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The Dupe List + Swatch Gallery Updates for May 2016

The Dupe List + Swatch Gallery Updates for May 2016
The Swatch Gallery

You might have caught my mention of working on a project (which I have now determined may be never-ending!) last week, and it was all about breaking down every single swatch in the Swatch Gallery into additional characteristics: how light or dark the shade is, how cool or warm the shade is, and how much shimmer the shade has. The driving force behind this project is just the sheer number of swatches we have in the gallery and rather than continue to add colors (e.g. light brown, medium brown, not just brown), why not really drill it down into a range so that it’s never an issue again?

I’ve combed through over 30,000 swatches in the last two weeks to assign these characteristics to them, and I’ve gone through them twice more. My goal is to try to be as consistent as possible with how I categorize everything, and I know I’ve changed quite a few shades from one color category to another as well as switched some undertones since this project gave me the opportunity to really see all swatches and go through them (so if you see review text that doesn’t quite line-up, that would likely be why).

I still have more tweaking to do over the next couple of weeks to really get the shades in the best order I possibly can.  The process has been truly overwhelming (which I should have anticipated, as we’ll celebrate our ten-year anniversary in the fall!), from trying to better understand exactly what is warmer, what is warm (in the case of brighter purples), how to categorize desaturated shades that don’t look right alongside much brighter shades, even though they seem like they’re both medium in lightness/darkness, and the like.

The Dupe List + Swatch Gallery Updates for May 2016
The Swatch Gallery

It is also designed to help me help you faster by making it a little easier to narrow down dupes or easily grab a bunch–say for a medium to medium-dark, copper eyeshadow, which there are numerous ones–or I can easily bypass light blues when I know I’m only interested in navy blues. I know I’m looking forward to being able to refine brown eyeshadows or pink lipsticks better (those colors, by the way, were the most numerous in number of swatches)!  You can also do neat things like sort by editor’s highest rated and see what the highest rated medium, very cool-toned fuchsia lipstick is.

The Dupe List + Swatch Gallery Updates for May 2016
The Swatch Gallery

So while this allows for even further refinement should you be browsing swatches, it also enables us to provide much more accurate “possible dupes.” I hope this helps readers in three ways: 1) when I’ve uploaded a swatch but have not reviewed yet, you’ll now be able to see possible dupes in a meaningful way; 2) for older shades that may have less dupes, a better list of possibilities will be there; and 3) to catch any similar shades that I might have missed (I think I will miss less now, though!). (Here’s an example: MAC Invite Intrigue has not yet been reviewed, so you can see possible dupes and how very close are! I’m on the way to eliminating myself out of a job! Haha!)

We have configured the possible dupes section to be slightly broader than what would generate near-perfect dupes so that slightly lighter or darker possibilities might show as some colors have lots of dupes and others might have only a handful that are much lighter/darker so we didn’t want to go so narrow that there’d be no results too often!

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The Dupe List | Dupes by Palette + Palette vs. Palette Comparison Tool

The Dupe List -- May 2016 Updates

The Dupe List was just updated with two new features 🙂 They are short and sweet but hopefully useful! As always, thank you for your support!

The Dupe List -- May 2016 Updates

Dupes by Palette

You can know get all dupes for shades within a single palette, like Viseart Boheme Dream, all at once instead of searching shade-by-shade; you can also refine the results to specific price points or by brand to compare to your stash more “at a glance” for a palette.

The Dupe List -- May 2016 Updates

Palette vs. Palette

You can now compare any two palettes that we have in the database to see if any shades from Palette A are known dupes from Palette B (or vice versa), so you can see how much overlap, if any, there might be. (Note: if the exact same shade, like MAC Carbon, actually repeats in both palettes, that will not come up as a dupe.) You can compare duos, quads, palettes, and even sets (like an eyeliner set). If you just want to compare any two specific shades, you can already do that through our compare any two swatches tool here.

Sponsored: Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation Launches + Swatches

Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation
Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation

AdvertisementShiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation ($45.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is the brand’s newest foundation. It’s supposed to be a “smart, oil-free, long-lasting” formula with “medium, buildable coverage” and a “modern matte, natural finish” that is “undetectable” on the skin. Check out swatches below or use the Foundation Matrix to find your equivalent shade in Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid.

Shiseido also updated their shade names to be more intuitive than their B/I/O names. When we partnered with Shiseido to swatch and photograph their newest range, we also went through other, current existing foundations to cross-reference and match everything up. The Rose shades correspond with the B shades (pinker undertones); the Neutral shades to the I shades (more neutral undertones); the Golden shades to the O shades (yellower undertones). Neutral 5 will be available in July.

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Sponsored: QVC & St. Tropez Giveaway!

QVC & St. Tropez Giveaway
QVC & St. Tropez Giveaway

From April 1st through April 30th, QVC has a special, promotional price on the newest gradual self-tanner from St. Tropez–just in time for summer. The St. Tropez Gradual Tinted Body Lotion (Set of 2 for $39.96) is described as a “sheer, skin-perfecting coverage for a golden, sun-kissed glow that gradually builds” that “visually perfects skin with a touch of bronze to blur imperfections and illuminate skin tone while quickly absorbing for a soft powdery finish that does not transfer on to clothes.”

