maybelline Caramel Cool (100) (LE, $6.99) is more shimmery, lighter. Too Faced Cannes (P, $16.00) is brighter. MAC Sexy Eyes (LE, $16.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever D712 Creme Brulee (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Sexy Eyes (LE, $16.00) is darker. Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Roulette (P, $5.99) is darker. Colour Pop Sequin (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Desire is a medium-dark, golden brown with warm, caramel undertones. It had nice color coverage that went on very smoothly and evenly, and this shade wasn’t too dusty to work with, so it applied well. The color wore for eight hours before fading. Bobbi Brown Praline (LE, $21.00) is more muted. MAC Butterfudge (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Butterfudge (P, $16.00) is lighter. Milani Bella Cappuccino (03) (P, $4.49) is lighter. Chanel Tisse Mademoiselle #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, cooler. Chanel Tisse Vendome #1 (P, ) is lighter. Make Up For Ever I634 Praline (P, $21.00) is darker. Chanel Tisse Vendome #1 (P, ) is lighter. Colour Pop Desert (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever S638 Mocha (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Colour Pop Deluxe (P, $5.00) is darker. LORAC Dream Girl #2 (LE, ) is lighter. Givenchy Delicate #2 (P, ) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Amorous is a muted, purpled brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satin finish. It had decent pigmentation but was a little dusty and harder to blend on the skin without a base. It lasted for seven and a half hours. Chanel Tisse Camelia #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #7 (P, ) is lighter. Hourglass Exposure #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Smitten is a light, creamy pink with sparkle over a mostly satin finish and subtle, warmer undertones. It’s a little powdery and prone to sheering out when blended on the skin, though it starts with decent color coverage. Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery. MAC Sensibility (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Strange (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. bareMinerals Strawberry Mousse (LE, $14.00) is . MAC Rose Blend #1 (LE, ) is warmer. Chanel Tisse Riviera #2 (P, ) is more shimmery. Chanel Tisse Cambon #2 (P, ) is lighter, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Passion is a muted, medium-dark purple mauve with lighter gold sparkle and a metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation with a dusty consistency that sheers out easily. It doesn’t adhere that well to bare skin, especially as the sparkle dusts away. It lasted for seven hours but had a lot of fall out during wear. bareMinerals Catch Me If (P, ) is less shimmery. Colour Pop Tinsel (LE, $5.00) is warmer. Colour Pop Tinsel (LE, $5.00) is warmer. Ardency Inn Disco (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler. Colour Pop Cricket (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler. Cle de Peau Silver Eclipse #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Hourglass Exposure #5 (P, ) is less shimmery. Colour Pop Prickly Pear (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Viseart Vendome (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sweetie Pie is a light-medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had decent pigmentation with a smoother texture that adhered well to bare skin. On me, it lasted for eight hours. MAC Love Power (LE, $21.00) is darker. Too Faced Marshmallow (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Chanel Impulsion (93) (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter. MAC Pink Sensibilities #3 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Sephora Collection Star-Crossed Lovers (103) (P, $13.00) is darker, brighter. Chanel Jardin Zen #3 (LE, ) is darker, warmer. Too Faced Kindness is Free (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Dior House of Pinks #3 (LE, ) is cooler. Colour Pop Bubbly (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Chanel Tisse Rhapsodie #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Romance is a muted, medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. It was very pigmented but powdery, though it didn’t sheer out much when applied, so it ended up being one of the better shades in the palette. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Sleek MakeUP Entwined (P, $9.99) is lighter. Urban Decay Vengeance (LE, $18.00) is darker. bareMinerals Yes Please (P, ) is lighter. Make Up For Ever S616 Chocolate (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Terre (Right) (LE, ) is lighter. Too Faced Truffled (P, $16.00) is darker. Viseart Taupe (P, ) is lighter. Hourglass Atmosphere #3 (P, ) is lighter. Viseart Dark Matte #1 (P, ) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Obsessed is a deepened, burgundy-brown with warm undertones and a hint of plum paired with a soft, pearly sheen. It had intense pigmentation with a slightly dusty texture that seemed to make it harder to blend on bare skin. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. NARS Subra (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, cooler. Sleek MakeUP Genie (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever D830 Black Rose (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever S622 Black Brown (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever ME614 Graphite Brown (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. LORAC Granite (LE, ) is more shimmery. Tarte Lavender Bubble Bath (LE, ) is cooler. Tarte Bastille in the Night (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Dior Cuir Cannage #5 (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Giorgio Armani Senso (10) (P, $38.00) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Ripe Plum (Right) (LE, ) is cooler. Givenchy Tentation #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer. Charlotte Tilbury Mona Lisa (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Hourglass Graphite #3 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Hourglass Monochrome #5 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Devotion is a peachy gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had decent color payoff with a fairly smooth application, though it could have been better. It stayed on well for seven and a half hours for me. theBalm #7 (P, $6.50) is darker. Divergent Humble Sheen (LE, ) is cooler. LORAC Beige (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Chanel Tisse Vendome #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Sweet Sovereign (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Too Faced Nutmeg (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $5.99) is lighter. Dior Golden Shock #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #7 (P, ) is darker. Dior Golden Shock #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #7 (P, ) is darker. MAC Kitties (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Tarte Vivacious (LE, ) is less shimmery. Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #1 (P, ) is darker. Viseart Kifu (P, ) is less shimmery. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Darling is a softened, light-medium green with warm, golden pearl and a soft sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, lightly dusty, texture that applied well. On me, it lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Too Faced Very Merry (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Makeup Geek Shimmermint (P, $5.99) is darker. MAC 2 Dozen and One Greyhounds (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever I330 Linden Green (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler. Makeup Geek Jester (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, warmer. Sephora + Pantone Universe Kelp (LE, ) is warmer. Hourglass Color Field #4 (P, ) is darker, warmer. LORAC Clover (LE, ) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

