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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Thursday, June 25th, 2015

LORAC PRO Matte Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC PRO Matte Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC PRO Matte Eyeshadow Palette ($28.00 for 0.144 oz.) contains eight matte eyeshadows in neutral shades ranging from white to brown to black. I think if you have all of the PRO palettes released, you probably have neutrals close enough to these. It’s a good palette, and it applied fairly well over bare skin, which isn’t always the case for LORAC’s eyeshadows, but it is very dupable. I would have liked to see one or two more mid-tone shades, as the overall look of the palette is quite dark and smoky.

Bare is a light beige with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture is very smooth and silky, though it kicked up excess product in the pan. It had good pigmentation and lasted for eight hours on me. Laura Mercier Vanilla Nuts (P, $23.00) is darker. theBalm #24 (P, $6.50) is warmer. LORAC Nude #1 (LE, ) is lighter. Make Up For Ever M500 Ivory (P, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever M532 Sugar Coated Candy (P, $21.00) is cooler. Anastasia Vanilla (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #4 (P, ) is lighter. Hourglass Graphite #1 (P, ) is cooler. Too Faced Coconut Crème (P, $16.00) is lighter. Too Faced Coconut Crème (P, $16.00) is lighter. Hourglass Color Field #1 (P, ) is lighter. Kat Von D Laetus (P, ) is warmer. Givenchy Delicate #4 (P, ) is lighter. Colour Pop Glow (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, cooler. Makeup Geek Baby Face (P, $5.99) is cooler. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Latte is a light-medium brown with a hint of gray and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff with a soft, silky texture that was a smidgen powdery in the pan. Applied, it lasted for eight hours before fading. NARS Yamal (LE, $24.00) is darker. Kat Von D Vanish (P, ) is darker, warmer. Make Up For Ever M536 Milk Tea (P, $21.00) is warmer. theBalm Score (LE, $16.00) is warmer, lower quality. Too Faced Fawned of You (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Hello Kitty Hot Cocoa (LE, ) is cooler. LORAC Brown (LE, ) is darker. Tarte Merci You Later (LE, ) is darker, cooler. Urban Decay Fix (LE, $18.00) is darker. Tarte Wanderer (LE, ) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #7 (LE, ) is darker. Becca Ombre Nudes #2 (P, ) is warmer. Too Faced Nudie (P, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Cashmere Bunny (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Buxom Gimme Gorgeous (P, $12.00) is less pigmented. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Corduroy is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, but it was one of those shades that seems really pigmented but seems to fade almost immediately upon hitting the eye–it appears softer applied than in the pan. The texture was very, very finely-milled but powdery (perhaps why it is prone to fading/sheering out). It wore for almost eight hours before fading. Inglot #342 (P, $6.00) is lighter. MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Faint (P, $18.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever M630 Sweet Chestnut (P, $21.00) is lighter. Chanel Charming #4 (LE, ) is darker. Kat Von D Leather (LE, ) is warmer. MAC Clove (LE, $16.00) is lighter. LORAC Unedited (P, ) is more shimmery. MAC Choco Cake (LE, $16.00) is more muted. Tarte Picnic Basket (LE, ) is warmer. Tarte Powerful (LE, ) is darker, more muted. Kat Von D Sytry (P, ) is darker. Urban Decay Whiskey (P, $18.00) is darker, more muted. Viseart Taupe (P, ) is lighter, warmer. LORAC Chocolate (P, ) is more muted, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Chocolate is a muted, dark brown with subtle, reddish undertones and a matte finish. It had decent to good color payoff that was buildable on the skin, but like Corduroy, it had a tendency to sheer down and look a bit faded applied. On me, it started to show signs of wear after eight hours. Inglot #363 (P, $6.00) is darker. MAC Cross-Cultural (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. NARS Coconut Grove (P, $24.00) is darker. MAC Embark (LE, $16.00) is cooler. MAC Ground Brown (P, $16.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Get Ahead (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. Laura Mercier Coffee Ground (P, $23.