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MAC Shaft of Gold In Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Shaft of Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Shaft of Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Shaft of Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($35.00 for 0.31 oz.) is described as a “deep bronze.” It’s a medium, orange-brown with warm undertones and a frosted gold shimmer-sheen finish. NARS Craving (Right) (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (-, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Bronzer (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Soft Serve (DC, $8.00) is darker (95% similar). NYX Beach Babe (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Magnetic Appeal (LE, $33.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Touch My Body (LE, $39.50) is more shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $68.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Gold Deposit (P, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Blushed Copper (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $48.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC My Mimi (LE, $45.50) is more shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Rum (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). MAC Glorify (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Strange New Worlds (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Bae Area (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). MAC Global Glow (P, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The texture was incredibly soft, smooth, and finely-milled without being dry or powdery, which enabled it to apply with good intensity but still blend out easily along the edges for a diffused glow. The only downside was that it can emphasize pores if you aren’t careful, as the frost level is on the higher side. If you love more over-the-top highlighters that give a more metallic sheen to the skin, you may enjoy this formula, while if you prefer subtler highlighters, this might not be your cup of tea. The pigmentation was good, and you could easily apply less or sheer it out if desired. On me, the color lasted for eight hours before fading.

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Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
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NARS Despair Cheek Palette

NARS Despair Cheek Palette
NARS Despair Cheek Palette

NARS Despair Cheek Palette ($65.00 for 0.48 oz.) includes four blushes (three new, one part of the permanent line) and a travel-sized ITA kabuki brush. The palette contains $90 worth of blush, so it is a good deal for those who enjoy NARS’ blush formulas, and what’s nice is that three are totally new (though not without their dupes, of course!). I’m not a fan of the ITA in any shape or form, let alone the travel-sized version, which is just rougher and scratchier than the full-size. NARS’ blush palettes like this one seem bulkier than they need to be, but it should still travel well.

Nico is a light beige with a satin shimmer. It had good color coverage with a lightly powdery texture, but it was very smooth and blendable on the skin. This doesn’t show up much on me; it’s more like a very, very subtle highlighter on my skin tone, and I’m not sure if it’ll work at all on deeper skin tones, but it may be something you could mix with one of the other shades to lighten then. On me, it lasted for seven hours. This is part of the permanent range. By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Star! (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Paloma Highlight (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Soft & Gentle (P, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Savage is a medium, coral-red with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a lightly dusty, thinner texture that applied without too much trouble, but it could have been easier to blend out on the skin. It wore well for eight hours before fading along the edges. MAC Painted Canyon (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Fruit Stand (DC, $8.00) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Never Been Kissed (LE, $8.00) is warmer (95% similar). KIKO 107 Tomato (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Ex (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Brillante Idée (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). Viseart Orange #3 (P, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Duo N. 02 (Bottom) (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Sid (Shade) (P, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Scorching (P, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Viseart Coral #2 (P, ) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Burnt Pepper (P, $23.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Make Up For Ever B316 (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). NARS Boys Don't Cry (LE, $41.00) is brighter, more pigmented, better quality (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Esoteric is a soft, medium orange with warm, yellow undertones and fine gold shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a very easily blended texture, though it was noticeable dusty and kicked-up excess in the pan. On me, the color wore well for seven and a half hours. MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Style Cast (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Milani Coral Beams #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, more muted (95% similar). NARS Jubilation (Right) (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NYX Synthetica (P, $7.99) is darker (90% similar). MAC Bright Response (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). YSL Rebelle (7) (P, $47.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, better quality (90% similar). NARS Luster (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Pause d'Ete (LE, $82.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Luminous Peach (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Honey Jasmine (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Becca Tigerlily (P, $34.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Linda (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Daydream (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Freshen Up (LE, $35.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Minnie's Inner Glow (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Fresh Honey (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ferocious is a muted, medium-dark plum with cooler undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture–it was the best shade in the palette–that lasted for eight hours on the skin. Tom Ford Beauty Sublimate (Shade) (LE, ) is less shimmery, less pigmented, warmer (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Radiant in Rose (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Petulant (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, glossier (90% similar). MAC Plum Foolery (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). theBalm Pinstripe (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC All Aflush (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). MAC Sweet Samba (LE, $27.00) is warmer (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Magical in Mauve (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Burberry Silk and Bloom (LE, $68.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted (90% similar). NARS Goulue (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Easy (LE, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Exotic (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Hourglass Iridescent Flash (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Embraced (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). LORAC Chroma (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Cle de Peau Pale Fig (P, $60.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Blissful (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Sexual Content (Right) (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Island Plum (P, $36.00) is lighter, less pigmented, warmer (85% similar). CoverGirl Deep Mauve (P, $9.99) is cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Becca Afterglow Cheek Palette

