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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Peach Face Compact

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Peach Face Compact
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Peach Face Compact

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Peach Face Compact ($35.00 for 0.32 oz.) includes a powder highlighter and blush. The Extra Dimension Skinfinishes are supposed to have 10-hour wear, while the Extra Dimension Blush formula is supposed to have six-hour wear.

Tutu is a bright, very light beige with warm, peachy undertones and a metallic finish. It had excellent color payoff paired with a soft, smooth, finely-milled texture that wasn’t too firm or too loose in the pan. It seemed smoother than past iterations of this formula, though this color is new (and limited edition). The highlighter applied easily, blended out effortlessly, and lasted for eight hours on me. Even when worn heavily, I didn’t notice any emphasis of my skin’s natural texture with this shade. Urban Decay Sin (P, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Starlight (P, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Starlight (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Catrice Champagne Campaign (P, $5.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Moonstone (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Highlight #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Smokin' Whistles (P, $8.00) is cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Eclipse (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Cle de Peau Bal Masque (LE, $120.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Crafty (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Almond (16) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $41.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Flexitarian (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Coloured Raine Luxurious Bling (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). LORAC Daylight (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Milani Afterglow (P, $10.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Lightscapade (P, $33.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

At Dusk is a muted, medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. The texture was a bit firmer compared to the highlighter, but it wasn’t stiff or difficult to get color payoff out of. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage that sat well on the skin, and the finish became more luminous as I buffed and blended the powder on my skin. It wore well for seven and a half hours before it started to fade. (This shade has been released before.) Makeup Geek Main Squeeze (P, $10.00) is darker (95% similar). Edward Bess Filled with Desire (P, $43.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). MAC The Perfect Cheek (LE, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). Zoeva PK030 (P, ) is less shimmery, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Ciate Baby Doll (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Stay Pretty (P, $23.50) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Formal (LE, ) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Effect (LE, $35.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Smile (Right) (LE, $52.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Clinique Heather Pop (P, $21.00) is brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Birthday Suit (P, $8.00) is brighter (90% similar). KIKO 109 Candy Rose (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Launch Away (LE, $23.00) is brighter (90% similar). Illamasqua Naked Rose (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Blush (LE, ) is brighter (90% similar). Chanel Jardin de Chanel (LE, $55.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Tres Fab (LE, ) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Daybreak (503) (P, $46.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Rosy Outlook (P, $23.50) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose (LE, $46.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Face Compact Peach Face Compact
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Copper Face Compact

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Copper Face Compact
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Copper Face Compact

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Copper Face Compact ($35.00 for 0.32 oz.) includes a powder highlighter and blush. Both shades are repromotes, though Whisper of Gilt is one of those shades that many wanted to make a return. The Extra Dimension Skinfinishes are supposed to have 10-hour wear, while the Extra Dimension Blush formula is supposed to have six-hour wear.

Whisper of Gilt is a brighter, light-medium gold with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a metallic sheen. It was richly pigmented with a soft, smooth, and finely-milled consistency; it actually felt smoother and less dry to the touch compared to the standalone version I have from the last release. The powder blended out better, and it was easier to get sheerer coverage, especially as I could use fan and feathery brushes with ease with the finer texture. The finish was more metallic when applied at medium or higher coverage, and it started to emphasize pores just slightly when worn at semi-opaque coverage. It wore well for eight hours on me. Estee Lauder Heat Wave (LE, $45.00)(100% similar). Becca Topaz Flashes Gilt (LE, $34.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Dose of Colors Fuego (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dose of Colors Gold is the New Black (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #17 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Dripping in Gold (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented, more muted (90% similar). Maybelline Molten Gold (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Anastasia 143 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). MAC Oh, Darling! (P, $33.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #02 (P, $39.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Blow Me Out (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Gold (300) (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Fearless (LE, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Luxe (P, $7.50) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Bigger and Better (LE, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Twilight (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Centerfold (P, $7.50) is darker (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pleasure Model is a medium-dark, coppery orange with warm undertones and a satin sheen. The pigmentation was great–full coverage–while the texture was smooth but firmer, so it was easier to control the intensity if you wanted sheerer coverage. It applied well to bare skin, as the finish became more satin-like as I blended and worked the product on my cheeks. The finish was natural and did not emphasize pores. On me, the blush wore for seven and a half hours before fading. This shade is a repromote, and it seemed slightly more muted this time around but overall similar in color and tone. Milani Bronze Burst (P, $13.00) is lighter (95% similar). Becca Songbird (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Canaille (89) (LE, $45.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (90% similar). MAC Love Joy (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). NARS Unlawful (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Gina (P, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Milani Coral Beams #2 (P, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Illamasqua Expose (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Stryke (LE, $8.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Milani Coral Beams (P, $13.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Non-Fiction (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Elegance (370) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Make You Mine (P, $23.50) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 18 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented, cooler (90% similar). MAC Bad Girl Gone Good (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). MAC Coppertone (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Clinique Fig Pop (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Face Compact Copper Face Compact
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
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MAC Yum Yum Yum Magic Dust Powder

