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Estee Lauder Power Mode, Thrill Seeker, Sly Ingenue Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipsticks

01/06

Estee Lauder Power Mode (410) Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Power Mode (410) Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Power Mode (410) Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Power Mode (410) Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Power Mode (410) Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Power Mode (410) Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Power Mode (410)

Estee Lauder Power Mode (410) Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with subtle, warm undertones and fine lighter pink and warmer pink pearl. This shade had less shimmer than a lot of the other shades, but it also seemed to apply more evenly and have greater coverage (which you may prefer, though the formula is supposed to be medium in coverage). The texture was lightly creamy with just a touch of slip, but it didn’t slide around and lasted for a solid four and a half hours.

Estee Lauder Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick Power Mode (410)

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Estee Lauder Bold Innocent, Sheer Sin, Pretty Shocking Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipsticks

01/06

Estee Lauder Bold Innocent (210) Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Bold Innocent (210) Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Bold Innocent (210) Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Bold Innocent (210) Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Bold Innocent (210) Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Bold Innocent (210) Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Bold Innocent (210)

Estee Lauder Bold Innocent (210) Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and fine, gold pearl. The finish had a noticeable pearl and light sheen to it, but it wasn’t too emollient or slippery on the lips as it had a very light tackiness to it overall. The texture was on the thinner side but not clingy, and it was comfortable to wear, though I noticed some color slipped into lip lines over time. It had semi-opaque color coverage, which a bit more than medium described. This shade wore well for four and a half hours and was moisturizing.

Estee Lauder Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick Bold Innocent (210)

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Bite Beauty Mauvember 2016 Amuse Bouche Lipstick

01/09

Bite Beauty Mauvember 2016 Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Mauvember 2016 Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Mauvember 2016 Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Mauvember 2016 Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Mauvember 2016 Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Mauvember 2016 Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Mauvember 2016 Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Mauvember 2016 Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Mauvember 2016 Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Mauvember 2016

Bite Beauty Mauvember 2016 Amuse Bouche Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark pinky plum with cooler undertones and a satin finish.

It’s a limited edition shade, where 100% of the proceeds of sales go toward men’s health. It appears to have sold out online, but it is supposed to be available in-stores in Canada (seems like online only for U.S., unsure whether they will restock or not). They released a shade like it last year (see review) in the Luminous Creme formula, which was cooler and purpler overall, whereas this year’s shade is a bit warmer in comparison (and is of the Amuse Bouche formula). The consistency was firm without being stiff, lightly creamy, and sat fairly well on the lips. It had excellent, full color coverage that lasted for six hours. I found the formula lightly hydrating overall.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick Mauvember 2016
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
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bareMinerals Your Kiss Is On My List Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick Set

bareMinerals Your Kiss Is On My List Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick Set
bareMinerals Your Kiss Is On My List Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick Set

bareMinerals Your Kiss Is On My List Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick Set ($35.00 for 0.32 oz.) includes eight miniature sized Gen Nude Radiant Lipsticks (which are all available in full size, if you only like one or two). The Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick formula is best for someone who likes lighter coverage, natural to glossy finishes, and doesn’t mind reapplying every few hours. It’s a comfortable, hydrating formula but doesn’t last long and can sometimes settle into lip lines due to the more emollient, slippery texture. The set is a nice value, and there is some variety in tone within the eight shades.

Value

  • Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick: $20.00 for 0.12 oz. or $166.67/oz.
  • Total Value: $53.33

Formula Overview

bareMinerals GEN NUDE Radiant Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “creamy, moisturizing” lipstick with “medium coverage and a balmy shine.” The formula is moderately hydrating and tends to last between two and a half and four hours on me, but it is a shorter-wearing formula due to the more balm-like texture. It has a very slippery, wet-feel on the lips, which can lead to “lines” when you press your lips together or, in some cases, the color settling into lip lines. The pigmentation varies from semi-sheer to semi-opaque, which I feel is fairly consistent with the “medium coverage” claim. The finish tends to be glossier running from natural to noticeably glossy but feels lightweight on. The formula has a soft, sweet vanilla scent but no discernible taste.

Tarte Pretty Paintbox Collector’s Makeup Case

Tarte Pretty Paintbox Collector's Makeup Case
Tarte Pretty Paintbox Collector’s Makeup Case

Tarte Pretty Paintbox Collector’s Makeup Case ($59.00 for 1.59 oz.) includes 24 eyeshadows, four cheek colors, miniature size Glossy Lip Paint, black liquid eyeliner, and miniature sized mascara. It’s another middling mega set from Tarte-it’s disappointing with some real misses in the palette. There were only a few shades that were actually good. The set itself is contained within a zippered case, but it is pretty bulky for traveling (and storing). The best part about the set were the punny art-inspired names.

