Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette ($54.00 for 0.48 oz. ) is a new, permanent neutral-hued palette that features 12 shades with one shade that’s shimmery and 11 that are touted as matte (a few have faint sparkle/shimmer in the pan but none of them looked shimmery on the skin to my eye). I don’t have an exact release date, just that it will be debuting in September and will be available at all retailers that sell Urban Decay (but I’d expect it to launch on Urban Decay’s website first).

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Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked Palette Naked Ultimate Basics
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
82%
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MAC x Star Trek The Naked Time & Bird of Prey Pressed Pigments

MAC The Naked Time Pressed Pigment ($23.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a light gold with warm, yellow undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had medium coverage applied dry, and it had full coverage when applied damp. The texture was smooth, lightweight, and blendable on bare skin, though some of the sparkles separate from the base powder when I worked to diffuse the edges of the initial application. The color lasted well for eight hours with minor fall out. Guerlain Petrouchka #1 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Minx (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Canter (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Sugar Frost (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Fringe (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Peach Sorbet (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Famous (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dior Golden Flower #3 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Dearest (P) is darker (90% similar). MAC In the Meadow #2 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Baby It's Gold Outside (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Chic (LE, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Best Makeup (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC The Naked Time Pressed Pigment
MAC Pressed Pigment The Naked Time
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
93%
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Too Faced x NikkieTutorials The Power of Makeup Palette

Too Faced x NikkieTutorials The Power of Makeup Palette ($56.00 for ) contains a slew of products for the eyes and cheeks. It’s a decent palette, but the eyeshadows have room for improvement, as they are not consistent. They also need to be applied over a primer in order to have decent or better pigmentation, to last at least eight hours, and for blending as some of the shades are drier and tended to sheer out when applied. Without primer, they have a more faded appearance and most of the shades lasted six to seven hours. I think the brand should have included their Glitter Insurance, instead of their standard Eyeshadow Primer (but worth reiterating is that Too Faced touts their eyeshadows as highly pigmented and long-wearing as a formula), because three of the eyeshadows, plus the glitter, absolutely need an adhesive base or else it is a one-way ticket to Fallout City.

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Too Faced x NikkieTutorials The Power of Makeup Palette
Too Faced NikkieTutorials Palette The Power of Makeup
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
Total
80%
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Bite Beauty Biscotti Multistick

Bite Beauty Biscotti Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark rosy plum with subtle, warm undertones and a natural sheen. Makeup Geek Desire (P, $10.00) is darker, less glossy (95% similar). NARS Sin (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Tea Petal (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Offshoot (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Sweet Samba (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C211 (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Dolce Vita (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Tampered (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #5 (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Sand Pink (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Fastplay (P, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Mascarpone (P, $24.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Mehr (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Bite Beauty Rhubarb (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Love Thing (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, warmer (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ravish (P, $55.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Ravenswood (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Bite Beauty Biscotti Multistick
Bite Beauty Multistick Biscotti
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Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
92%

Chantecaille Mermaid Eye Colors

Chantecaille Mermaid Eye Color ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is supposed to be a “richly pigmented,” “high shine, crease-proof” formula that can be used “wet or dry.” I initially thought it was a cream eyeshadow when I bought it, but it is actually a loosely packed powder–not unlike Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows or L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows. The feel and performance was similar across the four shades. The formula was richly pigmented, smooth, blendable, and easy to apply on the lid, but the one area that was less impressive was wear–I did get noticeable creasing after six hours. I tried it over an eyeshadow primer (Smashbox 24-Hour), and it seemed to solve longevity issues, as it lasted until I took it off (12 hours later). They can be used wet or dry, but I did not really find the two methods to differ in terms of results or ease of application.

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Chantecaille Seashell Mermaid Eye Color
Chantecaille Mermaid Eye Color Seashell
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Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
6.5
Application
5
Total
90%
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Bite Beauty Cocoa Multistick

Bite Beauty Cocoa Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a deep, chocolaty brown with subtle, warmer yellow undertones and a natural sheen. MAC Film Noir (P, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Brownie (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Earthshine (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Grunge (P, $20.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Pressed Amber (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Anise (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Bite Beauty Cocoa Multistick
Bite Beauty Multistick Cocoa
A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
90%