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Hard to do anything but rave over coral blushes for me… perhaps my only “rant” is that a lot of the ones that release are very, very similar.

-- Christine

NARS Sexual Content Dual Intensity Blush

NARS Sexual Content Dual Intensity Blush Duo

NARS Sexual Content Dual Intensity Blush Duo ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a new, limited edition duo for summer. Both shades had sheerer, softer color and shimmer applied dry and richer, deeper, and more metallic color when applied damp. The shades work well together, if one wants to layer or use the lighter shade as more of a highlighter and the darker shade to define the cheek.

I noticed something interesting on the packaging, which says: “apply dry for sheer color or with a dampened brush for high-impact finish.” The reason this is interesting is because this is the exact opposite of the formula when it initially launched (see original press release verbiage here) that stated “sweeps on dry for a bold flush or wet for a translucent wash of color.” It was an issue, because they are pigmented both wet and dry, but they darken, intensify, and become more metallic when used damp (by no means translucent!). It was also odd, even at the time, as the Dual Intensity Eyeshadows are described as dry application resulting in sheer coverage and damp application resulting in more opaque coverage (in fact, the copy for the eyeshadows is the exact copy printed on the boxes for the blushes in this launch). NARS’ website copy sounds different to me than when the formula debuted (I’d say it’s almost more confusing), though is still mentions to apply it “wet for translucent, second skin finish.” Anyway, since the boxes for the blush duos in the launch specifically say one thing, that’s what I’ll be rating on — but they should decide once and for all what they want these to be!

Sexual Content (Left) is described as a “sandy peach.” It’s a light, muted peach with warm, rosy tones and a frosted sheen. Applied dry, it had semi-sheer coverage and had less warmth and depth, while the color lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Applied damp, it was mostly opaque with a stronger sheen (but less obvious shimmer particles) that wore eight hours on me. I had no trouble blending the blush whether it was with a dry or damp brush. MAC Nuanced (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Perfect Topping (2014) (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Benefit CORALista (Palette) (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Clinique Nude Pop (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Cheek Studio II (LE, $30.00) is darker, more pigmented, cooler (85% similar). MAC Fairly Precious (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Chanel Espiegle (DC, $45.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sexual Content (Right) is described as a “soft raspberry.” It’s a soft, medium-dark rosy pink with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Applied dry, it had medium, buildable coverage with a sparkling, frosted sheen, with a soft, lightly dry texture that was blendable and lasted for seven and a half hours on me. With a damp brush, it was opaque and more metallic–this shade did emphasize pores slightly–and was a little more challenging to blend out damp, though it seemed easier to use than past iterations of this formula. It wore well for eight and a half hours when applied with a damp brush. Sephora + Pantone Universe Bridal Rose (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Embraced (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Clinique Heather Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Stila Berry Shimmer (LE) is darker, brighter, cooler (85% similar). NARS Ferocious (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Rapture (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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NARS Dual-Intensity Blush Duo Sexual Content
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
89%
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Viseart Minx Theory Palette

Viseart Minx Theory Palette

Viseart Minx Theory Palette ($45.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a subdued set of neutral tones with three matte and three metallic eyeshadows. The Theory palettes are housed in smooth cardboard that open up with a ribbon-esque pull-tab and reveal the six pans held in a plastic container. Each pan is 0.07 oz., which is the same size as the larger 12-pan Viseart palettes; the Theory palettes are slightly more expensive at $45 (compared to $80) , which works out to be $107.14/oz. for the Theory palette eyeshadows vs. $95.24/oz. for the 12-pan palette eyeshadows. The Theory palettes are more cohesive as all-in-one palettes as the finishes and tone vary more than the larger palettes (which were designed to be used with other palettes). The pans are removable and seem held in by magnet, but there are no labels on the bottom, so you might want to DIY labels. Viseart manages to continue to impress with a formula that applies exceptionally well–long-wearing, pigmented, blendable, and just next to effortless to use.