Moment is a light-medium peach with warm undertones and a fine, golden shimmer-sheen finish. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage (up to semi-opaque) with a slightly firm texture in the pan. It applied decently and lasted for eight hours (but not the 12 promised). Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Cream Soda (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Milani Luminoso (P, $8.49) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Indecent (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Inner Beauty (LE) is lighter (80% similar). Catrice I Am Nuts About You (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). bareMinerals The Big Break (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). NYX Soft Spoken (P, $6.50) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Authentic is a light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic finish. It had good color coverage with a soft, blendable texture that lasted for eight and a half hours on me. It did emphasize pores slightly. NARS Frenzy (Left) (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia White Sand (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Butterscotch (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Midnight Sun (P, $20.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Make a Sheen (LE) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Noctum (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Bare End (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (LE, $38.00) is darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $46.00) is darker (90% similar). Burberry The Runway Palette (LE, $68.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Looxi Beauty Centerfold (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). The Estee Edit 14K Glow (LE) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia Bubbly (LE) is darker (85% similar). Looxi Beauty Luxe (P, $7.50) is darker, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Unique is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. The color coverage was fully opaque, but the texture was still soft, silky, and easily blended on the skin, so it could be sheered out or diffused as desired. The color wore well for eight and a half hours on me. NARS Madly (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Sweet Pea (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Guerlain #02 (P, $53.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Skinny Dip (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Earth (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Wild Honey (P, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Cheeky (79) (DC, $38.00) is cooler, glossier (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Provocative is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a lightly dusty, but blendable, consistency. It wore well for eight hours on me. Urban Decay Bronzed (P, $28.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Tantric (P) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights (P, $48.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Skinny Dip (P, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Glitter Glue is a light beige with warm undertones and a glittery finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage, which was not buildabl,e and the texture was looser in the pan, so there was a lot of fall out during application as well as during wear. This one, as the name might allude to, needs a glitter adhesive to function. MAC Diamond Butterfly (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Vanilla Diamond (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D716 Crystalline Papaya (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced All American Girl (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Givenchy Tentation #4 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Lace #3 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Stila Snowflake (LE, $18.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Pure Bred #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Shroom (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I514 Pink Ivory (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Dazzlelight (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Call of the Canyon (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). LORAC Prosecco (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NARS Abyssinia (P, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Preferred Blonde (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #1 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Virgin (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Nudes is a light-medium beige with a mostly matte finish. The texture was incredibly stiff and had such a hard press in the pan that it was difficult to get any color out of it. It was a challenge to apply as so little color showed up, and what did apply, immediately melded to the skin and did not want to blend. It lasted for four and a half hours before it had faded. NARS Madrague #1 (P, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Buff (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Bone (LE, $23.00) is more pigmented (95% similar). MAC Tabby (LE, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). NARS Look Closer I (LE, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bronze Casting is a medium-dark copper with warm, orange undertones and flecks of copper sparkle. It had sheer coverage, which I did not find buildable at all, and the sparkle was loose and sat on top of the underlying color, so there was noticeable fall out after six hours of wear. Makeup Atelier Honey Brown #2 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Bellini (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Lancome Midnight Haze (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). L'Oreal Sunset Seine (P, $5.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #5 (LE)(95% similar). Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Hieroglyph (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Gingersnap (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Bon Bon (Semi-Sweet Palette) (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm #21 (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Illamasqua Bronx (P) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Warm Wash #2 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Sassy Bun (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Cosmic (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Amaze (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Too Faced Honey Honey (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Silhouette is a dark black with neutral-to-cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. There seemed to be a slight sheen to the finish, which kept it from being totally matte. The consistency was a little thinner and firmer, which made it harder to blend out without getting some patchiness. With enough effort, I was able to blend it out, though. It had good pigmentation and lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Laura Mercier Tuxedo (P, $28.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Nehru (Guo Pei) (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Stiletto (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). L'Oreal Noir C'est Noir (P, $5.99) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Point 'n' Shoot (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Fin (LE, $30.00) is warmer (95% similar). theBalm Sleek (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Jet Black (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Caviar (LE, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Fashionista (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Wanted (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Punk (P) is cooler (95% similar). City Color Black Widow (P, $6.99) is cooler (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 12 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Black Metal (LE) is less shimmery, less glossy (95% similar). Chanel Premier Regard #4 (P) is more muted (95% similar). Viseart Chroma #3 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Overnight (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Waterlilies is a light beige with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, lightly dusty consistency that had a tendency to sheer out when applied to the skin. It lasted for six hours on me. Too Faced Ginger Cream (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Coconut (LE, $16.00) is brighter (95% similar). Tarte Super Mom (LE) is brighter (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Peaceful (P) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Vanilla (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Double Scoop (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M500 Ivory (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Zoeva Bitter Start (P) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Black Tie Attire #4 (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Chance (P) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Van Gogh With It is a medium brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The color payoff was opaque, while the texture felt soft and smooth to the touch, and it blended out well on the eye. I noticed fading after seven hours of wear. Makeup Geek Bake Sale (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Succubus (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Ciate On Fire (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Inglot #337 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Girl's Night (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Red Ochre #4 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Sepia (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Latte (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 05 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Brown Script (P, $16.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Buxom Filthy Rich (P, $12.00) is warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Fire (P) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Metal Work is a medium-dark coppery brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation, though the consistency was thinner and firmer in the pan, so it was difficult to diffuse and blend out on the lid. It started to fade after six and a half hours of wear. LORAC Pink Bronze (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Tarte On the Monet (LE) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Body Conscious (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #2 (P) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). theBalm #39 (P, $6.50) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Charcoal Sketch is a blackened brown with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. The color coverage was mostly opaque, and it had a soft, thin texture that wasn’t too firm or too soft in the pan. It wore well for eight hours on me. Stila Chocolate (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Dark Drive (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Smoked (P) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Join My League (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Laura Mercier Espresso Bean (LE, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Mesopotamia (P, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Espresso (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty AW '16 (Right) (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Cashmere #3 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Embark (P, $16.00) is cooler (85% similar). Makeup Atelier Honey Brown #5 (P) is warmer (85% similar). LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #2E (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pearl Earring is a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a soft, frosted sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture that was easy to work with and lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Urban Decay Bootycall (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Givenchy Tentation #4 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Satin Ochre (Left) (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). MAC Vanilla Diamond (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Amberluxe #1 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Hourglass Exposure #1 (P) is darker, warmer (95% similar). NARS Give In Take I (LE, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Kifu (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #3 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Ombre de Lune #1 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I414 Yellow Ivory (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #1 (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Naked Truth #1 (P, $2.29) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Sugar (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Shade IV (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Frameworthy is a medium brown with strong, warm undertones and a satin finish. The consistency was thin and difficult to blend, as the press rather hard in the pan. It had semi-opaque color payoff and lasted for six and a half hours on me. Tarte Bold (P) is lighter (95% similar). Lancome Woody Bar (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Cake & Biscuits (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Skinny Latte (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Unrequited (P) is warmer (90% similar). Becca Ombre Nudes #2 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Chocaholic (LE, $16.00)(85% similar). bareMinerals Granted (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Cornelious (P, $5.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Wilshire (LE, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Sherbert (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). Milani Bella Cappuccino (03) (P, $4.49) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