Becca Afterglow Palette
Becca Afterglow Palette

Becca Afterglow Palette ($39.50 for 0.26 oz.) is a cheek palette that features three of the brand’s pressed highlighters and two of their blushes. I think it’s a great concept, and it is a nice way to try their famous cheek products, but I do wish the pans were on the larger side; they are the size of your typical eyeshadow (the palette itself is the same size as Becca’s eyeshadow palettes), like MAC, Urban Decay, etc. There is a little space between each pan, so it is possible to use some blush brushes without issue, but it’s something to consider if you tend to use medium or large-sized blush brushes. If you use a highlight brush to apply the pressed highlighters, I think you’ll be just fine, though. The quality of the palette’s contents is fairly comparable to the standalone versions, but I noticed all five seemed ever-so-slightly drier here, as if there was less binder, which actually made the highlighters more forgiving on the skin (Becca’s highlighters have a fine line between gorgeous glow and pore-emphasizing). This palette contains $20.36 worth of highlighters and $17.92 worth of blush for a total value of $38.28, so you’re paying just over a $1 for the “for the price of about one, I get to try five” point of view. (Becca’s highlighters cost $38 each, while the blush comes in at $32 a pop). This particular palette is VERY warm-toned, and I wish they had done a cooler-toned option or else mixed up the shades more to make it more versatile across skin tones. If I could have chosen the shades (assuming only one edition), I would have gone for Pearl (yes, creating a pressed version just for the palette!), Moonstone, Blushed Copper, Hyacinth, and Nightingale–which is really proof that Becca needs to consider adding cooler and more neutral-toned shades into the ranges.