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Shadow Box (P, ) is darker. Tarte Don’t Turn A-Brown (LE, ) is darker. Tarte Eiffel for You (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, ) is darker, cooler. Anastasia Chocolate (P, $12.00) is warmer. Too Faced Chocolate Cake (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Tarte Multi-Tasker (LE, ) is darker. MAC Choco Cake (LE, $16.00) is lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Linen is a bright white with a matte finish. It had a very smooth consistency, but it was a little powdery to work with and turns chalky on my skin tone, so it will be more appropriate for fairer skin tones or layered over a good base for darker skin tones, I think. It had semi-sheer color payoff and lasted fors even and a half hours on me. Bobbi Brown White (LE, $22.00) is brighter. NYX Milk (P, $4.50) is brighter. Inglot #318 (P, $6.00) is brighter. LORAC White (P, ) is cooler. Make Up For Ever M126 Chalk (P, $21.00) is cooler. Too Faced Coconut Cream (LE, $16.00) is warmer, better quality. Viseart Cool Matte #1 (P, ) is warmer. Kat Von D Banshee (LE, ) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Pink Mauve is a dusty, muted, medium mauve with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too powdery. The color stayed on well for eight hours before starting to fade. Bobbi Brown Dusty Lilac (LE, $22.00) is darker. MAC Quarry (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Quarry (P, $16.00) is darker. Inglot #344 (P, $6.00) is darker. MAC Haux (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Haux (P, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Laced (P, $18.00) is lighter, cooler. Urban Decay Nooner (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler. Chanel Hasard (99) (P, $29.50) is darker, cooler. LORAC Mauve (P, ) is cooler. bareMinerals Velvet Mauve (P, $14.00) is brighter, warmer. Laura Mercier Cashmere (P, $23.00) is lighter, cooler. Tarte Rose to the Occasion (LE, ) is brighter, warmer. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (3) (P, $23.00) is brighter, cooler. LORAC Unconditional (P, ) is lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Burgundy is a muted, dark burgundy with warm, red-brown undertones and a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation with a soft, silky consistency that kept most of its color when applied, but it could have been easier to blend. On me, it started to fade after eight hours of wear. Too Faced Cherry Cordial (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer. NARS New York (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Deep Damson (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter, cooler. theBalm #13 (P, $6.50) is lighter. LORAC Dusty Plum (LE, ) is lighter, cooler. Make Up For Ever M608 Red Brown (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever M822 Plum (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. Anastasia Deep Plum (P, $12.00) is darker. Tarte You Look Mauveless (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

jet Black is a medium-dark black with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that wasn’t too powdery and blended without trouble. It started to fade after eight hours of wear for me. MAC Carbon (P, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Blackout (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. Sugarpill Bulletproof (P, $12.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Caviar (LE, $22.00) is darker. Buxom LBD (P, $12.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Shax (P, ) is . LORAC Black (P, ) is lighter. Tarte Fashionista (LE, ) is darker. Kat Von D Killing Moon (LE, ) is darker. Urban Decay Perversion (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery. theBalm Righteous (LE, $16.00) is darker. Anastasia Noir (P, $12.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever M100 Black (P, $21.00) is darker. Divergent Dauntless Ink (LE, ) is darker. Laura Mercier Noir (P, $23.00) is warmer. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Viseart Bridal Satin (03) Eyeshadow Palette
Viseart Bridal Satin (03) Eyeshadow Palette

Viseart Bridal Satin (03) Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00 for 0.84 oz.) contains twelve shimmery shades ranging from buttery yellow to violet to satiny black. You know you’re onto something when the lower scoring product is a B+ and its the lone B+ at that. The formula on these is incredibly buttery, dense, and richly pigmented, which made them easy to apply to bare lids and get long, extended wear (nine to ten hours). The ingredient list on this palette is actually quite different than the other two shimmery palettes I bought this year (I got this one last year), and I wonder if that accounts for the creamier, smoother texture of this palette, whereas Paris Nudes was a little softer and more powdery (to a small degree), as this felt noticeably different in texture, though performance was more comparable.

