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Smashbox Photo Op Mega Eyeshadow Palette

Smashbox Photo Op Mega Palette
Smashbox Photo Op Mega Palette

Smashbox Photo Op Mega Palette ($69.00 for 1.06 oz.) includes eight eyeshadow trios (so 24 eyeshadows), plus three blushes. There are a variety of finishes from mattes to shimmers, cooler and warmer shades. The palette is one I would recommend using with a primer, as most of the eyeshadows are on the powdery side and just do not perform as well over bare skin as they would over a primer. I liked it, and they were fairly blendable overall, but it’s a better fit for someone who regularly uses primer. It’s also a tremendous value, as you’re getting eight full-sized trios (normally $28 a pop, so $224 in value right there), plus three blushes.

Several of these shades can be found either as permanent trios in the Smashbox range or as part of other trios. The following trios are included: Multi-Flash (Naked, Crisp, Doe), Filter (Vanilla, Sable, Sumatra), Dark Room (Opal, Granite, Blackout), Cover Shoot (Flirt, Dusk, Haze), Skybox (Sky, Steel, Nocturnal). These are the shades that are in this palette but can be found in other trios (but not together): Golden Orchid, Obsidian, Amethyst, Parfait, Ambient.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Smashbox Photo Op Eyeshadow is supposed to a “super blendable, velvety formula” that is “highly pigmented” with “lasting wear.” It does have a very soft, velvety feeling, but several are on the powdery side. It’s a formula that is best suited over a primer, as it helps to give it more to hold onto and manages that powderiness better than applying over bare skin.