Minx #1 is a light, peachy orange with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a very soft, silky, and finely-milled texture that wasn’t powdery at all. The color applied well to bare skin with even, true-to-pan coverage. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. LORAC Fawn (LE)(100% similar). Estee Lauder Uninhibited (P, $25.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Becca Ombre Nudes #1 (P) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Vespertine (P) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Barefoot in the Grass (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay ABC Gum (P, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Lace Teddy (P, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Magnate (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Buxom Famous Flirt (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Beaches and Cream (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Flower Child (P) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Empress (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Cream (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Sephora Walking in the Sand (P, $13.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Stark (P, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Sephora Sandcastle (P, $13.00) is darker (85% similar). Inglot #330 (P, $6.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Spread the Love (LE, $16.00) is darker (80% similar). bareMinerals Tres Chic (P) is darker (80% similar). Viseart Beige (P) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Minx #2 is a medium-dark brown with warm, reddish-yellow tones and a semi-matte finish. It had great pigmentation with a very soft, silky texture that was a little dusty to work with. I was happy to discover that it didn’t turn patchy or apply unevenly in practice, which is something that can happen with shades are dusty. The color wore exceptionally well at nine hours. Viseart Taupe (P) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Bravery (LE, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Abyss (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Truffle (P, $23.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Saddle (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Twice Baked (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Mocha (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Russet (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Ganache (LE, $28.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Clove (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Rebel (P) is lighter, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Crenshaw (LE, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Beware (P, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M636 Cappuccino (P, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Coco (LE) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). MAC Terre (Right) (LE) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $16.00) is lighter, more muted, cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Bandit (P, $5.00) is brighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Minx #3 is a deep, reddish brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. It was very intense and richly pigmented, while the texture was smooth but denser and seemed to “melt” when applied to the lid. On me, it showed slight signs of fading after nine hours of wear. Hourglass Monochrome #5 (P) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Wolf (P) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Take on Bordeaux (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Viseart Chocolat (P) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Becca Ombre Nudes #5 (P) is darker (85% similar). Divergent Bold Espresso (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Hourglass Obscura #4 (P) is darker (85% similar). Chanel Charming #4 (LE) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Kat Von D Shadow Box (P) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). MAC Brown Down (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Viseart Theory Palette Minx
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
94%
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This Week’s Sales for April 11th, 2016

Sephora Love Note Event Spring 2016
10% off w/code BINOTE, ends 4/12. 15% off w/code

Cash Back/Rebates

When you join one of the below websites, you can earn cash back on orders made at thousands of retailers. For example, if you place a $50 order at a retailer with 10% cash back, you’ll receive $5 in cash back. Below you’ll find the best beauty-related retailers to earn cash back this week:

  • EbatesPUR (10%), BH Cosmetics (7.5%), ends 4/15.
  • Mr. RebatesPractiv+ (35%), WEN (35%), Oscar Blandi (15%), BH Cosmetics (10%), Murad (10%), Foreo (10%), Kiehl's (8%), ends 4/17.

Flash Sales/Deals

Flash sales/deals sites offer a limited selection of products from particular brands, sometimes recently discontinued or excess stock from limited edition items, and occasionally, you’ll find popular gems that are part of the current/permanent line. These sites typically have more flash sales on fashion and home than beauty, but below you’ll find beauty-related sales noted for the week:

  • MyHabitPanier des SensPanier des Sens, starts 4/11 and ends 4/15. Clarins, starts 4/12 and ends 4/15.
  • Rue La LaSisley & Shiseido, starts 4/12 and ends 4/15.

