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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). Anastasia Stone (P, $12.00) is warmer (85% similar). Sephora Coffee (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Zoeva Ever (P, ) is darker (80% similar). LORAC Sugar Cookie (LE, $19.00) is lighter (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 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). MAC Missing My Baby (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #8 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Desire (P, ) is brighter (90% similar). MAC For Your Pleasure (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Pink Sands (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Monochrome #3 (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Dreamboat (DC, $5.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Atelier Wood Pink #3 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Stila Rose (LE, $18.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Huda Beauty Shy (LE, ) is warmer (80% similar). LORAC Flamingo (LE, $19.00) is lighter (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). Dior Peach Splendor (LE, $44.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Rose Champagne (P, $2.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (Highlighter) (P, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). Ciate Summer Love (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Spring Fling (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Trustworthy (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Summer Fling (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Sex Appeal (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% 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). Zoeva Shy Beauty (P, $11.80) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tarte Dainty (LE, $28.00) is darker, brighter (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.

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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, $65.00) 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 (DC, $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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Surreal Light

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Surreal Glow

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Surreal Effect

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Too Faced x NikkieTutorials The Power of Makeup Palette

Too Faced x NikkieTutorials The Power of Makeup Palette
Too Faced x NikkieTutorials The Power of Makeup Palette

Too Faced x NikkieTutorials The Power of Makeup Palette ($56.00 for ) contains a slew of products for the eyes and cheeks. It’s a decent palette, but the eyeshadows have room for improvement, as they are not consistent. They also need to be applied over a primer in order to have decent or better pigmentation, to last at least eight hours, and for blending as some of the shades are drier and tended to sheer out when applied. Without primer, they have a more faded appearance and most of the shades lasted six to seven hours. I think the brand should have included their Glitter Insurance, instead of their standard Eyeshadow Primer (but worth reiterating is that Too Faced touts their eyeshadows as highly pigmented and long-wearing as a formula), because three of the eyeshadows, plus the glitter, absolutely need an adhesive base or else it is a one-way ticket to Fallout City.

As a lot of readers have noted in the initial launch post, the palette looks a lot like every other holiday palette Too Faced has released. I struggled a bit myself trying to pair the shades together, as it didn’t feel as cohesive as you might have expected, and the drier, more crumbly textures of the metallic shades didn’t blend well with the thinner matte shades. The two blushes and bronzers are permanent shades, though Justify My Love is a much darker, brighter, and cooler-toned shade in the palette than my single (by a lot). The highlighter, Champagne Truffle, is actually an eyeshadow from another palette, so you might have that already in your stash.