First Impressionism is a dark gray with cooler undertones and a sparkling finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a drier, chunkier texture that was hard to diffuse evenly, as it would look patchy when blended. This would perform better over primer or a glitter adhesive. It lasted for seven hours with minor fall out. LORAC Slate (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Santeria (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #1 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Gunmetal (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Time (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #18 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC A Sprinkle of Blues #4 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Synergy (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Graphite (07M) (P, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Diesel (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Starry Night is a blackened navy blue with subtle, cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had medium color coverage, and it was hard to build up as the color was rather dusty and prone to sheering out. It wore well for six hours.
MAC Blue Velvet (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Guerlain Beaugrenelle #6 (P) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Lagoon (LE, $14.00) is lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Tornay (P) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Fresco is a light-medium beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was lightly dusty, but it was silky and blendable on the skin and did not appear dry on. It had good pigmentation and wore for seven hours before fading. Make Up For Ever M532 Sugar Coated Candy (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Vanilla Candles (LE) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Biarritz (P, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced White Chocolate (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 09 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Natural #2 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). theBalm #24 (P, $6.50) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Nassau (LE, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). Zoeva Bitter Start (P) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Alabaster (P) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Bleach (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Nano Nude #1 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #4 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Crosses (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Tempera (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hearts & Crafts is a light-medium peachy brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was somewhat powdery, so it sheered out without a primer to help it adhere to the lid. It wore well for six and a half hours before starting to fade. Tarte Chic (P) is lighter (95% similar). Stila Clay (LE, $18.00) is warmer (95% similar). Inglot #341 (P, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). MAC Pleasing to the Eye (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Sweetheart (P) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Commando (P, $19.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Demitasse (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Millennial (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Selfie Portrait is a medium-dark bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too soft or too firm. The color was easy to apply to the lid and lasted for seven and a half hours. Giorgio Armani #9 (P, $33.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Sultana (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Eyeshadow #3 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Rose Bronze (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Palace (LE) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Black Tie Attire #3 (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Luna (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Muse #4 (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Clarins Rosewood #2 (P) is cooler (85% similar). Hourglass Exposure #3 (P) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