XOXO is a soft, light-medium orange with warm undertones and a lightly frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that applied smoothly. On me, it wore for eight hours before fading slightly. Tarte Rose Champagne (LE, ) is lighter. Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (P, $21.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani Organica (Right) (LE, ) is warmer. MAC Mortal #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery. bareMinerals Shazam (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. NARS St-Paul-de-Vence (Left) (LE, $24.00) is darker. Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #1 (P, ) is lighter. Viseart Orange Topaz (P, ) is more shimmery, darker, brighter. Viseart Pont des Arts (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Dior Ambre Nuit #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Puppy Love is a soft, medium brown with warm undertones and a subtle, frosted sheen. It had nice color payoff with a smooth consistency that made it easy to work with. It showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear. MAC Sable (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. MAC Romantico (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Urban Decay YDK (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Kat Von D Papilio (P, ) is darker. CoverGirl Melted Caramel (330) (P, $4.99) is cooler. Too Faced Hazelnut (P, $16.00) is darker. Too Faced Hazelnut (P, $16.00) is darker. Too Faced Hazelnut (P, $16.00) is darker. Chanel Tisse Vendome #1 (P, ) is lighter. Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever ME612 Silver Brown (P, $21.00) is warmer. Stila Thought (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Tarte Keepsake Frame (LE, ) is warmer. Laura Mercier Crystal Beige (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, darker. Kat Von D Nephilim (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Everlasting is a blackened green that leans browner with a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had decent pigmentation but was dusty and prone to sheering out, so it always looked softer and more faded than it did in the pan. I had some trouble blending it out as well. The color started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. theBalm Lead Zeppelin (P, $16.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani Copper Wood (LE, ) is darker. Charlotte Tilbury Smoky Emerald (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. theBalm #42 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever D326 Black Bronze (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter. Kat Von D Covenant (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Zoeva Infusion (P, ) is less shimmery. MAC Green Clean #3 (LE, ) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Perfect Black is an intense black with a satin finish. It was richly pigmented and very, very creamy, so I had no problems applying it and never felt it tugging at the lash line. It is, however, so creamy that wear is an issue as it migrated to the corners of the eyes noticeably after seven hours of wear. Urban Decay Perversion (LE, $19.00) is less glossy. MAC Black Black (P, $16.00) is less glossy. MAC Graphblack (P, $16.00) is less glossy. MAC Black Ice (P, $20.00) is less glossy. MAC Smolder (P, $16.00) is less glossy. Giorgio Armani Black (01) (P, $28.00) is . Estee Lauder Blackened Black (LE, $20.00) is less glossy. Sephora Collection Black Lace (P, $9.00) is less glossy. Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacquer (P, $25.00) is darker. Guerlain Black Jack (01) (P, $30.00) is lighter. MAC Black Brilliance (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. MAC Black Brilliance (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Urban Decay Perversion (P, $20.00) is less glossy. Sephora Collection Clubbing Stilettos (P, $9.00) is less glossy. MAC Blacktrack (P, $16.00) is less glossy. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, June 29th, 2015