Ivy is a pale, muted white with a matte finish. It had a very smooth, finely-milled consistency with some excess powder that would kick up in the pan. It is chalky against my skin tone, for reference, and I tried to mix it with Painkiller to make it a workable brow bone highlight on my skin tone. On fairer skin tones, it should work better. It lasted six hours on me before disappearing. Urban Decay Bump (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #1 (P, ) is more muted (95% similar). Sephora Swan Song (P, $10.00) is warmer (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Three's a Party #1 (LE, $2.29) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Porcelain (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Sephora Starlight (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Skull (LE, ) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Gesso (P, $16.00) is brighter (95% similar). LORAC White (P, $19.00)(100% similar). Too Faced Coconut Cream (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced White Christmas (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Linen (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Liberatus (P, ) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Ivoire (P, ) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek White Lies (P, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Snow (LE, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Extra Creamy (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sugar Coated is a light pink with warmer undertones paired with a frosted finish and silver sparkle. It had good pigmentation, though the texture was drier and tended to sheer out on its own. The glittery bits blended away from the base color, so this shade would need an adhesive base to perform well. The color lasted seven hours before creasing and had fallout. Too Faced Pink Frosting (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Dior Garden Pastels #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Ex-boyfriend (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Shiseido Mist (WT 901) (P, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Pink Freeze (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #2 (LE, ) is brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Pink Pearl (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Harpooned Heart (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Dior Rose Garden #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Whimsical (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Stila Ballet Baby (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Maribu (LE, $32.50) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Signe Particulier #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Violet Blend #1 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Fresh & Mint #2 (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I902 Quartz (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Delightful (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Milani Bella Pink (13) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Diamond Pink (LE, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Coquet (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Frosted Yum is a muted, light silver with neutral-to-warm undertones and a metallic, sparkly finish. The glitter of this one also separated away from the base color, so it didn’t stay where it was initially applied and resulted in fall out over time. The base color was mostly opaque and wore well for seven and a half hours before creasing. The dryness of the powder made it harder to blend with the matte shades in the palette. Natasha Denona Aluminum (10M) (P, $29.00) is brighter (95% similar). Buxom Pure Platinum (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sugarpill Grand Tiara (P, $13.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME116 Silver (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Vivacious Maguari (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Stila Diamond Dust (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Blue Garden #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Ombre de Lune #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Silver Chafer (35) (LE, $33.00)(90% similar). Kat Von D Moonshine (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NYX Tin (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Silver Coin (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Iridescent Shell (110) (LE, $13.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Liberty (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Benefit Blingo (P, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). Chanel Tisse Smoky #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #11 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Irresistible is a sparkling, medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic finish. Like the previous three shades, the glitter doesn’t stick to the base, which resulted in the sparkles transferring beyond the base color and would fall below the lid over time. I would highly recommend a glitter primer or an adhesive base to work with this palette. This shade lasted for six and a half hours before creasing. bareMinerals Standing O (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Night Thrill (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Eclaire (P, $29.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #18 (LE, $33.00) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Color Field #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Antique Gold (P, $37.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Treasure Hunt (DC, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Gold (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Jouer Skinny Dip (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Stila Gold Goddess (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay 1987 (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Ardency Inn Heaven (P, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Shiny Happy (LE, $16.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Painkiller is a muted, medium brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a very soft, finely-milled consistency that applied well to bare skin, but it did not work well with the more shimmery shades in the palette as it was too thin and dusty, so it did not layer well. This shade started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. Too Faced Chocaholic (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Illamasqua Heroine (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Yamal (LE, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Cobblestone (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). theBalm C3 (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Skinny Latte (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Tan-gled Up in You (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Atelier Natural Brown #3 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Zoeva New Era (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Wanderer (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Seeking (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Social Butterfly #2 (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty We'll See (P, ) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Clay (P, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Love on the Run (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M646 Latte (P, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). Hello Kitty Hot Cocoa (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cocoa Mirage #2 (P, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Latte (P, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Lancome Woody Bar (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup & Chill is a deep, reddish brown with a matte finish. Though the powder was silky and soft, it was also powdery in the pan, so it kicked up a lot of powder in the pan with even a soft touch of a brush. It applied well to bare skin with full, opaque coverage that wore well for seven and a half hours–it’s just a shade you have to use carefully to avoid initial fall out. Ciate Queen Bee (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Bark (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Violeta (LE, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Java (P, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Siren (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Cocoa (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bittersweet (LE, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). Inglot #327 (P, $6.00) is warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Bark (P, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mystic Hour is a deep bluish-teal with a frosted finish. This shade had a lot of potential, but it fades immediately after applying–it just doesn’t retain that depth and intensity it has in the pan on the lid. Even over Too Faced’s primer, it was still underwhelming; I would try using it wet and over a glitter primer as the drier, frosted consistency would likely benefit from both changes. This shade started to crease after seven hours of wear. Make Up For Ever ME230 Peacock Blue (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Peacock (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Mint Chip (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Controversy (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Pre-Packaged (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Les Aquas #3 (P, ) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #18 (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Sephora Stormy Seas (113) (LE, $13.00) is cooler (90% similar). Dior Electrify #5 (P, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wham Bam is a bright, medium-dark purple with warmer, pink undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, lightly drier texture that blended out fairly well and didn’t seem to fade immediately like Mystic Hour did. The color wore well for seven hours on me. BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #26 (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Coloured Raine Fetish (P, $6.99) is darker (95% similar). MAC Selena (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Meditation (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Amethyst (P, $14.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #10 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Sugarpill Hysteric (P, $13.