One Too Manet is a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. The pigmentation was decent, while the texture was firmer and harder to diffuse the edges of, but it wasn’t too much extra work to apply and blend out. It wore well for seven hours on me. Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes #4 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Pure Bred #4 (LE, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Abyss (LE) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Look Closer III (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Chestnuts Roasting (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Ganache (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte A Beautiful Degas (LE) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Factory (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Charmed, I'm Sure (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Bravery (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Brown Down (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Illamasqua Focus (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Tonka Imperiale #4 (P) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Minx #2 (P) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Benefit Kiss Me, I'm Tipsy (P, $20.00) is warmer (85% similar). Clinique Pink Chocolate #4 (P, $15.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Porcelain Dali is a very light pink with neutral-to-warm undertones paired with a matte finish. It was very sheer, due to the incredibly dusty and thin texture. The color just seemed to turn to dust and disappear on the skin. It lasted, seemingly, for about five hours. Tarte Palace of Versaille (LE) is brighter (95% similar). Dior Golden Shock #4 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Inglot #356 (P, $6.00) is brighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #1 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Monochrome is a light taupe with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a smooth, firmer feel in the pan (but it wasn’t stiff) that was blendable on the skin and lasted for seven hours. Dior Fairy Golds #4 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Morning Frost (DC, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Callisto (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #16 (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Golden Snow #4 (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Hypnotizing (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hot MoMA is a medium-dark cranberry red with warm, coppery undertones and a frosted finish. The eyeshadow had opaque color coverage with a fairly soft, smooth, and blendable consistency. It wore well for eight hours before fading. MAC Plummed (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Azalea (Right) (P) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Static (LE, $5.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #3 (P) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Maroon (22M) (P, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Enchanted (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Harmonie du Soir #3 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Blazing Gold #1 (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Gash (LE, $19.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #10 (LE) is cooler (85% similar). Ciate Fierce (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Zoeva Warm Notes (P) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP A Vow in Venice (LE, $9.99) is lighter (85% similar). Inglot #450 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Crimson Tryst (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Buxom Wild Nights (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Fire Lily (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Colour Pop Drift (LE, $5.00) is brighter, warmer (80% similar). Makeup Geek Curtain Call (P, $9.99) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Stained Glass is a deep, reddish plum with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. The texture was rather thin and dusty, so the color had a tendency to sheer out easily, but it was also one that turned patchy as I blended it. The performance was better over primer, but it was still harder to blend out. It lasted for seven hours on me. NARS Indes Galantes (Right) (LE, $25.00) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Central Perk (LE, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Love Letter (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC All's Rosy (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Electra (115CM) (P) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Drama (P) is darker, more muted (85% similar). LORAC Eggplant (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pastel is a light peach with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky, and lightly dusty consistency. The color started to fade after six hours of wear. Make Up For Ever M810 Flesh-Colored Pink (P, $21.00)(100% similar). Makeup Geek Sorbet (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). L'Oreal Little Beige Dress (P, $5.99) is warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Naked (LE) is cooler (95% similar). bareMinerals Promise (LE) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I Louvre It is a light-medium mauve with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satin finish. The consistency was so firmly pressed in the pan that it was difficult to get color payoff out of it without digging at it with a metal spatula or the end of my brush (the pointed end). It wore for four and a half hours–from what I could determine. Smashbox Totally Nude (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Bois des Indes #3 (P) is darker (90% similar). Becca Cordial (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Pink Mauve (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Malt (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Get Surreal is a light-medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a cooler, lavender shimmer. It had good pigmentation with a fairly soft, smooth texture that had a bit of fall out during application but none during wear. This shade lasted for seven hours on me. MAC Kitschmas (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Leap #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Pinkluxe #2 (P) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Macaroon (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Rose Light (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Rose Light (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Still Life is a deep purple with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The color payoff was mostly opaque, while the texture was on the dustier side but was fairly easy to apply and blend out. It wore well for eight hours on me. YSL Paris #10 (LE) is darker (100% similar). LORAC Plum (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Power Plum (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Mulled Wine (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte My Own Cotes de Rhone (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Plum (Define) (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Ciate Day Dream (LE) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Nightcap (P) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Hybrid Moments (P) is lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Aubergine (24V) (P, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Inglot #325 (P, $6.00) is brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Obvi is a medium, peachy-brown with warm undertones and a fine, white pearl. It had semi-opaque color payoff that applied evenly but some color sat in lip lines, which became more noticeable as time went on. The gloss lasted for three hours, was lightly moisturizing, and comfortable to wear. (I reviewed this previously here and did not retest.)