MAC Yum Yum Yum Magic Dust Powder
MAC Yum Yum Yum Magic Dust Powder

MAC Yum Yum Yum Magic Dust Powder ($28.00 for 0.29 oz.) is a medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and gold sparkle over a satin finish. Too Faced Lollipop (LE, ) is brighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Love is the Drug (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Black Opal Nectar (P, $8.95) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Prenup (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Dame (P, $23.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Icing Sugar (P, $6.99) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Divine Desire (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s interesting how poorly this performed compared to Sweet Vision! The powder was much drier, looser, and had a chunkier consistency overall that made it difficult to use. The pigmentation was weaker with semi-sheer coverage at best, and it did not want to adhere evenly to skin as it was just so, so dry. If you used liquid or cream foundation and applied it while the base was still drying down, you could get better coverage, but it would still be difficult to blend. It seemed to wear about seven hours on me, but it already looked faded from the beginning, so it wasn’t as easy to tell!

MAC Magic Dust Powder Yum Yum Yum
6
Product
6
Pigmentation
6
Texture
7.5
Longevity
3
Application
63%
Total

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MAC Sweet Vision Magic Dust Powder

MAC Sweet Vision Magic Dust Powder
MAC Sweet Vision Magic Dust Powder

MAC Sweet Vision Magic Dust Powder ($28.00 for 0.29 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with warm undertones and a gold, frosted shimmer. MAC Springsheen (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #2 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals The Natural High (P, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush II (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Soulshine #1 (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Something About Berry (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (Palette) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Petal Power (P, $27.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Laugh (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Becca Snapdragon (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Glisten (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Becca Rose Spritz (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bellini (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Simmer (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Blush G (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Fleur de Lotus (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Wild Sunset (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Fruit Punch (P, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NYX Intuition (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The consistency of the powder was soft, smooth, and neither too firm or too loose in the pan, so the powder had great color payoff with supreme blendability. As I buffed and blended the powder onto my skin, the shimmer diffused and become more luminous and did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. It is quite pigmented, so for those who prefer subtler color, I would recommend using a fan or highlighter brush for softer application. On me, the powder wore well for eight hours before fading.

MAC Magic Dust Powder Sweet Vision
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

NARS Recurring Dare Cheek & Lip Palette

NARS Recurring Dare Cheek & Lip Palette
NARS Recurring Dare Cheek & Lip Palette

NARS Recurring Dare Cheek & Lip Palette ($59.00 for 0.56 oz.) includes four cheek colors plus lip pencil. This palette is exclusive to Nordstrom and will be available November 1st. The palette includes three permanent shades–Albatross, Sex Appeal, and Golshan–and two new shades–Illusive and Make Believe. As was the case with True Story, the palette skewed lighter and will work better for fairer skin tones. I wish this was deeper overall (so that the offerings had something lighter and something deeper to cater to more skin tones). I also felt like the two center shades were a little closer, just warmer, than the two center shades in True Story as well. NARS’ Powder Blush formula is described as “beautifully pigmented, natural, healthy-looking color” with a “blendable application.” The palette was decent; Albatross actually seemed more powdery and weaker than the permanent version, while the other four products were better.