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MAC Eyeshadow x 15 and Eyeshadow x 9 Palettes for Spring 2016

MAC Pre-Made Palettes for Spring 2016
MAC Pre-Made Palettes for Spring 2016

Creating your own bespoke eyes has never been easier. These well-edited Eyes x 9 and Eyes x 15 palettes feature a wave of colour-coordinated hues offering countless combinations, now with new reduced prices. Adding to our current lineup, we’re introducing three additional palettes: Eye Shadow x 15 in modern neutrals, Eye Shadow x 9 in dusky rose shades and Eye Shadow x 9 in soft pastel hues.


Now online

The Details

Eyeshadow x 9: Pastel Times Nine | $32.00

  • New Nude
  • Fresh Innocence
  • Spice Bar
  • Flounce (Repromote)
  • Restless Rose
  • Free Roaming
  • Spring Moon
  • Greystroke
  • Sweet Green

Eyeshadow x 9: Dusky Rose | $32.00 | Repromote

Editor’s Note: This palette appears to be the previously released, limited edition MACnificent Me Palette released previously, you can see it here.  MAC lists “Quiet Time” instead of “Quiet Type,” but it seems given the other eight shades the same that it’s likely a mistype (and promo photos from both launches appear the same to me).

  • MACnificent Me (Repromote)
  • Quiet Type (Repromote)
  • Dance in the Dark (Repromote)
  • Fabulous DNA (Repromote)
  • Pleasing to the Eye (Repromote)
  • Sable (Permanent)
  • Frankly Frosty (Repromote)
  • In My Element (Repromote)
  • Cool Complement (Repromote)

Eyeshadow x 15: Mellow Moderns | $65.00 | Repromote

Editor’s Note:  This was previously released last year as Nordstrom’s Finest, exclusive to Nordstrom, but it is now available through MAC directly.

  • Beaded Light golden beige
  • Goldmine Intense gold with shimmer and frost finish
  • Chains of Love Midtone coined bronze with frost finish
  • Cork Muted golden brown with satin finish
  • Carbon Intense black with matte finish
  • Orb Soft peachy-beige with satin finish
  • Plummed Shimmering dark plum with veluxe pearl finish
  • Luscious Neutral bronze with frost finish
  • Soft Brown Soft golden peachy brown with matte finish
  • Trax Burgundy-plum with shimmer and velvet finish
  • Retrospeck Beached blonde with luster finish
  • Persuade Midtone cool grey brown with matte finish
  • Greensmoke Tarnished olive with luster finish
  • Felt Cool neutral army green with satin finish
  • Print Muted grey with shimmer with satin finish

The Foundation Matrix Updates: Better Results, Faster Matching

We’ve made a major update to the way the Foundation Matrix works and how you can use it, but it should still look very familiar to those who have used it in the past. You can still choose whether to start off by sharing your existing shade match or by selecting your skintone/undertone.

Add Multiple Existing Shades

You can now input up to five existing shade matches, which will help us narrow the skin tone and undertone range by getting more insight into the matches that already work for you. It helps us refine your pool of matches and makes them more tailored than they would be with one shade. But if you only know of one shade that’s a good match for you, no problem — you can still get matched!

Concealers & Foundations, Types

As I went through shades or formulas that needed to be added, I saw two things: too many requests for formulas already in it (which means it’s not obvious that they’re there) and requests for concealers (which have been in there for years!). You will now find formulas are broken out into Foundations and Concealers as well as foundations are also organized by type, such as Liquid or Cream. This way when brands use the same name, or nearly the same name, it will be clearer which one you want.

To that end, you will start to see more formulations with (UK), (Australia), (Canada), or another country in parentheses, and this is our attempt to start pulling out/adding formulas that have different shade ranges in other regions. Formulas that have little to no variance from region to region will not be marked as country-specific. You will see this reflected should you send us a request to add a foundation/shade, as we’ll ask for your region, which helps us go to the right site to make sure it’s not just a shade missing but potentially several, region-specific shades.

Find a Match by Formula

Something I noticed as I would get requests to add a new shade or formula to the foundation was a lot of requests also included saying “I wanted to find out what I shade I was in X foundation.” We wanted to make that easier for you. You can still get all possible matches and then refine by brand, price, type, coverage, and so forth, but you can also just tell us the formula you want your match in, and we’ll give you the closest that we can. If we can’t find a close match, all shades found in that foundation will show as a list so you can read through it (this is most likely to happen for skin tones that have a harder time finding a foundation, e.g. very fair and darker skin tones).

Here’s an example where I’ve added three existing shade matches, and then wanted to get a match in MAC Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Liquid Foundation. Now you don’t have to refine or tease through pages of results if you know exactly what you’re looking to try next!

P.S. — The Matrix is currently updated once every four to six weeks with missing shades and formulations. Sometimes if it is a brand that we’ve missed entirely that has a lot of shades, it may take longer to research and try to figure out how to categorize shades.

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