Petunia is a light-medium, pink-tinged peach with warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had semi-opaque, moderately buildable color payoff with a silky, smooth, though lightly powdery, texture. It wore well for seven and a half hours. MAC Fun Ending (LE, $23.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Trickery (DC, $8.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Prim (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Spring Fling (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Cherish (P, $10.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Dior Peach Splendor (LE, $44.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Delilah (Light) (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Sex Appeal (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #6 (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). NYX Soft Spoken (P, $6.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Corol #1 (LE, $23.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Blush #2 (LE, ) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Simply Bliss (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $23.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Dose of Colors Amazemint (LE, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever B302 (P, $23.00) is darker (85% similar). Essence Satin Coral (P, $2.99) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Carnation is a lightly brightened, medium pink-coral with fine, gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer color payoff that built up to medium coverage, but the texture was thin and powdery, which made it prone to sheering out and fading. It lasted for seven hours on me. Giorgio Armani Eccentrico (LE, $88.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Bellini (LE, $24.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Blush Horizon de Chanel (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). KIKO 103 Golden Peach (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #1 (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Dainty (P, $27.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NYX Chaotic (P, $9.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Golden Pink (LE, $35.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Peony (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Catrice La Vie En Rose (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Milani Dolce Pink (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Gentle (P, $27.00) is darker (90% similar). Coloured Raine Cutie Pie (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Peach Delight (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Guerlain Morning Rose (P, $52.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Blush G (LE, $65.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Liberation (Left) (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Fervor (Left) (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Antigua (P, $38.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Geranium is a brightened, poppy coral with warm, orange-red undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a silky texture, but I found it a little harder to blend. This one would be easier to blend over drier skin or over set foundation. It wore for eight hours before fading. MAC Painted Canyon (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Fruit Stand (DC, $8.00) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Duo N. 02 (Bottom) (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Surratt Beauty Brillante Idée (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Fleet Fast (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Never Been Kissed (LE, $8.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Coral #2 (P, ) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Ponceau (P, $32.00) is cooler (90% similar). KIKO 107 Tomato (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Intonation (69) (DC, $38.00) is glossier (90% similar). Anastasia Scorching (P, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flush (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is brighter (90% similar). Chanel Malice (71) (P, $45.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted (90% similar). Chanel Tweed Coralline (LE, $48.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is lighter (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Jelly Fish (DC, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Tuscan (P, $6.50) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever B316 (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Vanilla is a muted, creamy ivory with warm undertones and a matte finish. It is powdery, though very smooth, and it adhered decently to bare skin and lasted for eight hours. It had good pigmentation. Kat Von D Sage (Highlight) (P, )(100% similar). Ciate My Tribe (LE, )(100% similar). Tarte Classic (P, ) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Buttercream (P, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Laetus (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Bare (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Brule (P, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). Zoeva Make It Last (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #4 (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Dior Sundeck #1 (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Zoeva Nighthawks (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Naked Truth #2 (P, $2.29) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek So Pale (LE, $6.00) is brighter (95% similar). theBalm #24 (P, $6.50) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Canvas (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Dior Undress #2 (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). Inglot #355 (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Hourglass Atmosphere #1 (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Pot du Crème (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Heaven (P, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sable is a medium-dark, lightly gray-tinged brown with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It was very powdery, unfortunately, so it sheered out noticeably on the skin without building up well. It wore for seven hours before noticeably fading. Make Up For Ever M540 Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Taupe (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Omega (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #7 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Fix (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Becca Ombre Nudes #3 (P, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Cocoa Brown (LE, ) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Cashmere Bunny (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Unwind (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Buxom Star Treatment (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Party Favored (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). theBalm #44 (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Soft Brown (P, ) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Trench Coat (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Stila Being (P, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Entrelacs #2 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Charcoal Brown (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). LORAC Brown (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Taupe of the World (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Sweet Tea (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sumatra is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellowed-brown undertones and a gray overcast. It had a mostly matte finish, though it seemed like it had just a smidgen of sheen to it. The color payoff was good, while the texture was soft without being powdery, and it blended fairly well while lasting for eight hours on me. This was also in the #SHAPEMATTERS palette, but it is lighter. Hourglass Obscura #2 (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 20 (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Smashbox Moss (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Rising Passions (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Atmosphere #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Pepper, Please (P, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Viseart Petit Pro #2 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Well Put Together (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Clinique French Roast (P, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Permanent Press #3 (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Delightful #5 (P, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). theBalm Ripper (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M618 Espresso (P, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Deep Brown (P, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Fairfax (LE, $5.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Shade III (2015) (LE, $25.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Chocolate Kisses (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Naked is a bright, light pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. It was moderately powdery with semi-opaque pigmentation, but it applied easily and blended well. The color wore for seven and a half hours. Dior Golden Shock #4 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Stone (Mountain Sunset) (LE, $19.00)(95% similar). Makeup Geek Sorbet (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Pastel (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Popcorn Strand (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Promise (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Palace of Versaille (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Cashew Chew (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #4 (LE, )(90% similar). Too Faced Ambrosia (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte What a Wonderful Pearl (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #1 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Inglot #356 (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Morning Dew (P, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Fortune (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M810 Flesh-Colored Pink (P, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Crisp is a light-medium, peachy gold with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation, while the texture was soft, blendable, and easy to use. It wore well for eight hours on me. Cle de Peau Grounded (Right) (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Rose Champagne (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Gleam (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Sateen (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Forward March (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Steady (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced XOXO (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Latergram (P, $10.