Tarte Poppy Picnic Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette

Tarte Poppy Picnic Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette ($38.00 for 0.41 oz.) contains six eyeshadows and one blush housed in a rectangular-shaped palette. It’s a warmer-toned set of matte neutrals paired with a frosted pink-coral blush. The colors work well together, and they were usable without primer, but Tarte’s formula here is one that will benefit from having the smoothness of a primer for the color to adhere to, for both better color payoff as well as easier blending, and then of course, longevity. Also, interesting thing to note is that this is priced the same as the Showstopper palette, but Poppy Picnic contains a lot less (0.41 oz. vs. 0.73 oz.).

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Tarte Poppy Picnic Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Summer 2015 Amazonian Eye & Cheek Palette Poppy Picnic
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8
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8
Longevity
7.5
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4.5
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79%
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NARS Parallel Universe Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Parallel Universe Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Parallel Universe Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Parallel Universe Eyeshadow Duo ($35.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a mix of a light rose with copper sparkle and pinky-lavender with violet and teal sparkle. Both shades are jam-packed with sparkle, so there is fall out while they are worn, and I would suggest a lightly tacky base or glitter adhesive to combat it. If you love your sparkle, don’t mind a slightly sheerer look, then you may really like these. They have a lot of the same downfalls as we’ve seen with similarly sparkly eyeshadows, so while they’re definitely pretty on, the formula itself isn’t perfected. I think they could also work well layered over cream eyeshadows and bases.

Parallel Universe (Left) is described as an “iridescent pink lilac.” It’s a brightened, light rosy pink with copper and teal flecks of sparkle and shimmer over a more metallic finish. This is a tough color to truly capture, because there are teal flecks that sparkle but seem to get lost entirely in photos. Instead, coppery-red flecks dominate in photographs but sit in the background in real life when there’s a fair amount of light coming into wherever you are, while in dimmer light (say walking down a hallway during the day, so there’s some natural light but little direct or flooded light), the red flecks take centerstage. The color itself isn’t really a duochrome (I tried angling my arm to capture the flecks, but the base color doesn’t shift). The texture is soft, lightly powdery, and I tried using it both wet and dry. NARS’ eyeshadow formula is touted as wet/dry, though I don’t find that true with all their finishes (e.g. mattes), but it seemed to be fine to use a damp brush with this product. It had semi-sheer pigmentation applied dry and was more sparkly with less of the base color coming through, and it was prone to fall out during application and wear. When I applied it damp, it was smoother and more pigmented, but it appeared lighter as the brighter base color was more noticeable; it was also easier to apply to the lid. I had seven hours of wear out of this shade before it creased. I can see this being a really pretty, sparkly wash of warmth over the lid for those who like one-and-done shades. bareMinerals Rose Gold (P, $14.00) is darker. MAC After Dusk (P, $16.00) is darker, less metallic. Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #2 (LE) is less wamr-toned. Urban Decay Provocateur (LE, $18.00) is lighter.MAC Mineral Mode (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Rose Light (LE, $32.50) is cooler-toned. Giorgio Armani #29 (LE, $33.00) is less sparkly. Too Faced Mauvelous (LE) is similar. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Parallel Universe (Right) is described as an “iridescent violet.” It’s a light-medium lavender with subtle, cool undertones and a mix of copper and teal sparkle. Applied dry, it had semi-opaque pigmentation that tended to sheer out more readily as the eyeshadow didn’t bind as much with itself, so it had a drier, more powdery appearance on the skin. Applied damp, it was smoother with a higher, more reflective finish and was easier to work with on the lid without losing intensity. On me, it showed signs of creasing after seven hours of wear and had some fall out over time. Maybelline Hibiscus Heartbreak (125) (LE, $6.99) is less sparkly, cream. Giorgio Armani #14 (P, $32.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever D926 Blueberry (P, $21.00) is darker. Illamasqua Charm (P) is warmer, less sparkly. MAC A Party of Pastels #3 (P, $21.00) is less sparkly. Kat Von D Arcadia (LE) is cooler-toned, less sparkly. MAC Tropica (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned, less sparkly. L’Oreal With a Twist (LE, $7.99) is darker, cooler-toned. Urban Decay Grifter (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Marie-Galante #1 (LE, $24.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Amethyst (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Kitschmas (P, $21.00) is less sparkly. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NARS Duo Eyeshadow Parallel Universe
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8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
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79%
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NYX Apple Crisp, Banana Split, Berry Strudel Intense Butter Glosses

