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Bite Beauty Mascarpone Multistick

Bite Beauty Mascarpone Multistick
Bite Beauty Mascarpone Multistick

Bite Beauty Mascarpone Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium, rosy plum with warm undertones and a satin finish. Too Faced Peach Berry (P, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Brioche (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty Biscotti (P, $24.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

For an in-depth look at what the formula is supposed to do and how it performs generally, please check the overview below the rating. The consistency felt lightly creamy–enough that it didn’t drag or skip on the skin and was easy to get color onto a brush or fingertip–but not too slippery or wet. I did not find it dried down on my cheeks or eyes at any point, but it became more matte on the lips after a few hours of wear. The Multistick is such an interesting product because it’s pigmented but buildable, all dependent on the type of application; anything with fingertips or brushes is more buildable while applying directly from the tube yields intense coverage.

On cheeks, the color went on nicely, blended and spread well across the skin and left behind a natural sheen that didn’t move around but wasn’t transfer-proof. I had no trouble working with it on bare skin or over liquid foundation. The color lasted for over ten hours on me, which is impressive for any cheek color but more so for one that never even set!

As a lip product, it applied with rich, opaque coverage when applied directly from the tube, and it resulted in a thicker consistency that seemed to help fill in lip lines and gave a smoother finish overall. If applied with a lip brush, coverage is more buildable and felt thinner on. This shade wore well for five and a half hours on my lips and was neither drying nor hydrating. Finally, as an eye product, I had noticeable creasing after ten minutes. I just couldn’t get it to last on its own; if I set with powder, it had better longevity at four hours.

Please note, the rating is an average across performance on eyes, cheeks, and lips.

Mascarpone
Mascarpone
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Bite Beauty Gelato Multistick

Bite Beauty Gelato Multistick
Bite Beauty Gelato Multistick

Bite Beauty Gelato Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium, rosy mauve with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. Chanel Rose Temptation (LE, $45.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Audacious Plum (P, $34.00) is cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Thistle (P, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Girls Do Blush (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Trap (P, $6.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Really Me (P, $17.50) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

For an in-depth look at what the formula is supposed to do and how it performs generally, please check the overview below the rating. It feels both lightweight and thick, and it ultimately depends on how you apply it. For example, if you applied it directly to lips, it was a heavier and thicker product, whereas if you patted it onto cheeks with fingertips or a brush, it felt almost weightless. The consistency was smooth, lightly creamy, and blendable–and it is particularly blendable on cheeks (likely due to the warmth of the skin) and spreads easily.

As a blush, it applied easily, blended out well, and had a satin sheen–never fully set–that lasted for ten hours on me. As a lip product, it had opaque coverage when applied directly from the tube and covered evenly and smoothly, and it wore well for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. As an eye product, it blended easily but creased within a few minutes, as it dried down fully, so while I could blend and smooth the color back out so it didn’t look crease, it would just repeat.

Please note, the rating is an average across performance on eyes, cheeks, and lips.

Gelato
Gelato
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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Bite Beauty Nectar Multistick

Bite Beauty Nectar Multistick
Bite Beauty Nectar Multistick

Bite Beauty Nectar Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium-dark, slightly muted purple with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. Estee Lauder Shameless Violet (P, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Bittersweet (P, $26.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Melt Cosmetics By Starlight (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Taro (LE, $26.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Twitch (P, $17.00) is lighter, glossier (85% similar). Kat Von D Ayesha (P, $20.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Makeup Geek Love Letter (P, $10.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The texture was very much true to the brand’s claims–it was blendable, buildable, and didn’t feel clingy or heavy on the skin. It felt the heaviest on the lips if applied directly from the tube (which yielded opaque coverage), as it is a light-to-medium thick consistency overall. As a blush, the color blended out easily on top of bare skin as well as over liquid foundation and lasted for ten hours. As an eyeshadow, it blended out well and could be applied as a sheer wash or more intensely, but it started to crease within a few minutes on my normal-to-dry lids. As a lipstick, it lasted for six and a half hours, was neither drying nor hydrating, and applied evenly and smoothly.

Please note, the rating is an average across performance on eyes, cheeks, and lips.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Bite Beauty Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a cream formula that can be worn on eyes, lips, and face, and it is supposed to be “blendable, breathable, and buildable” with a “soft focus finish.” In general, it has a more cream-like feel than powder-like, even after it “dries.” The consistency is medium in thickness–more noticeably thick when used on the lips, as it is quite dense–and is quite blendable across the majority of shades. They don’t have a true cream-to-powder dry down, as the Bite formula does not dry down completely. I did notice that the exposed portion of the bullet itself (like the flat top) gets drier and firmer after each use, as if it dries out a bit on the exterior, but a light swipe on the skin reveals a much creamier interior. When I’ve used it directly from the tube on the lips, I can sense that “35% powder” part of the formula as well. I really liked the formula as a cream blush, as it was blendable, buildable, and long-wearing. As a lip product, it was decent to good (performance depended a lot on the shade), and as an eye product, it was a total miss for me due to poor wear.