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Ready or Yacht (LE, $5.00) is brighter (90% similar). Pretty Vulgar Shine (P, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Cherish (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Rose Golden Rings (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Ringer (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals In the Buff (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Peony (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Coloured Raine Birthday Suit (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS St-Paul-de-Vence (Left) (LE, $25.00) is darker (85% similar). Viseart Orange Topaz (P, ) is darker, brighter (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #6 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Sephora Fall Leaves (P, $10.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Doe is a light-medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff that applied well to bare skin and wore for seven and a half hours. Buxom Style Icon (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Infinity (751) (LE, $31.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Ashes to Ashes (P, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Black #2 (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). NARS Lucid Dream (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Cle de Peau Stardust #3 (P, ) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Dior Ambre Nuit #2 (LE, ) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Dior Capital of Light #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty They Know Who (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Natasha Denona Satin Tan (58P) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Laura Mercier Moonlight (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Too Faced Tickle Me (LE, $16.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Fortune is a brightened, yellowed gold with a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was easy to use and stayed on well for eight hours before fading. Tarte Sunset (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #3 (LE, ) is more muted (95% similar). Colour Pop Peekaboo (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Canter (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Dose of Colors Suz (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Famous (LE, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Take It Slow (P, $5.00) is more muted, cooler (95% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #1 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). theBalm #41 (P, $6.50) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Tarte Compass (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Butter Pecan (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Chic (LE, $12.00) is more muted (90% similar). Dior Blazing Gold #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Eggnog Latte (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Fairy Tale (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Ardency Inn Sunday (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Bananas (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Champagne (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia 5th Ave (LE, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Safari is a medium-dark olive green with warm undertones and a golden sheen. It had excellent pigmentation with a texture that felt soft, blended well, and stayed put for eight hours. Cle de Peau Stardust #2 (P, ) is darker (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Dandy Lion (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 8 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Sideline (LE, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Bronx (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Kryptonite (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Tisse d'Automne #1 (P, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop 8 Track (DC, $5.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Making a Scene (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Kelp (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Gargoyle (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Mirage (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Mildew (P, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). theBalm #16 (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Mosaic (P, $37.00) is lighter (90% similar). Clinique Whopping Willow (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Crowbar (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). theBalm Kawabunga (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Inglot #419 (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Moss is a dark, yellowed brown with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It was moderately powdery with semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff and would benefit from a primer. It wore for seven hours on me. MAC Felt (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Hourglass Obscura #2 (P, ) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Khaki (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Disintegration (P, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop 90210 (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Sumatra (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Last Dance #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Sexpresso (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Flirt is a light, peachy beige with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency that lasted for seven hours on me. MAC Phresh Out #1 (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Shooting Star (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Jasper (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Air (P, ) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Dior Cuir Cannage #2 (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Dew (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Shade IV (LE, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Viseart Kifu (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Opale (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Anastasia Blush (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Vanilla Diamond (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Black #2 (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Hot Pants (P, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Treasure (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $6.00) is brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Supermodel (DC, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Soie (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Mother's Milk (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dusk is a mauvey-taupe with neutral-to-warm undertones with a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a lightly powdery but workable texture that stayed on well for seven and a half hours before fading. LORAC Black #6 (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Fall in Lust (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Tarte Steel the Scene (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Signe Particulier #2 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Bust (P, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel City Lights #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #3 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Zoeva Delicate Acidity (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Haze is a medium-dark, purple-taupe with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had decent pigmentation with a slight dustiness to it, but it applied better to the lid than anticipated. It wore well for seven and a half hours. Stila Fog (LE, $18.00) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Password (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Graphite (Mountain Sunset) (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Exhale (LE, ) is warmer, better quality (95% similar). Sugarpill Castle on the Hill (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Stone (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Deep Taupe (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Buxom Jetsetter (P, $12.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (90% similar). MAC Smoked Cocoa #2 (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Two VIP #2 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Beaugrenelle #2 (P, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Suspend (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Quai des Brumes (Right) (LE, $25.00) is darker (85% similar). Zoeva Old Master (P, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Kat Von D Smoke (Base) (P, ) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Friend Zone (P, $6.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Parfait is a brightened, light pastel pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. This shade had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that was just a bit powdery but didn’t seem to impact the wear or application, as it lasted for eight hours. Tarte Wrapped Up (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Light Pink (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Exhibit (LE, ) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Lancome My French #1 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Benefit Pinky Swear (P, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Studio (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Caregiver (LE, ) is darker, more muted (95% similar). LORAC Bonfire (LE, $19.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Paradise Island (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Ballet (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Lovely (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Pink Outside the Box (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty With Style (P, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Kitten (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Confection (P, $6.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). NARS Bouthan #1 (P, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Pink Cream (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Strawberry Bon Bon (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Rose Quartz (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). LORAC Jelly Donut (LE, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Amethyst is a medium purple with lighter copper and orange-gold shimmer that sits mostly on top, so it tended to get brushed away when blended. The texture was somewhat powdery, and while it looked really interesting, it was a pain to use on the lid as it sheered out a lot. It lasted for seven hours on me. Laura Mercier African Violet (P, $23.00) is lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Mezzanine (P, ) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Milani Bella Purple (15) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever S836 Pink Ash (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Obsidian is a charcoal gray with silver shimmer and a frost finish. It had good pigmentation with a lightly dusty texture that applied fairly well and lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Laura Mercier Gunmetal (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Indes Galantes (Left) (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Galaxy (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Lovely #3 (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Feather (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Illamasqua Graphica (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Sketch (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). theBalm Surf's Up (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Smoky #3 (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Mindfiles (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #2 (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #21 (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Fleur de Pierre (106) (P, $32.