Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit Palette ($80.00 for 0.30 oz.) includes a finishing powder, bronzer, two blushes, and highlighter inspired by Surreal Light, which is a new shade in the Ambient Lighting Powder family (currently only available in this palette). This palette will work best for someone who is less concerned about a “value-packed” palette/is unlikely to finish their products and really needs everything in a single compact. I think the palette, all being in the same family of Surreal Light, ends up getting muddled a bit between the blush, bronzer, and highlighter with the Surreal Effect blush being the one lone shade that stands out as a bit different. It is a distinctively warm-toned palette, so it will likely not work for everyone. The texture seemed a bit drier across the majority of the powders as the permanent range, though I did not notice the dryness as applied to the face in practice.

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Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit Palette
Hourglass Holiday 2016 Ambient Lighting Edit Surreal Light
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
87%
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Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Eye Palette

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Eye Palette ($95.00 for 0.25 oz.) contains six, shimmery eyeshadows that feature a wet/dry powder formula. I think if you like more pigmented eyeshadows that are blendable and wear well, you will enjoy this palette. That being said, there was not much of a difference between wet and dry for most shades; a couple of shades became more metallic and one had better color payoff applied damp. The formula was soft, smooth, and finely-milled and felt almost velvety to the touch, as it didn’t kick up powder but wasn’t really dense or cream-like either.

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Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Eye Palette
Estee Lauder Victoria Beckham Eye Palette Original
A-
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
92%
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Bite Beauty Blondie Multistick

Bite Beauty Blondie Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a light-medium peachy brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. Colour Pop Magic Wand (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals The Close Call (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (95% similar). MAC Yash (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Sensual (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Cheeky (79) (DC, $38.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Zoeva ND010 (P) is less glossy (90% similar). KIKO 106 Beige Rose (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Video (P, $26.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Bow 'n' Arrow (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Zoeva Shy Beauty (P, $11.80) is lighter, more muted, less glossy (85% similar). Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Cherish (P, $17.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Velvet Teddy (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Becca Amaretto (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Doe (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Bite Beauty Honeycomb (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). Makeup Geek Bliss (P, $10.00) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty No Angel (242) (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Bobbi Brown Uber Beige (P, $35.00) is darker (80% similar). Urban Decay Stark Naked (DC, $22.00) is brighter, warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Bite Beauty Blondie Multistick
Bite Beauty Multistick Blondie
B-
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5.5
Application
4.5
Total
80%

MAC x Selena Eyeshadows

MAC Missing My Baby Eyeshadow ($17.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “light pinky nude beige [with a Matte finish].” It’s a soft, light-medium, pink with strong, warm yellow undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft, blendable, and easy to work with. I was surprised that it did not darken too much on bare lids, nor did it become dry or patchy. On me, the color wore well for seven and a half hours. bareMinerals Beautiful (LE) is warmer (95% similar). YSL Paris #2 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Frisco (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Pink Sands (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Rose de Mai (P, $29.50) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Too-Too (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Plum (Base) (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S812 Tea Pink (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC x Selena Collection
MAC Eyeshadow Missing My Baby
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
90%
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MAC x Selena Lipsticks

MAC Amor Prohibido Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “pinky mid-tone brown [with a Glaze finish].” It’s a muted, medium plummy brown with warm undertones and a soft, natural sheen with faint pearl. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable coverage, which is in line with the Glaze finish (it is similar to a Lustre finish but has more body and less shimmer). This shade lasted for three and a half hours and was lightly hydrating. Benefit La La Land (DC, $18.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Strip (DC, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Soft Nude (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Shanghai Spice (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Honey Bear (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Jicky (P, $37.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Ravenswood (P, $17.00) is cooler (85% similar). NARS Mayflower (DC, $26.00) is warmer (85% similar). Revlon Pink Truffle (P, $7.49) is cooler (85% similar). Buxom Dolly (LE, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). NARS Dolce Vita (P, $26.00) is cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Sheer Liar (P, $17.00) is cooler (85% similar). Guerlain Air Kiss (304) (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). NARS Tolede (P, $28.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Rosewood (P, $28.00) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Berry (P, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Glaze (LE, $24.00) is brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Toasty (LE, $5.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Amor Prohibido Lipstick
MAC Lipstick Amor Prohibido
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
91%
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Tarte Color Vibes Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte Color Vibes Eyeshadow Palette ($46.00 for 1.32 oz.) includes 20 eyeshadows arranged into four combinations. I like how they separated the colors, as it gives you a good idea of how to start pairing colors together, but if you want to go rogue, there’s nothing stopping you either! It’s a mixed bag; some shades are nice, some shades are difficult to work with, and the rest are somewhere in the middle. I like that there’s a mix of warmer and cool(er) shades, and there is a nice mix of finishes and depths, so you can get a variety of looks out of the palette. I also liked that this was a much slimmer palette compared to Tarte’s other holiday offerings, which are housed in bulky containers, so this would work better for traveling and take up less room when stored. I wish, though, that the quality was more consistent. The formula felt a little less smooth and silky compared to the brand’s permanent palettes (like Tartelette) but was also less dusty/powdery, though I had similar issues with the colors fading faster than average.

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Tarte Color Vibes Eyeshadow Palette
Tarte Holiday 2016 Palette Color Vibes
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
82%
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