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #5 (LE, ) is cooler (85% similar). Fyrinnae Snowboarding (P, $6.75) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Viseart Amethyst #6 (P, ) is more muted (85% similar). Illamasqua Trance (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Zip Me Up (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (85% similar). Morphe Royalty (LE, ) is more muted, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Flash (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Butterfly Party (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wanted is a deep black with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a firmer texture, which made it harder to get color out of but also seemed to impede blending, as it applied unevenly and was difficult to pull and diffuse from wherever the powder initially landed. The color had noticeable fading after six and a half hours of wear. NARS Shade VI (LE, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Blackjack (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Pandora (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). theBalm Sleek (P, $16.00) is warmer, better quality (95% similar). Too Faced Stiletto (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Divergent Dauntless Ink (LE, ) is warmer, lower quality (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 12 (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Nehru (Guo Pei) (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). theBalm Serious (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). MAC Raven-Eyed (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Premier Regard #4 (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). Chanel Noir Satin (26) (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Killing Moon (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Shax (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Natural Brown #5 (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Ebony (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Silhouette (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Anastasia Night Sky (P, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Black Metal (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Lune Noire (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I Will Always Love You is a bright, medium coral with warm undertones and a soft, golden shimmer. You can find my original review for the formula and shade here for a more detailed look at claims and the like. Suffice to say, this wore a lot like the permanent version I have, but it appeared to be a bit less shimmery and had stronger pink tones while wearing the same (eight and a half hours but way short of the 16-hour wear claimed). Colour Pop Bottomless (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NYX Synthetica (P, $7.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Soulshine #2 (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Reflex (82) (LE, $45.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Papa Don't Peach (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Clinique Nude Pop (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Tasty (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #8 (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar). Sephora Passionate (23) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Sparkling Bellini (P, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Seduced at Sea (LE, $27.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Frenzy (Right) (P, ) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Solar Ray (LE, $27.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC My Paradise (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Moon Beach (P, $45.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Ripe Peach (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Luster (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Fiery Impact (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Fiery Impact (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Justify My Love is a bright, bold, cotton candy pink with a satiny finish. It is much, much brighter and darker with stronger blue undertones than the permanent version (read my original review here). It is also more pigmented, so that’s an upside, with a slightly looser consistency. The color wore well for nine hours, a half hour longer than the permanent version did for me. Colour Pop Mochi (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever B212 (P, $23.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Babe (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Thumper (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay X-Rated (P, $26.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). MAC I'm the One (LE, $23.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Lush & Libido (500) (P, $42.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Spoiled (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Olive (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC I'm a Lover (P, $23.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (DC, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Quickie (P, $26.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). NARS Robotic (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Dream (LE, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever B204 (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Skyline (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Pink Swoon (P, $23.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). KIKO 110 Bright Pink (P, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chocolate Soleil is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. The powder was firmly packed into the pan, which made it difficult to work with as I struggled to chip away at it to get any color coverage. For swatching alone, I had to scrape away the top layer to get enough pigment to show up on my arm. I had to do the same to apply it to my face. It was unexpected, as Too Faced includes this shade in palettes regularly, and it’s typically quite soft and silky. The color lasted for eight hours on me. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (Original) (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Delicates (LE, $35.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Enamored (Bronzer) (P, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $27.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $27.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Los Cabos (24) (P, $14.00) is cooler (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Medium (P, ) is more shimmery (85% similar). NYX Toffee (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Love, Rihanna (LE, $27.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is warmer (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Grisaille (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NARS Paloma Contour (P, ) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). NYX Tan (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Lush Light Bronze (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Champagne Truffle is a light, pinky-white with a golden sheen. It had semi-sheer color coverage that was buildable to mostly opaque pigmentation. It seemed less pigmented than the previous palette version (where it was released as an eyeshadow). The color lasted for seven and a half hours before separating on my cheeks. Make Up For Ever S502 White Sand (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #1 (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). bareMinerals Glitterati (LE, ) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Too Faced All American Girl (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Paris #2 (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #3 (P, ) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Coquet (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Andromeda (P, $29.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). LORAC Vanilla (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Stila Snowflake (LE, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Instaglam (LE, )(100% similar). Make Up For Ever I514 Pink Ivory (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Treasures Untold (LE, )(100% similar). Chanel Tisse Cambon #2 (P, ) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Femme-Fi (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Lyric (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). theBalm Wipe Out (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Les Nuees #4 (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced #selfie (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Black is a deep black with cool undertones and a satiny sheen. The Sketch Marker formula is supposed to be a long-wearing, waterproof, and vivid liquid eyeliner. It was very pigmented with a smooth, fluid consistency that applied easily and did not seem too watery nor did it apply unevenly. The tip had enough flex that you could maneuver around the curves of the eyelid without issue. The formula takes a bit of time to dry down and set, so if using on the upper lash line, I’d keep my eye shut for about 20 seconds after applying if you can. It did not bleed when I tested it under water. It lasted for eight hours on me. Illamasqua Abyss (P, $27.50)(100% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $20.00) is cooler (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Really Black (LE, $24.00)(100% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Deeper (01) (P, $55.00) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacquer (P, $25.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacquer (P, $30.00) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $22.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Stila Stingray (P, $22.00) is cooler, glossier (95% similar). MAC Cat's Meow (P, $17.00) is less glossy (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Glitterally appears as a light silver glitter that reflects pink, blue, and gold as it catches the light. It is a loose glitter, so it has virtually no claims on its own. It is a product that needs to be used with something else–adhesive, mixed with gloss, etc. in order to adhere and wear for any length of time. If you apply it on bare skin, it will just dust away. None of that is a criticism, and as there’s not much to rate it on, you will not find this one rated.