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #20 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Silver Shoes (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Granite (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Burberry Nickel (304) (P, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Santeria (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Golden Orchid is a light-medium gold with warm undertones and a pink tinge paired with a metallic sheen. The texture was soft, smooth, and applied well while yielding semi-opaque pigmentation. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. MAC This or That #2 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Laura Mercier Pink Haze (LE, $23.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Blunt (P, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Chanel Jardin Zen #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ambient is a brightened, golden copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency that wasn’t at all powdery. It wore for eight hours before fading slightly. Too Faced Caramel (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). NYX Liquid Gold (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Unleashed (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Candlelit Dinner (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #3 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #13 (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #10 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Nude #2 (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Guerlain Crazy Paris #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Butterum (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Penny (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME728 Copper Red (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Heat (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop KathleenLights (LE, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #6 (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Brownluxe #3 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Vintage (P, $14.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Half Baked (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Graphite #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cabernet is a muted, medium-dark eggplant purple with warm, burgundy undertones and a smattering of blue and violet shimmer. The shimmer gets lost on the lid, and it takes on the look of a semi-matte eyeshadow overall. It had good pigmentation but was dusty, so use a light hand and build-up to avoid excessive fall out. The color wore for seven and a half hours before fading. Stila Plum (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Eggplant (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Clarins Rosewood #4 (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). Guerlain Rose Barbare #4 (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Aubergine (P, $12.00) is warmer (85% similar). Laura Mercier Plum (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Dior House of Pinks #5 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #6 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel L'Intemporel de Chanel #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Noir (857) (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Lace #1 (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Master (LE, ) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Show Plum Love (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Overlook (P, $14.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sky is a muted, light bluish-white with a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff with a blendable, smooth texture that applied decently to the skin. It wore for seven and a half hours on me. Sephora Blue Rhythm (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Blue Garden #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Sweet Dreams (17) (P, $10.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Dark Energy #3 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Dark Energy #2 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Steel is a muted, medium silvery blue with a frosted sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a slightly firmer texture compared to other shades, so it was easier to work with as it wasn’t powdery, but it didn’t have the best color payoff. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. Guerlain Beaugrenelle #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Bright Moon (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Iris Eyes (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Water & Ice #1 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Self Portrait 2 #3 (LE, $25.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Big Bad Blue (LE, $22.00) is brighter (85% similar). Too Faced Blueberry Swirl (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Maybelline Hydrangea Hype (135) (LE, $6.99) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Shadow (07) (P, $39.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Strip (DC, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Viseart Blue Diamond (P, ) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Bleuluxe #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). Sleek MakeUP Acid #11 (P, $9.99) is darker, cooler (80% similar). MAC See the Stars (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). YSL Wet Blue (10) (P, $30.00) is darker, brighter (80% similar). Giorgio Armani #12 (P, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). Chanel Tisse Jazz #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Clinique Big Blue (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). MAC Showgirl (LE, $21.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Nocturnalis a blackened navy blue with fine, navy blue shimmer. The shimmer is barely noticeable when applied, so it is more of a satin-matte finish eyeshadow in practice. The texture was soft but dusty, and it didn’t blend out as nicely as you’d want for a darker color like this. It wore for seven and a half hours before fading. Chanel Metamorphose (44) #4 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Shaken Not Stirred (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Midnight Sky (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Shop & Drop (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Minuit (02) (P, $39.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Blue Onyx (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Nautica (P, $6.00) is lighter (85% similar). LORAC Navy #6 (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Gamma Ray (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Opal is a light, pink-tinged ivory with a frosted sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation and was somewhat powdery. It gets lost without a primer, I think. This shade wore well for seven hours. MAC Sugar Rush (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Sugar Plum (P, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Delightful #3 (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Rhapsodie #2 (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Dior Jardin #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D868 Crystalline Pink (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Radial Pink (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I872 Pearly Pink (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #1 (P, ) is darker (85% similar). Shiseido Mist (WT 901) (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Aura #1 (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Chanel Promesse #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Ready to Party (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). MAC Seedy Pearl (DC, $16.00) is darker (80% similar). Colour Pop Hope (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Granite is a muted, dusty medium-dark gray with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage, but the powdery texture made it really hard to maintain color intensity when blending. It started to fade after seven hours of wear. Colour Pop Lovey Dovey (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Moonlight White #2 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Fog (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Courtly Grey (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Nice Composure (P, $18.50) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Delphes #2 (LE, $25.00) is darker (85% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #11 (P, ) is cooler (85% similar). Hello Kitty Playdate (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Dios (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). NARS Namibia (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Urban Decay Slanted (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). Make Up For Ever S114 Pearl Gray (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Blackout is a medium-dark black with a satin sheen. It had decent pigmentation, but the firmer press made it difficult to blend. It wore for seven and a half hours. Buxom LBD (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). NARS Filbuste (P, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). theBalm Righteous (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Carbon (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). The Estee Edit Mood (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Crazy Paris #6 (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Viseart Charbon (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Shax (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Ombre de Lune #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Three's a Party #3 (LE, $2.29) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Black Market (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Killing Moon (LE, )(100% similar). Too Faced Panther (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Rêve d'Orient #4 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). MAC A Waft of Grey #4 (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Dark Dare (P, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Roulette (P, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Black Leather (LE, $14.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Milani Pitch Black (P, $5.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
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Sneak Peek: Smashbox Photo Op Mega Palette Photos & Swatches