Retailer Sales/Deals

  • AlgenistSave 50% on select items with code APRFLASH, ends 4/14.
  • Avon
    • Extra 10% off outlet with code SAVEBIG, ends 4/13.
    • Free shipping on $25+ orders with code SHIP2U, ends 4/14.
    • 15% off $50+ orders with code $$$, ends 4/15.
    • FREE Beauty Caddy With Your Order Of $50 Or More with code ORGANIZE, ends 4/18.
  • b-glowing
    • 20% off it Cosmetics orders $60 or more with code 20ITGIRL, ends 4/13.
    • Complimentary Anastasia Beverly Hills Nail Care Wallet + Mini Tweezer on orders of $50 or more with code ABHTOGO, ends 4/13.
    • 20% off TOCCA $60+ orders with code 20TOCCA, ends 4/20.
    • 20% off Erno Laszlo $60+ orders with code 20SKCE, ends 4/20.
  • BarneysFor every $250 you spend, receive a $25 gift card, ends 4/17.
  • Beauty.comGet your sweetheart the perfect gift and get $15 off all orders over $75 with code BEAUTY15, ends 8/27.
  • BenefitGet a FREE full-size speed brow gel with orders over $60 with code SPEEDY, ends 4/30. Pick your cheeky sample with $25+ order or get 3 with $75+ purchase with code CHEEKMEOUT, ends 4/30.
  • Benefit (UK)Free delivery on any order over £40 at Benefit, ends 10/03.
  • Bergdorf GoodmanFree Shipping and Returns, every day, ends 10/01.
  • BH CosmeticsFREE Blending Brush with purchase of Carli Bybel Palette with code LOVECARLI, ends 4/21.
  • Biotherm$10 off your $50+ order with code WEEKEND, ends 4/11. Get 25% off $50+ orders with code APRILBIO, ends 4/19.
  • BirchboxGet a free Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Trio with any Clarisonic purchase with code SONICTRIO, ends 4/12. Join Birchbox's email list and get 10% off your first purchase of $35+, ends 11/17.
  • BlissGet a Free Deluxe Sample of Supergoop! When You Make a Purchase of $30 or More at Bliss with code GOOP, ends 4/14. Get a Free Kate Spade Saturday Case and 4 Full Size Bliss Products When you Spend $150 or More with code DELUXE, ends 4/14.
  • Bloomingdale'sSpend $50 on Estee Lauder & receive a 7-pc. gift, spend $75 for also a sample-size skincare trio, and spend $100 for additional deluxe samples, ends 4/11.
  • bluemercuryReceive a FREE Mask Brush from Darphin with any purchase of a Darphin Stimulskin Plus Multi-Corrective Serumask with code BRUSH, ends 5/15.
  • Bobbi BrownFoundation Prep Set + Free Shipping with $50 order with code GETPREP, ends 4/17. Enjoy 15% off your first purchase using code WELCOME15, ends 11/06.
  • Bobbi Brown (UK)Mini Lip Gloss & Mini Smokey Eye Mascara, ends 4/12.
  • Bumble and BumbleFree Bb.Beach Bag kit (Bb. Beach Bag and Surf Shampoo/Conditioner Packette) + shipping with $35 orders at Bumble and bumble with code BBBEACHY, ends 4/19.
  • C.O. Bigelow
    • 15% OFF on C.O. Bigelow Lemon Lip Cream - No. 1420 with code LEMONLIPCREAM15, ends 4/30.
    • 15% OFF on C.O. Bigelow Lemon Body Lotion - No. 1162 with code LEMONBODYLOTION15, ends 4/30.
    • 20% OFF on C.O. Bigelow Barber Cologne - Elixir Blue - No. 1580 with code BIGCOLOGNE20, ends 4/30.
    • 15% OFF on C.O. Bigelow - Natural Bristle Toothbrush - Soft Texture with code NATURALTOOTHBRUSH15, ends 4/30.
  • Caudalie2-pc gift with $75 purchase. Includes Vinosource Sorbet 10ml and Beauty Elixir 30m with code ELIXIR, ends 4/13.
  • City Color10% off with code TEMPTALIA, ends 12/31.
  • Clarins (Canada)
    • Get a 6pc gift (including bag) and Free Shipping with any order over $125 with code GIFT16, ends 4/11.
    • Pick 2 free travel sizes with any $60 order with code BODY16, ends 4/13.
    • Choose 6 Samples at checkout with any purchase - no code necessary, ends 4/15.
    • Get a 6pc gift (including bag) and Free Shipping with any order over $125 with code GIFT16, ends 4/18.
  • Clarins (UK)3 samples and a purse with all orders over £50 with code LEAF16, ends 4/19. Free delivery on purchase of any product of the Multi-Active range code MULTI16, ends 4/30.
  • Clarisonic
    • Buy any device and choose a FREE brush head, plus free shipping with code PICKONE, ends 4/18.
