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Tarte Pretty Paintbox Collector’s Makeup Case

Tarte Pretty Paintbox Collector's Makeup Case
Tarte Pretty Paintbox Collector’s Makeup Case

Tarte Pretty Paintbox Collector’s Makeup Case ($59.00 for 1.59 oz.) includes 24 eyeshadows, four cheek colors, miniature size Glossy Lip Paint, black liquid eyeliner, and miniature sized mascara. It’s another middling mega set from Tarte-it’s disappointing with some real misses in the palette. There were only a few shades that were actually good. The set itself is contained within a zippered case, but it is pretty bulky for traveling (and storing). The best part about the set were the punny art-inspired names.

Moment is a light-medium peach with warm undertones and a fine, golden shimmer-sheen finish. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage (up to semi-opaque) with a slightly firm texture in the pan. It applied decently and lasted for eight hours (but not the 12 promised). Make Up For Ever S310 (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, more muted (95% similar). Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Milani Luminoso (P, $8.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Rose Champagne (P, $2.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Fame (LE, $30.00) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Cream Soda (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Indecent (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Inner Beauty (LE, ) is lighter (80% similar). Catrice I Am Nuts About You (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). bareMinerals The Big Break (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). NYX Soft Spoken (P, $6.50) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Authentic is a light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic finish. It had good color coverage with a soft, blendable texture that lasted for eight and a half hours on me. It did emphasize pores slightly. NARS Frenzy (Left) (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Coloured Raine Selfie (P, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Make a Sheen (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Goddess Glow (LE, $35.00) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Kiss (P, $9.00) is brighter (95% similar). Huda Beauty Seychelles (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Fenty Beauty Fire Crystal (P, $34.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Crique (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). NARS Noctum (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Boujee Call (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Midnight Sun (P, $20.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Ablaze (Highlight) (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia White Sand (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Bliss (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Butterscotch (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Champagne Dream Flashes Bellini (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Camelia de Chanel (LE, $70.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever H106 (P, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). Huda Beauty Azores (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Gypsum (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Unique is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. The color coverage was fully opaque, but the texture was still soft, silky, and easily blended on the skin, so it could be sheered out or diffused as desired. The color wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Guerlain #02 (P, $53.00) is warmer (95% similar). Becca Sweet Pea (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Madly (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE, ) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). bareMinerals The Skinny Dip (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Earth (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Wild Honey (P, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Cheeky (79) (DC, $38.00) is cooler, glossier (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Provocative is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a lightly dusty, but blendable, consistency. It wore well for eight hours on me. Urban Decay Bronzed (P, $28.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $27.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights (P, $48.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Tantric (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Skinny Dip (P, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Glitter Glue is a light beige with warm undertones and a glittery finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage, which was not buildabl,e and the texture was looser in the pan, so there was a lot of fall out during application as well as during wear. This one, as the name might allude to, needs a glitter adhesive to function. MAC Diamond Butterfly (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Too Faced All American Girl (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Lace #3 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D716 Crystalline Papaya (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Vanilla Diamond (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Sterling (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Givenchy Tentation #4 (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Stila Snowflake (LE, $18.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Abyssinia (P, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Prosecco (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I514 Pink Ivory (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Shroom (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Pure Bred #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Call of the Canyon (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). MAC Dazzlelight (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Preferred Blonde (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Virgin (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Nudes is a light-medium beige with a mostly matte finish. The texture was incredibly stiff and had such a hard press in the pan that it was difficult to get any color out of it. It was a challenge to apply as so little color showed up, and what did apply, immediately melded to the skin and did not want to blend. It lasted for four and a half hours before it had faded. NARS Madrague #1 (P, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Tabby (LE, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). LORAC Buff (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Bone (LE, $23.00) is more pigmented (95% similar). NARS Look Closer I (LE, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Huda Beauty Desert Sand (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bronze Casting is a medium-dark copper with warm, orange undertones and flecks of copper sparkle. It had sheer coverage, which I did not find buildable at all, and the sparkle was loose and sat on top of the underlying color, so there was noticeable fall out after six hours of wear. Lancome Midnight Haze (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Bellini (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). L'Oreal Sunset Seine (P, $5.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Honey Brown #2 (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #5 (LE, )(95% similar). Kat Von D Hieroglyph (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm #21 (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Bon Bon (Semi-Sweet Palette) (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Gingersnap (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Warm Wash #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Illamasqua Bronx (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Copper Aura (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Amaze (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Cosmic (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Sassy Bun (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Honey Honey (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Silhouette is a dark black with neutral-to-cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. There seemed to be a slight sheen to the finish, which kept it from being totally matte. The consistency was a little thinner and firmer, which made it harder to blend out without getting some patchiness. With enough effort, I was able to blend it out, though. It had good pigmentation and lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Laura Mercier Tuxedo (P, $28.00) is glossier (95% similar). Tarte Fashionista (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). theBalm Sleek (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Fin (LE, $30.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Stiletto (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Nehru (Guo Pei) (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Premier Regard #4 (P, ) is more muted (95% similar). Kat Von D Black Metal (LE, ) is less shimmery, less glossy (95% similar). Tarte Punk (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Wanted (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Caviar (LE, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Jet Black (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Point 'n' Shoot (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). L'Oreal Noir C'est Noir (P, $5.99) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Obscur (816) (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Chroma #3 (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 12 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). City Color Black Widow (P, $6.99) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Overnight (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Waterlilies is a light beige with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, lightly dusty consistency that had a tendency to sheer out when applied to the skin. It lasted for six hours on me. Too Faced Ginger Cream (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Double Scoop (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Super Mom (LE, ) is brighter (95% similar). Zoeva Bitter Start (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M500 Ivory (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Anastasia Vanilla (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Peaceful (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Coconut (LE, $16.00) is brighter (95% similar). Sephora Canvas (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Assistant (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Black Tie Attire #4 (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Chance (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Conch (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Van Gogh With It is a medium brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The color payoff was opaque, while the texture felt soft and smooth to the touch, and it blended out well on the eye. I noticed fading after seven hours of wear. Makeup Geek Bake Sale (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Succubus (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Caramel (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Seaside (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Girl's Night (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Crisp (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Ciate On Fire (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Viseart Warm Mattes #10 (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). Inglot #337 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Warm Mattes #9 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Atelier Red Ochre #4 (P, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 05 (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Latte (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Lil' Boat (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Sepia (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Cocoa (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). MAC Brown Script (P, $16.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Revelation (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Becca Hot Cocoa (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Buxom Filthy Rich (P, $12.00) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Metal Work is a medium-dark coppery brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation, though the consistency was thinner and firmer in the pan, so it was difficult to diffuse and blend out on the lid. It started to fade after six and a half hours of wear. MAC She-nanigans (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Pink Bronze (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Anastasia Rose Gold (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Tarte On the Monet (LE, ) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Body Conscious (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). theBalm #39 (P, $6.50) is darker (80% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Charcoal Sketch is a blackened brown with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. The color coverage was mostly opaque, and it had a soft, thin texture that wasn’t too firm or too soft in the pan. It wore well for eight hours on me. L'Oreal Continuous Cocoa (P, $7.99) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Smoked (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Dark Drive (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Noir Petrole (812) (P, $36.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Stila Chocolate (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Montaillou (LE, $25.00) is more muted (95% similar). Laura Mercier Espresso Bean (LE, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Join My League (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Viseart Cashmere #3 (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty AW '16 (Right) (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Espresso (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Mesopotamia (P, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Fairfax (LE, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Atelier Honey Brown #5 (P, ) is warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #2E (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Embark (P, $16.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pearl Earring is a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a soft, frosted sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture that was easy to work with and lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Givenchy Tentation #4 (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Bootycall (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). MAC Amberluxe #1 (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Vanilla Diamond (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Zoeva Liquid Clock (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). Hourglass Exposure #1 (P, ) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Satin Ochre (Left) (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). NARS Give In Take I (LE, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Sugar (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I414 Yellow Ivory (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #3 (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Viseart Kifu (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Naked Truth #1 (P, $2.29) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Pearl (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #1 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Ombre de Lune #1 (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Shade IV (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Frameworthy is a medium brown with strong, warm undertones and a satin finish. The consistency was thin and difficult to blend, as the press rather hard in the pan. It had semi-opaque color payoff and lasted for six and a half hours on me. Lancome Woody Bar (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Bold (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Feature (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Unrequited (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Skinny Latte (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Cake & Biscuits (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Becca Ombre Nudes #2 (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Chocaholic (LE, $16.00)(85% similar). bareMinerals Granted (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Pastry (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Wilshire (LE, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Cornelious (P, $5.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Publisher (P, ) is warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Sherbert (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). Milani Bella Cappuccino (03) (P, $4.49) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