MAC I Like 2 Watch Dazzleshadow
MAC I Like 2 Watch Dazzleshadow

MAC I Like 2 Watch Dazzleshadow ($20.00 for 0.06 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone brown with gold sparkles.” It’s an almost green-tinged gold set over a warmer, copper-brown base with a sparkling, metallic finish. Applied dry, it is sheer and dusty, which made it hard to work with as it diffused everywhere and tended to fade faster. Applied damp, it was much more opaque and smoother, so it adhered better to the lid and wore for seven and a half hours with moderate fall out. YSL Avant Garde #4 (P, ) is less shimmery. Lit Cosmetics Rich & Famous (P, $12.95) is more shimmery. Too Faced Twinkle (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Fyrinnae Lucky Charmed (P, $6.80) is less shimmery. NARS Etrusque (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Stargazer (P, $20.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Spell #1 (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Maybelline Bold Gold (P, $6.99) is less shimmery. MAC Gaelic Gold (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Old Gold (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, brighter. 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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Sunday, June 28th, 2015

NYX Prismatic Shadow
NYX Prismatic Shadow

Here are the remaining six shades of NYX Prismatic Shadow ($6.00 for 0.043 oz.)! The formula is supposed to be “fully pigmented” with a “brilliant metallic” finish and is available in twelve shades (see part one). Overall, the formula had good color payoff ranging from semi-opaque to opaque with soft, blendable textures that could get a little powdery and had a fair amount of fall out during application, while the wear was typically between seven and eight hours (no primer). I don’t think they’re truly metallic, but they have a good sheen but with more noticeable sparkle/shimmer, so I think they tended to look more frosted than truly metallic. Worth noting, I had originally purchased all twelve from Ulta online, and about half of them arrived broken. I ended up returning those and then purchasing directly from NYX, and only one (Tin) was broken. The formula seems particularly fragile as they are softly pressed into the compacts, so they crumble easily.