8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
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Cover FX Sunkissed Custom Enhancer Drops

Cover FX Sunkissed Custom Enhancer Drops
Cover FX Sunkissed Custom Enhancer Drops

Cover FX Sunkissed Custom Enhancer Drops ($42.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is medium brown with warm, yellowy undertones and a satin finish. MAC Matte Bronze (P, $27.00) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Bon Voyage (P, $8.00) is more muted (95% similar). Tarte Shade (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Skinny Dip (P, $8.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Enamored (Bronzer) (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Bronzer) (P, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Givenchy Ambre Saison (P, $52.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Bronzed (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Original (P, $50.00) is lighter (90% similar). Physicians Formula Bronze (P, $14.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (-, ) is warmer (85% similar). NARS Laguna (LE, $40.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Ocean View (LE, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Sun Glow (90) (P, $64.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Sun Kiss (100) (P, $64.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Custom Enhancer Drops are a liquid formula that can add a “highlighting, strobing, or bronzing effect” to your favorite liquid products or used alone on top of (or underneath) your other products (including powder); two of the six shades are bronzing and four are more shimmery/metallic for highlighting. It is a buildable coverage product, so that you can use as many or as few drops as desired for the effect (and it will depend on how you use it; mixing with a moisturizer for all-over may require less product than spot application on cheeks after other makeup is applied!). These are similar to formulas like Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer (runs a bit sheerer overall, less buildable), Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid) (much sheerer), and NARS Illuminators (sheerer, usually contains larger shimmer/glitter particles). The major difference is the intensity of the pearl and buildability in coverage (easier to get to full coverage but still easy to retain sheer coverage).

What’s neat about these is that they are versatile as you want them to be; they really do perform well mixed with various liquid and cream products (moisturizer, foundation, tinted moisturizer, primer) while also working under and over makeup, and they really are buildable from sheer to opaque coverage. Initially, the formula might seem incredibly pigmented, but the thin, liquid consistency makes it very easy to sheer out. They are actually sheerer than they seem upon initial swatching or application, as the consistency naturally creates a sheerer layer as soon as you work it across the skin. That being said, unless you’re mixing with a base product, one drop is likely overkill for spot application. These have a strong sheen but very fine shimmer, so it produces more of a pearly, glowing effect on the skin–lightly dewy with moderate shine and some noticeable shimmer. They dry down within 10-15 seconds of blending out the product and feel like a powder but with better hold (I get almost no transfer, and it doesn’t noticeably lift or move), so the sheen you see is from a damp or wet product, it’s the reflective quality of the pearl. You can, however, build these up to opaque coverage, and at that level, some of the shimmery shades can emphasize the texture of the skin. The formula also wore well on me, ranging from eight to ten hours with minimal signs of fading. I’d expect that this formula will work for someone who likes moderate highlighters with luminous, shiny, pearly finishes or likes all-over warmth (in the case of the bronzing shades) with a satin-to-matte finish.

Sunkissed is the lighter of the two bronzing shades. I suspect that this shade will be more suitable for fair to medium skin tones, and it might not show up well on darker skin tones. On my light-medium complexion, I get a hint of golden warmth and subtle color. It had medium, buildable color payoff that was fairly easy to use, as the liquid consistency was thin enough to spread well across the skin without becoming uneven or drying down immediately, but it wasn’t so thin that it became impossibly sheer. The product is blendable until dries down, and the thinner the layer, the faster it would dry down, so you have some time to work the product across the skin and then a little while longer (about 10-15 seconds) until it sets on the skin and becomes harder to diffuse/blend out. I could use up to two drops mixed in with moisturizer/foundation without it altering the depth of my color too much, but I found I preferred one myself. I like Sunkissed best mixed in, while I like the darker Sunset if I want to use one as a bronzer on top of my makeup–for my skin tone. This was the shortest-wearing shade of the six at eight hours.