    • Buy any 2 devices and save 10% with code PAIRS, ends 1/01.
    • Enjoy 10% off your next purchase when you sign up for email with Clarisonic, ends 1/01.
  • Cle de PeauReceive a complimentary travel size companion plus, shipping with purchase of either Hydro-Clarifying Lotion or Hydro-Softening Lotion, ends 4/25.
  • Clinique
    • Pick 4 minis with any $40 purchase, plus, enjoy a free cosmetics bag and Chubby Lip in Mega Melon with any $65 purchase with code LIPS, ends 4/12.
    • Pick 4 minis with any $40 purchase, plus, enjoy a free cosmetics bag and Happy Body Cream with any $65 purchase with code BODY, ends 4/12.
    • Enjoy a Free Smart mini duo with any $40 purchase with code SMART, ends 4/18.
    • Mother's Day Gift Set: Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush with 3-Step Skin Care routine for $89.50 ($103.50 value), ends 4/30.
  • Estee Lauder2 Full-Size Lipsticks, Revitalizing Supreme Moisturizer &more— all inside a colorful spring tote for $37.50 with any purchase while supplies last, ends 4/15.
  • Giorgio Armani BeautySign up for the Giorgio Armani Beauty Newsletter to Receive 10% off Your First Purchase, ends 1/01.
  • GlamglowAll cleansers only $29 (regularly $39) with code SPRING, ends 4/18.
  • GlossierFREE TOTE BAG with purchase of Phase 1 Set, ends 1/12.
  • Kate SomervilleReceive a complimentary Full-Size Prime Protection with your $150 purchase, ends 5/01.
  • Kerastase20% Off Mousse Volumifique – Volumizing Mousse for Fine Hair with code VOLMOUSSE20, ends 6/30. 20% Off Short Mania - Hair Sculpting Paste with code SHORT20, ends 6/30.
  • Kiehl's
    • Receive 7 packette samples on orders of $50+ OR 3 deluxe samples on $65+ OR 5 deluxe samples with your order of $85 with code BODY, ends 4/13.
    • Receive 2 deluxe samples with any Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate purchase with code PEEL, ends 4/14.
    • Receive a complimentary tote bag with your purchase of $100+ with code EARTHDAY, ends 4/27.
  • KIKOTake 30% Off Select Foundations and Brushes with code PERFECT, ends 4/21. Take 50% Off 3 Lip Glosses or More with code GLOSSYLIPS, ends 4/30.
  • LancomeCustomize your 7 Piece Gift plus free standard shipping on your order of $60! Receive a bonus gift of your choice with orders of $95 or more, ends 4/20. Enjoy 4 samples and free shipping on your order of $49 or more! Receive a bonus sample with your order of $75 with code SHOWERS, ends 4/30.
  • Laura Geller50% Off select Laura Geller Beauty products, ends 4/14.
  • Lord & Taylor
    • Choose your 7-piece gift with any $39.50+ Lancôme purchase, ends 4/15.
    • Extra 25% Off* Almost Everything + 10% Off* Cosmetics & Fragrances with code FRIENDS, ends 4/17.
    • Receive kohl eye pencil with any Laura Mercier purchase, ends 4/30.
  • Marcelle10% off your 1st Korean cosmetics purchase with code 101SMILES, one time use only, ends 12/31.
  • NARSReceive a complimentary mini Audacious Mascara & mini LTL Eyeliner in Via Veneto, plus free shipping, on $50 purchase, with code STAREDOWN, ends 4/30.
  • Neiman MarcusTake 20% off 1 item, 25% off 2 items, and 30% off 3+ items in Online Clearance, ends 4/13. Take $50 off your $200+ purchase with code INC50, ends 4/17.
  • NordstromChoose your free gift with $35+ Estee Lauder purchase ($130 value), ends 5/10.
  • Ole HenriksenFREE 3 Piece Deluxe Mini Set ($23 value) with orders of $50+, ends 4/19.
  • Origins$20 off any $45 purchase with code STOCKUP, ends 4/18.
  • Paula's Choice20% Off Skin Balancing Ultra-Sheer Daily Defense Moisturizer SPF 30, ends 4/17. 20% Off + Free Shipping with code PRBHA16, ends 5/30.
  • Paula's Choice (Aus)20% Off Purchases of $125 or More + Free Shipping on Everything, ends 4/12.
  • Paula's Choice (UK)10% Off select products for acne-prone skin, ends 4/30. Get your trial size BHA for £7.50 + Free shipping, ends 5/31.
  • PhilosophyBuy 3 items, get $25 off with code 25OFF, ends 4/15.
  • REN10% off your first order, starts 10/31 and ends 12/31.
