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Best Eyeshadows | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

Best Blushes | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

It’s that time of the year again:  holiday gift guides aplenty!  This year, I’ve broken out my gift guides into best of selections for blush, eyeshadow, highlighter, lipstick, lipgloss, palettes, and brushes.  These guides feature permanent formulas so that they can be useful anytime during the holiday season or even into next year.  For limited edition holiday products, you can check out our list of the top 50 highest-rated holiday products, which updates as I post more reviews for holiday products.  I hope you find this list of top performing eyeshadow formulas useful 🙂

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) still remains my very favorite powder eyeshadow formula. I’m particularly fond of their more shimmery and satin finishes, though their mattes are nice (but they aren’t as dense, and I love a denser, creamier eyeshadow). Their are over 200 shades to choose from, so you can imagine it is hard to pick favorites, but here are swatches of some of my must-haves!

Availability

Sephora

Tarte Metallics Shadow

Tarte Metallics Shadow

Tarte Metallics Shadow ($14.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a new formula that debuted this year, and I was able to confirm with Tarte that they anticipate these being part of the permanent range, at least for the next year…. so here’s hoping they will make a stronger commitment to the formula by adding more shades next year! The formula on the Metallics range is soft, smooth, blendable, and almost cream-like as they have a denser, richer feel to them. They are pigmented, long-wearing, and easy to use. Some of my favorite shades are Sinful, Pokerface, and Dame.

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Sephora, Ulta, Tarte

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Round-up: City Color Shimmer Shadows

City Color Shimmer Shadows
City Color Shimmer Shadows

City Color Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is supposed to have “intense color payoff” with a “heavy metallic finish” that also has “long-wear.” There are 16 shades in the range, and this post features six of them. The majority of the shades in the formula have a very dense, thick, and cream-like consistency–I have best results using a firmer, flatter and synthetic brush than I do with a really soft, natural hair brush, though natural brushes offer a little more control over how metallic the finish gets and my MAC 239s were just fine with it (and those are natural hair). They are intensely pigmented, and they blend out and apply well to bare skin. The formula wore for around eight to eight and a half hours on me with very slight creasing. A few of the very frosted, metallic shades seemed to emphasize the natural texture of parts of my lid and need a little extra blending to smooth out. These reminded me of Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows (but City Color’s are much denser) as well as Sleek’s more metallic eyeshadows.
01.

01. Yas! City Color

City Color

PPermanent. $6.99/0.13 oz.

A+

City Color Yas! Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is a medium-dark, copper-brown with warm, red undertones and a frosted sheen.

City Color Yas! Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is a medium-dark, copper-brown with warm, red undertones and a frosted sheen.

02.

02. All Eyes On Me City Color

City Color

PPermanent. $6.99/0.13 oz.

A

City Color All Eyes On Me Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a medium-dark tuape brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen.

City Color All Eyes On Me Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a medium-dark tuape brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen.

03.

03. Black Widow City Color

City Color

PPermanent. $6.99/0.13 oz.

A

City Color Black Widow Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a dark black with a semi-matte finish. It was richly pigmented with a creamy, smooth...

City Color Black Widow Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a dark black with a semi-matte finish. It was richly pigmented with a creamy, smooth...

04.

04. Sandstorm City Color

City Color

PPermanent. $6.99/0.13 oz.

A

City Color Sandstorm Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is a medium-dark, rich bronze with warm undertones and a metallic finish.

City Color Sandstorm Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is a medium-dark, rich bronze with warm undertones and a metallic finish.

05.

05. Evergreen City Color

City Color

PPermanent. $6.99/0.13 oz.

A

City Color Evergreen Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is a bright, medium green with warm, golden shimmer and sheen. The color payoff was fully...

City Color Evergreen Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is a bright, medium green with warm, golden shimmer and sheen. The color payoff was fully...

06.

06. Cleo City Color

City Color

PPermanent. $6.99/0.13 oz.

A

City Color Cleo Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It was very, very...

City Color Cleo Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It was very, very...

07.

07. Beach Cottage City Color

City Color

PPermanent. $6.99/0.13 oz.

A-

City Color Beach Cottage Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a bright, light-medium green with cooler undertones and warmer, green shimmer paired with a metallic finish.