Moonstone is a pale, golden champagne with warm undertones and a luminous shimmer. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture–it was a little drier than my full-size version–that gives the skin a lovely glow. It wore well for eight hours. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Sesso (Highlighter) (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (Highlighter) (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Let It Rock (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Moonstone (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). NYX Crystal Glare (P, $6.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Now's the Time (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Glow (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). MAC Double-Gleam (P, $33.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $41.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Gator Wings (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Starlight (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). NYX Ritualistic (P, $9.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). theBalm Solid Gold (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Boujee Call (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Sunlight (P, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rose Gold is a soft, light-medium copper with warm undertones and a frosted, golden shimmer-sheen finish. It had good pigmentation with a lightly dusty, but blendable, consistency that sat well on the skin. The shimmer seemed a little larger in the palette than in my full-size version. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is glossier (95% similar). Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Milani Sunset Glow (P, $10.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Surreal (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Becca Guava/Moonstone (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Golden Bronze Glow (LE, $48.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Jubilation (Right) (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (95% similar). Becca Fig/Opal (P, $27.00) is darker (95% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Daygleam (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Angelique (P, $32.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $26.00) is warmer (95% similar). Cover FX Sunlight (P, $42.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Fairly Precious (LE, $33.00) is lighter (90% similar). Dose of Colors Mírame (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Candlelight (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC A Latte Sheen (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Perles d'Etoiles (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Topaz is a medium, bronzy brown with warm, yellow undertones and a strong, golden sheen. The version in the palette is noticeably lighter–more subdued–than my standalone compact, which was surprising. The consistency was still quite smooth, blendable, and illuminating on the skin, though, and it didn’t seem less pigmented, just lighter in overall color–not as an intense. Unless applying more heavily, they still looked quite similar applied. This shade wore for eight hours on me. Anastasia Golden Bronze (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Becca Topaz (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight (P, $52.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Mimosa (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Desert Roadtrip (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight (P, $44.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $48.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Cover FX Gilded (LE, $34.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Sunlight (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Global Glow (P, $33.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $41.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Pyrite (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 14 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). Viseart Highlight #3 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon (LE, $42.00) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 03 (P, $62.00) is less pigmented (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P, ) is darker (85% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #1 (LE, ) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wild Honey is a soft, medium brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth texture–it seemed more pigmented than my individual (though Becca’s blushes are supposed to be buildable, actually)! This shade wore well for eight hours on me. KIKO 100 Cookie (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Kinky (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Stila Sending My Love Bronzer (LE, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #2 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Zoeva ND020 (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Zoeva ND030 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Social Butterfly (LE, $28.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Viseart Bronze #1 (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Bronzer (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #6 (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Becca Guava/Moonstone (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Sunny Side (LE, $33.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Unique (LE, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Infatuation (DC, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Bronze Me (LE, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). Becca Sweet Pea (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Urban Decay Video (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). NARS Craving (Right) (P, ) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Flowerchild is a pop of light-medium pink with warm undertones and fine, golden shimmer. It was very similar in color to the standalone version I have, though the texture of the shade in the palette is just a smidgen drier. The blush wore for eight hours before fading. Fenty Beauty Yacht Life (P, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Peachy Keen (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Peach Boy #2 (P, ) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Rose Glacier (170) (LE, $45.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Antigua (P, $38.00) is more muted (95% similar). Milani Dolce Pink (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). YSL Passionnee (6) (P, $47.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #8 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Benefit CORALista (P, $29.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Glisten (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Orgasm (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (Palette) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). KIKO 103 Golden Peach (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Culture (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (DC, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). NYX Chaotic (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Fox (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Deep Throat (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Becca Rose Spritz (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
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NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush Duo

NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush
NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush

NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) contains a highlighter and blush shade in the wet/dry Dual Intensity formula. I like this formula, but the ratings may make it appear less desirable, which is a result of NARS claiming that it is more intense dry and “translucent” applied wet–the complete opposite of reality. (Even funnier, this isn’t how the eyeshadow version of the formula is described!) I think if you tend to like this type of wet/dry formula, it’s a formula worth considering. This duo gave me a very fall-into-holiday vibe, as you have the rustiness of the blush shade that represents fall, while the more traditional shimmering gold screams holiday.

Vengeful (Left) is described as a “white-gold highlight.” It’s a light-medium, golden beige with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Applied dry, it had good pigmentation with a fine, shimmer-sheen finish, while damp application yielded slightly more intense pigmentation and a more frosted finish. The damp application just barely emphasizes pores, but I didn’t have any issues with pores becoming more noticeable when I used it dry. The color lasted for eight hours dry, nine hours damp. Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Burberry Gold Glow No. 01 (LE, $68.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 13 Ivory (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Frenzy (Left) (P, ) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Vengeful (Right) is described as a “shimmering brick-red.” It’s a medium-dark, subtly bright copper-red with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had intense color coverage applied wet or dry, though it was deeper and richer when applied damp. The finish went from a softly luminous one to decidedly luminous as the application went from dry to damp. The texture was soft, smooth, and fairly blendable, but it was easier to blend out when dry. It wore well for eight and a half hours dry, nine and a half hours damp. MAC Burnt Pepper (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). MAC Hidden Treasure (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). NARS Almeria (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Cherry Nectar (P, $49.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Realm of the Senses #2 (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Taos (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC A Little Lusty (LE, $23.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Contour (Softcore) (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Gleeful (P, $27.00) is cooler (90% similar). Clinique Cola Pop (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Bardot (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Soulshine #3 (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, brighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Glamour Feast (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Lovejoy (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Taraji Glow (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Becca Maui Nights (P, $38.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Seduction (P, $30.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Drop of a Hat (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ravish (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Chanel Evening Beige (340) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Guerlain Ors et Merveilles Eyes & Blush Palette