NYX Blue Jeans Prismatic Shadow ($6.00 for 0.043 oz.) is described as a “cobalt blue with silver shimmer.” It’s a muted, medium blue with a silvery sheen and frosted finish. It had decent to good pigmentation but looked a little faded at all times. The texture was soft but dry, and it was a shade that worked better with a damp brush (though NYX didn’t mention anything about this being a wet/dry formula from what I read). It lasted for seven hours before fading. MAC Wintersky (LE, $32.50) is darker. Dior Rivage #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, brighter. Urban Decay Strip (DC, $18.00) is lighter, more muted, cooler. Giorgio Armani #19 (P, $32.00) is lighter. theBalm Pipeline (LE, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Dive Bar (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. YSL Wet Blue (10) (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Frostbite Prismatic Shadow ($6.00 for 0.043 oz.) is described as a “white opalescent with blue pearl.” It’s a bright white with a bluish sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage with a powdery, slightly dry, texture that made it difficult to apply and build up color. It had signs of fading after seven hours of wear. Make Up For Ever D124 Crystalline White (P, $21.00) is warmer. Giorgio Armani Ecailles Black Pearl #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Giorgio Armani Ecailles Black Pearl #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery. MAC Pearl (LE, $32.50) is less shimmery. Maybelline Too Cool (P, $6.99) is cooler. MAC Pearl (LE, $32.50) is less shimmery. Maybelline Too Cool (P, $6.99) is cooler. Make Up For Ever D200 Crystalline Mauve Turquoise (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Nutcracker (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Guerlain Les Nuees #2 (LE, ) is warmer. Milani Bella Diamond (30) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Mermaid Prismatic Shadow ($6.00 for 0.043 oz.) is described as a “opalescent mint with gold shimmer.” It’s a brightened, aqua green with subtle, warm undertones and warmer gold shimmer. It had good pigmentation but was prone to crumbling, so it didn’t smooth out as well on the skin as I would have liked. This was another shade that seemed to apply better with a damp brush or over a slightly tacky base. It faded within seven hours of wear. Lancome Fashion Forward (P, $19.00) is lighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever #53 (LE, $23.00) is warmer. MAC Lucky in Love (LE, $21.00) is darker. CoverGirl Turquoise Glow (325) (LE, $4.99) is darker, warmer. theBalm B2 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Too Faced Joy (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. theBalm #36 (P, $6.50) is warmer. Guerlain Blue Ocean (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Anastasia Aqua (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Guerlain Blue Ocean (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Smoke & Mirrors Prismatic Shadow ($6.00 for 0.043 oz.) is described as a “deep gunmetal grey with silver shimmer.” It’s a charcoal gray with lighter silver sparkle and warm, brownish undertones. It was noticeably sparkly and had some fall out during application as well as during wear, even though the base color lasted for almost eight hours. The texture was almost gritty as the sparkle tended to pull away from the base. Makeup Geek Galaxy (P, $5.99) is less shimmery. Giorgio Armani #21 (LE, $33.00) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Silver Shoes (LE, ) is less shimmery. theBalm Surf’s Up (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Stila Black Diamond (P, ) is cooler. MAC Smoky Black Friday #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Chanel Tisse Paris #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Uninhibited #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. Viseart Diane (P, ) is less shimmery. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #5 (LE, ) is lighter, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Jaded Prismatic Shadow ($6.00 for 0.043 oz.) is described as a “deep green with light green shimmer.” It’s a muted, dark forest green with soft, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation that blended out easily without being too powdery. The color stayed on well for eight hours before fading. Inglot #414 (P, $6.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Envy (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, darker. Fyrinnae Boot Season (P, $6.80) is warmer. Chanel Tisse Venitien #4 (P, ) is darker, warmer. MAC Legendary Lure (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler. Make Up For Ever ME310 Fir Tree Green (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Anastasia Emerald (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer. Too Faced Christmas Tree (LE, $16.00) is brighter, cooler. Urban Decay Floss (LE, $18.00) is darker, cooler. Kat Von D Craft (LE, ) is warmer. Sephora Collection Hidden Treasure (114) (LE, $13.00) is lighter, warmer. Guerlain Les Precieux #1 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. Milani Bella Emerald (18) (P, $4.49) is brighter, warmer. Clarins Garden Escape #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Rouge Bunny Rouge Whispering Ibis (P, $19.00) is lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Tin Prismatic Shadow ($6.00 for 0.043 oz.) is described as a “metallic silver.” It’s a brightened, light silver with a frosted finish. It had decent to good pigmentation that went on fairly evenly, but it could have been a little smoother on the lid for more even coverage. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Lancome Style Section (P, $19.00) is less shimmery. Buxom Chihuahua (P, $18.00) is darker. Le Metier de Beaute Platinum (P, $30.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Shellshock (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker. Sleek MakeUP Pretty in Paris (LE, $9.99) is lighter, brighter. Tarina Tarantino Lovely #1 (P, ) is lighter. theBalm #34 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever ME116 Silver (P, $21.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever D118 Platinum (P, $21.00) is more muted. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #3 (LE, ) is darker. Kat Von D Moonshine (LE, ) is less shimmery. Buxom Pure Platinum (P, $12.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Crystal (LE, $18.00) is warmer. Disney by Sephora Your Voice (LE, ) is lighter. L’Oreal Primped & Precious (LE, $7.99) is darker. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, June 27th, 2015

NYX Prismatic Shadow
NYX Prismatic Shadow

NYX Prismatic Shadow ($6.00 for 0.043 oz.) is a “fully pigmented” powder eyeshadow formula designed to have a “brilliant metallic” finish and is available in twelve shades. This post covers six of the twelve, with the other six to be reviewed shortly. Overall, the formula had good color payoff ranging from semi-opaque to opaque with soft, blendable textures that could get a little powdery and had a fair amount of fall out during application, while the wear was typically between seven and eight hours (no primer). I don’t think they’re truly metallic, but they have a good sheen but with more noticeable sparkle/shimmer, so I think they tended to look more frosted than truly metallic. Worth noting, I had originally purchased all twelve from Ulta online, and about half of them arrived broken. I ended up returning those and then purchasing directly from NYX, and only one (Tin) was broken. The formula seems particularly fragile as they are softly pressed into the compacts, so they crumble easily.

