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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Smoky Eye Bag

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Smoky Eye Bag
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Smoky Eye Bag

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Smoky Eye Bag ($42.50 for 0.50 oz.) includes a full-sized eyeshadow, cream eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara.  The three color products coordinated well together, but the Pro Longwear Paint Pot left something to be desired with regards to pigmentation and blendability, as it had a lot of slip, which gave it sheerer, uneven coverage in practice.

Value

  • Extra Dimension Eyeshadow: $20.00 for 0.04 oz.
  • Pro Longwear Paint Pot: $22.00 for 0.17 oz.
  • Technakohl Liner: $18.00 for 0.012 oz.
  • Mascara: $23.00 for 0.28 oz.
  • Total Value: $83.00

Fathoms Deep is a muted, dark purple with a metallic sheen and cool undertones. It had mostly opaque coverage dry, though it wasn’t quite as deep, and it wore well for six hours. Applied damp, it was fully opaque and wore well for eight hours. Giorgio Armani #3 (P, $33.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Feel the Fever (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Nashville (P, $16.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Inglot #420 (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Frost at Midnight (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Grand Galaxy (P, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Organica (Left) (LE) is lighter, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Bae (P, $5.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Estee Lauder Cyber Lilac (LE, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). L'Oreal Purple Priority (758) (P, $7.99) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Viseart Saint Germain (P) is less shimmery, warmer (80% similar). Giorgio Armani Shadow (07) (P, $39.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Too Faced Badass (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). MAC leap #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter (80% similar). Makeup Geek High Wire (P, $9.99) is lighter (80% similar). Sleek MakeUP Romance in Rome (LE, $9.99) is lighter (80% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Uptown Girl #2 (P) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Ardency Inn Purple Hearts (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). MAC Lapisluxe #2 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dream Scene is a light-medium, silvery blue with cooler undertones and a frosted sheen. The pigmentation was just so-so, which I expect is a result of the really emollient, thinner consistency, so it was very prone to sheering out and looking somewhat uneven. It was best as a sheerer wash of color or used as a base underneath powder eyeshadows. On its own, the color wore well for 12 hours, which is great wear but shy of the 15 hours claimed. MAC Water & Ice #1 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Just Breathe #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Hydrangea Hype (135) (LE, $6.99) is brighter (90% similar). Milani Bella Silver (20) (P, $4.49) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline Cool Crush (LE, $6.99) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Platinum (P, $30.00) is brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Shellshock (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Buxom Chihuahua (P, $18.00) is warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Iced Blue (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). YSL Wet Blue (10) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Maybelline Seashore Frosts (LE, $6.99) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Graphblack is a medium-dark black with a semi-matte finish. It had good pigmentation in one stroke, and the consistency was soft enough to glide across the lash line without tugging, but it is not so creamy that it slides around. The eyeliner wore for eight hours on me. MAC Definitely Black (P, $20.00)(100% similar). Buxom Call Me (P, $17.00)(100% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $20.00)(100% similar). NARS Via Veneto (P, $24.00)(100% similar). Guerlain Noir Volcanique (01) (P, $37.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Blacktrack (P, $16.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Urban Decay Zero (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Engraved (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). Guerlain Black Jack (01) (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Perfect Black (P, $18.00) is glossier (95% similar). Zoeva Black to Earth (P, $7.50) is lighter, glossier (95% similar). MAC Superfly (P, $16.00) is glossier (95% similar). Colour Pop Swerve (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Stila Stingray (P, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Black Brilliance (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Black Valley (P, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora All Black Everything (P, $14.00) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Black Lace (P, $10.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Black Moon (P, $24.00) is glossier (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Eye Bag Smoky Eye Bag
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
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NARS Look Closer Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Look Closer Eyeshadow Palette
NARS Look Closer Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Look Closer Eyeshadow Palette ($49.00 for 0.21 oz.) includes four eyeshadows and a miniature sized eyeliner. The eyeshadows actually felt much, much denser and more like a hybrid between cream and powder than NARS’ typical eyeshadow (which is often thin and either powdery or dusty). It’s an okay palette, but I think there are better versions of these types of shades.