Albatross is a very light, white gold with a more matte, powdery base that is white-based with lighter, warmer yellow shimmer. Albatross is a nice highlighter for someone who wants a very pale, ethereal base. On my skin tone, I find I have to be careful with application or else the white base is too prominent, but it mixes and layers well with a lot of blushes (which is how I tend to wear my highlighters). The texture of the version in the palette was more powdery and more prone to sheeringout–you can see how it looks chalkier overall than past iterations of the shade and less shimmery. It wore well for seven hours on me. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #1 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Stole the Show (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Ibiza (Left) (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Camelia de Plumes (LE, $76.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Divergent Gleaming Pearl (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Pastel (11) (P, $55.00) is cooler (90% similar). Cle de Peau Gold (12) (P, $55.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Camelia de Plumes (LE, $76.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Close-Up #1 (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Moodlight (Daylight) (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Inner Light (LE, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Belladonna (LE, $88.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Zoeva Glowing Still (P, ) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sex Appeal is a light pinky-peach with warmer undertones and a matte finish. The texture was silky, finely-milled, and soft enough that it was a touch dusty in the pan, but it didn’t look dry or chalky on my skin tone., though the color doesn’t really show up on my complexion (I’m so sorry!) and will obviously be more visible on someone of a lighter skin tone. I tried to really pack it on, but as it was hard to see on me, I was only able to guess that it was still on after seven hours (I looked for a sheen coming through, since it did have a mattifying effect that I could detect). NARS Conquest (LE, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Sunset (LE, $24.00) is darker (95% similar). Buxom Swept Away (-, $24.00) is cooler (95% similar). Dior Peach Splendor (LE, $44.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Luma (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals The Spring Fling (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Nancy (Light) (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Stay By Me (P, $23.50) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Trustworthy (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Benefit Georgia (DC, $29.00) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Mallory (Light) (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Amber Glow (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Petunia (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Inner Beauty (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Surratt Beauty Duchesse (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Adored (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Corol #1 (LE, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). Zoeva Yet to Come (P, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Blush Pink (LE, $35.50) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Cherish (P, $10.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Illusive is a muted, medium pinky-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage, though not fully opaque, paired with a soft, lightly dusty texture that was easily blended on the skin. One nice thing is that it didn’t seem to darken on the skin like some matte blushes can, so what I saw in the pan is what I saw swatched and applied. This shade did show up more noticeably on my skin tone, but it is subtler, so it may not be in line with your needs or preferences, depending on your skin tone. It wore well for eight hours before fading on me. bareMinerals Glamour (LE, $19.00) is brighter (95% similar). NARS Unwritten (LE, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (-, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Buddy (Matte) (LE, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (DC, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Make Believe (LE, $30.00) is brighter (90% similar). NYX Amber (P, $6.50) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Unleashed (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Clinique Pink Honey Pop (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Shame On You (01) (P, $14.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Effect (LE, $35.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $23.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Concept (LE, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $10.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Trickery (DC, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Peach Cobbler (LE, ) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Believe is a brighter, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. The blush had mostly opaque color payoff, while the consistency was soft, smooth, and not too firm or too soft, so it didn’t seem dusty or powdery to me. It applied and blended out well, and the flat matte finish did not appear dry on the skin. This shade started to fade after eight hours on me. Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Cheek Pop) (LE, $40.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Spring Flock (LE, $23.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Illusive (LE, $30.00) is more muted (90% similar). Dose of Colors Statemint (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Technicolor (P, $23.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Anastasia Kash (P, ) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Peach Cobbler (LE, ) is brighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Exhibitionist (LE, ) is cooler (85% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). NARS Unwritten (LE, $30.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). theBalm Balm Springs (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Golshan is a slightly muted, medium-dark brick red with warm undertones and a cream finish that had a light sheen. It had nearly opaque pigmentaiton with a smooth, velvety texture that glided on effortlessly and delivered even coverage in one stroke. The texture was lightly creamy with some slip, but the product didn’t slide around while worn. This shade lasted for six hours, was lightly hydrating, and left a stain behind. Colour Pop Lost (P, $6.00) is more muted (95% similar). Too Faced Melted Velvet (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). NARS Fire Down Below (P, $28.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bite Beauty Maple (P, $26.00) is lighter, less glossy (95% similar). MAC Reddy to Go (P, $20.00) is lighter, less glossy (95% similar). Urban Decay Bad Blood (DC, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Bad Blood (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). MAC Retro Rouge (LE, $18.00) is cooler, glossier (95% similar). Bite Beauty Braised Maple (LE, $24.00) is darker, glossier (95% similar). NARS Mysterious Red (P, $27.00) is less glossy (95% similar). NARS Codie (LE, $34.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Nosferatu (P, $20.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Chanel Enigmatique (135) (P, $37.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #44 (P, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Rock Steady (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler, glossier (90% similar). MAC Rusty (LE, $20.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop TGIF (DC, $5.00) is glossier (95% similar). Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler, glossier (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Rouge Fatal (LE, $54.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Starling (P, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Cheek & Lip Palette Recurring Dare
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Make Believe

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NARS True Story Cheek & Lip Palette

NARS True Story Cheek & Lip Palette
NARS True Story Cheek & Lip Palette

NARS True Story Cheek & Lip Palette ($59.00 for 0.56 oz.) includes four cheek colors plus lip pencil. There are three permanentshades–Devotee, Outlaw, and Mysterious Red–and two new shades–Myth and Unwritten. This palette is going to work best for someone of a fairer complexion, as two of the cheek colors are rather light and matte, so they harder to distinguish on my skin tone. NARS’ Powder Blush formula is described as “beautifully pigmented, natural, healthy-looking color” with a “blendable application.” The palette had good pigmentation, average to normal wear, and were blendable. I didn’t have any issues applying the blushes or the lip color, so if they are the kind of colors that appeal and would work for your skin tone, it might be a palette to check out this holiday season.