Tarte Holiday 2016 Collector’s Makeup Case Pretty Paintbox
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
77%
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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Pink Lip Gloss Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Pink Lip Gloss Kit
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Pink Lip Gloss Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Pink Lip Gloss Kit ($35.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) contains three Cremesheen Glasses and one Dazzleglass in variations on “pink.” Cremesheen Glass is supposed to be creamy, hydrating, and sheerer. Dazzleglass is supposed to have medium coverage with a hydrating, non-tacky formula filled with lots of shimmer/sparkle. In general, Cremesheen Glass tends to have a creamier, milkier quality to it, which makes it comfortable and hydrating to wear, but it often looks streaky, settles into lip lines, and is shorter wearing. Dazzleglass is moderately tacky, thicker, and wears longer and has tons of sparkle, but it is more semi-sheer in coverage. What I’ve always found funny about the holiday gloss sets is that they’re called “minis,” but they’re larger than full-size.

Value

  • Cremesheen Glass: $21.00 for 0.09 fl. oz. or $233.33/oz.
  • Dazzleglass: $20.00 for 0.06 fl. oz. or $333.33/oz.
  • Set Value: $70.00 worth of Cremesheen Glass, $33.33 worth of Dazzleglass
  • Total Value: $103.33

Fashion Scoop is a pale, light pink with a milky consistency and finish paired with fine pink pearl. The texture was smooth, creamy, and non-sticky, but it was a bit streaky and prone to gathering in lip lines. The wear was only two hours, though it was hydrating. Chanel Imaginaire (P, $32.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Embraceable Me (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Maybelline Fuchsia Flicker (P, $4.49) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS International Velvet (LE, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Revlon Bejeweled (P, $7.49) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Fresh Air (LE, $15.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Elegantly Elegant (LE, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Dress the Part (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Fashion Fanatic (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Picture Pink (LE, $15.00) is lighter, more pigmented (85% similar). Maybelline Blushing Petal (505) (P, $8.99) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Charm is a bold, slightly brighter, medium-dark pink with cool undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly, though I noticed some of the color still settled into lip lines. The overall richness of the color made it harder to see at a normal viewing distance. The color wore well for four hours and was moisturizing. MAC Twirling (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Illamasqua Belladonna (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Ultramarine Pink (LE, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Ceaseless Energy (P, $24.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Scandal (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Raring to Go (P, $10.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty Eleven (Watercolor) (LE) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). NARS Danceteria (P, $26.00) is warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever 207 Candy Pink (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Dior Soho (888) (P, $35.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Twirling is a medium-dark berry with cooler undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation that applied evenly, but there was still some noticeable color in some of my lip lines (but far fewer than the other two shades). The gloss wore well for four hours, was comfortable to wear, and it felt hydrating. NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS La Main Bleue (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Amethyst Potion (045) (P, $8.99) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Charm (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). NYX Toasted Marshmallow (P, $5.99) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay After Dark (P, $26.00) is brighter (90% similar). Sephora Ruby (42) (P, $12.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Vice (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Shade III (LE, $26.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Sephora Plum Fiction (19) (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Milani Ravish Raspberry (06) (P, $5.49) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rags to Riches is a light-medium pink with warm undertones and multi-colored sparkle. It added mostly warmth to my natural lip color and a medium level of coverage of shimmer/sparkle. It was easy to wear on its own but could be layered over other lip products, and the gloss didn’t seem to settle into my lip lines either. The texture was tacky, so despite being sheerer, it lasted for five hours on me. Revlon Orchid (P, $7.49) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Heartbreaker (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #500 (P, $29.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Feeling Fine (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #502 (P, $29.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Pink Diamond (326) (DC, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Purpurine (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Dior Dolly Pink (453) (P, $29.50) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Good Fairy (LE, $14.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Out for Glamour (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Gold (P, $24.00) is cooler (90% similar). Maybelline A Wink of Pink (P, $4.49) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). NARS Candy Says (LE, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Lip Gloss Kit Pink
Pink
Pink
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
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