First Impressionism is a dark gray with cooler undertones and a sparkling finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a drier, chunkier texture that was hard to diffuse evenly, as it would look patchy when blended. This would perform better over primer or a glitter adhesive. It lasted for seven hours with minor fall out. Kat Von D Santeria (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC A Sprinkle of Blues #4 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #18 (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Time (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Gunmetal (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Slate (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #27 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Natasha Denona Graphite (07M) (P, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Synergy (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Diesel (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Starry Night is a blackened navy blue with subtle, cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had medium color coverage, and it was hard to build up as the color was rather dusty and prone to sheering out. It wore well for six hours.
MAC Blue Velvet (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Pseudonym (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Urban (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Beaugrenelle #6 (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Tornay (P, ) is warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Lagoon (LE, $14.00) is lighter (85% similar). Lancome Midnight Purple (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted, less pigmented (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Fresco is a light-medium beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was lightly dusty, but it was silky and blendable on the skin and did not appear dry on. It had good pigmentation and wore for seven hours before fading. MAC Elemental (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Natural #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Biarritz (P, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Vanilla Candles (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M532 Sugar Coated Candy (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 09 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced White Chocolate (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Bleach (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Zoeva Bitter Start (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Nassau (LE, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm #24 (P, $6.50) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #4 (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Nano Nude #1 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Alabaster (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Crosses (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Tempera (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hearts & Crafts is a light-medium peachy brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was somewhat powdery, so it sheered out without a primer to help it adhere to the lid. It wore well for six and a half hours before starting to fade. Tarte Chic (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Stila Clay (LE, $18.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Sweetheart (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Pleasing to the Eye (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Inglot #341 (P, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Commando (P, $19.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Demitasse (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Millennial (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Selfie Portrait is a medium-dark bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too soft or too firm. The color was easy to apply to the lid and lasted for seven and a half hours. BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #9 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Palace (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Eyeshadow #3 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #9 (P, $33.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Black Tie Attire #3 (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Rose Bronze (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Sultana (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Luna (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Muse #4 (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Ego (LE, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Hourglass Exposure #3 (P, ) is warmer (85% similar). Clarins Rosewood #2 (P, ) is cooler (85% similar). Natasha Denona Helio (149M) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). MAC Eternal Optimist (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). MAC Ms. Personality (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