  • SaksUp to 30% off spectacular selections of clothing, shoes and accessories, 20% off jewelry, plus an extra 10% off with code SAKSAPR, ends 4/19.
  • Sephora
    • 10% off all orders for BI members with code BINOTE, starts 4/09 and ends 4/12.
    • 10% off for BI members with code BINOTE, 4/9 through 4/12.  15% off for Rouge VIB with code ROUGENOTE, 15% off for VIB with code VIBNOTE, ends 4/13.
    • 15% off all orders for VIB members with code VIBNOTE, starts 4/08 and ends 4/13.
    • Receive a FREE philosophy Take A Deep Breath Oxygenating Eye Gel Cream deluxe sample with code PHILOEYE, ends 4/14.
    • Receive a FREE MILK MAKEUP Lip Color Duo deluxe sample with code MILKIT, ends 4/14.
    • Urban Decay x Gwen collection on sale -- Blush Palette for $30, Lipsticks for $12, Lip pencils for $14, while supplies last, ends 4/15.
    • Receive a FREE Living Proof VIB Gift with code VIBPROOF (VIB only), ends 4/20.
    • Receive a FREE Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding deluxe sample with code PUDDING, ends 4/20.
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    • Receive a FREE Dr. Brandt Needles No More Mask deluxe sample with code NNMMASK, ends 4/21.
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    • Receive a FREE Bumble and bumble Full Potential Set with code BBPOTENT, ends 4/29.
    • Receive a FREE Clinique deluxe sample with code CLINACNE, ends 4/30.
    • Choose a FREE Lip Gloss deluxe sample with any $25 purchase with code GETGLOSSY, ends 4/30.
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    • Receive a FREE bareMinerals sample trio with any $25 purchase with code BARESERUM, ends 4/30.
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    • Receive a FREE Algenist POWER Advanced Wrinkle Fighter Eye Serum deluxe sample with code POWEREYE, ends 5/15.
    • Choose a Mother's Day Fragrance Sample Bag with any $25 purchase with code SCENTME, ends 5/15.
    • Receive a FRESS CLINIQUE Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick deluxe sample with code INTHENUDE (Canada), ends 5/30.
  • Sephora BrazilTratamento e cabelos com 15% off sem valor mínimo, ends 4/16.
  • ShiseidoReceive your choice of a complimentary Sun Umbrella or Tote, plus a sample of Ultimate Sun Protection Cream with purchase of 2 suncare products, ends 4/30.
  • shu uemuraReceive 3 samples on orders over $30 or receive 6 samples + free shipping on orders over $50 with code GETMORE, ends 4/16. Free shipping with any skincare purchase with code SKINTREAT, ends 4/17.
  • shu uemura (Canada)Get 3 samples on orders $60+ OR DOUBLE UP get 3 more deluxe cleansing oils on orders $80+, ends 4/15. Receive 3 samples on orders over $50 or receive 6 samples + free shipping on orders over $70 with code TRYMORE, ends 4/16.
  • Skinstore.com$10 off $60, $20 off $100, $50 off $100 with code SPRING, ends 4/17.
  • Stila25% Off Site-Wide & Free Shipping Tuesday with code 25OFF (excludes sale items), ends 4/12.
  • Tarte30% off with code FFTARTE, starts 4/12 and ends 4/15.
  • The Body Shop
    • Buy 3, get 3 free + $24 Mega Body Butter, ends 4/11.
    • 30% off site wide + $24 Mega Body Butter, ends 4/13.
    • Buy 3 Get 2 Free with code APRILSTEALS, ends 4/17.
    • Buy 3 Get 3 Free + Free Shipping Any Purchase + Hemp products 4 for $20, ends 4/18.
  • The Body Shop (Canada)Buy 3, get 3 free, ends 4/11. Buy 3 Get 2 + 50% off Bath and Body, ends 4/14.
  • The Body Shop (UK)40% off non-sale items with code 14665, ends 4/14. 30% Off with Code 14664, ends 4/27.
  • Ulta
    • Free 17-pc Beauty Bag with any $75 Ulta.com purchase, ends 4/16.
    • NYX Cosmetics, Buy 2 Get 1 Free, ends 4/16.
    • Free Spring Bag with any Fragrance Purchase of $40 or more, ends 5/08.
My best advice is to really think critically about why you’re considering buying something, what it will add to your stash, and whether you already have something similar to it. Did you want it before it was on sale? Is the sale THAT good? Will it be around later on?
-- Christine

