5 Faves: Autumn-Hued Eyeshadows (Cool-Toned Edition)

Autumn doesn’t have to mean only warm-toned eyeshadows–there are cooler hues found during the season. Try this these types of colors for a smokier vibe instead:

  1. Makeup Geek Rockstar — an iridescent beige
  2. Makeup Geek High Wire — a bright, silvery-purple
  3. Make Up For Ever S556 — a medium taupe
  4. MAC Fathoms Deep — a shimmery, dark purple
  5. theBalm #27 — a neutral, dark purple

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LORAC Front of the Line PRO Eye Pencils

LORAC Aqua Front of the Line PRO Eye Pencil

LORAC Front of the Line PRO Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is supposed to be a long-wearing, waterproof pencil eyeliner that is “highly pigmented.” It’s a decent formula, but there are better ones on the market–for a late entry in the market like this, I wanted these to perform better. They’re water-resistant, but they will smudge somewhat if you rub or apply pressure to them with any water–if you just dabbed with a tissue (e.g. you teared up), they hold up fine. The overall wear was on the shorter side, averaging between seven and eight hours, with a waxy consistency that glided well across the skin but sometimes had a faded, muted look applied.

LORAC Aqua Front of the Line PRO Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is a muted blue with a hint of green–not enough to be a teal–and silver sparkle. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in one stroke, and it didn’t build up too much beyond that, though it was fairly even applied. It wore well for seven hours before noticeably smudging. Kat Von D Dali (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Sweet Star (LE, $29.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Siahi (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

LORAC Dark Green Front of the Line PRO Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is a muted, dark forest green with subtle, warm olive undertones and lighter gold and emerald green shimmer. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in a single pass, but it was creamy enough that the color built up well to mostly opaque coverage without becoming uneven. I liked this one the most out of the three I bought. Sephora Collection Go For a Ride (P, $9.00) is brighter, more pigmented, better quality (95% similar). NARS Night Porter (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). MAC Devotion (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty O(vert) (56) (P, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). Stila Midnight Green (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

LORAC Nude Front of the Line PRO Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is a light beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque color payoff in one go, and it had a light-medium creaminess to it that made it easy to apply to the lash line without tugging. I only got seven hours of wear out of this shade before it had migrated/smudged. NARS Rue Bonaparte (P, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Risque (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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LORAC Front of the Line PRO Eye Pencil Aqua
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
83%
LORAC Front of the Line PRO Eye Pencil Dark Green
B-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
6
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
82%
LORAC Front of the Line PRO Eye Pencil Nude
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
87%

MAC Burnt Pepper Blush

MAC Burnt Pepper Blush

MAC Burnt Pepper Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “warm rich terracotta.” It’s a medium-dark reddish-copper with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. MAC Hidden Treasure (LE, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC’s Powder Blush formula is supposed to be easy to apply, long-wearing, and have “fantastic colour.” It’s hard to generalize for MAC’s blush formula, because it varies a lot from shade to shade, even within different types of finishes! Some of them are very good, others are so-so, and a few are complete misses. The more frosted/shimmery shades tend to have the softest and smoothest textures and are easier to apply and blend out on the skin, while more satin and matte shades can sometimes be powdery, firm, or stiff, which makes blending more challenging. The wear is typically between six and nine hours but closer to seven to eight hours on average. Burnt Pepper was incredibly pigmented–a little goes a very, very long way, so definitely use less than you think you may need!–with a soft, silky consistency that blended out easily, which is a real must for something this rich in pigment. I found that the finish had a “natural matte” sheen to it–it looked like skin and never flat, but it wasn’t shimmery or even satiny. It wore well for nine hours on me before fading.

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MAC Powder Blush Burnt Pepper
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
97%

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MAC Spanking Haute, Tuned In, Hyper-Fabulous Vamplify Lipglosses

