MAC Eye Z You Eyeshadow Palette (Zac Posen)

MAC Eye Z You Eyeshadow Palette ($43.50 for 0.19 oz.) is a pink and plum-hued palette with a subdued gray in the mix. There are six shades, and two appear to be totally new-to-me, while three are repromotes from past releases (two are from larger permanent palettes) and one is permanent as a single (Phloof!). It’s decent, and I was able to use all six shades on their own with some success, but some of the shades are drier to work with.

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MAC Eye Z You Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Eyeshadow x 6 Palette Eye Z You
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
84%
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MAC x Zac Posen Haute Contour Powder Blush Duo

MAC Haute Contour Powder Blush Duo ($29.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a split-pan product with one shade being more of your traditional bronzer and the other being a pink-coral. Neither shade performed well, but the more blush-like shade had a really firm, hard press that required jabbing at the powder’s surface to get decent color out of it. This is at least the third time in recent memory that MAC has released a mid-tone brown/pink-coral blush duo, and I wonder why they haven’t been able to jump out of the box–it’s becoming like NARS Laguna/Orgasm over here.

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MAC Haute Contour Powder Blush Duo
MAC Zac Posen Powder Blush Duo Haute Contour
F
Product
5
Pigmentation
6
Texture
4.5
Longevity
7
Application
4
Total
59%
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MAC x Zac Posen Lipsticks

MAC Sheer Madness Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “sheer nude [with a Lustre finish]. It’s a very light champagne beige with fine champagne and iridescent pink pearl. It seemed to add a little warmth but mostly shimmer when applied to lips. It is sheer, as you might expect a Lustre to me, so this is a shade that can look quite different from person to person. It had a light amount of slip so it didn’t tug, but the color seemed to gather and emphasize lip lines. It was gone after an hour of wear–at least it was drying (though it wasn’t moisturizing either). Bobbi Brown Pink Gold Shimmer (7) (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Sugar Daddy (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, more pigmented (85% similar). Burberry Gold No. 217 (LE, $33.00) is more pigmented (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Sheer Madness Lipstick
MAC Lipstick Sheer Madness
C-
Product
6
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
4
Total
70%
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Natasha Denona Glaze, Gray-Brown, Vintage, Calypso Blue, Electric Violet, Powder Blue, Navy Eyeshadows

Natasha Denona Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.08 oz.) comes in 66 shades with four distinct finishes (Matte, Duo-Chrome, Metallic, and Sparkling). According to the brand, the eyeshadow formula is supposed to have “full, rich and intense color that won’t fade out, be “long-lasting,” and smooth. The majority of the shimmery shades were very pigmented with a soft consistency that was something just right and other times a little prone to crumbling/loosening in the pan, while the mattes were smooth but quite powdery, which resulted it color that didn’t adhere to bare skin as readily. The texture of most shades is soft, blendable, and most of the shimmery shades I’ve tested applied well to bare skin. The wear was fairly consistent, but there was some variance from shade to shade (which didn’t seem related to finish). The wear has ranged from five to eight hours, depending on the shade. Primer helps with longevity, adding two to three hours to the shade’s no-primer wear time, but they seem like shorter-wearing eyeshadows compared to most powder formulas I’ve tried.

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Natasha Denona Navy (01V) Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Metallic Eye Shadow Glaze (12M)
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
87%
Permanent
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Anastasia Ash Brown, Pose, Rose, Victorian, Penny Eyeshadows

Anastasia Ash Brown Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a muted, dark taupe-brown with warm, yellow undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had a powdery, drier consistency that made it prone to sheering out. It was harder to apply to bare skin (definitely recommend a primer!) and lasted for seven hours on its own. Becca Ombre Nudes #4 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Buxom Big Spender (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). theBalm Woodie (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Hourglass Obscura #2 (P) is darker (95% similar). NARS Coconut Grove (P, $25.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Felt (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Dreamer (LE) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Saddle (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Deep Brown (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Sexpresso (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Secret Service (P, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). Viseart Tabac (P) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Eiffel for You (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Lancome Couture (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Yule Be Surprised (LE) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Cross-Cultural (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Picnic Basket (LE) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Anastasia Ash Brown Eyeshadow
Anastasia Eyeshadow Ash Brown
C
Product
7
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
7.5
Application
4
Total
74%
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Milani Luminoso Baked Blush

Milani Luminoso Baked Powder Blush ($7.49 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium peachy orange with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Dior Coral Sunset (002) (LE, $57.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Ripe Peach (LE, $32.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Clinique Nude Pop (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Cream Soda (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Espiegle (DC, $45.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Indecent (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Sisley Paris Mango (3) (P, $85.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Smitten (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Coral Pink (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Freshen Up (LE, $35.50) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Linda (LE, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Amber Glow (LE, $27.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Milani Luminoso Baked Powder Blush
Milani Baked Blush Luminoso
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
86%