As an eyeshadow: The texture was blendable around the edges, while the thicker consistency and buildable coverage enabled me to get better coverage that didn’t just sheer out immediately. The issue I had with wearing the formula on my eyes was that I could not get the formula to wear well on eyes, as they continuously settled into creases within minutes of applying; I would smooth the color back out after the initial creasing, but it would just happen again after another five to ten minutes. I tried using the formula over different primers (Urban Decay Primer Potion, Too Faced Shadow Insurance, MAC 24-Hour Prep + Prime Eye) as well as dusting with translucent powder, but the wear was only improved to a couple of hours of wear before creasing occurred (instead of minutes).

As a cheek color: The formula has performed the best as a cream blush (or bronzer/contour). The were very much as described–blendable and buildable–and could be worn as true-to-tube color if desired, but it was easy to diffuse and blend out the blush on the cheeks. I liked to use a synthetic blush brush to swirl on the color and then used my fingertips to blend out the edges. While the formula didn’t dry down completely, it yielded a natural sheen that was glowy in a subdued way (and without shimmer), and it didn’t seem to result in wear issues, as the shades I have tested have all lasted between nine and ten hours as a cheek color. If I patted lightly at the blush on my skin, there would be immediate transfer onto my fingertip and a missing splotch of color on my skin. It set well with translucent powder but does lose its sheen (no transfer if I set it).

As a lip color: I was surprised to find that the formula wore about as well as an average lipstick on the lips, and the formula wasn’t drying at all. If you apply it directly from the tube like a regular lipstick, it’s very, very pigmented and totally opaque, but if you apply with fingertips or use a lip brush, it is more buildable. You can also apply directly from the tube to the center of lips and then use a fingertip/brush to blend and diffuse to the rest of the lips for sheerer coverage. It is most comfortable and flattering worn at a higher opacity, as the denser texture seems to help lips look smoother without emphasizing lip lines. Some of the lighter shades settled into lip lines while worn (after an hour or two), while others didn’t have such issues. Some shades were also more prone to fading more noticeably from the center of lips. What I was most impressed by was the fact that they did not feel dry or clingy on the lips, and the formula itself wasn’t drying at all, even after six hours of wear. Bite’s Amuse Bouche formula is a far superior lipstick formula, but these were absolutely wearable as a lipstick. It took as long as four hours before the color would start to look more matte, but it never felt truly powdery or dry.

Nectar
Nectar
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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Chanel Rouge Brûlé & Rouge Contraste Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadows

Chanel Rouge Rouge Brûlé (128) Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow
Chanel Rouge Rouge Brûlé (128) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow

Chanel Rouge Rouge Brûlé (128) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium-dark copper with warm, brown undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation in a single pass, which could be blended out to semi-sheer coverage fairly readily, though sheer coverage was more challenging as it tended to look more uneven at that coverage level. The texture was emollient and felt wet to the touch, but it wasn’t watery or too thin on the skin, and it dried down within 10-15 seconds. It wore well for ten hours without creasing or fading on me. NYX Fireball (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Natasha Denona Cyclone (138DC) (P, $29.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Red Alert (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Coppering (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Doce (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Rust (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Rose Gold (P, $12.00) is more muted (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #3 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Arrow (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Louie (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Leila (416) (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Arriba (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Filly (LE, $5.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Bling (LE, $5.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Gingersnap (P, $16.00) is more muted (90% similar). Coloured Raine Vintage (P, $6.99) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Hector E (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Imagine (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Siesta (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Atmosphere (120M) (LE, $29.00) is darker (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Rouge Rouge Brûlé (128) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a dark burgundy with warm, brown undertones and a semi-matte finish. The texture was spongy, lightly emollient, and smooth in the pot. It packed quite a punch of pigment in one pass, so it worked well as an eyeliner or as an eyeshadow, but it wasn’t as easy to blend and diffuse along the edges. It looked a bit patchy where I tried to blend it, particularly into the crease area, so it does take some work to blend the color out. Once on, the eyeshadow wore for nine hours before creasing faintly. LORAC Burgundy (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Cocoa What Fun (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Charming (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Stiletto (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Natasha Denona Gemma (106CM) (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Double Tap (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Soiree (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Bordeaux (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Deep Plum (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Aphrodite (LE, $6.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Chanel Raffinement #4 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Deep Damson (P, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Everyone's Darling (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Cherry Cola (P, $6.00) is lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M608 Red Brown (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Giorgio Armani Matte Eye Tints