One Too Manet is a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. The pigmentation was decent, while the texture was firmer and harder to diffuse the edges of, but it wasn’t too much extra work to apply and blend out. It wore well for seven hours on me. Urban Decay Factory (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Look Closer III (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes #4 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte A Beautiful Degas (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Abyss (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Pure Bred #4 (LE, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Ganache (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Chestnuts Roasting (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Tonka Imperiale #4 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Brown Down (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Bravery (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Minx #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Illamasqua Focus (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Charmed, I'm Sure (P, $16.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). MAC Rebellious (LE, ) is cooler (85% similar). Clinique Pink Chocolate #4 (P, $15.00) is lighter (85% similar). Benefit Kiss Me, I'm Tipsy (P, $20.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Porcelain Dali is a very light pink with neutral-to-warm undertones paired with a matte finish. It was very sheer, due to the incredibly dusty and thin texture. The color just seemed to turn to dust and disappear on the skin. It lasted, seemingly, for about five hours. Dior Golden Shock #4 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #1 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Inglot #356 (P, $6.00) is brighter (95% similar). Tarte Palace of Versaille (LE, ) is brighter (95% similar). Pretty Vulgar Tweet (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Monochrome is a light taupe with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a smooth, firmer feel in the pan (but it wasn’t stiff) that was blendable on the skin and lasted for seven hours. Dior Fairy Golds #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Golden Snow #4 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). NARS Callisto (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Morning Frost (DC, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #16 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Heaven (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Hypnotizing (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Who Has Time (P, ) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hot MoMA is a medium-dark cranberry red with warm, coppery undertones and a frosted finish. The eyeshadow had opaque color coverage with a fairly soft, smooth, and blendable consistency. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Coloured Raine Date Night (P, $6.99) is darker (95% similar). MAC Plummed (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Azalea (Right) (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Static (LE, $5.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Natasha Denona Maroon (22M) (P, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #3 (P, ) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Enchanted (P, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Harmonie du Soir #3 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Frock Talk (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Dominate (P, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Huda Beauty Royal (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Enchanted (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Gash (LE, $19.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP A Vow in Venice (LE, $9.99) is lighter (85% similar). Zoeva Warm Notes (P, ) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #10 (LE, ) is cooler (85% similar). Dior Blazing Gold #1 (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar). Natasha Denona Livid (146DC) (P, $29.00) is cooler (85% similar). Ciate Fierce (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Inglot #450 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Stained Glass is a deep, reddish plum with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. The texture was rather thin and dusty, so the color had a tendency to sheer out easily, but it was also one that turned patchy as I blended it. The performance was better over primer, but it was still harder to blend out. It lasted for seven hours on me. MAC All's Rosy (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia All Star (P, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Central Perk (LE, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Indes Galantes (Right) (LE, $25.00) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Eggplant (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Drama (P, ) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Natasha Denona Electra (115CM) (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Love Letter (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pastel is a light peach with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky, and lightly dusty consistency. The color started to fade after six hours of wear. Make Up For Ever M810 Flesh-Colored Pink (P, $21.00)(100% similar). Smashbox Naked (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Stone (Mountain Sunset) (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). L'Oreal Little Beige Dress (P, $5.99) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Sorbet (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Promise (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Ambrosia (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I Louvre It is a light-medium mauve with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satin finish. The consistency was so firmly pressed in the pan that it was difficult to get color payoff out of it without digging at it with a metal spatula or the end of my brush (the pointed end). It wore for four and a half hours–from what I could determine. MAC Malt (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Cordial (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Totally Nude (P, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Pink Mauve (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Bois des Indes #3 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Rustique (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Quarry (P, $16.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Get Surreal is a light-medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a cooler, lavender shimmer. It had good pigmentation with a fairly soft, smooth texture that had a bit of fall out during application but none during wear. This shade lasted for seven hours on me. MAC Leap #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Kitschmas (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Macaroon (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #11 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Pinkluxe #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Rose Light (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Double Date (LE, $5.00) is darker (80% similar). MAC Rose Light (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Still Life is a deep purple with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The color payoff was mostly opaque, while the texture was on the dustier side but was fairly easy to apply and blend out. It wore well for eight hours on me. YSL Paris #10 (LE, ) is darker (100% similar). LORAC Plum (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte My Own Cotes de Rhone (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Power Plum (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Mulled Wine (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Editor (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Aubergine (24V) (P, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Nightcap (P, ) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Wild Card (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Hybrid Moments (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Ciate Day Dream (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Plum (Define) (P, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Inglot #325 (P, $6.00) is brighter (85% similar). Morphe Soda Pop (LE, ) is darker, more muted, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Obvi is a medium, peachy-brown with warm undertones and a fine, white pearl. It had semi-opaque color payoff that applied evenly but some color sat in lip lines, which became more noticeable as time went on. The gloss lasted for three hours, was lightly moisturizing, and comfortable to wear. (I reviewed this previously here and did not retest.)

7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
77%
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Too Faced Grand Hotel Café Palettes

Too Faced Grand Hotel Café Palettes
Too Faced Grand Hotel Café Palettes

Too Faced Grand Hotel Café Palettes ($49.00 for 1.46 oz.) includes 18 eyeshadows, two blushes, one bronzer, and a deluxe sized mascara. While I don’t always have great luck with Too Faced’s eyeshadow formula (I have found it to be thinner and dustier, so it tends to require primer to perform well), I found this set of palettes to be particularly disheartening. I feel like this set is why people have dismissed holiday palettes more this year compared to previous years; it is everything wrong with holiday: an intense focus on packaging and presentation and seemingly little to no focus on actual product quality and consistency. There were many shades that were very sheer, dusty, or dry, and only a handful of shades were decent. Even two of the three cheek colors had a clumpy, powdery consistency that was just really surprising–in the worst of ways–and sealed the deal on this being a total disappointment.