Smashbox Photo Op Mega Palette
Smashbox Photo Op Mega Palette

Smashbox Photo Op Mega Palette ($69.00 for 1.06 oz.) includes eight eyeshadow trios (so 24 eyeshadows), plus three blushes. There are a variety of finishes from mattes to shimmers, cooler and warmer shades.

Several of these shades can be found either as permanent trios in the Smashbox range or as part of other trios, so if time runs out (as in it sells out), I may still review to capture some of those permanent shades. The following trios are included: Multi-Flash (Naked, Crisp, Doe), Filter (Vanilla, Sable, Sumatra), Dark Room (Opal, Granite, Blackout), Cover Shoot (Flirt, Dusk, Haze), Skybox (Sky, Steel, Nocturnal). These are the shades that are in this palette but can be found in other trios (but not together): Golden Orchid, Obsidian, Amethyst, Parfait, Ambient. I will try my best to review this in a timely manner, but the palette stack (about 12) is daunting at the moment and this being mega-sized may mean it doesn’t get tested quickly enough.

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Smashbox #SHAPEMATTERS Palette

Smashbox #SHAPEMATTERS Palette
Smashbox #SHAPEMATTERS Palette

Smashbox #SHAPEMATTERS Palette ($65.00 for 1.06 oz.) includes a brow wax, two brow powders, four face powders, nine eyeshadows, and a double-ended brush. The palette is neutral-to-warm in tone overall, with the contour powder leaning neutral, almost cool in tone. All of the products in the palette had fairly soft, finely-milled textures that were blendable and easy enough to use. The eyeshadows can be a little powdery to work with when applying without a primer for the powder to adhere to, so that would be my bit of advice when working with them: use a primer, though they are workable on bare skin. The more matte highlight shade may look chalky on medium and darker skin tones, and the more shimmery highlight powder has a strong white base and can be stark when not buffed out.