NYX Bedroom Eyes Prismatic Shadow ($6.00 for 0.043 oz.) is described as a “deep brown metallic.” It’s a medium-dark, bronzy brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. The texture was incredibly soft and almost crumbly, so it can be a little powdery to work with. It had good color coverage and blended easily on the skin. The wear came in at eight hours before fading. MAC Twinks (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Inglot #421 (P, $6.00) is darker. Chanel Charming #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Milani Intermix (P, $6.99) is darker. MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Clarins The Essentials #7 (LE, ) is darker. Clarins The Essentials #7 (LE, ) is darker. Too Faced Tiger’s Eye (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Mortal #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Dior Cuir Cannage #4 (P, ) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Spice (LE, $42.00) is less shimmery. Anastasia Gilded (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Kat Von D Nephilim (LE, ) is lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Fireball Prismatic Shadow ($6.00 for 0.043 oz.) is described as a “rusty orange with red opalescence.” It’s a medium-dark, reddish-copper with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had excellent color coverage with a soft, smooth texture that blended really easily on the skin. There was slight dryness/powderiness to it in the pan, but it didn’t look that way applied. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. Le Metier de Beaute Innocence (DC, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Brash (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Coppering (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Magnetic Attraction (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Star Myth (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #3 (P, $9.99) is darker. MAC Gingersnap (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. NARS Cambodia (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Sexy Eyes (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Divergent Peaceful Shimmer (LE, ) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Leila (416) (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever D708 Pinky Copper (P, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever D712 Creme Brulee (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Red Alert (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Roulette (P, $5.99) is lighter, cooler. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Girl Talk Prismatic Shadow ($6.00 for 0.043 oz.) is described as a “opalescent pink.” It’s a light, pink-tinged peach with hints of beige and warmer undertones paired with a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation with a fairly soft, blendable texture that was less powdery compared to other shades in the range. It applied well and stayed in place for eight hours. Inglot #397 (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer. Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle (LE, $30.00) is darker. MAC Naked Lunch (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Urban Decay Sin (P, $18.00) is warmer. MAC Jest (P, $16.00) is warmer. LORAC Champagne (P, ) is less shimmery. theBalm D2 (LE, $16.00) is lighter. LORAC Beige (P, ) is lighter. Make Up For Ever I524 Pinky Beige (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Hello Kitty Apple Pie (LE, ) is darker, warmer. Chanel Envol (847) (LE, $36.00) is warmer. NARS Valhalla (P, $24.00) is darker, more muted, warmer. MAC Bouffant (LE, $16.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #2 (LE, ) is darker, more muted. Cle de Peau Baby Universe #2 (P, ) is darker. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Golden Peach Prismatic Shadow ($6.00 for 0.043 oz.) is described as a “soft peach with gold shimmer.” It’s a lightly brightened, light-medium coral with warm, pink-red undertones and golden frost. It had very nearly opaque coverage with a lightly powdery, but fairly blendable, texture that sat well on the lid. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading. Urban Decay Freelove (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. Inglot #407 (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer. Makeup Geek Cosmopolitan (P, $5.99) is darker, warmer. Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #2 (P, ) is less shimmery. MAC Mortal #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Shark Attack (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Anastasia China Rose (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer. Buxom Glitz Factor (P, $12.00) is less shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #6 (P, ) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Liquid Gold Prismatic Shadow ($6.00 for 0.043 oz.) is described as a “deep copper gold.” It’s a rich, brightened copper with warm, orange undertones and a lighter, golden metallic sheen. The eyeshadow as intensely pigmented with a really smooth, blendable texture that wasn’t powdery at all. It wore for eight and a half hours on me. MAC Espresso Blend #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #3 (P, $21.00) is lighter. LORAC Nude #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever ME700 Amber (P, $21.00) is lighter. Tarte Candlelit Dinner (LE, ) is cooler. Make Up For Ever ME728 Copper Red (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Lucky (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Luscious (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Caramel (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Guerlain Petrouchka #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. Too Faced Bon Bon #2 (P, $16.00) is lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Butterum (LE, ) is lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Toasted Nut (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. LORAC Unleashed (P, ) is more shimmery. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Punk Heart Prismatic Shadow ($6.00 for 0.043 oz.) is described as a “deep plum with purple shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy purple with warm, reddish-brown undertones and a frosted finish. It had fairly good pigmentation with a drier, powdery texture that was blendable and adhered well to the skin for the most part, but it was a bit messy to work with and faded after seven hours of wear. Inglot #445 (P, $6.00) is lighter. MAC Rare Find (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Universal Appeal (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Remix (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek Sensuous (P, $5.99) is darker, warmer. NARS Phoebe (P, $29.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Diapason (92) (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker. Kat Von D Love Letter (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Plum Grand (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Cle de Peau Silver Eclipse #2 (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Urban Decay Last Call (P, $18.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Uncut (P, $18.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Friday, June 26th, 2015