Champagne is a lightly brightened, light-medium buttery yellow gold with a frosted finish. There’s enough white in the base to give it more of a butter yellow coloring, but the strong sheen and warmer undertones make it appear golden, too. It was intensely pigmented with a rich, dense, and buttery texture that blended beautifully on the skin. It wore well for ten hours without fading or creasing. Disney by Sephora Sand in the Glass (LE, ) is less shimmery. MAC Lily White (2014) (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. MAC In the Meadow #2 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever D416 Crystalline Yellow (P, $21.00) is lighter. Anastasia Legend (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige (P, $21.00) is darker. Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Unlocked (P, ) is lighter. Guerlain Petrouchka #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Fresh Blade (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop High Tide (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Milani Bella Chiffon (28) (P, $4.49) is lighter. Milani Bella Chiffon (28) (P, $4.49) is lighter. Milani Bella Chiffon (28) (P, $4.49) is lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sterling is a bright, silvery white with a metallic sheen. It had nice pigmentation that went on smoothly and evenly as the texture was soft, lightly creamy, and blendable. It didn’t have any fading even after ten hours of wear. MAC White as Snow (LE, $32.50) is darker. Urban Decay Crystal (LE, $18.00) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Lovely #1 (P, ) is darker. Disney by Sephora Your Voice (LE, ) is less shimmery. Sleek MakeUP Pretty in Paris (LE, $9.99) is darker. Sleek MakeUP Pretty in Paris (LE, $9.99) is darker. Make Up For Ever D118 Platinum (P, $21.00) is darker. theBalm #34 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever D200 Crystalline Mauve Turquoise (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever D124 Crystalline White (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever ME202 Iceberg Blue (P, $21.00) is brighter. MAC Treasure Me (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Nimbus Cloude (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. Chanel Mysterio (102) (P, $36.00) is darker. Clarins Garden Escape #1 (LE, ) is more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Peony is a brightened, light-medium pink with subtle, warmer undertones and a very frosted, slightly metallic finish. It had really good color payoff, but the texture was a smidgen thick that it was easily over-applied, so use less than you think when initially using it. Once on, it stayed in place and looked immaculate ten hours later. Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #2 (P, ) is warmer. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #5 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Chanel Impulsion (93) (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. Milani Bella Pink (13) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery, lighter. Chanel Tisse Rhapsodie #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Milani Bella Rose (29) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery, darker. Rouge Bunny Rouge Capricious Nightingale (P, $19.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Blue Diamond is a brightened, bluish-white with a hint of silver in its frosted sheen. It had good color coverage with a blendable, creamy consistency that adhered well to bare skin. It wore well for ten hours on me. Sephora Collection Sweet Dreams (17) (P, $13.00) is warmer. Disney by Sephora Glass Slipper (LE, ) is more muted. theBalm #34 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery. Maybelline Hydrangea Hype (135) (LE, $6.99) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Orange Topaz is a brightened, light-medium orange with warm undertones and a frosted, lightly metallic sheen. The color payoff was fully opaque, while the texture felt soft, smooth, buttery, and blended like a dream. It was still going strong after ten hours of wear. Urban Decay Moonflower (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. LORAC Apricot (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Sun Tweaked (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Apricot (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Chanel Tisse Vendome #3 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. NARS St-Paul-de-Vence (Left) (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery. Anastasia Fresh Peach (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Velvet is a medium, taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a really dense, buttery texture that felt almost like a cream. It adhered exceptionally well to the skin and lasted for ten hours (and still no fading!). Urban Decay Derailed (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Mushroom (P, $18.00) is darker. bareMinerals Cheers (V2) (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever I550 Olive Gray (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever ME554 Gunmetal (P, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Cinder (Left) (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #2 (LE, ) is warmer. MAC Force of Nature #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer. Makeup Geek Mesmerized (P, $9.99) is darker. Too Faced Rum Raisin (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Tarte Steel the Scene (LE, ) is less shimmery. Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #3 (P, ) is lighter. Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #3 (P, ) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Violet is a brightened, medium purple with cool undertones and a frosted sheen. It had great color coverage that applied really smoothly and evenly with a soft, blendable consistency. The color lasted for ten hours on me before fading. Urban Decay Omen (P, $18.00) is lighter. Illamasqua Trance (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Fyrinnae Parental Advisory (DC, $8.25) is less shimmery, darker. Maybelline Potent Purple (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, more muted. Urban Decay Betrayal (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Sexy PB&J (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever D926 Blueberry (P, $21.00) is warmer. Colour Pop Dare (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Ardency Inn Royal (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Caitlin Rose (P, $9.99) is darker, more muted, cooler. Urban Decay Flash (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sapphire is a dusty, subdued, medium-dark blue with a hint of gray and a pearly sheen. It had decent pigmentation but was the weakest shade in the palette with a slightly powdery texture. It lasted for eight and a half hours before fading. Urban Decay Occupy (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker. theBalm Matt Horowitz (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Nautica (P, $5.99) is darker, cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Cobalt Rush #2 (P, ) is darker, cooler. Divergent Erudite Sapphire (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Ocean Breeze (P, $5.99) is darker, warmer. Chanel Tisse Riviera #1 (P, ) is lighter. Make Up For Ever I112 Chrome (P, $21.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Moonshadow (P, $18.00) is brighter, cooler. MAC Heavy, Black and Pendulous (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker. theBalm Pipeline (LE, $16.00) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Cashmere is a slightly muted, light-medium yellow gold with warm, gold and brown undertones and a frosted sheen. The color payoff was fully opaque, while the powder felt soft and smooth with good density. It lasted for ten hours on me. Viseart Camille (P, ) is more muted, cooler. Buxom Gold Status (P, $12.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #2 (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Colour Pop Snakebite (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter. LORAC Unlimited (P, ) is lighter, brighter. Tarte Dare to Be Gold (LE, ) is lighter. Colour Pop Amaze (P, $5.00) is lighter. Tarte No Champagne, No Gain (LE, ) is lighter, more muted. LORAC Copper (LE, ) is less shimmery. Tarte Up to No Gold (LE, ) is lighter. Stila Vitality (P, ) is lighter. Make Up For Ever I662 Amber Brown (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #2 (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter. Too Faced Honey Honey (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer. MAC Her Cocoa #1 (LE, $16.00) is warmer. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Copper is a softened, medium-dark brown with warm, orange undertones and a frosted sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a soft, buttery, and blendable consistency that nearly applied itself. This shade was still going strong after ten hours of wear. MAC Eclair (LE, $18.50) is darker. Urban Decay Lost (P, $18.00) is darker. CoverGirl Scorching Cocoa (355) (P, $4.99) is less shimmery. Illamasqua Dart (P, ) is warmer. MAC Divine Decadence (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $16.00) is darker. Clarins The Essentials #9 (LE, ) is darker, warmer. Anastasia Truffle (LE, $12.00) is darker, warmer. LORAC Mocha (P, ) is lighter. Too Faced Cote d’Azur (P, $16.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever ME612 Silver Brown (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever I606 Pinky Earth (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. LORAC Maroon (LE, ) is darker. Laura Mercier Crystal Beige (LE, $23.00) is lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Prune is a medium-dark, plummy purple with warm, pink undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff with a fairly soft and smooth texture that lasted for almost ten hours on me. Makeup Geek Masquerade (P, $9.99) is lighter, warmer. Urban Decay Backfire (P, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Frizzyplum (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Vanity (LE, $18.00) is darker. theBalm Surfari (LE, $16.00) is cooler. Urban Decay Remix (LE, $18.00) is darker, more muted. Dior Constellation (864) #4 (LE, ) is darker, cooler. MAC Violet Impact (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Dior Lilas Mitzah (176) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, cooler. NARS Caravaggio #2 (P, $24.00) is darker, more muted, warmer. MAC Highly Charged (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, cooler. Urban Decay Psychedelic Sister (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Grape (LE, $32.50) is darker. Buxom Schnauzer (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Overlook (P, $14.00) is warmer. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Tuxedo is a medium-dark, satiny black with subtle,w arm undertones. It had decent pigmentation, but the texture was a little drier, though it blended quite readily (which was a surprise). It wore well for nine hours. Make Up For Ever S102 Onyx (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. YSL Fetiche #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery. NARS Sycorax (P, $29.00) is less shimmery. Ulta Night Sky (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC A Waft of Grey #4 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. MAC Dark Dare (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. LORAC Caviar (LE, ) is less shimmery. LORAC Onyx (LE, ) is less shimmery. Rouge Bunny Rouge Volcano Fairy Wren (P, $19.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Rêve d’Orient #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Lancome My French #9 (LE, ) is cooler. Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Viseart Charbon (P, ) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Viseart Dark Matte (04) Eyeshadow Palette
Viseart Dark Matte (04) Eyeshadow Palette

Viseart Dark Matte (04) Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00 for 0.84 oz.) is a mix of darker, more satin to matte shades that range from brown to blue to plum. There were a few eyeshadows that were just average, while there were a few that were exceptionally lovely to work with. The eyeshadows that I had trouble with were workable, even on bare skin, and typically the less pigmented shades were buildable in practice. I was still a little disappointed to see issues in the palette, though, at this price point. The palette can be used to create looks using just the contents, but it does work better when paired with Viseart’s other palettes to bring in more light and mid-tone shades (which is how the palette system is designed to be used).