Here’s an in-depth look at how I’ve used and trialed all the shades:

Alone: I’ve patted them over bare skin, liquid foundation, and liquid foundation with setting powder on top. For best results, I like to tap my brush against the applicator (not even using the droplet applicator to get a drop out) and then stipple the product onto the skin. I tend to apply both my bronzers and highlighters more along the cheek areas, so I would stipple a few times along my cheeks or cheekbones and then lightly buff in small circles. It worked equally well just dabbing my fingertips against my skin and using the side of my fingertip to sweep and blend the product out. I was particularly impressed by how well it applied over powder, as the sheerer, smooth texture didn’t disrupt base products and move foundation or turn the area patchy. When testing for wear, I used its longevity on bare skin as my major measure for the rating, but I did wear the shades mixed in and layered with a multitude of products to ensure that the formula wasn’t prone to shortening the wear of other products.

Mixed with Primer: I tried it with both water and silicone-based primers, and I had no preference for one over the other with respect to these drops. I used one to two drops for all-over luminosity; I preferred one drop myself, as it gave me a dewier finish that wasn’t over-the-top for my preference. If you wear a lighter-coverage base on top of primer, mixing with primer could work for all-over glow/warmth, but if you wear light-medium or heavier coverage, I would suggest mixing with your foundation or applying on top of your foundation as it gets lost under heavier coverage.

Mixed with Foundation: I tried it with tinted moisturizer, sheer coverage foundation, medium coverage foundation, and full coverage foundation. In general, heavier coverage foundations are a bit thicker than the ultra sheer formulas. I found one to drops was sufficient with tinted to medium coverage formulas, while full coverage was less receptive–it made the foundation dewier but wasn’t as luminous as with lighter coverage foundations. If I wore full coverage foundation, I preferred this patted on top at the end, rather than mixed.

Mixed with Moisturizer: Like primer, this method works well when you skip foundation or wear lighter coverage foundation. I can imagine this combination working well for those with flatter or more matte skin naturally, as it gives noticeable luminosity and dewiness. While I didn’t personally like the level of sheen it gave my face when mixed with moisturizer, I loved it for body–particularly on shoulders and decolletage. It is also gorgeous on legs. I really liked mixing one of the highlighting shades with a bronzing shade for a little color, warmth, and sheen on legs.

Sunkissed
Sunkissed
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Cover FX Sunset Custom Enhancer Drops

Cover FX Sunset Custom Enhancer Drops
Cover FX Sunset Custom Enhancer Drops

Cover FX Sunset Custom Enhancer Drops ($42.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is medium-dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a natural finish.. Stila Sending My Love Bronzer (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights (P, $48.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Tan Tint (LE, $29.50) is warmer (90% similar). Guerlain #02 (P, $53.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Burnished (P, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (04) (P, $40.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $110.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Bronze Me (LE, $8.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Toasted (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Gingerbread (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $27.00) is warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Deep (P, $44.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Giorgio Armani Sun Bath (110) (P, $64.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Colour Pop Happy Hour (P, $8.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Custom Enhancer Drops are a liquid formula that can add a “highlighting, strobing, or bronzing effect” to your favorite liquid products or used alone on top of (or underneath) your other products (including powder); two of the six shades are bronzing and four are more shimmery/metallic for highlighting. It is a buildable coverage product, so that you can use as many or as few drops as desired for the effect (and it will depend on how you use it; mixing with a moisturizer for all-over may require less product than spot application on cheeks after other makeup is applied!). These are similar to formulas like Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer (runs a bit sheerer overall, less buildable), Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid) (much sheerer), and NARS Illuminators (sheerer, usually contains larger shimmer/glitter particles). The major difference is the intensity of the pearl and buildability in coverage (easier to get to full coverage but still easy to retain sheer coverage).

