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ColourPop Santos & New Lowes Super Shock Cheeks

ColourPop Santos Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Santos Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Santos Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft golden bronze.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark bronzy brown with warm, rosy undertones and a pearly sheen. There’s a plum/rosy vibe I get from it that makes it appear less bronzy, especially as I blended it out (even against my warmer undertones). The texture was smooth, soft, and blendable without being too dry or too emollient. It had buildable color coverage from semi-sheer to opaque, depending on how you applied it (which is how it is described). This shade wore well for ten hours before fading. Bobbi Brown Sunkissed Glow (P, $48.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Paranoid (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Terra India (LE, $53.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NYX Glow (P, $6.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Sesso (Bronzer) (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop The Golden Child (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Ganymede (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Candyman (P, $8.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Seduction (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Spotlight (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Bronze) (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Revolution Rock on World (P, $6.00) is warmer (85% similar). Stila Kitten (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 17 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented, cooler (85% similar). MAC Compassion (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop New Lowes Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “cool-toned berry.” It’s a medium-dark berry with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had buildable coverage from semi-sheer to mostly opaque with a natural finish that wasn’t shimmery but not totally matte. The more this is blended out (and sheered out), the more it appears as a stain. The texture was smooth, thin, and a little drier compared to the more shimmery shades in the cheek color range. It was fairly blendable, but it wasn’t quite as effortless as Santos. It wore well for ten hours before starting to fade. NARS Chic (LE, $30.00) is more muted (90% similar). LORAC Chroma (P, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Desert Rose (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Viseart Violet #2 (P, ) is more muted (90% similar). Chanel Fantastic (66) (DC, $38.00) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Blind Score (LE, $22.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Thames (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Black Up NBL 03 (P, $26.50) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Hot Nights (LE, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Fever (P, $23.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Berry (LE, $26.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Santos
Santos
A+

Limited Edition

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
New Lowes
New Lowes
A

Limited Edition

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total

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ColourPop Puppy Love Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Puppy Love Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Puppy Love Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Puppy Love Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft peach with pink and gold duochrome.” It’s a light peach with warm undertones and an iridescent pink sheen. It read more pink sheen than duochrome to me (I couldn’t detect as much of a shift when moving my arm). Urban Decay Blow (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Dior Rose Garden #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek I'm Peachless (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Zoeva Handmade (P, ) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Guerlain Les Precieux #2 (LE, ) is brighter (90% similar). LORAC Dream Girl #10 (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm #14 (P, $6.50) is darker (85% similar). Ciate Dainty (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). Chanel Tisse d'Automne #2 (P, ) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This is the first charity product I’ve seen from ColourPop, and it was nice to see that “all proceeds from the sale of ‘Puppy Love’ will be donated to Best Friends Animal Society.” It’s part of their cream-to-powder range, which has a firm, but spongy, consistency that applies more like a powder than a traditional cream eyeshadow (it doesn’t really feel wet). The texture was thin, blendable, and spread across the skin fairly well. This one was a little drier to me than the average ColourPop eyeshadow, so it was one that needs building/layering to achieve true-to-pan intensity. It wore for ten hours without creasing or fading on me.

Puppy Love
Puppy Love
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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Zoeva Graphic Eyes Eyeliners (x5)

Zoeva Graphic Eyes Eyeliners
Zoeva Graphic Eyes Eyeliners

Zoeva Graphic Eyes Eyeliner ($7.50 for 0.04 oz.) is supposed to be a smooth, pigmented, long-wearing, and waterproof eyeliner. Overall, I liked the formula; it had good wear-time, buildable pigmentation (typically semi-opaque in one stroke), and enough creaminess that there wasn’t any tugging during application. Their color range was a little more unique from the shades I bought, but they also had some more typical shades like black, brown, etc.

Female Attraction is a muted, medium-dark navy blue with subtle cool tones (it looks like “warmer” blue, even though it is still cool-toned) paired with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation in a single pass, and the texture was creamy enough to glide easily but not smudge all over the place. The color wore well for eight hours on me before thinning. Urban Decay Mainline (P, $20.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop DTLA (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Kat Von D Nerdrum (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

New Jewels is a bright, violet purple with lavender and purple micro-glitter. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in one stroke, while it was buildable to mostly opaque coverage. The texture was creamy enough for a comfortable, tug-free application. On me, the color wore well for nine hours, but there was some migration of sparkles over time. Colour Pop Ho Ho (LE, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Designer Purple (P, $15.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty (Grape)vine (P, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Ransom (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Nymph (P, $18.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Voodoo (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Milani Perfect Purple (P, $6.99) is warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Homie (P, $10.00) is lighter (85% similar). Sephora Eccentric Diva (P, $10.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty (Plum)age (60) (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Nude Reflection is a medium, taupe brown with warm undertones and lighter taupe frosted shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in one pass, and I was able to build it to mostly opaque coverage with two to three layers. It was lightly creamy with good glide and even coverage when applied to the lower lash line. This was my personal favorite of the five I bought to try, but I live in a world that I feel is lacking in taupe eyeliner! The color wore well for eight and a half hours. Urban Decay Mushroom (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Grey Tide (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC It's Physical (DC, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Perle de Lune (916) (LE, $33.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Pistol (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Opulence is a slightly muted, medium-dark copper red with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff in a single stroke. The texture was creamy, which made it easy to apply. It wore well for nine hours on me before thinning. I couldn’t think of any dupes for this one! Urban Decay Fireball (P, $22.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Regency is a medium-dark, cool-ttoned violet purple with fine shimmer. It had sheer pigmentaiton in a single stroke, and it was much more emollient compared to the other shades–it had more slip. I was able to build-up the color to semi-opaque coverage with three layers of product, and it still wore well (eight hours), but it was the least pigmented of the five. Kat Von D Homie (P, $10.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Ho Ho (LE, $6.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Roxy (P, $18.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Ransom (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I90 Iridescent Pop Purple (P, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). NARS St. Marks Place (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty (Grape)vine (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
New Jewels
New Jewels
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
8.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
Opulence
Opulence
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Regency
Regency
6
Product
4
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
67%
Total