Dark Matte #1 is a lightly brightened, medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. The color payoff was rich, while the texture was silky and extremely easily blended out on the skin. It wore well for nine hours on me. MAC Uninterrupted (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter. Make Up For Ever S638 Mocha (P, $21.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Yes Please (P, ) is cooler. MAC Terre (Right) (LE, ) is warmer. MAC Clove (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Truffled (P, $16.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Preppy (P, $5.99) is lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Cocoa Brown (LE, ) is lighter, more muted. Sephora + Pantone Universe Carob Brown (LE, ) is lighter. LORAC Undeniable (P, ) is lighter. Hourglass Atmosphere #3 (P, ) is lighter. Hourglass Infinity #4 (P, ) is less shimmery. MAC Mumu (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Givenchy Delicate #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Mumu (LE, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #2 is a muted, medium-dark taupe brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had so-so pigmentation with a drier, powdery consistency that gave it a more faded appearance. It started to show signs of actual fading after seven and a half hours of wear. Make Up For Ever M558 Dark Taupe (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, cooler. Make Up For Ever M630 Sweet Chestnut (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer. Stila Being (P, ) is warmer. Tarte Eiffel for You (LE, ) is darker. LORAC Brown (LE, ) is lighter. Urban Decay Dare (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery. Tarte Dreamer (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Cocoa Brown (LE, ) is warmer. MAC Aromatic (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Unedited (P, ) is darker. Tarte Sweet Tea (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. Becca Ombre Nudes #4 (P, ) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #7 (LE, ) is lighter. Too Faced Cashmere Bunny (P, $16.00) is lighter. Buxom Big Spender (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #3 is a muted, medium-dark red-toned brown with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that ran a little powdery but didn’t look that way applied. It lasted for eight hours on me. MAC Soft Brown (P, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Beautyburst (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted. MAC Brown Script (P, $16.00) is darker. Viseart Dark Matte #4 (P, ) is cooler. Guerlain Turandot #3 (LE, ) is darker, cooler. Viseart Dark Matte #4 (P, ) is darker, warmer. Colour Pop Hot Tamale (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Hot Chocolate (LE, ) is darker. Colour Pop Mittens (P, $5.00) is darker. NARS Dolomites (Right) (LE, $24.00) is darker. MAC Amorous Alloy (P, $20.00) is more shimmery. Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear (P, $5.99) is darker. NARS Naiade (P, ) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #4 is a muted, medium brown with warm, orange undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque coverage that applied with smooth, even color and blended beautifully on the skin. It showed signs of fading after nine hours of wear. MAC Exposed (LE, $16.00) is darker. Guerlain Les Fauves #2 (LE, ) is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild To Muse and Carouse #2 (LE, $2.29) is lighter. theBalm C4 (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear (P, $5.99) is darker. Sisley Paris Toffee (7) (P, $47.00) is more shimmery. MAC Amorous Alloy (P, $20.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever S602 Cinnamon (P, $21.00) is lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Chutney (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Hot Chocolate (LE, ) is darker. Viseart Dark Matte #3 (P, ) is cooler. Buxom Filthy Rich (P, $12.00) is lighter. Zoeva Freshly Toasted (P, ) is darker. Viseart Dark Matte #3 (P, ) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #5 is a muted, medium-dark plum with warm, red undertones and a mostly matte finish. The texture felt a little soft and dry, so it had some powderiness to it, but it wasn’t too difficult to apply or blend on the skin. It wore well for eight and a half hours. Chanel Delicatesse #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery. MAC Deep Damson (P, $16.00) is darker. Laura Mercier Kir Royal (P, $22.00) is darker. Chanel Quadrille #1 (LE, ) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Stallion (LE, $9.99) is darker, cooler. MAC Sketch (P, $16.00) is darker, more muted. Viseart Dark Matte #6 (P, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #6 is a muted, medium-dark eggplant purple with subtle, warmer reddish tones and a semi-matte finish. The texture on this shade was a little firmer and drier, which showed in its application (fussy and harder to blend) and color payoff (semi-opaque). It lasted for eight and a half hours, though. bareMinerals Nightcap (P, ) is darker, brighter. MAC Palace Pedigreed (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #6 (LE, ) is more shimmery. MAC Hyperviolet (LE, $18.00) is darker. Kat Von D Fur Elise (P, ) is darker. Too Faced Charming (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Tarina Tarantino Deep Dahlia (LE, ) is darker. Kat Von D Hybrid Moments (P, ) is cooler. Tarte Plums Up (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Fabulous Three #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Chanel Pulsion (112) (P, $29.50) is darker, more muted. Sleek MakeUP Stallion (LE, $9.99) is darker. Colour Pop Doe-a-Deer (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler. Tarte Boudoir Noir (LE, ) is darker. Hourglass Exposure #2 (P, ) is darker. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #7 is a brightened, light-medium orange with warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly as the texture was silky and blendable. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Illamasqua Vulgar (P, ) is brighter. MAC Rule (P, $16.00) is darker. Disney by Sephora Rajah (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever M726 Sienna (P, $21.00) is lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild A Regular at the Factory #3 (LE, $2.29) is brighter. Ardency Inn Tangerine (P, $21.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Chickadee (P, $5.99) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #8 is a brightened, medium-dark orange with hints of rusty red and a satin finish. It had fantastic pigmentation with a silky, smooth, and blendable texture. The color lasted for nine hours before fading. Kat Von D Cleopatra (P, ) is darker. Buxom It Crowd (P, $12.00) is darker, brighter. Kat Von D Mandala (LE, ) is darker, brighter. Viseart Brique (P, ) is more muted. MAC Body Conscious (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Hot Paprika (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #9 is a muted, medium-dark purple with strong blue tones and a mostly matte finish. It had a silky texture that ran a little powdery, so it was prone to sheering out on the skin. On me, the color lasted for eight and a half hours before fading. Giorgio Armani #02 (P, $32.00) is brighter. bareMinerals Starry Night (LE, $14.00) is better quality. MAC Indigo Blend #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Too Faced De La Mer (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m His Breezey #3 (P, $2.29) is lighter. bareMinerals Maven (LE, ) is darker. Laura Mercier Deep Night (P, $23.00) is more muted, cooler. Wet ‘n’ Wild I Don’t Do Camouflage #2 (LE, $2.29) is lighter. MAC Naval (LE, $16.00) is lighter. NARS Kamchatka (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Graphology (DC, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Indian Ink (P, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Exotic Purple (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Cle de Peau Cosmic Aura #4 (P, ) is lighter. Tarte Le Cordon Bleu (LE, ) is brighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #10 is a deepened, muted navy blue with a satin finish. It was intensely pigmented with a slightly firmer consistency, but luckily, this just made it apply more intensely while still maintaining its blendability on the skin. It lasted for ten hours and left a slight stain behind, so you might want to use a primer with this one to avoid that. bareMinerals Lagoon (LE, $14.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Heroine (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. Giorgio Armani Minuit (02) (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever S226 Abyssal Blue (P, $21.00) is warmer. Too Faced De La Mer (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, more muted. Chanel Metamorphose (44) #4 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. MAC Prussian (P, $16.00) is warmer. Inglot #332 (P, $6.00) is lighter. Inglot #389 (P, $6.00) is darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #11 is a muted, medium-dark cool-toned green with a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff that was fairly buildable on the skin, and it blended without too much trouble, but it was on the powdery side. It started to fade after nine hours of wear. Giorgio Armani Emeraude (04) (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Green Room (LE, $16.00) is brighter, cooler. Giorgio Armani Iridescent Jade (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. bareMinerals Velvet Emerald (LE, $14.00) is lighter. MAC Bottle Green (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #12 is a slightly muted, medium-dark olive green with warm, khaki undertones and a semi-matte finish (there’s a slight sheen). It had excellent color payoff with a soft, smooth consistency that blended out easily and wore well for nine hours. Makeup Geek High Tea (P, $5.99) is darker. NARS Shade III (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Marsh (LE, $16.00) is lighter. theBalm Lead Zeppelin (P, $16.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Dirty Martini (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, darker. theBalm D4 (LE, $16.00) is darker. Clarins Forest #1 (LE, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Smashbox #SHAPEMATTERS Palette
Smashbox #SHAPEMATTERS Palette

Smashbox #SHAPEMATTERS Palette ($65.00 for 1.06 oz.) includes a brow wax, two brow powders, four face powders, nine eyeshadows, and a double-ended brush. The palette is neutral-to-warm in tone overall, with the contour powder leaning neutral, almost cool in tone. All of the products in the palette had fairly soft, finely-milled textures that were blendable and easy enough to use. The eyeshadows can be a little powdery to work with when applying without a primer for the powder to adhere to, so that would be my bit of advice when working with them: use a primer, though they are workable on bare skin. The more matte highlight shade may look chalky on medium and darker skin tones, and the more shimmery highlight powder has a strong white base and can be stark when not buffed out.