City Color Beach Cottage Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a bright, light-medium green with cooler undertones and warmer, green shimmer paired with a metallic finish.

08.

08. Homecoming Queen City Color

City Color

PPermanent. $6.99/0.13 oz.

A-

City Color Homecoming Queen Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a muted, medium coppery-brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen.

City Color Homecoming Queen Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a muted, medium coppery-brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen.

09.

09. It's a Girl City Color

City Color

PPermanent. $6.99/0.13 oz.

A-

City Color It's a Girl Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a medium-dark, berry-red with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted sheen.

City Color It's a Girl Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a medium-dark, berry-red with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted sheen.

10.

10. New Year, New Me City Color

City Color

PPermanent. $6.99/0.13 oz.

A-

City Color New Year, New Me Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a bright, light yellowed white gold with warm undertones paired with a metallic sheen.

City Color New Year, New Me Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a bright, light yellowed white gold with warm undertones paired with a metallic sheen.

11.

11. Oh So Naughty City Color

City Color

PPermanent. $6.99/0.13 oz.

A-

City Color Oh So Naughty Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is an inky, deep black with charcoal shimmer. It was richly pigmented with a creamy,...

City Color Oh So Naughty Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is an inky, deep black with charcoal shimmer. It was richly pigmented with a creamy,...

12.

12. Pharaoh City Color

City Color

PPermanent. $6.99/0.13 oz.

A-

City Color Pharaoh Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a bright, yellow gold with warm undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic, finish.

City Color Pharaoh Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a bright, yellow gold with warm undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic, finish.

14.

14. Cheers to Life City Color

City Color

PPermanent. $6.99/0.13 oz.

A-

City Color Cheers to Life Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a medium-dark copper with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a metallic sheen.

City Color Cheers to Life Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a medium-dark copper with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a metallic sheen.

15.

15. It's a Boy City Color

City Color

PPermanent. $6.99/0.13 oz.

A-

City Color It's a Boy Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a bright, medium blue with cool undertones and a metallic sheen. It had really good color...

City Color It's a Boy Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a bright, medium blue with cool undertones and a metallic sheen. It had really good color...

16.

16. Ladylike City Color

City Color

PPermanent. $6.99/0.13 oz.

A-

City Color Ladylike Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a medium-dark, rosy plum with warm, copper undertones and a frosted finish.

City Color Ladylike Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a medium-dark, rosy plum with warm, copper undertones and a frosted finish.

17.

17. Tide Pool City Color

City Color

PPermanent. $6.99/0.13 oz.

A-

City Color Tide Pool Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is a slightly muted, light-medium green with subtle, warmer undertones but a cooler shimmer finish.

City Color Tide Pool Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is a slightly muted, light-medium green with subtle, warmer undertones but a cooler shimmer finish.

18.

18. U Jelly? City Color

City Color

PPermanent. $6.99/0.13 oz.

A-

City Color U Jelly? Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is a medium-dark pink-plum with warm undertones and a frosted sheen.

City Color U Jelly? Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is a medium-dark pink-plum with warm undertones and a frosted sheen.

19.

19. Bubble Bath City Color

City Color

PPermanent. $6.99/0.13 oz.

A-

City Color Bubble Bath Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a slightly muted, light-medium peachy-beige with warm undertones and a metallic sheen.

City Color Bubble Bath Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a slightly muted, light-medium peachy-beige with warm undertones and a metallic sheen.

20.

20. Under the Sea City Color

City Color

PPermanent. $6.99/0.13 oz.

A-

City Color Under the Sea Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is a muted, medium blue with subtle, cool undertones and a metallic finish.

City Color Under the Sea Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is a muted, medium blue with subtle, cool undertones and a metallic finish.

21.

21. Marsala City Color

City Color

PPermanent. $6.99/0.13 oz.

B+

City Color Marsala Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a medium-dark plum with warm, orange-brown undertones and a pearly sheen.

City Color Marsala Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a medium-dark plum with warm, orange-brown undertones and a pearly sheen.

22.

22. Hint of Mint City Color

City Color

PPermanent. $6.99/0.13 oz.

B+

City Color Hint of Mint Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a light-medium green with warm, golden shimmer and a metallic finish.