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Viseart Cashmere Theory Palette

Viseart Cashmere Theory Palette

Viseart Cashmere Theory Palette ($45.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a subdued set of neutral tones with three matte and three metallic eyeshadows. The Theory palettes are housed in smooth cardboard that open up with a ribbon-esque pull-tab and reveal the six pans held in a plastic container. Each pan is 0.07 oz., which is the same size as the larger 12-pan Viseart palettes; the Theory palettes are slightly more expensive at $45 (compared to $80) , which works out to be $107.14/oz. for the Theory palette eyeshadows vs. $95.24/oz. for the 12-pan palette eyeshadows. The Theory palettes are more cohesive as all-in-one palettes as the finishes and tone vary more than the larger palettes (which were designed to be used with other palettes). The pans are removable and seem held in by magnet, but there are no labels on the bottom, so you might want to DIY labels. I quite enjoyed this palette, as it had good color payoff, long-wear, and was easy to apply and blend on bare skin. Worth noting, I think the mattes used in the Theory palettes are more semi-matte, so while they work and look mostly like mattes, they blend more readily and bind better (resulting in truer-to-pan payoff).

Cashmere #1 is a very light beige with subtle,w arm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth, blendable texture that wasn’t too powdery nor too firm. It started to fade after eight and a half hours on me. L'Oreal Paris Beach (P, $5.99) is brighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M530 Eggshell (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Meow (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Snow Angel (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Lifelike (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M500 Ivory (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Vanilla (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Peaceful (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Cream Colored Ponies (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Glow (LE, $5.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 3 (LE) is darker, more pigmented, warmer (85% similar). MAC Blanc Type (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cashmere #2 is a medium-dark, caramel brown with warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had fantastic color payoff with a rich, cream-like, and smooth consistency that was very finely-milled and easy to use on the skin. This shade lasted for nine hours on me. Becca Ombre Nudes #4 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Faint (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M630 Sweet Chestnut (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Corduroy (P) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Buxom Big Spender (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Cocoa Brown (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Stila Warm Taupe (LE) is darker (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Coco (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Charmed, I'm Sure (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Kat Von D Leather (LE) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Carob Brown (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Picnic Basket (LE) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Heartbreaker (LE) is darker (85% similar). NARS Bengali (P, $25.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Laura Mercier Dune (LE, $23.00) is lighter (80% similar). Inglot #342 (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Hourglass Infinity #4 (P) is warmer (80% similar). MAC Espresso (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Viseart Dark Matte #1 (P) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Stila Warm Honey (LE) is lighter (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cashmere #3 is a dark taupe brown with a hint of gray in its overtone and subtle, warmer undertones paired with a semi-matte finish. Of the three “mattes,” this one had the more noticeable sheen, but I didn’t notice it much applied to the lid and blended out. It had good color coverage with a soft, medium-weight texture that wasn’t super dense or thin, and it applied easily to the skin and diffused without issue. On me, it lasted for nine hours before fading. Viseart Chroma #2 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Dark Chocolate (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Vox (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Delightful #5 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Benefit Quick, Look Busy (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Sexpresso (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Dolly (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Social Butterfly #6 (P) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Knockout (LE, $16.00)(90% similar). Tarte Wind Down Brown (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Coconut Grove (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #3 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M626 Neutral Brown (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Hot Stone (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced La Femme (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Viseart Theory Palette Cashmere
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Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
96%
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