Brow Tech Powders

Taupe is a light-medium taupe brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency, but it may be a little too soft for brows (though works nicely as an eyeshadow). It wore for eight hours. Smashbox Soft Brown (P, ) is darker. Viseart Café (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. Too Faced Nudie (P, $16.00) is lighter, more muted. Make Up For Ever M540 Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is darker. Too Faced Cashmere Bunny (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Kat Von D Vanish (P, ) is lighter. Divergent Radiant Initiation (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Charcoal Brown (P, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Soft Brown is a medium-dark taupe brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had very nice pigmentation with a smooth, silky texture that blended well on the skin. This one wasn’t too soft or too firm. It wore well for eight hours before fading. MAC Charcoal Brown (P, $16.00) is lighter. Smashbox Taupe (P, ) is darker. Viseart Dark Matte #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. Viseart Café (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Viseart Tabac (P, ) is darker, cooler. Too Faced Cashmere Bunny (P, $16.00) is lighter. Tarte Taupe of the World (LE, ) is more shimmery. Laura Mercier Stone Taupe (LE, $23.00) is darker, cooler. Anastasia Warm Taupe (P, $12.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever M558 Dark Taupe (P, $21.00) is cooler. Dior Mirage (761) (P, $30.00) is lighter, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Contour & Highlight Powders

Contour is a medium-dark taupe brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque coverage that was buildable from semi-sheer to semi-opaque and more blendable in practice than it seemed swatched. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Kat Von D Sombre (P, ) is lighter. Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P, ) is warmer. LORAC Light Contour (P, ) is more shimmery. NYX Taupe (P, $5.00) is cooler. MAC Taupe (LE, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Bronze is a medium brown with soft, warmer yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good pigmentation with smooth texture that was slightly firmer in the pan, and I found it a little more difficult to blend out than most of the powders in this palette. It lasted for eight hours on me. MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is warmer. MAC Aphrodite’s Shell (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $65.00) is darker. Benefit Hoola (P, $28.00) is warmer. MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is lighter. Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights (P, $48.00) is warmer. Colour Pop Skinny Dip (P, $8.00) is lighter. MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is lighter, warmer. Colour Pop Bon Voyage (P, $8.00) is lighter, warmer. Kat Von D Shadowplay (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Highlight is a light yellow with a semi-matte finish–a very subtle sheen that gets lost on my normal-to-dry skin but may be more apparent on those with normal-to-oily skin types. The texture of this one is silky and smooth but excessively powdery to work with, so a little goes a long way and it is better to build up the color slowly. It started to fade after seven hours of wear. LORAC Yellow Highlight (P, ) is darker. Kat Von D Lyric (P, ) is darker, brighter. Dolce and Gabbana Eva (P, $51.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Glow is a muted, buttery gold with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff, but it was soft enough to be a little powdery and I felt like the shimmer came away from the powder (the two weren’t binding well), so more shimmer is pronounced on the skin compared to the underlying color–which is better for medium and darker skin tones. The shimmer didn’t emphasize pores for me, and the highlighter lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Tarte Champagne (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Photo Op Eyeshadows

Vanilla is a light beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage with a soft, lightly powdery texture that lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Wet ‘n’ Wild Naked Truth #2 (P, $2.29) is warmer. Urban Decay Anonymous (LE, $18.00) is lighter. LORAC Nude #1 (LE, ) is cooler. Urban Decay Righteous (LE, $18.00) is lighter, brighter. theBalm #24 (P, $6.50) is warmer. Dior Sundeck #1 (LE, ) is cooler. Too Faced Heaven (P, $16.00) is cooler. Too Faced Dream On (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Zoeva Bitter Start (P, ) is lighter. Too Faced Rock Candy (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #1 (P, ) is brighter, warmer. Tarte Compassionate (LE, ) is lighter. Kat Von D Damned (LE, ) is more shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #4 (P, ) is lighter. Too Faced Coconut Crème (P, $16.00) is lighter, cooler. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Totally Nude is a muted, medium pink with a hint of beige and warm undertones paired with a matte finish. The texture was slightly powdery but very silky in feel, while it had good pigmentation that adhered fairly well to the skin. It showed signs of fading after seven and a half hours of wear. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (3) (P, $23.00) is darker. Laura Mercier Cashmere (P, $23.00) is darker. bareMinerals Velvet Mauve (P, $14.00) is darker. Chanel Rose de Mai (P, $29.50) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Laced (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler. Inglot #359 (P, $6.