City Color Hint of Mint Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a light-medium green with warm, golden shimmer and a metallic finish.

23.

23. Breezy City Color

City Color

PPermanent. $6.99/0.13 oz.

B

City Color Breezy Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a light-medium, sky blue with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good color payoff with a...

City Color Breezy Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a light-medium, sky blue with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good color payoff with a...

24.

24. Spring Fling City Color

City Color

PPermanent. $6.99/0.13 oz.

C

City Color Spring Fling Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark purple with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted finish.

City Color Spring Fling Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark purple with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted finish.

Glossover Breakdown

91%

Average Score
A
20
B
3
C
1
D
0
F
0
Glossover Averages
product
9
pigmentation
10
texture
9
longevity
8.5
application
5
Total
91%
product
9
pigmentation
10
texture
9
longevity
8.5
application
5
Total
91%

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The Good: Great Value (7), Buttery (6), Smooth (6), Easy To Apply (6), Long-wearing (6), Blendable (3), Crease-resistant (2)

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City Color Tide Pool, Evergreen, Under the Sea, Sandstorm Shimmer Shadows

City Color Tide Pool Shimmer Shadow
City Color Tide Pool Shimmer Shadow

City Color Tide Pool Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is a slightly muted, light-medium green with subtle, warmer undertones but a cooler shimmer finish. It had good color coverage with a blendable, dense, and almost cream-like feel. I felt like this one wasn’t quite as intense or as easy to apply compared to the other shades. It wore well for eight hours on me. Buxom Made of Jade (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Tarvos (P, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Garden Pastels #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Big Sky (PiP, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Sea Green (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Jade Shore (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #5 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Huda Beauty Emerald #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Special Delivery (P, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #4 (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Jealous Girl (LE, $22.00) is lighter, less pigmented (85% similar). Colour Pop Up and Up (DC, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Huda Beauty Emerald #5 (LE, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC All Hands on Deck (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). Dior Jardin #1 (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Buxom Room Service (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Melt Cosmetics Blue Dream (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Guerlain Electric Look #8 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). YSL Indie Jasper #5 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

City Color Evergreen Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is a bright, medium green with warm, golden shimmer and sheen. The color payoff was fully opaque, while the consistency was dense and cream-like (though still a powder). It applied well, diffused easily, and wore for eight hours before creasing. Too Faced Very Merry (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Moss (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Darling (PiP, ) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Secret Keeper (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Extravirgin (P, $8.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #12 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Showgirl (Formerly Bubbly) (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Sydney Grace Fallen Splendor (PiP, $6.00) is darker (85% similar). Pretty Vulgar Jealous (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #2 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Coloured Raine Side of Olives (P, $6.99) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop IE (LE, $5.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Inglot #412 (P, $7.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Clover (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Dior Garden Pastels #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Kat Von D Immaculate (LE, ) is darker, warmer (80% similar). MAC Swimming (DC, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Sydney Grace Dazzle (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

City Color Under the Sea Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is a muted, medium blue with subtle, cool undertones and a metallic finish. The consistency was very dense, which made it harder to apply without really smoothing it out as it had a very textured, raised look applied initially. It had intense pigmentation and lasted for eight hours on me. Sugarpill Starling (P, $13.00) is brighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Dive (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Haight (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Backseat (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty TFX8 (LE, $36.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Natasha Denona Petroleum Blue (92M) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Melt Cosmetics Deadbolt (PiP, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay LCW (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Unhinged (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Pat McGrath Lapis Luxury (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Dior Contraste Horizon #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Mysterious Tinamou (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop On One (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Ulta Teal (P, $10.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). L'Oreal Timeless Blue Spark (760) (P, $7.99) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Artist (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Urban Decay Plunge (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