Brow Tech Powders

Taupe is a light-medium taupe brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency, but it may be a little too soft for brows (though works nicely as an eyeshadow). It wore for eight hours. Smashbox Soft Brown (P, ) is darker. Viseart Café (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. Too Faced Nudie (P, $16.00) is lighter, more muted. Make Up For Ever M540 Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is darker. Too Faced Cashmere Bunny (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Kat Von D Vanish (P, ) is lighter. Divergent Radiant Initiation (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Charcoal Brown (P, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Soft Brown is a medium-dark taupe brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had very nice pigmentation with a smooth, silky texture that blended well on the skin. This one wasn’t too soft or too firm. It wore well for eight hours before fading. MAC Charcoal Brown (P, $16.00) is lighter. Smashbox Taupe (P, ) is darker. Viseart Dark Matte #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. Viseart Café (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Viseart Tabac (P, ) is darker, cooler. Too Faced Cashmere Bunny (P, $16.00) is lighter. Tarte Taupe of the World (LE, ) is more shimmery. Laura Mercier Stone Taupe (LE, $23.00) is darker, cooler. Anastasia Warm Taupe (P, $12.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever M558 Dark Taupe (P, $21.00) is cooler. Dior Mirage (761) (P, $30.00) is lighter, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Contour & Highlight Powders

Contour is a medium-dark taupe brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque coverage that was buildable from semi-sheer to semi-opaque and more blendable in practice than it seemed swatched. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Kat Von D Sombre (P, ) is lighter. Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P, ) is warmer. LORAC Light Contour (P, ) is more shimmery. NYX Taupe (P, $5.00) is cooler. MAC Taupe (LE, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Bronze is a medium brown with soft, warmer yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good pigmentation with smooth texture that was slightly firmer in the pan, and I found it a little more difficult to blend out than most of the powders in this palette. It lasted for eight hours on me. MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is warmer. MAC Aphrodite’s Shell (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $65.00) is darker. Benefit Hoola (P, $28.00) is warmer. MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is lighter. Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights (P, $48.00) is warmer. Colour Pop Skinny Dip (P, $8.00) is lighter. MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is lighter, warmer. Colour Pop Bon Voyage (P, $8.00) is lighter, warmer. Kat Von D Shadowplay (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Highlight is a light yellow with a semi-matte finish–a very subtle sheen that gets lost on my normal-to-dry skin but may be more apparent on those with normal-to-oily skin types. The texture of this one is silky and smooth but excessively powdery to work with, so a little goes a long way and it is better to build up the color slowly. It started to fade after seven hours of wear. LORAC Yellow Highlight (P, ) is darker. Kat Von D Lyric (P, ) is darker, brighter. Dolce and Gabbana Eva (P, $51.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Glow is a muted, buttery gold with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff, but it was soft enough to be a little powdery and I felt like the shimmer came away from the powder (the two weren’t binding well), so more shimmer is pronounced on the skin compared to the underlying color–which is better for medium and darker skin tones. The shimmer didn’t emphasize pores for me, and the highlighter lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Tarte Champagne (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Photo Op Eyeshadows