Value

  • Eyeshadow: $25.00 for 0.07 oz. or $357.14/oz.
  • Eyeliner: $25.00 for 0.04 oz. or $625.00/oz.
  • Set Value: $71.43 worth of eyeshadow, $6.25 worth of eyeliner
  • Total Value: $77.68

Look Closer I is a light-medium beige with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was denser, but it appeared a little chalky when swatched, even though it was mostly opaque in coverage. It was harder to blend out evenly or to sheer out as it seemed to stick where it initially applied best. The color started to fade after seven hours of wear. Sephora Whitewashed (P, $12.00)(100% similar). Too Faced Banana Date (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Divergent Altruistic Almond (LE) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Real Fantasy (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Hope (P) is lighter, brighter, warmer (95% similar). Tarte Big Baby (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Hard Being the It Girl #3 (LE, $2.29) is more muted (95% similar). Tarte Breakfast in Bed (LE) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Daydream (LE) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Entomology (P) is warmer (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Naked Truth #2 (P, $2.29) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Shade I (2015) (LE, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Free Spirit (LE) is brighter (95% similar). LORAC Undressed (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Buxom Mix & Mingle (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Buff (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Tarte Nudes (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Tabby (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Moulder (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Look Closer II is a light-medium brown with warm, golden undertones and a slightly grayer, more muted overtone paired with a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation, but it tended to lift away with a few chunks from the denser, thicker consistency. These chunks would fall out during application but did not seem to impede to overall evenness and look of the eyeshadow on the lid. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Tarte Dancer & Prancer (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Spotlight (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Color Vibes (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Topaz (P)(90% similar). NARS Himalia (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever I538 Pearly Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Cle de Peau Stardust #3 (P) is warmer (85% similar). Tarina Tarantino Agate (P) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Dior Parisian Sky #1 (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). CoverGirl Melted Caramel Flame (350) (P, $7.99) is warmer (85% similar). theBalm Stand-offish (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Sweet Satisfaction (DC, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Clarins Nude #3 (P) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Anastasia Belize (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). Giorgio Armani Rose Ashes (11) (P, $39.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). bareMinerals Schmooze (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). Laura Mercier Bamboo (P) is warmer (80% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Bohemian Waxwing (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Look Closer III is a soft, dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, which was buildable to opaque coverage with two layers. The consistency was smooth, dense but blendable and easy to work with. This shade started to fade after eight hours of wear. Anastasia Fudge (P, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Choco Cake (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte One Too Manet (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte A Beautiful Degas (LE) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Ganache (LE, $23.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Corduroy (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Edgy (P) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Cabin Fever (P, $6.00) is cooler (95% similar). Anastasia Violeta (LE, $12.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Natasha Denona Arizona (88V) (P, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Inglot #360 (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Walnut (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Minx #2 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Viseart Taupe (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Toffee Crunch (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Saddle (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M630 Sweet Chestnut (P, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Rebel (P) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Beware (P, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Look Closer IV is a deep black with warm, brown undertones and multi-colored pearl. It was richly pigmented with a more cream-like–dense, smooth–texture that applied well to bare skin and lasted for eight hours before creasing. Dior Smoky Sequins #5 (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Cle de Peau Silver Eclipse #4 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Viseart Chroma #6 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Fierce (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Via Veneto is a dark black with a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque color in a single pass, which was buildable to more opaque coverage in two to three passes. The texture was firmer and had a tendency to tug on my lash line. It wore well for eight hours on me, which was short of the 12-hour wear time claimed. It is consistent with the color and texture of the last time I reviewed it (here).

NARS Eyeshadow Palette (Holiday 2016) Look Closer
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MAC x Helmut Newton Point ‘n’ Shoot Eyeshadow Quad

MAC x Helmut Newton Point 'n' Shoot Eyeshadow Quad
MAC x Helmut Newton Point ‘n’ Shoot Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Point ‘n’ Shoot Eyeshadow Quad ($32.00 for 0.19 oz.) contains four neutral shades–yellowy beige, grayish taupe, brownish taupe, and deep black. The first three shades were nice–pigmented, blendable, long-wearing–but the last shade was very difficult to blend out as it was a much firmer, stiffer product in the pan.