City Color Sandstorm Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is a medium-dark, rich bronze with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had good pigmentation with a creamy-like, very smooth and dense consistency that applied well to bare skin. The advantage to the denser formulation is really how well it applies without needing primer to boost coverage or help with evenness. On me, I noticed slight creasing after eight and a half hours of wear. Tarte Firecracker (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (95% similar). Makeup Geek Pocket Change (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Fire (584) (P, $29.50) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Woodwinked (P, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Auburn (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Buttered Rum (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Enchanted Forest (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Dose of Colors Sunglow (LE, ) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Push-up (PiP, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). theBalm Firm (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Telesto (P, $29.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Desert Baked (PiP, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Givenchy Palette Ors Audacieux #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Natasha Denona Varis (PiP, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Buxom Bold Bling (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Avant-Premiere #2 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Drizella (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Huda Beauty Topaz #6 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Golden Flesh (68M) (P, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | City Color Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is supposed to have “intense color payoff” with a “heavy metallic finish” that also has “long-wear.” There are 16 shades in the range, and this post features six of them. The majority of the shades in the formula have a very dense, thick, and cream-like consistency–I have best results using a firmer, flatter and synthetic brush than I do with a really soft, natural hair brush, though natural brushes offer a little more control over how metallic the finish gets and my MAC 239s were just fine with it (and those are natural hair). They are intensely pigmented, and they blend out and apply well to bare skin. The formula wore for around eight to eight and a half hours on me with very slight creasing. A few of the very frosted, metallic shades seemed to emphasize the natural texture of parts of my lid and need a little extra blending to smooth out. These reminded me of Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows (but City Color’s are much denser) as well as Sleek’s more metallic eyeshadows.

Tide Pool
Tide Pool
A-

Permanent

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
Evergreen
Evergreen
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Under the Sea
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Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
Sandstorm
Sandstorm
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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City Color Gypsy, Cleo, U Jelly?, Yas! Shimmer Shadows

City Color Gypsy Shimmer Shadow
City Color Gypsy Shimmer Shadow

City Color Gypsy Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is a medium-dark, warm-toned purple with reddish tones and a pearly sheen. It had great color payoff with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture that wasn’t quite as dense as other shades–somewhere between the cream-like feel of formulas like the Shimmer Shadow and traditional powder eyeshadow. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on me. MAC Frizzyplum (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #5 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Catherine (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Worship (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). NARS Tropical Express #1 (PiP, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Gemstone (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Fyrinnae Meerkat (Pressed) (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Alluring (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Dior Cosmic (275) (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Masquerade (LE, $9.99) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). NARS Caravaggio #2 (DC, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Badlands (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #10 (LE, ) is cooler (85% similar). Sydney Grace Awake (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). theBalm Surfari (LE, $16.00) is cooler (85% similar). Stila Sangria (LE, $18.00) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Bow Down (PiP, $5.00) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Guilt Trip (PiP, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Pat McGrath Night Creature (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Pat McGrath Euphoria (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

City Color Cleo Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It was very, very pigmented with a creamy, dense texture that blends out well and adheres to the skin intensely without primer. The only issue I had with this shade is really that it’s so dense and pigmented that it can look thicker in places until blended and smoothed out–so use less than you think you need. It wore well for eight hours before creasing. Anastasia Adorn (DC, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Huda Beauty #Blessed (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Ciate Shine Bright (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Some Like It Dot (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Vintage (P, $14.00) is lighter (95% similar). Natasha Denona Cool Bronze (31M) (P, $29.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Friendspiration (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Coloured Raine Your Majesty (P, $6.99) is darker (95% similar). Zoeva Pure Ganache (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Petit Pro #6 (LE, ) is brighter (90% similar). Ardency Inn Copper (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Amber (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Famous (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Candlelit Dinner (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Jewel (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Stardream (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Pat McGrath Bronze 005 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Sunset (P, $12.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). City Color Cheers to Life (P, $6.99) is warmer (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #13 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

City Color U Jelly? Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is a medium-dark pink-plum with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoffs with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t as dense as other shades, and it was also a smidgen powdery in the pan. It still seemed to apply easily and blend out without issue, though. It showed slight creasing after eight hours of wear. MAC Care 4 You (LE, $17.00) is more muted (95% similar). MAC Enigmatic (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #12 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (95% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Juno Moon (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Serenade (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Shop Shop Shop (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Yesss (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). L'Oreal Glistening Garnet (P, $7.99) is warmer (90% similar). Huda Beauty Gemstone #4 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME840 Pink Chrome (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). L'Oreal Burst Into Bloom (759) (P, $7.99) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Cat Fight (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Gemstone (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Soleil d'Ambre #4 (Eye Color) (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Calypso (P, $8.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Stylishly Merry (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Half Light (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Empress (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty TFX13 (LE, $36.00) is warmer (85% similar). Fenty Beauty Raspberry Rave (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