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NYX Enigmatic Illuminator

NYX Enigmatic Illuminator
NYX Enigmatic Illuminator

NYX Enigmatic Illuminator ($9.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a light-medium peachy-pink with warm, golden shimmer that gives it a frosted sheen. Urban Decay Streak Highlighter (-, ) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals The Five Star Treatment (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Luna Luster (LE, $34.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunset Glow (LE, $48.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Highlighter (Softcore) (LE, $60.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Highlighter) (P, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Blonde (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Adored (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Beaming Blush (P, $33.00) is cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Made Me Do It (LE, $8.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Paradise Lust (Top) (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cool (Winter 2016) Highlighter (LE, $60.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). Milani Pink Play #1 (P, ) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Benefit Sugarbomb (P, $29.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This is the last of the five shades in the NYX Illuminator range. The formula is supposed to have “radiant shimmer” that gives skin a “subtle glow.” The texture of this shade was slightly dry, but it applied without a fuss on the skin and didn’t look powdery, though it did emphasize pores slightly. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable coverage. The highlighter blended out well and lasted for six and a half hours on me.

Enigmatic
Enigmatic
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total

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NYX Magnetic & Ritualistic Illuminators

NYX Magnetic Illuminator
NYX Magnetic Illuminator

NYX Magnetic Illuminator ($9.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy-coral with warm undertones and a frosted, golden sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, slightly dry consistency in the pan, but it applied well to the skin without looking caked on. The shimmer was just shy of pore-emphasizing-territory, so that was nice! I think this one is a more versatile shade that can be worn as a subtler highlighter or layered for greater glow. It wore well for seven hours on me. Becca Beach Nectar (LE, $38.00) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #4 (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Paradise Lust (Top) (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Perfect Topping (2014) (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Highlighter (Softcore) (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Huda Beauty Ibiza (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Benefit Sugarbomb (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Dose of Colors Melonade (P, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Huda Beauty Zanzibar (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). NYX Soft Spoken (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NYX Ritualistic Illuminator ($9.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a light, white gold with a lighter, ivory base and stronger, darker gold shimmer. It had nice color coverage with a soft, smooth texture that wasn’t too dry or too stiff. The white base is strong enough that it may show through and look chalky on darker skin tones, but it shouldn’t impart much color on fair skin tones. It lasted for six and a half hours for me. MAC Let It Rock (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop School is Fun (LE, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Moodlight (Daylight) (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Watch Me (LE, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Surratt Beauty AurĂ©ole (P, $32.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is cooler (95% similar). Fenty Beauty Metal Moon (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Sephora Stardust (01) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Perilune (DC, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Starlight (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Double-Gleam (P, $33.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Ibiza (Left) (P, $44.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Rosy Glow (Left) (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Turn It On Pearl (P, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Zoeva Glowing Still (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Albatross (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Starlight (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | NYX Illuminator ($9.00 for 0.33 oz.) is supposed to have “radiant shimmer” that gives skin a “subtle glow.” Most of the shades in the range (there are five) are moderately shimmery/frosty; only one is on the truly subtle side. The texture tended to be on the drier side, though I didn’t find them to appear dry on my skin (which is normal-to-dry). There is slight emphasis of pores, and the wear time varies from six to seven hours.

Magnetic
Magnetic
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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NYX Narcissistic & Chaotic Illuminators

NYX Narcissistic Illuminator
NYX Narcissistic Illuminator

NYX Narcissistic Illuminator ($9.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a light, golden peach with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had a soft, lightly powdery consistency that was blendable and didn’t read dry or powdery on the skin. The powder imparted a soft but noticeable glow to the skin without adding a lot of color on my skin tone (but fairer complexions may see more warmth). It wore well for seven hours on me. Suqqu Yawakouki (05) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC She's a Rainbow (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Highlighter (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Tribulation (LE, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Highlighter (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Clinique Nude Glow (P, $27.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Lightning Dust (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). Benefit Dandelion Twinkle (P, $29.00) is lighter (95% similar). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Lit (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Coup de Genie (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Milani Dayglow (P, $10.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Highlighter) (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Hot Sand (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Medium Light (P, $58.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Hourglass Iridescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora Jubilant (21) (P, $14.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NYX Chaotic Illuminator ($9.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a golden shimmer and sparkle. The texture was looser–noticeably drier–and a little powdery to work with. The shimmer was stronger in this shade than in Narcissistic as well. It worked more as a highlighting blush on my skin tone, and it may be more or less a blush or highlighter depending on your own skin tone. It just barely emphasized pores on my cheeks. The highlighter started to fade after seven hours of wear. Benefit CORALista (P, $29.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Carnation (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Orgasm (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). YSL Passionnee (6) (P, $47.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Peachy Keen (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Who's Your Poppy (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Glisten (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Score (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Feather (DC, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Becca Flowerchild (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Milani Dolce Pink (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Rose Gold (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | NYX Illuminator ($9.00 for 0.33 oz.) is supposed to have “radiant shimmer” that gives skin a “subtle glow.” Most of the shades in the range (there are five) are moderately shimmery/frosty; only one is on the truly subtle side. The texture tended to be on the drier side, though I didn’t find them to appear dry on my skin (which is normal-to-dry). There is slight emphasis of pores, and the wear time varies from six to seven hours.

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
Chaotic
Chaotic
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total

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