Giorgio Armani Matte Eye Tints

Giorgio Armani Matte Eye Tint ($39.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a new finish within the Eye Tint family, which is a liquid eyeshadow formula that feels and performs like a cream but dries down to a powder-like eyeshadow within 10-15 seconds. The previously released shades in the Eye Tint formula have all had some shimmer (from pearl to glitter), and on the whole, I have quite liked them as they are fairly pigmented, long-wearing, and most are easy to use. I found the texture of the Matte shades to be similar to past shades, but I personally felt like the application was more challenging, especially with shades deeper than my natural skin tone. I can, however, see these working well as a good all-over shade and can even work as a flesh-toned base (if one of the six shades suits yours). I liked using flat, synthetic brushes over fingertips for anything that used more than one at a time, and I found the brush to apply the colors more evenly overall. What I like about the Eye Tint formula–that was present in the Matte shades–is that you can still diffuse the edges somewhat while it is dry, as it is more powder-like with better hold than a traditional powder product.

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Giorgio Armani Matte Eye Tints
Giorgio Armani Eye Tint Taupe Smoke (19)
C-
Product
7
Pigmentation
6
Texture
7
Longevity
8.5
Application
4
Total
72%
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Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder

Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder ($6.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a light, pinky-beige with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Bal Masque (LE, $120.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Beiges Ombres Tissees (LE, $75.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Smokin' Whistles (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Five Star Treatment (LE, $26.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Sephora Light Beam (02) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal Rose (P, $12.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Peach Glow (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Looxi Beauty La Belle (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder
Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder Radiant Lights
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
88%
Permanent

NARS Consuming Red & Infatuated Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencils

NARS Consuming Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($26.00 for 0.086 oz.) is a deep red with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had very nearly opaque color coverage that applied with smooth, even color. The pencil felt smooth and velvety along the lips, and it was easy to maneuver around the edge of the lips as well as to fill in the color. The texture is thin, and if my lips are at all dry or flaky, I find the formula can highlight those imperfections noticeably, but if you exfoliate prior to applying, it should look much smoother. The color wore well for six hours, but it was somewhat drying after four and a half hours. NARS Infatuated Red (LE, $25.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $28.00) is glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Avenue (P, $6.00) is less glossy (90% similar). NARS Amsterdam (P, $26.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC Viva Glam I (P, $17.00) is glossier (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M402 (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Nosferatu (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Kiss Me Quick (P, $19.50) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). MAC Deeply Adored (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (80% similar). MAC Studded Kiss (P, $17.00) is warmer, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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NARS Consuming Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty / Dolce Vita Instant Look Palette

Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty Instant Look in a Palette ($75.00 for 0.77 oz.) is a neutral-hued eye and cheek palette that features three eyeshadows and four cheek/face products. I think if you have a good arsenal of neutrals, this will be dupable for you, but they are still a nice set of neutrals that work well together and would be travel-friendly. If you prefer more mattes or less shimmery eyeshadows, though, this one may be limiting. All in all, the palette was easy to use; there was no real fuss, and the more quality-related issue I had was how soft the bronzer was, but it looked great applied, which is where it counts the most.

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Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty Instant Look in a Palette
Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette Seductive Beauty
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
91%
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NARS Melina Contour Blush Duo

NARS Melina Contour Blush ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) is one of two new, permanent highlighting/contour duos for fall. The highlighting shade in the duos tends to be mostly matte, so it is not your typical shimmery, glowy highlighter. This is one of the deeper duos, so it should be good for someone who wants a more dramatic contour or for someone with a medium or darker skin tone.

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NARS Melina Contour Blush

Charlotte Tilbury Secret Salma, Hot Emily, Miranda May Hot Lips Lipsticks

Charlotte Tilbury Secret Salma Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium rosy mauve with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. The texture was thinner and clung, but it didn’t emphasize texture like some of the other shades have. It wore well for four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Maybelline Mauve It (P, $7.49) is darker (90% similar). MAC Amorous (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Rhubarb (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Mehr (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Fastplay (P, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar). Maybelline Yummy Plummy (P, $7.49) is lighter, glossier (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pussycat (04) (P, $50.00) is lighter (80% similar). Guerlain Fleur de Givre (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). NARS Vivien (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cary (P, $35.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Charlotte Tilbury Secret Salma Lipstick
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick Secret Salma
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
88%
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