Real Fantasy is a light, buttery yellow with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth texture that wasn’t too firm or too powdery. It blended out easily on the skin, and it wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Tarte Free Spirit (LE)(100% similar). Sephora Whitewashed (P, $12.00)(100% similar). Kat Von D Entomology (P)(100% similar). Urban Decay Pre-Game (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Look Closer I (LE, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Naked Truth #2 (P, $2.29) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Vintage Lace (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Hope (P) is brighter (95% similar). NARS Shade I (2015) (LE, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Red Ochre #2 (P) is brighter (95% similar). Hourglass Monochrome #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Big Baby (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Puppy Love (LE) is darker (95% similar). Buxom Mix & Mingle (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop One & Done (LE, $5.00) is brighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Moulder (LE) is brighter (95% similar). Anastasia Buttery (LE, $12.00) is brighter (95% similar). Anastasia Lace (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Social Butterfly #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hard Currency is a medium-dark gray-leaning taupe with cool undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was soft, just a touch dusty, but it was blendable, didn’t sheer out too readily, and didn’t look dry or powdery on the skin. It wore well for eight hours on me. MAC Tailor Grey (P, $18.50) is glossier (95% similar). Clinique Portobello (P, $15.00) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Smoke (Base) (P) is cooler (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Deep Taupe (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Makeup Geek Bedrock (P, $6.00) is cooler (95% similar). theBalm #25 (P, $6.50) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Copperplate (P, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Blackbird Cosmetics Smudge (P, $8.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Smoked Cocoa #2 (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Influential is a dark taupe-brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, but the texture was firmer in the pan, which made it harder to work with and blend out on the lid. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. MAC Persuade (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Bowl Out (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Downtown (LE, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Ashbury (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Licorice Lane (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Earth (LE, $23.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Concrete (P, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Mystery (P, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Point ‘n’ Shoot is a deep black with neutral-to-cool undertones paired with a matte finish. While it wasn’t Carbon, it was still Carbon-like: stiff in the pan and difficult to use–the color skipped and dragged, turned patchy when blended, and took a lot of effort just to manipulate into something decent. I had the best luck using a very feathery brush and lightly tapping it into the crease and then using Influential to soften and blend the edges. This shade wore for eight hours on me before fading. Too Faced Black Coffee (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). theBalm Serious (P, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Natural Brown #5 (P) is darker, cooler, better quality (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M100 Black (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Caviar (LE, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). Estee Lauder Black Chrome #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Chanel Premier Regard #4 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Three's a Party #3 (LE, $2.29) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Silhouette (LE) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 12 (LE) is darker, cooler (95% similar). MAC Beg For It (LE, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Tarte Punk (P) is darker (95% similar). MAC Is It the Beat (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Stiletto (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). theBalm Sleek (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Huda Beauty Black Truffle (LE) is lighter, less pigmented, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Blackout (P, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Eyeshadow Quad Point 'n' Shoot
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
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NARS Shadow Side Velvet Shadow Stick Set

NARS Shadow Side Velvet Shadow Stick Set
NARS Shadow Side Velvet Shadow Stick Set

NARS Shadow Side Velvet Shadow Stick Set ($39.00 for 0.21 oz.) contains three miniature sized twist-up cream eyeshadows and a miniature sized mascara. I haven’t had great luck with the Velvet Shadow Stick formula, as they are harder to blend and work with on the lid and have shorter-wear (five to six hours). They tend to work best for me as an eyeshadow base rather than as a standalone eyeshadow, though the shades that are closer to the skin tone and have some pearl are the easiest to use as-is. My experience with these three was consistent with past experience–shorter wear and harder to blend and even out on the skin.

Formula Overview

  • Velvet Shadow Stick: $28.00 for 0.05 oz. or $560.00/oz.
  • Mascara: $26.00 for 0.32 oz. or $81.25/oz.
  • Set Value: $50.40 worth of cream eyeshadow, $9.75 worth of mascara
  • Total Value: $60.15