Vanilla is a light beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage with a soft, lightly powdery texture that lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Wet ‘n’ Wild Naked Truth #2 (P, $2.29) is warmer. Urban Decay Anonymous (LE, $18.00) is lighter. LORAC Nude #1 (LE, ) is cooler. Urban Decay Righteous (LE, $18.00) is lighter, brighter. theBalm #24 (P, $6.50) is warmer. Dior Sundeck #1 (LE, ) is cooler. Too Faced Heaven (P, $16.00) is cooler. Too Faced Dream On (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Zoeva Bitter Start (P, ) is lighter. Too Faced Rock Candy (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #1 (P, ) is brighter, warmer. Tarte Compassionate (LE, ) is lighter. Kat Von D Damned (LE, ) is more shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #4 (P, ) is lighter. Too Faced Coconut Crème (P, $16.00) is lighter, cooler. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Totally Nude is a muted, medium pink with a hint of beige and warm undertones paired with a matte finish. The texture was slightly powdery but very silky in feel, while it had good pigmentation that adhered fairly well to the skin. It showed signs of fading after seven and a half hours of wear. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (3) (P, $23.00) is darker. Laura Mercier Cashmere (P, $23.00) is darker. bareMinerals Velvet Mauve (P, $14.00) is darker. Chanel Rose de Mai (P, $29.50) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Laced (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler. Inglot #359 (P, $6.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Champagne is a brightened pop of gold with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a metallic sheen. It’s a light-medium, orange-leaning gold with a frosted, metallic sheen. The texture was soft, silky, and a smidgen powdery to work with on bare skin, as it sheered out a little, but it blended well. The color wore for eight hours before fading. Dior Contraste Horizon #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Buxom Gold Status (P, $12.00) is darker. MAC Natural Vigor #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Kitties (P, $16.00) is lighter. Too Faced Nutmeg (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler. Ardency Inn Sunday (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Too Faced Honey Pot (LE, $16.00) is darker. Tarte Golden Locket (LE, ) is darker, cooler. Divergent Golden Honesty (LE, ) is darker. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is darker. Stila Vitality (P, ) is darker. Dior Night Golds #4 (LE, ) is darker. bareMinerals Surreal (P, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Stripped is a soft, medium orange with warm, yellow undertones and a pearly sheen. It had mostly opaque coverage with a silky, smooth texture that applied well to the skin. It faded after seven and a half hours, but it was easy to work with. bareMinerals Tres Chic (P, ) is lighter. bareMinerals Nirvana (P, ) is more shimmery. Buxom Famous Flirt (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #5 (P, ) is lighter, more muted. Kat Von D Ludwin (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Kat Von D Geek (LE, ) is darker. bareMinerals Shhh… (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Posh is a medium, rosy pink with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It’s a muted, medium pink with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had a soft, smooth consistency that applied well to bare skin and wore for eight hours. MAC After Dusk (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Rose Light (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Scratch (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. Maybelline Inked in Pink (P, $6.99) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #12 (P, $9.99) is cooler. bareMinerals Page Six (P, ) is lighter. Inglot #399 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker. Chanel Abstraction (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Platinum is a light-medium, golden pewter with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a fairly soft, smooth texture that was easy to work with on the lid. On me, the color wore for eight hours before fading. Viseart Jeu de Paume (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Anastasia Beigely (LE, $12.00) is lighter. Colour Pop I Heart This (P, $5.00) is more shimmery. Kat Von D Delaney (P, ) is darker. Kat Von D Telepathy (P, ) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sumatra is a dark brown with subtle, warmer undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a fairly soft, smooth texture that took a little extra effort to blend but lasted for eight hours. MAC Brown Down (P, $16.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Sytry (P, ) is warmer. Buxom Big Spender (P, $12.00) is lighter. Too Faced Sexpresso (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Becca Ombre Nudes #5 (P, ) is darker, warmer. MAC Ground Brown (P, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Chocolate Cake (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Tarte Eiffel for You (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. Tarte Dreamer (LE, ) is warmer. Hourglass Obscura #2 (P, ) is lighter. LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, ) is darker. Too Faced Knockout (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Make Up For Ever M626 Neutral Brown (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Shadow Box (P, ) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Aubergine is a blackened plum-purple with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. This was the hardest shade to work with, as it was a little stiffer and had trouble adhering as well to bare skin as some of the other shades. It lasted for eight hours before fading, though. MAC Black Plum (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Tarte Bombshell (LE, ) is brighter. Tarte My Own Cotes de Rhone (LE, ) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Rich Chocolate (LE, $22.00) is warmer. theBalm #27 (P, $6.50) is lighter, more muted. MAC Dynamic Duo 4 #2 (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler. MAC Spellcaster (LE, $16.00) is lighter. theBalm Matt Batali (LE, $16.00) is darker. bareMinerals Ensemble (LE, ) is more muted. MAC Shadowy Lady (P, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Blackout is a deep black with neutral undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wore well for eight hours. Milani Pitch Black (P, $5.99) is more shimmery. Sugarpill Bulletproof (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Carbon (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Panther (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. bareMinerals Black Leather (LE, $14.00) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek Corrupt (P, $5.99) is less shimmery. Guerlain Crazy Paris #6 (LE, ) is cooler. Wet ‘n’ Wild Three’s a Party #3 (LE, $2.29) is cooler. Urban Decay Crave (P, $18.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Blackout (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. theBalm Righteous (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Kat Von D Shax (P, ) is lighter. Kat Von D Killing Moon (LE, ) is . Anastasia Noir (P, $12.00) is less shimmery. Colour Pop Roulette (P, $5.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
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New! Smashbox Double Exposure Palette for Holiday 2014