Peppermint Cream is a bright white with a matte finish. It had semi-sheer coverage with a light, dusty texture (though smooth) that lasted for six hours before fading. Viseart Bright Editorial #1 (P, )(100% similar). MAC Gesso (P, $16.00)(100% similar). Kat Von D Skull (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Swan Song (P, $10.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Flat White (LE, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Sephora Daisy's My BFF (LE, ) is brighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M126 Chalk (P, $21.00) is brighter (95% similar). Viseart Chroma #1 (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #1 (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC White (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Sugarpill Tako (P, $12.00)(100% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Christmas Blend is a medium-dark peach with warm, brown undertones and a sparkling finish. It had sheer coverage with a dry, dusty, and chunky texture that was a total pain to use as it did not apply to bare skin (or even over regular primer). It lasted for four hours–if that–on me. Chanel Envol (847) (LE, $32.00) is lighter (95% similar). Lancome My French #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Give Me Fire (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte #SFS (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Last Sin (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Catnap (-, $5.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented, better quality (95% similar). Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Zoeva Sweeter End (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Baby (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Goddess (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Cle de Peau Baby Universe #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Melody (98) (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Pont des Arts (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). theBalm Luscious Lani (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Rose Golden Rings (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Parallel Universe (Left) (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Peppermint Mocha is a dark brown with warm,r ed undertones and a mostly matte finish, though there were visible sparkles that sat on top and blended away. The texture was incredibly dusty and dry, which resulted in sheer coverage that turned patchy when blended. It lasted for six hours before fading. Too Faced Peach Pit (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). YSL Rosy Glow #5 (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Age #1 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Silk Robe (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). CoverGirl Scorching Cocoa (355) (P, $4.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Cle de Peau Baby Universe #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I606 Pinky Earth (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Antique Bronze (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia NYC (LE, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Pink Sensibilities #4 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Lucky Penny (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Candy Cane is a light pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a soft, powdery texture that tended to sheer out and fade within six hours. Too Faced Raspberry Rose (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). Sephora Ballet (LE, ) is more muted (95% similar). L'Oreal Mademoiselle Pink (P, $5.99) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Baby Cakes (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Plum (Highlight) (P, ) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Kat Von D Baptism (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #1 (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Flounce (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Pink Cream (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). NARS Douce France #1 (LE, $25.00) is more muted (90% similar). LORAC Bonfire (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Jelly Donut (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Kitten (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Vintage (P, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Light Pink (P, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty With Style (P, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Colour Me Spoiled (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 13 (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Caregiver (LE, ) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sprinkles is medium-dark berry with warm, reddish undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a lightly dusty, drier texture that still managed to blend out without too much work. It wore for seven hours. City Color It's a Girl (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Rosary (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Alchemy (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Enigmatic (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Stylishly Merry (P, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #13 (P, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). L'Oreal Glistening Garnet (P, $7.99) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Just Stay (P, ) is darker (85% similar). City Color U Jelly? (P, $6.99) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Marry in Monte Carlo (LE, $9.99) is darker, cooler (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #12 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted (85% similar). Anastasia Sangria (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Shop Shop Shop (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #9 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Lit (LE, $5.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Violet Blend #3 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Empress (LE, $5.00) is more muted (85% similar). Make Up For Ever ME840 Pink Chrome (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Coffee Chip is a blackened brown with hints of warmer, olive undertones and a fine, pearly shimmer. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, while the texture was soft, just a touch dusty, but one of the easiest shades to work with in the palette. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. MAC Bao Bao's Jewels #4 (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Dark Roast (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Bedazzled Spruce (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #6 (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Bracken (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Rock (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Snakebite (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Leopard (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Haute Chocolate (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Darkhorse (P, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). Clarins The Essentials #10 (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Collective Chic #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Natasha Denona Dark Sepia (47P) (P, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Burberry Gold #1 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Santa Baby is a bright pop of medium pink with warmer undertones and a matte finish. It was very chalky, powdery in the pan, and tended to clump on the brush. The color was difficult to blend out on the skin, as it would stick strongly to some places and not at all on other areas. It lasted for six hours on me. NARS New Attitude (LE, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Pinch O' Peach (P, $23.00) is better quality (95% similar). Zoeva PK020 (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Underrated (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Formal (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar). Dior Floral Pink (844) (LE, $44.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Lovecloud (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Lotus Blossom (LE, $40.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Modest Blush (LE, $27.00) is more muted (90% similar). Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Pink (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Zoeva PK030 (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Kindergarten Red (LE, $32.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Pop (LE, $28.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Early Bird (DC, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Exhibitionist (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia Kash (P, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $28.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $60.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Frosty Nog is a very light beige with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a soft, smooth texture that wasn’t too dusty. It lasted for six hours on me before fading. NARS Give In Take IV (LE, $29.00)(100% similar). Sephora Put a Bow On It (LE, ) is more muted (95% similar). Kat Von D Smoke (Highlight) (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Nude #1 (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Viseart Cashmere #1 (P, ) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). L'Oreal Paris Beach (P, $5.99) is brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Extra Creamy (LE, $16.00) is more muted (90% similar). Kat Von D Bone (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Glaze (LE, $16.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Eggnog Latte is a light-medium, yellow gold with warm undertones and a sparkling sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a firmer texture–it felt almost wet in the pan–and a smoother finish on the skin. The color lasted for seven hours but had some fall out. MAC In the Meadow #2 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Bathwater (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Pearl River #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Taurella (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #2 (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Minx (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). LORAC Sand (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Pastel Fontanges #3 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Viseart Alexandre Trois (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Bling (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Lancome Filigree (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Famous (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #1 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Chic (LE, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain L'Heure de Nuit #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Dust (LE, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Burberry Gold #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #1 (P, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). theBalm #41 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop High Tide (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Iced Coffee is a medium-dark, coppery brown with warm undertones and a pearl sheen. It had decent color payoff with a lightly dusty, thinner texture that lasted for seven hours on me. Tarte Wings (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Clinique Ample Amber (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Surratt Beauty Cuivre (P, $20.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Stila Peace (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). CoverGirl Melted Caramel (330) (P, $4.99) is lighter (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #14 (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Hammamet (Right) (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cocoa Mirage #3 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Cote d'Azur (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #28E (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Her Cocoa #3 (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC She-nanigans (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME612 Silver Brown (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Hot & Cold (LE, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte On the Monet (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Caramelized (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Mocha (P, $19.00) is cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Peanut Butter Cup (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Chanel Charming #3 (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Skinny Latte is a light-medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage with a very powdery, clumpy texture that was hard to work with, as it would result in fall out on the lid and sheer, uneven coverage when applied. The color started to fade after six hours. Lancome Woody Bar (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Tan-gled Up in You (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Love Hue (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Becca Ombre Nudes #2 (P, ) is darker (95% similar). MAC Kid (DC, $16.00) is brighter (95% similar). Buxom Gimme Gorgeous (P, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Fawned of You (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #1 (P, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). theBalm Score (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 2 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Lancome Sante (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). theBalm C3 (LE, $16.00) is more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cocoa Mirage #2 (P, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Bold (P, ) is brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Levitation (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Bling Mistress (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Painkiller (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Hazelnut Bon Bons (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Hazelnut (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Chocaholic (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cold Brew is a medium-dark brown with warm, reddish-orange undertones and multi-colored sparkle. The texture was denser and felt wet to the touch, and it had a lot more sparkle, but the sparkle binded better with the base than usual. It had good pigmentation and applied fairly well to the lid. The color wore for seven hours with a touch of fall out. Tarte Under the Mistle-taupe (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Amethyst (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Grand-Palais (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Far Side (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). L'Oreal Quartz Fume (P, $5.