Lucid Dream is a light-medium, golden brown with warm, golden shimmer. It had semi-sheer coverage that was buildable to medium coverage. The consistency was somewhat creamy with slight drag across the skin. It was blendable for a few seconds initially but then became harder to diffuse and even out. It started to crease after six hours of wear. Burberry Nude (No. 002) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D 3AM (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Spotlight (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (P, $29.50) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). CoverGirl Melted Caramel Flame (350) (P, $7.99) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Topaz (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dior Infinity (751) (LE, $31.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Suspect (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Dior Smoky Sequins #3 (LE) is more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Crushed Clove (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Doe (P) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Santorini (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Cold Copper (09) (P, $39.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Hourglass Exposure #3 (P) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). Viseart Gitte (P) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). NARS Dione (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). Laura Mercier Moonlight (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #4 (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Real Surreal is a muted, medium-dark plum with warm, brownish undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in one pass, but it was creamy enough that it layered to opaque coverage in two to three passes. The consistency was fairly easy to maneuver around the curve of the lid, but it was hard to get soft, diffused edges, even when I used fingertips to blend. It lasted for five and a half hours before creasing on me. Make Up For Ever S832 Ash Plum (P, $21.00) is brighter (95% similar). Stila Garnet (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Show Plum Love (LE) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Higher Power (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Sensuous (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Hello Kitty Celebrate (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Plumifique (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Frock Talk (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Lancome Colour du Jour (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS China Seas #2 (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chantecaille Starfish (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Cherrywood (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Love Letter (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Scarlet (LE, $14.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Circa Plum (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). Makeup Geek Twilight (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). bareMinerals Catch Me If (P) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Nunavut is a rich, deep purple with cooler undertones and a satin shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage in one stroke, but the consistency was so creamy that the color tended to move around as I applied it, so it was hard to get an even layer of coverage. I had the best luck applying one layer, trying to even it out with my fingertip, and then applying another layer on top, but it still looked patchy in places. The color started to crease after five hours on me and migrated towards the corners of my eyes. Inglot #377 (P, $6.00) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Ron Ron Run (LE, $16.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). bareMinerals In Vogue (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Le Cordon Bleu (LE) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Velvet Shadow Stick Set Shadow Side
6.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6
Longevity
4
Application
70%
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NARS Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette

NARS Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette
NARS Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette

NARS Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette ($69.00 for 0.78 oz.) includes six eyeshadows and three blushes in the Dual-Intensity formula. The Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow formula is supposed to be sheerer when applied dry and more opaque with a “high-impact finish” when used damp. The Dual-Intensity Blush formula is supposed to have a “high-impact” flush when used damp and a “natural-looking glow” when used dry. In general, regardless of whether it’s an eyeshadow or blush, they are sheer to semi-opaque with more of a frosted, shimmery finish when used dry, and then more opaque and more metallic when used damp. The blushes can be more difficult to blend and diffuse when used damp, but I don’t have that issue (or at least, not as often) with the eyeshadows applied with a damp brush–I expect this is partially due to how blush is often applied at sheerer coverage levels than eyesahdow, so it is more obvious when it is not diffusing as readily. Both formulas wear between six and nine hours for me.

The value of the set is ridiculously good, period, but it’s particularly high for NARS, which doesn’t typically do truly value-packed palettes or sets. I think, perhaps, it’s the result of the Dual-Intensity range being rather pricey individually that they could only go so high before the palette reached a price point they did not feel their customer base would pay. Each eyeshadow in the palette is larger than a full-sized Dual Intensity Eyeshadow! If you like the colors, it’s worth checking out. I’m not in love with the shade range or how the blushes and eyeshadows coordinate with each other–the blushes seem like they’re too warm and could be more in a pink/plum/mauve family–I just felt like it looked a bit disjointed together. The quality is fairly consistent with my experience with the formula in full-sized shades, so if the color combination appeals to you, I’d definitely keep an eye out for it.

Minor quibble: why didn’t they give these individual shade names?! They did it for several other palettes this year!

Value

  • Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow: $29.00 for 0.05 oz. or $580.00/oz.
  • Dual-Intensity Blush: $45.00 for 0.21 oz. or $214.29/oz.
  • Set Value: $243.60 worth of eyeshadow, $77.14 worth of blush
  • Total Value: $320.74