MAC Spanking Haute Vamplify Lipgloss

MAC Spanking Haute Vamplify Lipgloss ($20.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “pinky nude.” It’s a light-medium, pink-tinged peach with a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a comfortable-to-wear formula but uneven coverage that was prone to appearing streaky on. It’s not the worst offender I’ve come across, but it has a messy to look to it without a lipstick or liner underneath it. On me, this shade wore for four hours and was lightly hydrating. MAC Overspiced (LE, $15.00) is lighter (95% similar). Maybelline Nude Illusion (060) (P, $8.99) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Sephora Collection Perfect Nude (04) (P, $14.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC 2N (LE, $15.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Sensuel (11) (P, $34.00) is less pigmented (90% similar). NYX Tres Leches (P, $6.00) is cooler (85% similar). NARS Giza (P, $26.00) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Tuned In Vamplify Lipgloss ($20.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone rosy nude.” It’s a muted, medium-dark rosy plum with warm gold pearl. It had mostly opaque coverage, while the consistency was very smooth and lightweight. The color applied evenly and didn’t settle into lip lines as it wore on. For me, this gloss stayed on well for five hours and was nicely hydrating. Marc Jacobs Beauty Love Drunk (320) (P, $28.00) is lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). NYX Chocolate Crepe (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Looks Like Sin (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Shooting Stars (316) (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Liqueur (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Audace (20) (LE, $34.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Hyper-Fabulous Vamplify Lipgloss ($20.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “mauvey brown.” It’s a muted, dark plummy brown with subtle, warm undertones and very fine lavender pearl. In the tube, it looked rather close to Tuned In, but this shade is definitely darker and doesn’t appear as warm as it doesn’t have all the gold shimmer. It was nearly opaque with a lightweight, spreadable consistency that sat well on the lips for the five hours it lasted. The formula applied evenly and smoothly, while it hydrated lips over time. MAC Show Me (P, $19.50) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Madame Fascine (863) (LE, $30.00) is lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). Chanel Intrigue (P, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Love Drunk (320) (P, $28.00) is lighter (80% similar). Chanel Audace (20) (LE, $34.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | MAC Vamplify Lipgloss ($20.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is supposed to have intense, vivid color paired with a moisturizing, glossy, long-wearing formula. Some shades are very pigmented while others are semi-opaque, and some shades apply evenly while others are more streaky. They have a light-medium thick consistency that’s not heavy or goopy, but it’s not really thin; however, they’re really smooth and creamy, so they feel nice on. There’s no tackiness initially, and it feels a lot like lip balm to me–soft, smooth, and my lips felt supple. I find they develop light to moderate tackiness as they wear on. They wear anywhere from three to five hours and are lightly to moderately hydrating over time. The formula has strong, vanilla scent (stronger than their lipsticks; I can smell it for a bit even when it is applied, not just in the tube) but no discernible taste.

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MAC Vamplify Lipgloss Spanking Haute
B-
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
4
Total
81%
MAC Vamplify Lipgloss Tuned In
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
92%
MAC Vamplify Lipgloss Hyper-Fabulous
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
94%

ColourPop Intoxicate & Jet Super Shock Shadows

ColourPop Intoxicate Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Intoxicate Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “caramel brown.” It’s a medium-dark, yellowed brown with warm, orange undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and creamy consistency that blended out nicely on the skin without sheering out. I had no issues applying it with a brush (MAC 242), but you can also use fingertips if you prefer. It wore well for ten hours without fading or creasing. MAC Clove (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Too Faced Mousse (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Nude #4 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Mumu (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S638 Mocha (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Beware (P, $18.00) is more muted (90% similar). Makeup Geek Preppy (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Givenchy Delicate #2 (P) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Outre (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). LORAC Undeniable (P) is lighter (85% similar). Becca Ombre Rouge #4 (P) is warmer (85% similar). Lancome Sante (P, $19.00) is lighter (80% similar). Too Faced Desire (P) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Brownluxe #2 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Urban Decay Tyranny (LE, $18.00) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Jet Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as an “almost black with the slightest hint of warmth.” It’s a blackened purple with warm, brown edges and a mostly matte finish. It had fairly opaque pigmentation with a smooth consistency that wasn’t wet to the touch, but it wasn’t dry or stiff to use. It does have a tendency to sheer out a bit along the edges and looks more maroon than black unless really layered. The color lasted for ten hours before I noticed any fading. theBalm Matt Batali (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Shadowy Lady (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Straight Trippin' (LE, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Bombshell (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Glamorous (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Pinkluxe #5 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Aubergine (P) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Spellcaster (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Dynamic Duo 4 #2 (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Too Faced Jungle Love (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Both of these shades were released a few months ago, and they are limited edition–they fell through the “cracks” so-to-speak when it came to reviewing in a more timely fashion but are still available, so lucky for me :)

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Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Intoxicate
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
97%
Limited Edition
Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Jet
A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
90%
Limited Edition