Guerlain Ors et Merveilles Eye & Blush Palette
Guerlain Ors et Merveilles Eye & Blush Palette

Guerlain Ors et Merveilles Eye & Blush Palette ($90.00 for 0.40 oz.) includes five eyeshadows housed in the top tier and then four blushes hidden beneath it in the lower tier. I’m not a fan of the blush formula they use in these tiered palettes, and I’m even less of a fan of the fact that the pans are tiny (even the “large” ones)–an eye brush just comfortably fits in the smallest pans, so you can imagine what a pain it is to dip a blush brush just into one shade (better to think of them as duos or even a single shade, perhaps). The blush formula is on the drier, dustier side and has lesser color payoff, though it is somewhat buildable. I like the eyeshadow formula a lot more, but the colors are dupable, typical for holiday (not really a bad thing, but it’s less tempting for some), and even more, more similar than not to last year’s holiday palette as well. That being said, the eyeshadows weren’t good enough to make up for the subpar blush performance this year.

Ors et Merveilles #1 is a medium-dark brown with a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wore well for eight hours. bareMinerals Regal (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse d'Automne #3 (P, ) is darker (95% similar). MAC Quiet Type (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Havana (P, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Tan Lines (LE, $29.00) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Burnished Rose (LE, $23.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Gingerbread Mansion (LE, )(95% similar). LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Eyeshadow #5 (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Viseart Copper (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #3 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Rêve d'Orient #1 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Inglot #422 (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Smoke) (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Dior Contraste Horizon #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). theBalm #8 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Dreamlight (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #6 (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Puppy Love (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 12 (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #2 is a deep taupe brown with warm undertones but a cooler overtone and subtle violet shimmer (that was a little surprise!). The texture was really smooth and buttery, so it applied easily and had intense color payoff. This shade wore for eight and a half hours before fading. Tom Ford Beauty Ripe Plum (Right) (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Surratt Beauty Patine (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Better Together (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Sephora Don't Get Me Wrong (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Granite (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Fate (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Lancome Audacious (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Soul Serenade (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Jaq (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Steampunk (P, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Constructivist (P, $18.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME614 Graphite Brown (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Obsessed (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Illamasqua Acute (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Quadrille #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Mesmerized (P, $9.99) is lighter (85% similar). YSL Saharienne #3 (P, ) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #3 is a soft, light-medium gold with warm, yellow-orange tones and a frosted sheen. It had fairly good pigmentation, but the texture was a little dusty. It wore for eight hours on me. Colour Pop High Tide (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Pearl River #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Alexandre Trois (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Taurella (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Lancome Filigree (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Let Me Explain (P, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #1 (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Sand in the Glass (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Fortune (LE, ) is brighter (95% similar). Clarins The Essentials #2 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Sand (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Minx (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Gingerdoodle (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Dior Ruby #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). theBalm #41 (P, $6.50) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Last Dance #1 (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Seasonal Spirit (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). YSL Rosy Glow #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NARS Dirty Talk (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #4 is a light-medium yellow gold with warm undertones and a frosted, sparkly finish. It had so-so color payoff, and the texture was dry, which resulted in sheerer coverage and some fall out during application. It wore for seven and a half hours with some fall out. Chanel Blazing Gold (LE, $29.50) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Viseart Ceska (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #2 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Sunset Blvd. (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Desert Mist (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Intuition #2 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D410 Gold Nugget (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Dearest (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Pearl River #3 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME406 Golden (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Gold Leaf (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Surreal (P, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Night Thrill (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Goldmine (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #5 is a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque coverage (it’s a bit better than it appears in the swatch, as it is quite close to my skin tone, I think it looks almost misleadingly sheer in the photo) with a slightly firmer texture. It lasted for eight hours. Colour Pop Party Girl (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 5 (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Frisco (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Tartetini (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Ballet (P, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). Natasha Denona Flamingo (57V) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Always (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Pink Sands (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Totally Nude (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Inglot #341 (P, $6.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #6 is a light-medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation with a dusty, thin consistency that was hard to get out of the pan. It wore for seven and a half hours. LORAC Enchanted (LE, $23.00) is warmer (95% similar). Laura Mercier Sunset (LE, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Delilah (Light) (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Petunia (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Effect (LE, $35.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (DC, $9.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (-, ) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Blind Date (P, $10.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Unleashed (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $45.00) is brighter (90% similar). Sephora Shame On You (01) (P, $14.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Milani Coral Beams #3 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is darker (85% similar). Guerlain Gold Palette #7 (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Main Squeeze (P, $10.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Angel Pride I (LE, $30.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #7 is a subtly bright, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had sheer coverage that was more difficult to blend out, as the texture was quite firm in the pan and thin on the skin. It lasted for seven and a half hours. NYX Amber (P, $6.50) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Every Time You Go (LE, $21.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Sephora Flirt It Up (06) (P, $14.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is more muted (90% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Smashing (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (DC, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Ex (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Crave (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Spring Flock (LE, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced How Deep is Your Love? (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Pampered (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Never Been Kissed (LE, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #8 is a medium pink with warm undertones and lighter pink shimmer. It had sheer color payoff with a dusty, thin texture that tended to sheer out so it was hard to build-up the color during application. The color faded after seven hours of wear. Becca Flowerchild (P, $32.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). YSL Passionnee (6) (P, $47.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Pink Me Up (P, $52.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Love Hangover (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Smashing (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Star Wonder (LE, $33.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bellini (LE, $24.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Blasphemy (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Fetching (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Laura Geller Rosewater (P, $26.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ors et Merveilles #9 is a pop of medium, orange-coral with gold sparkle and shimmer. The texture was noticeably dry to the point where the powder didn’t feel like it was binding together, so it sheered out and looked a little textured on the skin (the shimmers/sparkles separate from the base). On me, the color wore well for seven and a half hours. Clinique Peach Pop (02) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Fox (DC, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Ecstasy (P, $40.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Sensuous Rose (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Orgasm (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Malice (71) (P, $45.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Soulshine (Together) (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Score (P, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Raizin Blush