NYX Apple Crisp Intense Butter Gloss ($5.99 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a bold, bright, medium red with cool, blue undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied smoothly and evenly without pulling into lip lines. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, but it is heavier than the original formula of Butter Glosses. It developes light tackiness over time and lasts four hours on me. It was neither drying nor hydrating over time. There is a faint smell of vanilla but no discernible taste, but the scent seemed off in some way to me. MAC Victoriana (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Opera (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Ruby Woo (LE, $15.00) is similar. Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) (LE, $30.00) is more muted. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Driven by Love (P, $19.50) MAC Russian Red (P, $15.00) is darker. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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NYX Apple Crisp Intense Butter Gloss
NYX Intense Butter Gloss Apple Crisp
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9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
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5
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91%
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MAC x Mia Moretti Who’s the DJ Lip Palette x6

MAC Who’s the DJ Lip Palette x6 ($40.00 for 0.25 oz.) consists of six lipsticks that range from light beige to aqua blue. All of the colors applied and looked lighter on than they did in the pan. I love the concept; I love seeing non-traditional colors released in a major way, because it’s fun and interesting and different. It would have been really spectacular if MAC launched a coordinating six-pan eyeshadow palette with these shades in eyeshadow form, though! I wish the performance of the shades was better; the blue and green were disappointing and need a base to work (lip primer, concealer, lip liner, and so forth), so it’s more of a miss, but it was fun to play with. I was surprised at how well the lavender shade applied and wore!

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MAC Who's the DJ Lip Palette x6
MAC Lip Palette x6 Who's the DJ?
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7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
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79%
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MAC x Mia Moretti Lipsticks

MAC Maria Moretti Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “cherry red [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a brightened, medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a very fine ruby red pearl with a light shine. It had mostly opaque color coverage that applied with really even, smooth color in a single stroke. The consistency was lightly creamy and never dragged when I applied it from the tube. On me, the color lasted for six hours and left a stain behind. It was neither drying nor hydrating. It is slightly shinier and brighter compared to Cardinal from the collaboration with Philip Treacy. Tom Ford Beauty Luciano (LE, $32.00) is cooler-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Alejandro (LE, $32.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Carmine Rouge (LE, $30.00) is lighter, pinker. MAC Evening Posh (LE, $16.00) is similar. NARS Deadly Catch (LE, $26.00) is a touch darker. Guerlain Rouge Parade (820) (LE, $51.00) is brighter. MAC Oblivion (LE, $16.00) is slightly cooler-toned. MAC True Love’s Kiss (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is brighter. Estee Lauder Vengeful Red (P, $30.00) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Vampire Kiss (LE, $50.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay 69 (P, $22.00) is darker. Maybelline On Fire Red (P, $7.49) is similar. Guerlain Greta (P, $51.00) is slightly darker. Guerlain Gala (P, $51.00) is slightly cooler-toned. Buxom Scoundrel (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side. MAC has a lot of reds out there, including matte reds, which I didn’t include as this has a significant sheen with plenty of dupes with a simialr color and finish, but you can compare this to other matte reds here.

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MAC Maria Moretti Lipstick
MAC Lipstick Maria Moretti
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9
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9
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9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
93%
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MAC Pro Longwear Fluidlines (Part 2)

Here are the other shades of MAC Pro Longwear Fluidline ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) that I received and have finished testing. I really can’t tell if the formula is really different between the original Fluidlines and the Pro Longwear Fluidlines. At most, they seem a little more emollient/thinner with a longer drying time (but not long), but it’s such a subtle difference that it could just be that my original version is also older (and could therefore have dried out slightly over time).

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MAC Blacktrack Pro Longwear Fluidline
MAC Pro Longwear Fluidline Ivy
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7
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
8
Longevity
10
Application
4
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79%
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