City Color Yas! Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is a medium-dark, copper-brown with warm, red undertones and a frosted sheen. The texture was a good balance between creamy, blendable, and dense–it applied well without losing its intensity, but it was very easy to apply and difficult to overdo. I noticed faint creasing after nine hours of wear. Stila Jezebel (P, $24.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Reward Yourself (LE, $16.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Hocus Pocus (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Disco Dust #3 (PiP, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Splendeur et Audace #1 (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar). Morphe S.B.N. (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Hourglass Blaze (P, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Muse (LE, $12.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). KKW Beauty Samurai (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Paradiso (Eye Color) (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Laurier Rose (127) (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Constellation (LE, $7.00) is lighter (90% similar). Lancome Brune Glace (LE, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Scorched (PiP, $19.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Pat McGrath Copper (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Cause a Fuss (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Oxidize (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Bad Habit Primavera (PiP, ) is more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Reputation (PiP, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Rose Gold (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | City Color Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is supposed to have “intense color payoff” with a “heavy metallic finish” that also has “long-wear.” There are 16 shades in the range, and this post features six of them. The majority of the shades in the formula have a very dense, thick, and cream-like consistency–I have best results using a firmer, flatter and synthetic brush than I do with a really soft, natural hair brush, though natural brushes offer a little more control over how metallic the finish gets and my MAC 239s were just fine with it (and those are natural hair). They are intensely pigmented, and they blend out and apply well to bare skin. The formula wore for around eight to eight and a half hours on me with very slight creasing. A few of the very frosted, metallic shades seemed to emphasize the natural texture of parts of my lid and need a little extra blending to smooth out. These reminded me of Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows (but City Color’s are much denser) as well as Sleek’s more metallic eyeshadows.

G*psy
G*psy
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
Cleo
Cleo
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total
U Jelly?
U Jelly?
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
Yas!
Yas!
A+

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

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City Color Shimmer Shadows (Part 3)

City Color Beach Cottage Shimmer Shadow
City Color Beach Cottage Shimmer Shadow

City Color Beach Cottage Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a bright, light-medium green with cooler undertones and warmer, green shimmer paired with a metallic finish. It was very, very pigmented with a creamy, dense texture that worked best with a flat, synthetic brush (rather than natural hair brushes). It applied well, blended out easily, and wore for eight hours. Milk Makeup Mermaid Parade (P, $24.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Left on Thread (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Melt Cosmetics Sweet Tooth (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Huda Beauty Emerald #5 (LE, ) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Sydney Grace The Shallows (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #28 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Colour Pop Special Delivery (P, $5.00) is more muted, warmer (85% similar). Sephora Keytar (LE, ) is less shimmery, brighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever ME304 Emerald (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Big Sky (PiP, $19.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Kat Von D Leafar (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #52 (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Emerald Dream (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Up Shot (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Natasha Denona Emerald Green (16M) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Anastasia Isla (LE, $12.00) is more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

City Color Black Widow Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a dark black with a semi-matte finish. It was richly pigmented with a creamy, smooth consistency that applied well and blended out surprisingly easily. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly. Viseart Chroma #3 (PiP, )(100% similar). Urban Decay Blackout (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Too Faced Decadent (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Smoke (Define) (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Milani Bella Black (12) (P, $4.49) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Punk (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm #9 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Loverboy (DC, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Night Dream (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Blackjack (PiP, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Chanel Rêve d'Orient #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Obscur (816) (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sugarpill Bulletproof (P, $13.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Blackout (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Nehru (Guo Pei) (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Silhouette (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Giorgio Armani #01 (P, $32.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Let's Do It (P, $5.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Cinderblack (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Roulette (P, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