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Showstopper Copper (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Soft Steel (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Stila Smoky Storm (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Tan Lines (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Reef (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Golden Petals Scattering (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Ardency Inn Vintage Gold (P, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Spiked Cider (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Chronosphere (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Radar (LE, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Tea Leaves (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Clinique Cocoa Pop (P, $17.00) is more muted (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Central Perk is a rich, dark emerald green with cooler undertones and a soft, frosted finish. The pigmentation was fantastic, while the texture was smooth, creamy, and blendable. It wore well for eight hours on me. Urban Decay Damaged (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Morphe Diva (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Graffiti (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Scarab (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Smashbox STFU (P, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Inglot #414 (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Walk on the Wild Side (08) (P, $10.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Donna (DC, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). Hello Kitty Three Apples (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Indo (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Dark Indulgence (LE, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). theBalm Jealous Jordana (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Bobbi Brown Forest (P, $28.00) is darker (80% similar). MAC Emerald Power (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Peach Cobbler is a bright, medium coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a fairly soft, blendable texture, though it kicked up excess in the pan. It lasted for seven hours. Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Blush #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Hourglass Surreal Effect (LE, $35.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Make Up For Ever B302 (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Spring Flock (LE, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Streak Blush (-, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Make Believe (LE, $30.00) is more muted (95% similar). bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Blush (LE, $60.00) is darker (85% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (DC, $12.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Bumpy Ride (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Vibrant (LE, $28.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Technicolor (P, $23.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Cheek Pop) (LE, $40.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $23.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Catrice Coral Me Maybe (P, $5.99) is cooler (85% similar). NARS Illusive (LE, $30.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ginger Cream is a light beige with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a firmer texture that was very unlike Too Faced for their mattes. The color lasted for five hours on me. MAC Blanc Type (P, $16.00)(100% similar). Makeup Atelier Natural Chestnut #2 (P, )(100% similar). Colour Pop Hear Me Out (P, $5.00) is brighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Pure (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Hourglass Graphite #1 (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Peaceful (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Super Mom (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Cheers (LE, ) is more muted (95% similar). Tarte Waterlilies (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). bareMinerals Chance (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Dior Golden Reflections #4 (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte French Manicure (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Vanilla (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Anonymous (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Fire Fly (P, $5.00) is brighter (95% similar). Anastasia Fresh (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Double Scoop (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M500 Ivory (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). MAC Drawing a Blanc (LE, $16.00)(100% similar). Sephora Linen (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Maple Syrup is a medium-dark taupe brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation with a dusty texture that was prone to sheering out and looking patchy when blended. The color lasted for six and a half hours on me. Tarte Style (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Lofty (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Laura Mercier Stone Taupe (LE, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Slate (P, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Brownie Points (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Shade II (2015) (LE, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Power Player (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Stone Unturned (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Vow (LE, ) is warmer, better quality (90% similar). MAC Cool Complement (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). theBalm Dig It (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M558 Dark Taupe (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Renholder (P, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Fashion Fix (DC, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Dior Mirage (761) (P, $30.00) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Bandwagon (P, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Jingle All the Grey (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Cover (P, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Pecan Praline (P, $16.00) is cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Almond Mocha (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gingersnap is a bright, medium-dark copper with warm, red undertones and copper sparkle. The texture was almost wet to the touch with a smoother, more cream-like feel but was thinner overall (not really dense). It applied decently to bare skin, and it wore for seven hours with some fall out. Viseart Boheme Dream #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Bellini (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Illamasqua Bronx (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Toasted Nut (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Natasha Denona Magnolia (143K) (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Tarte Bronze Casting (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Warm Wash #2 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Aubade (126K) (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Luscious (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Lancome Midnight Haze (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Maybelline Breaking Bronze (P, $6.99) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Bon Bon (Semi-Sweet Palette) (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC A Glimmer of Gold #3 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME700 Amber (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Ardency Inn Copper (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Butterum (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). LORAC Nude #2 (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #7 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Winter Dream is a muted, medium-dark rosy mauve with warmer undertones and pink and white sparkle. The consistency was fairly smooth, almost wet to the touch, and blended out decently. It was sheerer, though, and it had some fall out after seven hours of wear. Sephora Free Hug (P, $10.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Clarins Silver Pink (05) (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Prickly Pear (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Tinsel (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Lancome Exhibition (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Performance Art (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Soft Plum (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cool (Winter 2016) Eyeshadow #2 (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Dress Me Up (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Kari (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Sugared Raisin (LE, $16.00) is lighter (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #3 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). Tarte Make a Mauve (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cup of Joe is a deep, blackened brown with warm undertones and fine gold pearl scattered over a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a lightly dusty, thinner texture that was fairly blendable. The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Too Faced Lava Cake (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Cle de Peau Silver Eclipse #4 (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Ankh (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Gilded Night #1 (LE, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). YSL Fetiche #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty As Well (P, ) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Tempting (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Everywhere (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). Chanel Noir Petrole (812) (P, $36.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Give In Take VI (LE, $29.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Truffle (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Zoeva Infusion (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Posh Pedigree #4 (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Mekong (P, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Witch (LE, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #8 (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Everlasting (P, ) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Rising Passions (LE, $16.00) is lighter (80% similar). MAC Smut (P, $16.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Black Coffee is a dark black with neutral-t-cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a dustier, thinner texture that was prone to sheering out. It wore well for seven hours before fading. Kat Von D Sabbath (LE, )(100% similar). Dior Smoky Sequins #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Point 'n' Shoot (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Jet Black (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Black Metal (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 12 (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Fashionista (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Sephora Obsidian (LE, ) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Panther (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Licorice (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Natural Brown #5 (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). Buxom LBD (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Les (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Shade VI (LE, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Stiletto (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Noir (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). theBalm Sleek (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Killing Moon (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Premier Regard #4 (P, ) is darker (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gingerbread is a medium-dark brown with warmer, slightly rosy, undertones and a mostly matte finish. The consistency was clumpy, chalky, and a disaster on the cheeks, as it looked uneven and dry. It had semi-sheer coverage at best. It started to fade after six hours of wear. bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (04) (P, $40.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Cover FX Sunset (P, $38.00) is darker (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights (P, $48.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Toasted (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Burnished (P, $22.00) is brighter (85% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $27.00) is lighter (85% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (02) (P, $40.00) is lighter (85% similar). Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Tantric (P, ) is lighter (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (Original) (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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6.5
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7
Longevity
4
Application
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Guerlain Terra India Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Guerlain Terra India Terracotta Bronzing Powder
Guerlain Terra India Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Guerlain Terra India Terracotta Bronzing Powder ($55.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a medium, reddish brown with warm undertones and fine, golden shimmer. Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Spotlight (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Bronzer (LE, $68.00) is warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Pause d'Ete (LE, $82.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Glow With It (P, $33.00) is darker (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Compassion (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Chic Tropic (LE, $53.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Becca Malibu Soleil (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a limited edition bronzing powder for the holidays, which is supposed to give the face an “enhanced and illuminated” effect, and it is scented with the brand’s Shalimar scent (which is noticeable in the pan and to a lesser degree, on the skin). The consistency was soft, just a smidgen dusty, but very blendable and forgiving on the skin, as it didn’t emphasize my skin’s natural texture. There was fine shimmer in the powder that translated to more of a satiny sheen as it was blended and buffed on my skin, so the finish looked natural and luminous but not shimmery or metallic. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before fading.