Smashbox Double Exposure Palette
Smashbox Double Exposure Palette

This innovative eye palette features coated pigments formulated with coating technology to create multiple effects when wet, allowing the shadows to transform in one of four ways—allowing these 14 shadows to become 28 shades in just one palette. When wet, these colors amp up vibrancy, become deeper, turn metallic, or create sparkle for endless, customizable eye looks.

Apply eye shadows with the foolproof, double-ended brush. The domed in brush absorbs just the right amount of water for impactful color while the angled side creates a precise line when wet, a diffused line when dry. Then elevate looks for your eye shape with the #SHAPEMATTERS insert, featuring how-to’s for six shapes. Top off your looks with the included, Full Exposure Mascara, in a bonus, five-week supply.

Double Exposure Palette ($52.00)

  • Silver
  • Mauve
  • Peony
  • Blanc
  • Quartz
  • Flushed
  • Veiled
  • Midnight
  • Temper
  • Haze
  • Noir
  • Copper
  • Fig
  • Espresso

Availability: Now at Sephora for VIB Rouges (presumably will open to all in the next couple of weeks)

Smashbox Always Sharp Liner

Smashbox 3D Orchid Always Sharp 3D Liner
Smashbox 3D Orchid Always Sharp 3D Liner

Smashbox Always Sharp Liner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is a “waterproof kohl eyeliner that glides on and self-sharpens every time you twist the cap off.” There’s also a 3D formula, which as far as I can tell, differs primarily by the inclusion of shimmer. The original (or regular) formula is waterline safe as well. The self-sharpening mechanism is great for anyone who needs more precision when using their pencil eyeliner, and it definitely works! The consistency of the pencils was soft enough that it glided on without tugging on the lash line. The three shades I tried yielded more opaque color coverage in a couple of layers. The formula noticeably faded and thinned out after six to seven hours, and the teal shade migrated into the outer edge of my lash line, so wear was less than ideal. It seemed waterproof, as it didn’t run or smudge when it came into contact with water.

Smashbox 3D Orchid Always Sharp 3D Liner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “black with pink pearl.” It’s a warm-toned black with violet sparkle and shimmer. It was semi-sheer in a single stroke and buildable to semi-opaque color. This shade wore well for seven hours on me. Marc Jacobs Beauty (Plum)age (60) (P, $25.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Empire (P, $19.00) is less sparkly. Urban Decay Delinquent (P, $19.00) has finer sparkle. MAC Designer Purple (P, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Smashbox Cabana Always Sharp Liner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “green.” It’s a green-leaning teal with a subtle, pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation in one pass, and it was fully opaque after two layers. This shade wore well for seven hours but migrated and gathered in my outer corner. Sephora Collection Good Mood (P, $9.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #52L (LE, $19.00) is similar. MAC Blue Noon (LE, $16.00) is slightly bluer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Smashbox Penny Lane Always Sharp Liner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “brown with shimmer.” It’s a dark, subtly warm-toned brown with gold and bronze shimmer. It had fairly good color payoff in a single stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color after two layers. This shade wore well for almost eight hours on me and didn’t migrate. Marc Jacobs Beauty Brown(out) (54) (P, $25.00) is warmer. Buxom Come Over (P, $17.00) is lighter. MAC Deliciously Rich (LE, $16.00) is a gel eyeliner. Urban Decay Hustle (LE, $19.00) is slightly warmer. Urban Decay Corrupt (P, $19.00) is darker. MAC Lord It Up (P, $15.00) is slightly darker. Burberry Midnight Brown (P, $27.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

3D Orchid
3D Orchid
6.5
Product
6
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
74%
Total
Cabana
Cabana
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
Penny Lane
Penny Lane
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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