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Champagne is a brightened pop of gold with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a metallic sheen. It’s a light-medium, orange-leaning gold with a frosted, metallic sheen. The texture was soft, silky, and a smidgen powdery to work with on bare skin, as it sheered out a little, but it blended well. The color wore for eight hours before fading. Dior Contraste Horizon #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Buxom Gold Status (P, $12.00) is darker. MAC Natural Vigor #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Kitties (P, $16.00) is lighter. Too Faced Nutmeg (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler. Ardency Inn Sunday (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Too Faced Honey Pot (LE, $16.00) is darker. Tarte Golden Locket (LE, ) is darker, cooler. Divergent Golden Honesty (LE, ) is darker. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is darker. Stila Vitality (P, ) is darker. Dior Night Golds #4 (LE, ) is darker. bareMinerals Surreal (P, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Stripped is a soft, medium orange with warm, yellow undertones and a pearly sheen. It had mostly opaque coverage with a silky, smooth texture that applied well to the skin. It faded after seven and a half hours, but it was easy to work with. bareMinerals Tres Chic (P, ) is lighter. bareMinerals Nirvana (P, ) is more shimmery. Buxom Famous Flirt (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #5 (P, ) is lighter, more muted. Kat Von D Ludwin (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Kat Von D Geek (LE, ) is darker. bareMinerals Shhh… (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Posh is a medium, rosy pink with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It’s a muted, medium pink with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had a soft, smooth consistency that applied well to bare skin and wore for eight hours. MAC After Dusk (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Rose Light (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Scratch (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. Maybelline Inked in Pink (P, $6.99) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #12 (P, $9.99) is cooler. bareMinerals Page Six (P, ) is lighter. Inglot #399 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker. Chanel Abstraction (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Platinum is a light-medium, golden pewter with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a fairly soft, smooth texture that was easy to work with on the lid. On me, the color wore for eight hours before fading. Viseart Jeu de Paume (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Anastasia Beigely (LE, $12.00) is lighter. Colour Pop I Heart This (P, $5.00) is more shimmery. Kat Von D Delaney (P, ) is darker. Kat Von D Telepathy (P, ) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sumatra is a dark brown with subtle, warmer undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a fairly soft, smooth texture that took a little extra effort to blend but lasted for eight hours. MAC Brown Down (P, $16.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Sytry (P, ) is warmer. Buxom Big Spender (P, $12.00) is lighter. Too Faced Sexpresso (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Becca Ombre Nudes #5 (P, ) is darker, warmer. MAC Ground Brown (P, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Chocolate Cake (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Tarte Eiffel for You (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. Tarte Dreamer (LE, ) is warmer. Hourglass Obscura #2 (P, ) is lighter. LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, ) is darker. Too Faced Knockout (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Make Up For Ever M626 Neutral Brown (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Shadow Box (P, ) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Aubergine is a blackened plum-purple with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. This was the hardest shade to work with, as it was a little stiffer and had trouble adhering as well to bare skin as some of the other shades. It lasted for eight hours before fading, though. MAC Black Plum (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Tarte Bombshell (LE, ) is brighter. Tarte My Own Cotes de Rhone (LE, ) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Rich Chocolate (LE, $22.00) is warmer. theBalm #27 (P, $6.50) is lighter, more muted. MAC Dynamic Duo 4 #2 (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler. MAC Spellcaster (LE, $16.00) is lighter. theBalm Matt Batali (LE, $16.00) is darker. bareMinerals Ensemble (LE, ) is more muted. MAC Shadowy Lady (P, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Blackout is a deep black with neutral undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wore well for eight hours. Milani Pitch Black (P, $5.99) is more shimmery. Sugarpill Bulletproof (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Carbon (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Panther (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. bareMinerals Black Leather (LE, $14.00) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek Corrupt (P, $5.99) is less shimmery. Guerlain Crazy Paris #6 (LE, ) is cooler. Wet ‘n’ Wild Three’s a Party #3 (LE, $2.29) is cooler. Urban Decay Crave (P, $18.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Blackout (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. theBalm Righteous (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Kat Von D Shax (P, ) is lighter. Kat Von D Killing Moon (LE, ) is . Anastasia Noir (P, $12.00) is less shimmery. Colour Pop Roulette (P, $5.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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