Give In Take I is a dirty beige with neutral-to-cool undertones and a frosted shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation both dry and damp, but the damp application made it apply more smoothly and amplified the sheen. The texture was soft, firmer in the pan but not stiff to work with, and applied well to bare skin. It lasted for seven hours (both dry and damp) on me before fading. Make Up For Ever S502 White Sand (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Natasha Denona Cream (21S) (P, $29.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Vex (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Ombre de Lune #1 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Beverly Hills #2 (P) is darker (90% similar). theBalm High Tide (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Poesie #2 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I542 Pinky Clay (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Abyssinia (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Pearl Earring (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #3 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Indulge (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, brighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Telepathy (P) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #2 (LE) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Clarins Silver Ivory (04) (P, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). bareMinerals Air (P) is darker, warmer (80% similar). MAC Mother's Milk (LE, $16.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take II is a muted, medium-dark gray with cool, bluish tones and a pearly sheen. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, while damp yielded nearly opaque coverage. It was easier to diffuse and blend around the edges when I used it dry, but the coverage was hard to build up, so I had the best luck applying it damp initially and then using it dry to diffuse and soften the edges. It lasted for seven hours dry, seven and a half hours damp. Urban Decay Ace (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Moonlight White #3 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Indes Galantes (Left) (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Denim Smokey (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm #5 (P, $6.50) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Retrograde (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Flotsam (LE) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Gunmetal (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Fleur de Pierre (106) (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Slate (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Lovely #3 (P) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #21 (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Milani Bella Gray (10) (P, $4.49) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Santeria (LE) is more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Graphic Style (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Showgirl (LE, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Estee Lauder Modern Mercury #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take III is a blackened teal with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. It appeared more muted in color but had semi-opaque coverage when I applied it dry, and it lasted for eight hours. When I tried it damp, it was more intense and fully opaque, but it took extra effort to diffuse the edges, though it lasted for almost nine hours on me. Natasha Denona Deep Pacific (03V) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Les Aquas #1 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Midnight Swim (16) (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Rhinestone (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Deep Sea (LE, $14.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Dazzle (P) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #7 (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). The Estee Edit Wavy (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Anastasia Mermaid (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Houdini (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Hijack (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take IV is a bright beige with subtle, cooler undertones and a satin finish (even though it looked warmer in the pan). It was more muted and a lot less bright–looked almost faded–when I applied it dry, though it was still semi-opaque in coverage. When I applied it with a damp brush, it was brighter and looked starker against my skin tone with semi-opaque coverage. It was easier to use this one damp, though, as the texture was a bit firmer to work with in the pan, so having the dampness on the brush stretched the color out more. It lasted for seven and a half hours both dry and damp on me. Too Faced Frosty Nog (LE, $16.00)(100% similar). Anastasia Blanc (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Bone (LE) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Glaze (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #5 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). L'Oreal Paris Beach (P, $5.99) is brighter (95% similar). Sephora Put a Bow On It (LE) is darker (95% similar). Viseart Cashmere #1 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M530 Eggshell (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take V is a light-medium taupe with warmer, brown undertones and a gray overtone paired with a satin finish. It had semi-sheer coverage when applied dry, and the color itself was much warmer and lacked the gray overtone. If I used it with a damp brush, the color was more intense, grayer, and more opaque. I noticed fading after seven hours when I used it dry, and then after eight hours when I used it damp. Sephora Cashmere Coat (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #1 (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). theBalm Dig It (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Head Over Heels (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Too Faced Pecan Praline (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #7 (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay DTF (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Guerlain Two VIP #2 (LE) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Brains & Brawn (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take VI is a deep, blackened brown with subtle, warmer, olive undertones and a satin finish. It had sheer coverage applied dry, which looked more like a dark brown than a blackened brown, while damp application yielded rich, opaque color that was much deeper and darker. The consistency was soft, firm without being stiff, and blended out fairly well on the lid. It lasted for seven hours dry and eight hours damp. Too Faced Cup of Joe (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Cinders (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Black Chocolate (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Too Faced Lava Cake (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Beluga (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Zoeva Infusion (P) is lighter (95% similar). Guerlain Calligraphy #4 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Vox (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Black Magique (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). MAC Earthy Scent (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Saw Dust Heart (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Mekong (P, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Deep Brown (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M618 Espresso (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Ankh (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Topkapi #3 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Zoeva Beans are White (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Mesopotamia (P, $25.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Clarins Nude #4 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #12 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take Blush I is a light, white gold with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had similar, medium, buildable coverage both dry and damp, but the damp application was definitely more intense with a smoother, but stronger, sheen. The consistency was smooth, a touch dry in a way, but it was blendable and did not appear dry on the skin. It lasted for eight hours both dry and damp on me. Sleek MakeUP Subsolar (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Perilune (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Electrify (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sephora Stardust (01) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Zoeva Glowing Still (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Lit (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Sunlight (P) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia Moonstone (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Summer (LE) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Anastasia Sunburst (LE) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take Blush II is a light-medium peach with warm, orange undertones and a satin sheen. The coverage with medium, buildable dry and then semi-opaque, buildable damp. It had a more obviously, pearlescent sheen when applied damp, but it was never flat even when applied dry. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin, and it did not emphasize my pores or skin’s natural texture. It wore well for seven hours dry and eight hours damp. MAC Highlighter (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Clinique Nude Glow (P, $27.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Suqqu Yawakouki (05) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Highlighter (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Glow Rida (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NYX Nectar (P, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #3 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take Blush III is a bright pop of peony pink with subtle, warm, yellow undertones and a pearly sheen. The texture was soft, firm but blendable on the skin, and it was flattering on the skin and did not enhance pores or the skin’s natural texture. It had semi-sheer coverage dry and semi-opaque coverage damp, and it was buildable regardless of application method. On me, it lasted for eight hours both dry and damp. Colour Pop Boba (DC, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (Blush) (P, $30.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Blush (LE) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Smile (Right) (LE, $52.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Becca Camellia (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Laura Geller Rosewater (P, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette (Holiday 2016) Give In Take
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ColourPop Donna, 8 Track, White Rabbit, Static Super Shock Shadows