City Color Breezy Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a light-medium, sky blue with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good color payoff with a really thick, almost cream-like texture, but it was harder to work with than some of the other shades as it was thick without the slip of other shades, so it tended to separate a little when applied to the skin (you can see it in the swatch). It lasted for eight hours before creasing. Huda Beauty Electric #8 (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). Buxom Schmooze (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Grand Large (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Double Dip (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Igloo Bloo (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Denim Genes (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Divine Blue (LE, $20.00) is more muted (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #18 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Virgin Island (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D206 Celestial Blue (P, $17.00)(90% similar). Urban Decay Unhinged (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Jade Reflection (35) (P, $39.00) is lighter (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Acid #6 (PiP, $9.99) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty TFX8 (LE, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever I210 Light Turquoise (DC, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Fenty Beauty Evil Genie (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Haight (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Pretty Vulgar Fancy (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Sydney Grace Hydra (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Huda Beauty Sapphire #9 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

City Color Hint of Mint Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a light-medium green with warm, golden shimmer and a metallic finish. The texture was slightly thicker and denser, which resulted in it easily adding texture to the lid. It applies best with a flat, synthetic brush and in one layer (more layers can add thickness and make it appear uneven in texture). It had great color payoff and wore for eight hours before creasing. NARS Zambezi (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Under the Sea (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #4 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Melt Cosmetics Blue Dream (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Jealous Girl (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Viseart Coy #10 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). YSL Indie Jasper #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). NYX Glass Slipper (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Huda Beauty Emerald #3 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Sydney Grace Springtime (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Atmosphere (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Buxom Room Service (P, $12.00) is lighter (80% similar). Colour Pop Special Delivery (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (80% similar). Guerlain Coup de Foudre #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Urban Decay Big Sky (PiP, $19.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). Fyrinnae Electric Stardust (P, $6.80) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

City Color It’s a Boy Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a bright, medium blue with cool undertones and a metallic sheen. It had really good color payoff with a creamy, dense consistency that spread across the skin well and wore for eight hours before creasing. Urban Decay Dive (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (95% similar). Stila Lapis (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #4 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Blue My Mind (P, $9.99) is darker (90% similar). Milani Bella Cobalt (25) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Two Piece (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME216 Electric Blue (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Igloo Bloo (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Nile (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #25 (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Fenty Beauty Glacier Gang (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Viseart Grande Pro (Vol. 2) #19 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop The Water Bearer (LE, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). LORAC Blue Quartz (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Estee Lauder Fired Sapphire (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Fenty Beauty Midnight Bolt (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Acid #5 (PiP, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). Make Up For Ever ME216 Electric Blue (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Melt Cosmetics Deadbolt (PiP, ) is less shimmery, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

City Color Oh So Naughty Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is an inky, deep black with charcoal shimmer. It was richly pigmented with a creamy, smooth texture that applied on the skin like a cream eyeshadow but didn’t lose any intensity. The edges were easily blended out, while the color wore well for eight hours. Buxom Black Tie (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Pat McGrath Black Metal (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Ground (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Estee Lauder Black Myrrh (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sugarpill Stella (P, $13.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). L'Oreal Eternal Black (P, $7.99) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Lancome My French #9 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Lancome The New Black (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 28 Anthracite Black (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Steel the Show (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I102 Onyx (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Natasha Denona Full Metal Black (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Ulta Night Sky (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Burnt Anise (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP 1001 Nights (LE, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Moonlight #5 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Chanel Noir Lamé (908) (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | City Color Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is supposed to have “intense color payoff” with a “heavy metallic finish” that also has “long-wear.” There are 16 shades in the range, and this post features six of them. The majority of the shades in the formula have a very dense, thick, and cream-like consistency–I have best results using a firmer, flatter and synthetic brush than I do with a really soft, natural hair brush, though natural brushes offer a little more control over how metallic the finish gets and my MAC 239s were just fine with it (and those are natural hair). They are intensely pigmented, and they blend out and apply well to bare skin. The formula wore for around eight to eight and a half hours on me with very slight creasing. A few of the very frosted, metallic shades seemed to emphasize the natural texture of parts of my lid and need a little extra blending to smooth out. These reminded me of Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows (but City Color’s are much denser) as well as Sleek’s more metallic eyeshadows.