MAC Raizin Blush
MAC Raizin Blush

MAC Raizin Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “golden reddish-brown.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark chocolate brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $23.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Chivalry (P, $10.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Naturally Enhanced (LE, $33.00) is more muted, cooler (85% similar). Bite Beauty Anise (P, $24.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC Sweet As Cocoa (P, $23.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). NARS Melina (Contour) (P, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). The Estee Edit Ember Glow (04) (P, $28.00) is cooler (85% similar). Chanel Cheeky (79) (DC, $38.00) is lighter (80% similar). Anastasia Chocolate (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Anastasia Vegas (LE, ) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC’s Powder Blush formula is supposed to be easy to apply, long-wearing, and have “fantastic colour.” It’s hard to generalize for MAC’s blush formula, because it varies a lot from shade to shade, even within different types of finishes! Some of them are very good, others are so-so, and a few are complete misses. The more frosted/shimmery shades tend to have the softest and smoothest textures and are easier to apply and blend out on the skin, while more satin and matte shades can sometimes be powdery, firm, or stiff, which makes blending more challenging. The wear is typically between six and nine hours but closer to seven to eight hours on average. Raizin had rich color payoff with a fairly soft, blendable texture. It wasn’t the easiest blush to blend out from MAC, but it was a lot better than some of the other deeper-hued shades in the range. The finish retained most of the matte-like quality, but it didn’t look dry or powdery on my skin. The color wore well for eight and a half hours before fading.

Raizin
Raizin
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

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