Viseart Orange/Violet (03) Blush Palette

Viseart Orange/Violet (01) Blush Palette

Viseart Orange/Violet (01) Blush Palette ($80.00 for 0.84 oz.) is a six-pan blush palette that is the same size (and contains the same amount) as the eyeshadow palettes. It comes in a black plastic compact with a clear lid. Each palette is divided into two families and is “scaled into three levels of cheek color, ideal for the fairest to deep skin tones.” The powder blush formula is supposed to “apply seamlessly” and have “sheer to fuller coverage.” In general, the blush applied better with a light-to-moderately dense brush, light hand, and built-up in layers rather than immediately packed into place. The texture was smooth but dusty, sometimes powdery, and kicked up excess in the pan, so with some of the richer shades, it was easy to over-apply. The formula played better with my skin when it was normal, whereas drier areas had some trouble with the product adhering to the skin for some shades but not all (if you normally wear a cream or liquid base, you should be good to go). The majority of the blushes in the palettes are mostly matte, and they look very smooth on the skin–they actually seemed to hide texture and pores, which was interesting. Most of the shades lasted at least eight hours on my normal-to-dry skin with some lasting as long as nine and a half hours.

Orange #1 is a bright pop of orange with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage (to mostly opaque) with a soft, blendable texture that was rather powdery in the pan–it kicked up a ton of excess product every time I touched it, even with a light hand, so it can make the palette very messy. It wore well for eight hours on me. Illamasqua Lover (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). YSL Rebelle (7) (P, $47.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Orange #2 is a medium-dark, burnt orange with warm, brown undertones and a mostly matte finish. The pigmentation was buildable from medium to full coverage. The texture was smooth, blendable, and not too dusty or too firm in the pan, so it was less messy than the prior shade. On me, this shade wore well for nine hours. Illamasqua Expose (P, $26.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Rotonde (LE, $41.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Coppertone (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Powder to the People (LE, $38.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Sephora Oh My Gosh (10) (P, $14.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Orange #3 is a bold, bright, medium-dark orange-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque coverage, so it wasn’t what I would call buildable, as it is hard to get very sheer or light color without the barest tap of the brush in the pan (which is the same technique you’d use with any very pigmented blush). The texture wasn’t too soft or too firm, so it was easier to work with and sat well on the skin. This shade started to fade after eight and a half hours of wear. NARS Boys Don't Cry (LE, $41.00) is darker, brighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Never Been Kissed (LE, $8.00) is more muted (90% similar). Sephora Oh My Gosh (10) (P, $14.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Savage (LE, $30.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Exhibit A (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). NYX Tuscan (P, $6.50) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Fleeting Romance (P, $23.50) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Fruit Stand (P, $8.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Viseart Blush Palette Orange/Violet (03)
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
87%
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Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night (240) Style Eye-Con. 20 Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night (240) Style Eye-Con No. 20 Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night (240) Style Eye-Con No. 20 Palette ($99.00 for 0.60 oz.) is a very large, product-packed palette housed in a bronze-hued plastic compact. Overall, the majority of the eyeshadows were soft, blendable, pigmented, and long-wearing. For a palette with this many shades (and several of them matte!), its performance was impressive. I’m not, personally, sold on the color combination and didn’t feel like it was as versatile as last year’s The Free Spirit palette. If you’re unfamiliar with the way this palette is arranged, look at the shades as columns, as each column creates a “look.”

The mega-sized palette is actually quite a good deal for Marc Jacobs’ eyeshadows, though it is obviously a large amount to put toward one product, so I think it is important to consider how many shades you’d use and whether you’re someone who really uses larger palettes on a regular basis. As a note, going by the label’s printed oz. per shade weight, it appears as if it contains more than last year’s palette, but if you compare the weight by grams, it’s the same (16g in both) — my guess is the oz. was rounded up. There are also some shades that are very close to shades found in last year’s palette.

About Last Night No. 01 is a very light beige with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, though it was not fully opaque, that had a soft, silky texture that wasn’t too powdery or too firm. It is very light, so it may appear chalkier on some skin tones. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. Colour Pop Glow (LE, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Compassionate (LE) is darker (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Peaceful (P) is warmer (95% similar). Inglot #355 (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Red Ochre #1 (P) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Nude #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Blanc (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Vanilla (P) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Buttercream (P, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Porcelain (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Sage (Highlight) (P) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

About Last Night No. 02 is an intense, medium-dark gold with strong, warm yellow undertones and a metallic shimmer. It is a “cooler” gold as it has yellower tones, rather than more orange tones. The color payoff was fantastic with a really smooth, cream-like texture that was easy to work with and lasted for eight and a half hours. On a personal note, I felt like the tone made it harder to work with the rest of the palette. Kat Von D Thrasher (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Goldmine (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (95% similar). Colour Pop Telepathy (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Instigator (LE, $16.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Fortune Teller (P, $9.99) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Gilded Gold (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych (P, $14.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #5 (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Blitz (LE, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #5 (P) is lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 10 (LE) is darker (85% similar). Buxom 24KT Stilettos (P, $12.00) is lighter, more muted, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con No. 20 Eyeshadow Palette About Last Night (240)
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
90%
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Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit for Holiday 2016

Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit for Holiday 2016
Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit for Holiday 2016


Discover the most covetable Ambient® Light yet. Introducing Surreal Light – a sheer nude powder evoking the magic hour of perfect lighting where the sun brings the softest, most flattering glow to the complexion. These never-before-released shades of powder, bronzer, blushes and highlighter are available exclusively this holiday season.

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Surreal Light Holiday 2016 Ambient Lighting Edit | $80.00 | Limited Edition

  • Surreal Light (Ambient Lighting Powder) Sheer nude powder evoking the magic hour of perfect lighting
  • Surreal Bronze (Ambient Lighting Bronzer) Neutral tan shade fused with Surreal Light
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Sephora Light Beam Microsmooth Baked Luminizer

Sephora Light Beam Microsmooth Baked Luminizer

Sephora Light Beam (02) Microsmooth Baked Luminizer ($14.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a very light beige with subtle, warmer undertones and a soft shimmer. Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented (95% similar). Too Faced Pop of Light (P) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Almond (16) (P, $55.00) is warmer (90% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (LE, $45.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Debbie Harry Highlighter (LE, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Mystery Princess (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $41.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Luxurious Beige (LE, $82.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Catrice Champagne Campaign (P, $5.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Too Chic (LE, $22.00) is more pigmented (90% similar). YSL Golden Contouring Highlight (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to give a “natural, seamless luminescence” to the skin with “natural-looking color.” The texture was smooth, firmer, and had no powder kick-up like Stardust, but it had less color payoff, too. This shade had medium coverage, and on my skin tone, it didn’t impart noticeable color and lightened the area I applied it slightly. When applied, it gave the skin a luminous glow that did not emphasize pores, and I think it is hard to overdo. On my normal-to-dry skin, it lasted for seven and a half hours before fading noticeably. This is going to be ideal for someone who is very fair to light-medium in complexion and likes a subtle, but noticeable, highlight.

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Sephora Microsmooth Baked Luminizer Light Beam (02)
B
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
84%