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bareMinerals Be Beautiful Holiday 2016 Face & Eye Palette

bareMinerals Be Beautiful Ready Face & Eye Palette
bareMinerals Be Beautiful Ready Face & Eye Palette

bareMinerals Be Beautiful Ready Face & Eye Palette ($45.00 for 0.58 oz.) includes six eyeshadows, three cheek colors, and a finishing powder. It is most bizarre that there’s a finishing powder, and it is, frankly, an odd color choice–it is very, very yellowy orange with no real sheen or satiny quality to it, so it is drier, powdery, and sits poorly on the skin while adding a yellow tint. Of all the inclusions in the palette, that was the most odd, and then of course, bareMinerals is a multiple-time offender of putting out an endless slew of neutral palettes so once you have a few, the rest start having less appeal.

I wasn’t particularly impressed by the cheek colors in the palette, as they had a firmer press that made it harder to get color payoff out of them. The eyeshadows were good and consistent with the Ready formula, but they seem unbalanced in depth–there are two very light shades and then two browns that are just a shade or two different; even sticking with neutrals, the composition could be more versatile. The palette itself is housed in a plastic compact this year, which is new, and for some, I imagine they’ll consider it an upgrade from cardboard, but it did feel bulkier as a result.

Value

  • Cheek Colors: $24.00 for 0.21 oz.; palette contains 0.27 oz. or $30.86 worth of cheek color
  • Finishing Powder: $23.00 for 0.30 oz. (using pricing for the Touch Up Veil, closest available product); palette contains 0.09 oz. or $6.90 worth of finishing
  • Eyeshadows: $21.00 for 0.09 oz.; palette contains 0.30 oz. or $70.00 worth of eyeshadow
  • Total Value: $107.76

Formula Overview

Ready Eyeshadow is supposed to have 12-hour wear, “vivid, pure, provocative color” that “looks like a powder, feels like a cream” and blends seamlessly. In general, I quite enjoy this formula, and it’s one of my favorites, as it is typically soft without being too powdery or dusty and more shimmery shades have a real creaminess to them. They wear between eight and twelve hours on me (without primer), blend well, and sit nicely on the skin. The majority of the shades I’ve tested in the past have been mostly opaque to opaque, but there have been a few misses over the years (not too many, though). Ready Blush is supposed to have “buildable color” with eight-hour wear, and those things are both true: they tend to be medium in coverage, somewhat to moderately buildable, and wear around eight hours.