Giorgio Armani Matte Eye Tints
Giorgio Armani Matte Eye Tints

Giorgio Armani Matte Eye Tint ($39.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a new finish within the Eye Tint family, which is a liquid eyeshadow formula that feels and performs like a cream but dries down to a powder-like eyeshadow within 10-15 seconds. The previously released shades in the Eye Tint formula have all had some shimmer (from pearl to glitter), and on the whole, I have quite liked them as they are fairly pigmented, long-wearing, and most are easy to use. I found the texture of the Matte shades to be similar to past shades, but I personally felt like the application was more challenging, especially with shades deeper than my natural skin tone. I can, however, see these working well as a good all-over shade and can even work as a flesh-toned base (if one of the six shades suits yours). I liked using flat, synthetic brushes over fingertips for anything that used more than one at a time, and I found the brush to apply the colors more evenly overall. What I like about the Eye Tint formula–that was present in the Matte shades–is that you can still diffuse the edges somewhat while it is dry, as it is more powder-like with better hold than a traditional powder product.

Giorgio Armani Taupe Smoke (19) Matte Eye Tint ($39.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a dirty, olive-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was more watery, though it didn’t take too long to dry down, so the resulting payoff was semi-sheer. It is somewhat buildable, but it is hard to keep the color even on the skin. It wore well for fourteen hours on me (out of the 16 the brand markets it as wearing for). LORAC Vintage (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Oak (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Cocoa Brown (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Ombre Nudes #4 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Sandstone (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Viseart Petit Pro #4 (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Faint (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Petit Pro #2 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Carob Brown (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Sweet Tea (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Burberry Khaki (08) (P, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Felt (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Cedar (LE, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Shade III (LE, $25.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Makeup Geek Dirty Martini (P, $6.00) is cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Giorgio Armani Leather Smoke (20) Matte Eye Tint ($39.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a very deep, dark brown with subtle, warm, reddish undertones and a mostly matte finish. The texture wasn’t too watery or too thin, so it was easier to get nearly full opacity out of the color. It wasn’t as foolproof as the shimmery Eye Tints, as the color tended to apply unevenly more often than not. I was able to wear this for a good fourteen hours before it started to crease faintly. Too Faced Chocolate Cake (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Bark (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Wind Down Brown (LE, ) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Tarte Multi-Tasker (LE, ) is less glossy (95% similar). bareMinerals Boardroom (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Triple Fudge (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Honey Brown #5 (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). Anastasia Rich Brown (P, $12.00) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Espresso (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Smashbox Java (P, ) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Shadow Box (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Dream in Chocolate (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Inglot #326 (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). L'Oreal Continuous Cocoa (P, $7.99) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Noir Petrole (812) (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Dash of Mocha (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Clarins Brown #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Giorgio Armani Fur Smoke (21) Matte Eye Tint ($39.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a dark brown with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. This one seemed to have the tiniest bit of satin shimmer to it, and I think that addition made it easier to work with and apply to the skin without it becoming uneven or patchy as it dried down. It had a thin consistency, but it didn’t sheer out too easily when applied. On me, it wore well for fourteen hours. Laura Mercier Ganache (LE, $23.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Fudge (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Codes Elegants #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Hot Chocolate (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Undercover (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes #4 (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Coffee Ground (P, $23.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Wolf (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #17 (DC, $20.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Minx #2 (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #4 (P, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Corduroy (P, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Self Portrait 3 #1 (LE, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Truffle (P, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Jardins Eclatants #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Chanel Charming #4 (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Kat Von D Sytry (P, ) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #4 (P, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Darkhorse (P, ) is cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Fairfax (LE, $5.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Giorgio Armani Spice Smoke (22) Matte Eye Tint ($39.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, plummy-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, which wasn’t too buildable, but it could be diffused as it was drying down without it becoming patchy or uneven, so it was a little easier to work with than some of the other darker shades in the range. This shade lasted for 14 hours on me before creasing slightly. Viseart Petit Pro #3 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). NARS New York (P, $25.00) is cooler (90% similar). Coloured Raine Moments (P, $6.99) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 20 (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Dusty Plum (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). theBalm #13 (P, $6.50) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Hot Chocolate (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Ciate Queen Bee (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). LORAC Goji (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Kismet (P, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Anastasia Red Ochre (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Turandot #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M822 Plum (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Anastasia Hot Chocolate (P, $12.00) is darker (80% similar). Sleek MakeUP Propose in Prague (LE, $9.99) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Tarte Siren (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). Tarte Leader (P, ) is darker (80% similar). Too Faced Just Ripe (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Giorgio Armani Camel Smoke (23) Matte Eye Tint ($39.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a medium brown with warm, caramel undertones and a matte finish. This was the easiest shade to use, as it was the most opaque and least thin, so it spread better without sheering out and didn’t get patchy. On me, the color lasted for 14 hours before I noticed some creasing occurring. Lancome Voyage (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Inglot #337 (P, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Lula (LE, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Sophia (P, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Succubus (P, ) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Lt. Brown (P, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Cornelious (P, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #3 (P, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Force of Nature (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Soft Brown (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). IT Cosmetics Adore (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). LORAC Sepia (LE, $19.00) is warmer (80% similar). Kat Von D Unrequited (P, ) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Giorgio Armani Nude Smoke (24) Matte Eye Tint ($39.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that wasn’t too watery in its liquid form, and it dries down fast enough that it didn’t settle into lines while there is still time to blend. On me, the color wore well for fourteen hours before creasing. Urban Decay Commando (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Myth (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Come True (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Hey Nude (04) (P, $34.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Georgia Peach (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Infinity #2 (P, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Force of Nature (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Becca Ombre Rouge #1 (P, ) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Hammamet (Left) (LE, $25.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). LORAC Black #3 (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Tarte View from the Taupe (LE, ) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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MAC Cushy Life, Jealous Girl, Big Bad Blue Soft Serve Shadows