ColourPop Studio 1400 Super Shock Shadow Set
ColourPop Studio 1400 Super Shock Shadow Set

ColourPop Studio 1400 Super Shock Shadow Set ($18.00 for 0.28 oz.) includes four cream eyeshadows. You can also purchase the shades individually if all four do not appeal to you. I’ve always liked the Super Shock Shadow formula, because when it’s good, it’s really good–pigmented, long-wearing, and blendable. They are a cream formula, and I find it works best with flat, synthetic brushes over fluffier brushes, though I’ll use a fluffier brush for crease work or blending.

Donna is a rich, medium-dark emerald green with a pearly sheen. The pigmentation was fully opaque, while the eyeshadow had a smooth, lightly creamy texture that felt spongy, thin, but remained opaque on the lid when applied with a flat, synthetic brush. It lasted for ten hours on me. Kat Von D Scarab (LE) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Indo (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Double Feature #4 #1 (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Spruced (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Central Perk (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Emerald Power (LE, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Damaged (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Hello Kitty Three Apples (LE) is warmer (85% similar). NYX Seafoam Green (P, $4.50) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Fyrinnae Jaguar (DC, $6.75) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

8 Track is a medium-dark olive brown with subtle, warmer undertones and a fine, metallic sheen. It had excellent color payoff with a smooth, lightly emollient consistency–it felt wetter to the touch than other Super Shock Shadows–but applied beautifully to the lid with even coverage. It wore well for ten hours without creasing or fading on me. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 (LE) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Spectacular (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Sumptuous Olive (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Fiction (DC, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 8 (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Psyche (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Olive Blend #3 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Spread the Wealth (LE, $16.50) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC In the Meadow #4 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Hourglass Color Field #4 (P) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). theBalm Kawabunga (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Safari (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Tisse d'Automne #1 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Metal Saffron (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Atelier Amazon #3 (P) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Gucci Beauty Fumé (Left) (P) is more muted (85% similar). Colour Pop Mirage (LE, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). Gucci Beauty Mosaic (P, $37.00) is lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever I628 Reptile (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, more muted (85% similar). Clinique Whopping Willow (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

White Rabbit is a muted, medium-dark copper with warm, brown undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. This shade had a few larger sparkles to it than the other shades, which were more pearlized. The consistency was smooth, lightly emollient, and blended out nicely on the skin. I didn’t notice any fading or creasing after a ten-hour period. Anastasia Henna (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Coppering (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Brule (128) (LE, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Doce (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #3 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NYX Fireball (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Sequin (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Red Alert (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Rust (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Disco Dust #3 (P) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Makeup Geek Roulette (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Gingersnap (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Warning (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Trick (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Huda Beauty Trust Fund (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Goddess (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, warmer (80% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 13 (LE) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Make Up For Ever D708 Pinky Copper (P, $21.00) is lighter (80% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Carnelian Opal (LE, $30.00) is warmer (80% similar). Huda Beauty Rose Gold (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Static is a rich, deep plum with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had intense pigmentation with a creamy, lightweight consistency that applied well with fingertips or a flat, synthetic brush. The color blended out along the edges with ease and lasted all day long (over ten hours).
MAC Brazenly (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Heritage Rouge (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Festive Delight (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Eclosion #4 (P) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Hot MoMA (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). theBalm Alice Copper (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Dior Destinee (875) (LE, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). Inglot #452 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Maroon (22M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Crucible (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Scarlet (LE, $14.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Gucci Beauty Azalea (Right) (P) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #4 (P) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Enchanted (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Pink Sapphire (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Rosette (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #7 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Bordeaux (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer (80% similar). Sleek MakeUP A Vow in Venice (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Quad Studio 1400
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Product
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Pigmentation
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Texture
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Longevity
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Application
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