Beach Cottage
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
Black Widow
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Breezy
Breezy
B

Permanent

8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
Hint of Mint
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
It's a Boy
It's a Boy
A-

Permanent

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
Oh So Naughty
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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City Color Shimmer Shadows (Part 2)

City Color All Eyes On Me Shimmer Shadow
City Color All Eyes On Me Shimmer Shadow

City Color Bubble Bath Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a slightly muted, light-medium peachy-beige with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had great color payoff with a cream-like, dense, and smooth consistency that adhered well to bare skin. The eyeshadow wore well for eight hours before creasing slightly. Chanel Tisse Ombre de Lune #3 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Heat Wave (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Unsupervised (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Too Faced Sparkling Cider (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Solar Exposure #2 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Codes Subtils #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Walking on Eggshells #4 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Pont des Arts (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Friendship File (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Last Sin (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #1 (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Forward March (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Inglot J409 Cosmic Glow (LE, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). Hello Kitty Apple Pie (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Custom Made (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Fabulous Three #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Brighten) (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Inglot J301 Pink Satin (LE, $10.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Huda Beauty Smokey #9 (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

City Color New Year, New Me Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a bright, light yellowed white gold with warm undertones paired with a metallic sheen. It was richly pigmented with a creamy, dense texture that applied with opaque coverage to the lid, but it was easy to over-apply and emphasize the texture of the lid itself. This shade started to crease after eight hours on me. Coloured Raine Glisten (P, $6.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Milani Bella Chiffon (28) (P, $4.49) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige (P, $17.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #5 (DC, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Moonstone (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Dust Off (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Now and Zen (P, $5.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Rêve d'Orient #2 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora White Gold (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Vinyl (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Dior Ruby #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). NARS Mythos (DC, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Codes Elegants #2 (PiP, ) is more muted (90% similar). Huda Beauty Moon Dust (Remastered) (PiP, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Best Makeup (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Babs (LE, ) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Pat McGrath Skinshow Divine Glow (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Gingerdoodle (LE, $16.00) is more muted (90% similar). Chanel Éclat Énigmatique #1 (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Beamin' (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

City Color Spring Fling Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark purple with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a dusty, drier consistency that sheered out easily and had some fall out while applying. The color started to fade noticeably after seven hours of wear. Sephora Getaway (DC, $10.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Rockstar (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Rhapsodie #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Clinique Grape Pop (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #2 (PiP, ) is more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Lilac Dream #4 (PiP, ) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Flowers 1 #2 (DC, $25.00) is more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Daydream #4 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). NARS Jardin Perdu (Right) (DC, $25.00) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Hoodoo (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Dior Garden Roses #3 (LE, ) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Buxom Patent Leather (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, more muted, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

City Color All Eyes On Me Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a medium-dark tuape brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a creamy, dense consistency that applied well to bare skin, but it is pretty thick and firm in the pan (not in a stiff way) that I highly recommend using a flat, synthetic brush. It blended out well, which was a surprise, since it was a thicker/denser product. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing slightly. Makeup Geek Mesmerized (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Chocolate Crumble (P, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). Viseart Cashmere #6 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Illamasqua Acute (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Mugshot (PiP, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cool (Winter 2016) Eyeshadow #3 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Rivoli #1 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Don't Get Me Wrong (DC, $10.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #3 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Milani Come-Hither (PiP, $5.99) is lighter (90% similar). Jouer Magic Hour (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). MAC In My Genes (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Mind Tricks (LE, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Urban Decay Dreamweaver (PiP, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | City Color Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is supposed to have “intense color payoff” with a “heavy metallic finish” that also has “long-wear.” There are 16 shades in the range, and this post features six of them. The majority of the shades in the formula have a very dense, thick, and cream-like consistency–I have best results using a firmer, flatter and synthetic brush than I do with a really soft, natural hair brush, though natural brushes offer a little more control over how metallic the finish gets and my MAC 239s were just fine with it (and those are natural hair). They are intensely pigmented, and they blend out and apply well to bare skin. The formula wore for around eight to eight and a half hours on me with very slight creasing. A few of the very frosted, metallic shades seemed to emphasize the natural texture of parts of my lid and need a little extra blending to smooth out. These reminded me of Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows (but City Color’s are much denser) as well as Sleek’s more metallic eyeshadows.

Bubble Bath
A-

Permanent

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
New Year, New Me
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
Spring Fling
C

Permanent

7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
76%
Total
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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