MAC Cushy Life Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Cushy Life Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Cushy Life Soft Serve Shadow ($22.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “light warm golden beige.” It’s a sparkling, medium copper with warm undertones. It had sheer to semi-sheer color payoff with a slightly drier texture that made it hard to apply it at anything more than wash of all-over color. It does make me concerned about how it might work over time, as it might get a little drier over months. The color lasted for ten hours and had faint fall out. Tarte Baby It's Gold Outside (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #2 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Asteroid (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Golden Snow #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Fool's Gold (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Benefit Gilt-y Pleasure (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Rivage #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Dior Phenix (545) (LE, $32.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Half Baked (P, $19.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Gold Souk (LE, $9.99) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Vision (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Dirtysweet (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Interstellar (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Jealous Girl Soft Serve Shadow ($22.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “mint green.” It’s a light-medium green with warm undertones and a sparkling, golden sheen. It had sheer to semi-opaque color payoff with a fairly smooth consistency that was very blendable, but it tended to thicken on the lid and emphhasize the lid’s texture if attempted to be worn at more opaque coverage. The color lasted for ten hours with very minimal fall out. Makeup Geek Abracadabra (P, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #4 (P, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). City Color Hint of Mint (P, $6.99) is cooler (90% similar). YSL Indie Jasper #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). City Color Tide Pool (P, $6.99) is darker, more pigmented (85% similar). Cle de Peau Harmony (Right) (P, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Guerlain Coup de Foudre #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Buxom Room Service (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Buxom Made of Jade (P, $12.00) is darker (85% similar). Fyrinnae Electric Stardust (P, $6.80) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Fantasy (P, $9.99) is darker, warmer (80% similar). MAC Zestful (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Big Bad Blue Soft Serve Shadow ($22.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “soft pastel blue.” It’s a muted, medium blue with cool undertones and a sparkling finish. It had sheer to semi-sheer pigmentation; it always appeared several shades lighter applied than it did in the pot. The texture was a smidgen dry but workable. This shade wore well for ten hours without fading or creasing. Urban Decay Dive Bar (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Pool Shark (LE, $29.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #19 (P, $32.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Steel (P, ) is more muted (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #22 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | MAC Soft Serve Shadow ($22.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a new, limited edition cream eyeshadow formula that’s described as “buildable colour that’s long-wearing [and] non-creasing.” They are similar to formulas like ColourPop Super Shock, Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono, Chanel Illusion d’Ombres, and MAC’s own Electric Cool–it actually made me wonder why they didn’t continue to extend that range, but worth noting: these contain far more product than Electric Cool (those were only 0.07 oz.). I would say these are most like Chanel’s, as the majority are rather sparkly and offer less coverage than ColourPop or Electric Cool (on average). The texture is sponge-like, where you can press on the surface without leaving strong indentations with your brush, but if you pressed your fingertip in it, you would see a depression and even subtle fingerprints left behind. It’s not particularly emollient; it is one of the drier types of this kind of product that I’ve encountered. Most of them aren’t dry to the point where it would impede application. They are, as described, buildable, and I think the formula is best suited for someone who likes semi-sheer washes of lighter color with a fair amount of sparkle. I get all-day wear (10+ hours) with every shade–no creasing, fading, and very little fall out. I used MAC’s 242 brush to apply these, which applied most shades well enough, but some shades would thicken and bunch up, appearing uneven, if I attempted to build up the coverage. I think the finish and end result is similar to the Foiled Eyeshadows, which were a powder formula, but those were easier to work with overall (not as long-wearing, though). The collection launches online on May 26th, in-stores June 2nd.

Cushy Life
Cushy Life
7
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
78%
Total
7.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
82%
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