What’s neat about these is that they are versatile as you want them to be; they really do perform well mixed with various liquid and cream products (moisturizer, foundation, tinted moisturizer, primer) while also working under and over makeup, and they really are buildable from sheer to opaque coverage. Initially, the formula might seem incredibly pigmented, but the thin, liquid consistency makes it very easy to sheer out. They are actually sheerer than they seem upon initial swatching or application, as the consistency naturally creates a sheerer layer as soon as you work it across the skin. That being said, unless you’re mixing with a base product, one drop is likely overkill for spot application. These have a strong sheen but very fine shimmer, so it produces more of a pearly, glowing effect on the skin–lightly dewy with moderate shine and some noticeable shimmer. They dry down within 10-15 seconds of blending out the product and feel like a powder but with better hold (I get almost no transfer, and it doesn’t noticeably lift or move), so the sheen you see is from a damp or wet product, it’s the reflective quality of the pearl. You can, however, build these up to opaque coverage, and at that level, some of the shimmery shades can emphasize the texture of the skin. The formula also wore well on me, ranging from eight to ten hours with minimal signs of fading. I’d expect that this formula will work for someone who likes moderate highlighters with luminous, shiny, pearly finishes or likes all-over warmth (in the case of the bronzing shades) with a satin-to-matte finish.

Sunset is the darker of the two bronzing shades. It had a warmer, redder undertone without strong yellow tones, so it didn’t look orange-y on the skin, which I find indicative of more natural-looking bronzers on more skin tones. I suspect that this shade will be more suitable for medium and darker complexions, while the other shade, Sunkissed, will work best on fair to medium skin tones. The texture was thin, smooth, and blendable on the skin as it dried down. Once it set, it was harder to maneuver without added force, but it was more forgiving in its dried-down state compared to the shimmery ones. It had more of a satin finish on the skin; it wasn’t fully matte but did not read shimmery or dewy either. It had medium, buildable coverage, and a little went a long way, as you might have guessed based on the range thus far! For my skin tone, less than one drop added warmth without changing my skin color completely when mixed with foundation or moisturizer. I only needed the lightest dab of product to bronze my cheek area (not even close to a full drop!). The color lasted for just over eight and a half hours on me.

Here’s an in-depth look at how I’ve used and trialed all the shades:

Alone: I’ve patted them over bare skin, liquid foundation, and liquid foundation with setting powder on top. For best results, I like to tap my brush against the applicator (not even using the droplet applicator to get a drop out) and then stipple the product onto the skin. I tend to apply both my bronzers and highlighters more along the cheek areas, so I would stipple a few times along my cheeks or cheekbones and then lightly buff in small circles. It worked equally well just dabbing my fingertips against my skin and using the side of my fingertip to sweep and blend the product out. I was particularly impressed by how well it applied over powder, as the sheerer, smooth texture didn’t disrupt base products and move foundation or turn the area patchy. When testing for wear, I used its longevity on bare skin as my major measure for the rating, but I did wear the shades mixed in and layered with a multitude of products to ensure that the formula wasn’t prone to shortening the wear of other products.

Mixed with Primer: I tried it with both water and silicone-based primers, and I had no preference for one over the other with respect to these drops. I used one to two drops for all-over luminosity; I preferred one drop myself, as it gave me a dewier finish that wasn’t over-the-top for my preference. If you wear a lighter-coverage base on top of primer, mixing with primer could work for all-over glow/warmth, but if you wear light-medium or heavier coverage, I would suggest mixing with your foundation or applying on top of your foundation as it gets lost under heavier coverage.

Mixed with Foundation: I tried it with tinted moisturizer, sheer coverage foundation, medium coverage foundation, and full coverage foundation. In general, heavier coverage foundations are a bit thicker than the ultra sheer formulas. I found one to drops was sufficient with tinted to medium coverage formulas, while full coverage was less receptive–it made the foundation dewier but wasn’t as luminous as with lighter coverage foundations. If I wore full coverage foundation, I preferred this patted on top at the end, rather than mixed.

Mixed with Moisturizer: Like primer, this method works well when you skip foundation or wear lighter coverage foundation. I can imagine this combination working well for those with flatter or more matte skin naturally, as it gives noticeable luminosity and dewiness. While I didn’t personally like the level of sheen it gave my face when mixed with moisturizer, I loved it for body–particularly on shoulders and decolletage. It is also gorgeous on legs. I really liked mixing one of the highlighting shades with a bronzing shade for a little color, warmth, and sheen on legs.

Sunset
Sunset
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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