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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. Anastasia Dripping in Gold (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% 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). Becca Opal (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #17 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Estee Lauder Heat Wave (LE, $45.00)(100% 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). LORAC Twilight (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Maybelline Gold (300) (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Centerfold (P, $7.50) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Fearless (LE, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Jubilation (Left) (P, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Bigger and Better (LE, $8.00) is lighter (90% 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). Colour Pop Stryke (LE, $8.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, lighter (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.

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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!

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.

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

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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). MAC Stay By Me (P, $23.50) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals The Spring Fling (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Benefit Georgia (DC, $29.00) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Nancy (Light) (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Gold Palette #8 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Trustworthy (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (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). 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. MAC Spring Flock (LE, $23.00) is darker (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Cheek Pop) (LE, $40.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Illusive (LE, $30.00) is more muted (90% similar). LORAC Technicolor (P, $23.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Dose of Colors Statemint (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Kash (P, ) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Exhilarating (LE, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Peach Cobbler (LE, ) is brighter (95% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Exhibitionist (LE, ) is cooler (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). 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). Too Faced Melted Velvet (P, $21.00) is darker, 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). Chanel Enigmatique (135) (P, $37.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Lee (LE, $34.00) is warmer (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). Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler, glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop TGIF (DC, $5.00) is glossier (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Rouge Fatal (LE, $54.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). Kat Von D Nosferatu (P, $20.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #44 (P, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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A-

Illusive

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Make Believe

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Golshan

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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 (P, $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). MAC Launch Away (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Guerlain Morning Rose (P, $52.00) is darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever B206 (P, $23.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (85% similar). KIKO 109 Candy Rose (P, $12.00) 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). Tarte Amazed (LE, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Kash (P, ) is cooler (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). NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is brighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (-, ) is warmer (95% similar). Stila Dusty Rose (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Anastasia Rose (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $28.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Catrice Coral Me Maybe (P, $5.99) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Zoeva CR020 (P, ) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek XOXO (P, $10.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Royal Sunset (LE, $23.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (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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Anastasia Ultimate Glow Glow Kit

Anastasia Ultimate Glow Glow Kit
Anastasia Ultimate Glow Glow Kit

Anastasia Ultimate Glow Glow Kit ($45.00 for 0.96 oz.) includes six highlighters in a gold-hued theme. This palette is going to be best suited for someone who likes more over-the-top highlighters that run glittery, sparkling, and/or metallic and doesn’t mind if the texture of their skin is emphasized by their highlighter. The formula on some of the highlighters is rather dense, so airier, fluffier brushes did not work well with it–I felt like a denser or even a flat, synthetic brush worked better to get both color and shimmer out of the product. The more feathery brushes I tried tended to grab more of the sparkle and frost content than color, which resulted in a more uneven application.

Snow is a bright white with a metallic sheen and subtle, warmer undertones. It had mostly opaque color payoff with a soft, smooth consistency that was lightly creamy and not too dense in the pan. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me and did not emphasize pores or my skin’s natural texture. NYX Ice Queen (P, $5.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Ciate Rainbow (P, $32.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Cover FX Prism (LE, $34.00) is cooler (95% similar). Becca Icicle (LE, $38.00) is cooler (95% similar). Anastasia Forever Lit (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (95% similar). Burberry No. 01 White (LE, $68.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NYX Twilight Tint (P, $7.99) is darker (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #18 (LE, ) is brighter (90% similar). Anastasia Luna (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Moon Phase (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Worthy (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Champagne Pink (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever 1 Arctic White (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented (85% similar). Colour Pop Honeymoon (LE, $8.00) is cooler (85% similar). Cover FX Halo (P, $42.00) is cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

White Sand is a bright, light-medium yellow gold with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. The consistency was dense, more cream-like than powder-like, with opaque color coverage. The texture did not work as well with most highlighter brushes, as they were too feathery and did not have enough bulk or firmness to them to pick up the color. I had better luck with synthetic brushes as Elle as denser blush brushes. This blended out well on the skin, and as I blended it out, it did not seem to emphasize my skin’s natural texture. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading. Huda Beauty Fiji (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Kiss (P, $9.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Authentic (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Butterscotch (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Huda Beauty Azores (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Party (LE, $46.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Midnight Sun (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (95% similar). Huda Beauty Seychelles (LE, ) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Tarte Goddess Glow (LE, $35.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Crique (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Ciate Starburst (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Burberry The Runway Palette (LE, $68.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Coloured Raine Selfie (P, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Ablaze (Highlight) (P, ) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 13 Ivory (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever H106 (P, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Golden Dawn is a medium gold with warmer undertones and a sparkly, metallic finish. The texture was denser, somewhat creamy, but it had a more noticeable sparkle to it, which gave it a drier feel. I felt like some of the shimmer loosened away from the base color, and this was a shade that I found a dense blush brush was what worked best for applying. When I used a tapered highlighting brush, I got a few stray sparkles but little color payoff. The color wore well for eight hours, but there was some emphasis of pores due to the chunkier frost/sparkle in it. Becca Champagne Gold (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Fenty Beauty Trophy Wife (P, $34.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Sunray (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Party (LE, $46.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Gold (LE, $46.00) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (P, $38.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia White Sand (LE, ) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sunray is a medium-dark, bronzy gold with warm undertones and copper sparkle over a metallic finish. It had more noticeable sparkles that lifted away from the base color, especially as I blended it on the skin, so it did not translate onto the skin overall. (This may be a good thing if you do not like noticeable glitter!) It had a stronger sheen, which emphasized my pores slightly, but it seemed to dissipate as I blended and buffed the color onto my cheeks. The texture was smooth, dense, and creamy-like to the touch. On me, the highlighter started to fade after eight hours of wear. Anastasia Dripping in Gold (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Looxi Beauty Luxe (P, $7.50) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Nightlight (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Golden Dawn (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Pyrite (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is darker (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Trophy Wife (P, $34.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced You Light Up My Life (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Bubbly (LE, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Frosted (LE, $8.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Centerfold (P, $7.50) is more muted (90% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (P, $38.00) is lighter (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Amber Gold is a muted, medium-dark rosy copper with a lot of warm rose and yellow gold sparkle and shimmer. The texture of the powder was very dense, and it really required firm pressure and a dense brush to get payoff out of it; the problem was less that it was firm so much as it was just like a very dense cream. It’s the type of texture that seems to work well for intensely pigmented eyeshadows, but it is too dense to get that same level of coverage when using with traditional cheek and face brushes. As I blended this shade out, the color pulled apart more and looked a little patchy. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours. Laura Mercier Indiscretion (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Afternoon Glow (LE, $48.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Whipped (LE, $8.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Might Be (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Glint (-, ) is lighter (90% similar). Burberry No. 04 Rose Gold (P, $68.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Modern Mercury (LE, $65.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hot Sand is a slightly muted, medium-dark coppery brown with warm, orange undertones and copper sparkle over a metallic finish. This shade was similar in texture to Amber Gold: very dense, cream-like, and smooth to the touch, but it was difficult to get good pigmentation and even coverage using most cheek brushes. I liked applying this with fingertips the best, actually, as it gave me better coverage and a smoother finish. The product didn’t diffuse well with a brush, as it had a tendency to stick strongly where it first landed and did not want to move from there. I was able to wear this shade for eight hours. MAC My Mimi (LE, $45.50) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Mimosa (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Golden Bronze (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Becca Bronzed Amber (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Highlight #3 (P, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Touch My Body (LE, $39.50) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Divine (P, $7.50) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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