Devotee is a pink-tinged white with warmer undertones and a luminous sheen. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture that sat well on the skin and was easy to work with. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours. Makeup Revolution Peach Lights (P, $6.00) is cooler (95% similar). Laura Mercier Devotion (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Jouer Rose Quartz (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). LORAC Moonlight (P, $23.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #01 (P, $39.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Desert Explorations (LE, $2.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Rose Quartz (LE, $38.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Luster (P, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Myth is a pale, light pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. If I pack it on, I can just barely see a tint of pink on my cheeks, but this will show up better on someone with a lighter skin tone, and it will be hard to overdo on even very fair skin. The texture was soft, silky, and just a touch dusty in the pan, but it didn’t look dry or chalky on the skin. It lasted for just over seven hours on me. Dior Intemporalle (LE, $65.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Poe (Light) (P, ) is darker (90% similar). NARS Threesome (LE, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Conquest (LE, $30.00) is lighter (85% similar). KIKO 109 Candy Rose (P, $12.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Launch Away (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Guerlain Morning Rose (P, $52.00) is darker (85% similar). Burberry Misty (P, $42.00) is darker (80% similar). Makeup Geek Main Squeeze (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Unwritten is a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was soft, a touch dusty, but it was smooth and blendable on the skin and did not appear dry or dusty once I started to blend it out. It had good pigmentation initially, but it did sheer out a bit more readily than most blushes. Like Myth, I can pack this on and get just a hint of color on my skin tone, so it’s going to be more ideal for someone of a lighter skin tone or someone who wants almost no visible blush color that is similar to my skin tone. It started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. NARS Illusive (LE, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is brighter (95% similar). Anastasia Kash (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (-, ) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Amazed (LE, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Kindergarten Red (LE, $32.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Jardin de Chanel (LE, $55.00) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Glamour (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Blasphemy (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $23.00) is warmer (95% similar). NYX Dusty Rose (P, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Angelic Radiance (LE, $53.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Stila Dusty Rose (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Rose (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Catrice Coral Me Maybe (P, $5.99) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $28.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Zoeva CR020 (P, ) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Make Believe (LE, $30.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek XOXO (P, $10.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Outlaw is a deep berry with subtle, cool undertones and warmer, golden shimmer. The version in the palette was actually better than the last standalone I tested! The version included in the palette was very pigmented, softer and smoother to the touch, and more blendable. I didn’t have any issues blending and diffusing the edges. The color wore well for nine hours on me before fading. MAC Sweet Samba (LE, $27.00) is warmer (95% similar). Viseart Plum #2 (P, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Plumberry (P, $26.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Does This Thing Really Work? (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). KIKO 104 Pastel Pink (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Goulue (LE, $30.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). MAC Gentle (P, $27.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Soulshine #3 (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, more pigmented (85% similar). Urban Decay TMI (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Easy (LE, $26.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Wrapped Candy (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). theBalm Pinstripe (P, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Rapture (P, $26.00) is more muted, cooler (85% similar). NARS Seduction (P, $30.00) is , less shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mysterious Red is a bright, medium-dark red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It was richly pigmented with a lightly creamy, velvety texture that glided on easily and didn’t sink into lip lines. It wore well for six and a half hours on me, left behind a stain, and was a touch drying overall. Makeup Geek Beauty Queen (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Maybelline Dynamite Red (P, $7.49) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Rock Steady (P, $18.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Russian Red (P, $17.50) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Reddy to Go (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Golshan (P, $25.00) is glossier (95% similar). Colour Pop TGIF (DC, $5.00) is warmer, glossier (85% similar). NARS Codie (LE, $34.00) is more muted, glossier (95% similar). Makeup Geek Flamenco (LE, $12.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Steam Heat (LE, $17.50) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Feels So Grand (P, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). Besame Red Velvet 1946 (P, $22.00) is glossier (90% similar). Kat Von D Outlaw (P, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Ruby (P, $18.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Doubt (P, $17.00) is glossier (90% similar). Too Faced Lady Balls (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Experimente (154) (P, $37.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Just Push Play (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Santa Sangre (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Raven (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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