NYX Highlight & Contour Palette
NYX Highlight & Contour Palette

NYX Highlight & Contour Palette ($25.00 for 0.72 oz.) is a set of four highlight powders and four contour powders. All of the shades included in the palette can be purchased individually, and the palette is refillable, so shades can be removed or rearranged. The only downside is that they don’t sell the palette empty, and there are two additional highlight powder shades (Bone, Soft Peach) and two additional contour powder shades (Sienna, Saddle) available as singles (each single is $5.00). I liked that two of the four highlighters had some shimmer to them, so for those who like a little sheen to their highlight, you’ll have those options, and you can always tamp down the satiny sheen by dusting one of the more matte highlight powders on top to stretch out the others if you like less shimmer. The contours all had a semi-matte to satin finish, so none were totally matte, and they looked natural on the skin without looking too shimmery or too flat. I had some trouble blending out the contour shades at times, and I had the best luck by applying with a more feathery brush to lay down the general outline of the contour, and then going back to darken as needed. The highlight shades are soft and smooth but powdery.

Highlight Powders

Ice Queen is described as a “pearly pale white.” It’s a very light, cool-toned white with a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque coverage that was buildable to fully opaque color if desired, though it’s likely a shade worn more diffused for most, so luckily, it blends out quite easily. It just slightly emphasizes pores if I’m not careful or don’t buff it out enough. It lasted for eight hours on me. Cle de Peau Pastel (11) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, darker. L’Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is cooler. LORAC Shimmer Highlight (P, ) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Soft Light is described as a “matte nude.” It’s a very light, white-beige that is fairly neutral in undertone paired with a matte finish. The texture was soft and smooth but noticeably powdery. This looked chalky against my medium skin tone, so it is probably better mixed with one of the contours or for fairer skin tones than mine. The coverage was semi-opaque and slightly buildable, but with how powdery it was, it tended to sheer out if you blended out the edges at all. It started to fade after seven hours. NARS Highlight (P, ) is warmer. Kat Von D Lucid (P, ) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Cream is described as a “matte soft yellow.” It’s a soft, buttery yellow with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a really soft, smooth consistency that was easy to blend and apply to the skin, though it was powdery in the pan. On me, it started to fade after seven and a half hours. Dolce and Gabbana Eva (P, $51.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Lyric (P, ) is lighter, cooler. LORAC Yellow Highlight (P, ) is lighter, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Nectar is described as a “pearly soft peach.” It’s a light-medium, yellowed peach with warm undertones and a soft, frosted shimmer. It was less frosted compared to Ice Queen. The texture was soft, blendable, and slightly powdery/dry but didn’t appear dry on the skin. The shimmer didn’t emphasize the skin’s natural texture or pores. It wore well for seven and a half hours before turning a little patchy/faded. IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is more shimmery. MAC Star! (LE, ) is more shimmery. Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Contour Powders

Tan is described as a “matte soft brown with slight red undertones.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a smoother texture that was slightly firmer to the touch, and it could have been a little more blendable on the skin. I started noticing fading after eight hours of wear. NYX Sculpt (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. Urban Decay Toasted (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Contour (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P, ) is lighter, warmer. MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is lighter. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Smashbox Bronze (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Toffee is described as a “matte neutral brown.” It’s a muted, medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a satin sheen. This was one of the more shimmery contour shades (it’s not matte at all!). The color payoff was fully opaque, while the texture was smooth without being powdery. It lasted for eight hours on me. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Contour (P, ) is less shimmery. Too Faced Dark Cocoa (P, ) is lighter. Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sculpt is described as a “matte taupe.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with a hint of gray overtones but the stronger, more orange undertones made it look warmer and browner. It had a very slight satin sheen, but it was the more matte of the four contour shades in the palette. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky texture that was a smidgen powdery. This shade blended fairly well on the skin, and it wore for eight hours. NARS Paloma Contour (P, ) is lighter, warmer. MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is warmer. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is lighter, warmer. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Kat Von D Shadowplay (P, ) is lighter, warmer. NYX Tan (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Hollow is described as a “matte deep brown.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a slightly firmer consistency, which made blending more challenging than desired. Once on, it stayed put for eight hours. Kat Von D Subconscious (P, ) is less shimmery. LORAC Deep Contour (P, ) is cooler, better quality. Marc Jacobs Beauty Contour (P, ) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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