Presence is a pale beige with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation paired with a soft, creamy texture that was a smidgen dusty. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Viseart Petit Pro #1 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Compassionate (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Inglot #353 (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Cream Colored Ponies (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Let It Snow (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Meow (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Chance (P, ) is more muted (95% similar). Tarte Charmer (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Whenever (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Red Ochre #1 (P, ) is more muted (95% similar). Urban Decay Thirteen (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Glow (LE, $5.00) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Powder (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Peaceful (P, ) is brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Snow Angel (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Blanc Type (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Graceful is a soft, light-medium taupe-brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, while the powder was soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin. This shade seemed to wear well for nine hours on me before it started to fade. Tarte Mud Mask (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Buxom Trendsetter (LE, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Lazarus (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). Sephora Coffee (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Stone (P, $12.00) is warmer (85% similar). Zoeva Ever (P, ) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Exhale is a dark taupe with subtle, brown undertones and a grayer overtone paired with a matte finish. It had opaque color payoff with a lightly dusty texture that remained blendable and did not look dry or powdery applied to the skin. This shade wore for just over nine hours on me. Guerlain Les Cendres #1 (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Cool Gray (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Revelry (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Graphite (Mountain Sunset) (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Natural Chestnut #5 (P, ) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Smashbox Haze (P, ) is cooler, lower quality (95% similar). Too Faced Be You (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Head Over Heels (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #1 (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Suspend (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Buxom Jetsetter (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Quai des Brumes (Right) (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Stila Fog (LE, $18.00) is cooler (90% similar). Persona Maverick (P, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Password (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay DTF (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Notorious (LE, $45.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Fuze (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Pecan Praline (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Soot #2 (DC, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Promise is a pale pinky-beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage that applied easily as the texture was soft, blendable, and not too dusty or too firm in the pan. I was able to wear this shade for nine hours. Tarte Popcorn Strand (LE, )(100% similar). Make Up For Ever M532 Sugar Coated Candy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Cheers (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Palace of Versaille (LE, ) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Fancy Dress (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Stila Light Pink (LE, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). Stila Pale Pink (LE, $18.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Shade I (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Matt Smith (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). Tarte Wink (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Meringue (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Walk of Shame (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Cream (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Lithe Spirit (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Pale, Please (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). Smashbox Naked (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Toasted Marshmallow (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Orb (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Pastel (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Morning Dew (P, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Beautiful is a muted, medium pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a dustier, thinner texture, which resulted in the product sheering out on the lid and not applying as evenly as the other shades. It wore for seven hours before fading on me. LORAC Tan (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Missing My Baby (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Frisco (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Plum (Base) (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Rose de Mai (P, $29.50) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Wood Pink #3 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #8 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC For Your Pleasure (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Desire (P, ) is brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Dreamboat (DC, $5.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Pink Sands (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Monochrome #3 (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Stila Rose (LE, $18.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Huda Beauty Shy (LE, ) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Confident is a dark burgundy with subtle, warm reddish undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, though not fully opaque, while the consistency had a firmer feel to it, though it was more buildable on the lid in practice. I noticed that this one had a tendency to stick unevenly to bare skin, so it would benefit from a primer. It wore well for ten hours on me. theBalm Friendly (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Charming (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Beauty Mark (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Hell in Heels (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Stallion (LE, $9.99) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Ensemble (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Golden Gate Matte is a subdued, medium rose pink with warmer undertones and a satin finish. The consistency was firm, which made it difficult to really get color out of the pan, and when it did, it seemed to be chalkier and powdery. It lasted for eight hours, which is all the product promises, but the texture and way it looked on the skin left something to be desired. Tarte Prim (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Wisteria (LE, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Rose Bronze (P, $45.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Golden Gate (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Boysenberry (P, $28.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Limelight (LE, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Piaf (Shade) (P, ) is brighter (90% similar). theBalm Balm Beach (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is brighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Lover's Blush (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Risque (P, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). KIKO 102 Natural Pink (P, $12.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (-, ) is brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Inner Beauty is a soft, peachy brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It’s supposed to be all-over color for face (which seem to be what the brand uses for highlighters), but there’s no real sheen to it this when it is on the skin–possibly because it’s so firm that hardly any product comes off to begin with. It also had a chalkiness to it that just didn’t sit well on skin–it looked like it was just on top but not seamlessly blended. It wore for seven hours on me. By Terry Savannah Love #4 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Catrice I Am Nuts About You (P, $5.99) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Rose Champagne (P, $2.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Summer Fling (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Peach Splendor (LE, $44.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Ciate Summer Love (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (Highlighter) (P, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals The Spring Fling (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Trustworthy (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Sex Appeal (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Zoeva Shy Beauty (P, $11.80) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Bliss (P, $10.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Moment (LE, $28.00) is darker (80% similar). Makeup Geek Cherish (P, $10.00) is darker (85% similar). Estee Lauder Lover's Blush (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Faux Tan Matte is a muted, medium brown with warm, yellowish undertones and a satin finish. It had medium, buildable coverage with a fairly soft texture that ran a little dusty. It applied well and blended easily along the edges while lasting for seven hours on me. Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is more muted (95% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Gingerbread (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Tan-tastic (LE, $49.00) is darker (95% similar). Becca Capri Coast (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow (Bronzer) (LE, ) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (02) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (Bronzer) (P, ) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Bronzer) (P, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Tantric (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Provocative (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Seaside (LE, $40.00) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Bon Voyage (P, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Casino (LE, $40.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Falaises (LE, $40.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Be Beautiful Finishing Powder is a light-medium yellow with warm, yellowy orange undertones and a matte finish. The texture was powdery and clumpy–where the powder would come off in chunks, but they would blend out if you worked at it. This was such a strange inclusion to begin with, and the quality is just terrible–it does nothing but make skin look worse: dry, powdery, and noticeably yellower. It seemed to wear fine; it seemed to even prolong the wear of my base products by an hour or so.

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Java Sun Bronzer

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Java Sun Bronzer
Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Java Sun Bronzer

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Java Sun Bronzer ($65.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a muted, medium brown with warm, yellowish undertones and a matte finish. bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE, ) is brighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Tantric (P, ) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Physicians Formula Bronze (P, $14.99) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $27.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Provocative (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Baiana Bronze (LE, $27.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Casino (LE, $40.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Gingerbread (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (02) (P, $40.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $110.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Tan-tastic (LE, $49.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $27.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Sculpt (P, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Tawny (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

There is not much said about this bronzer, beyond that it is a “matte bronzer” and “is as natural-looking as it gets” (which could refer to finish, color, or even coverage!). The texture is incredibly soft and silky, very smooth to the touch without being too powdery or too dusty, though there’s a little bit of excess product kicked up in the pan. Speaking of the pan, the amount you get is massive, so you’ll want to really be a fan of this if you want to hit pan! It had good pigmentation that was true-to-pan, while the silkier texture made it easy to blend and diffuse (or sheer out). It wore well for eight hours on me before fading noticeably.

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Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit Palette
Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit Palette ($80.00 for 0.30 oz.) includes a finishing powder, bronzer, two blushes, and highlighter inspired by Surreal Light, which is a new shade in the Ambient Lighting Powder family (currently only available in this palette). This palette will work best for someone who is less concerned about a “value-packed” palette/is unlikely to finish their products and really needs everything in a single compact. I think the palette, all being in the same family of Surreal Light, ends up getting muddled a bit between the blush, bronzer, and highlighter with the Surreal Effect blush being the one lone shade that stands out as a bit different. It is a distinctively warm-toned palette, so it will likely not work for everyone. The texture seemed a bit drier across the majority of the powders as the permanent range, though I did not notice the dryness as applied to the face in practice.

Like last year’s palette, the only value is in whether you like the idea of getting five shades for less than the cost of two or three full-sized Hourglass Ambient Lighting products (which range from $38 to $50 in price). There’s only $53.30 worth of product in the palette, so it’s obviously not a value-packed palette. This is something that will be best for someone who wants everything in a single palette and will wear at least three of the five shades often. This year’s palette is marginally better in value than last year’s (which was $48.05 in product value at the same $80.00 price point), but their palettes prior to that were significantly better in value.

  • Ambient Lighting Powder | 0.14 oz. is worth $18.40
    Ambient Lighting Blush | 2 x 0.04 oz., 0.08 oz. total, is worth $20.27
  • Ambient Lighting Bronzer | 0.04 oz. is worth $5.13
  • Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder | 0.04 oz. is worth $9.50
  • Total Value: $53.30

Surreal Light is a light, yellowed beige with fine gold shimmer over a matte finish. This is the original Ambient Lighting Powder, which is a finishing powder, so it is something applied after setting powder, at the very end (hence “finishing!”) to “diffuse” and “soften the look of the skin.” It added very subtle warmth and made my skin appear smoother and more matte, but this particularly iteration had very subtle shimmer, which added a little bit of light all-over but was only noticeable in certain lighting in person. The texture was soft, a little dusty and prone to kicking up excess product in the pan, but it applied well and dispersed easily. It was sheer, as promised (and as you would expect for a finishing powder). Guerlain Perles de Legende (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Dior Luxurious Beige (LE, $82.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Light Cocoa (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Filtered Light (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Surreal Glow is a light-medium peach with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage, which is in line with the brand’s promise of “buildable color.” It does not deliver the “otherwordly glow” much, as it is more satiny and just keeps the blush from appearing totally flat. The texture was soft, a little dry and dusty, but it blended well and was impossible to overdo on my skin tone as it barely showed up (that’s a warning for those with similar skin tones!). I think this color would be better on fairer complexions. It wore well for seven hours on me before fading. NARS Silent Nude (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sahara (P, $54.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sahara (P, $54.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sahara (P, $54.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever B304 (P, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). Catrice I Am Nuts About You (P, $5.99) is cooler (85% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #4 (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Zoeva CR040 (P, ) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Sisley Paris Mango (3) (P, $85.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Coup de Genie (P, $32.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Surreal Effect is a light-medium pink with warm, coral undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer, buildable pigmentation that was very soft, silky, and smooth without being dusty or excessively powdery. The texture sat well on the skin, and it did become a little more satiny when buffed and blended on the skin. For reference, I get noticeable color when applied to my skin, but it is very subtle and doesn’t get any more intense than as shown in the face swatch below, so it would not be good for someone with deeper skin and/or someone who wanted bolder blush. This shade stayed on well for seven and a half hours. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $23.00) is brighter (95% similar). LORAC Wavelength (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Milani Berry Rays #4 (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $10.00) is more muted (90% similar). Clinique Pink Honey Pop (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Catrice La Vie En Rose (P, $5.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Burberry My Burberry Blush (P, $68.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Trickery (DC, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sephora Shame On You (01) (P, $14.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Spellbinder (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC At Dusk (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Catrice Coral Me Maybe (P, $5.99) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Dose of Colors Statemint (LE, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Frantic Pink (P, $60.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). KIKO 109 Candy Rose (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). LORAC Tinge (P, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Surreal Bronze Light is a soft, light-medium brown with warm, rosy undertones and a soft, dusting of gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer to medium, buildable coverage that sat well on the skin, even though the texture seemed a little thin and dusty. I had no trouble blending and diffusing the color, and it showed up a little more noticeably than Surreal Glow. I think it would be a lovely option for someone wanting a subtle bronzing shade that wasn’t too yellow or too orange in tone. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Optical (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Streak Bronzer (-, ) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (Original) (P, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Surreal Strobe Light is a soft, light-medium yellowed peach with warm undertones and gold shimmer. It had sheer coverage that did not really build-up, while the texture was drier and looser. It is supposed to be sheerer, though this is a lot sheerer than the other permanent shades. I do not think this would apply as well over drier skin types as it would just not stick well, but if you normally wear primer, liquid foundation, and so forth, it should be okay. It does add a nice, luminous glow that isn’t metallic or shiny, so I think those who like a a more subtle sheen may like the finish of it. This highlighter wore well for seven hours on me. MAC Glow Rida (LE, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Clinique Nude Glow (P, $27.00) is lighter (90% similar). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Highlighter) (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Essence Be My Highlight (P, $4.49) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Side Piece (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Cle de Peau Gold (12) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
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