5 Faves: Emerald Eyeshadows

Long-time readers will know that emerald-hued eyeshadow is a favorite of mine, but it is hard to find high-performing ones, and the last couple of years have brought us some really great shades, like:

  1. BUXOM Pre-nup — a brightened, medium emerald green
  2. Kat Von D Iggy — a bright, true emerald green
  3. Make Up For Ever ME304 — a medium-dark emerald green
  4. Sugarpill Midori — a warmer emerald green
  5. Giorgio Armani Emeraude — a blackened emerald green

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BUXOM Eyeshadows x 9

BUXOM Eyeshadows
BUXOM Eyeshadows

BUXOM Room Service Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as an “iridescent mint.” It’s a brightened, light-medium aqua green with a warm, golden sheen that gives it a more metallic finish overall. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that ran a smidgen dry in the pan but didn’t appear that way on the lid. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear on me. Chanel Promesse #4 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Lancome Fashion Forward (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Dior Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow #5 (LE) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Flame (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Dior Dulcinee #2 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #4 (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). YSL Indie Jasper #5 (LE) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Zestful (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Lucky Clover (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #53 (LE, $23.00) is darker (85% similar). theBalm #36 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Jealous Girl (LE, $22.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). NARS Tarvos (P, $29.00) is darker (80% similar). City Color Tide Pool (P, $6.99) is darker, more muted (80% similar). City Color Hint of Mint (P, $6.99) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

BUXOM No Faux Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as an “iridescent snakeskin.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark reddish brown with green-teal shimmer, so it has a multi-faceted appearance and flashes cooler, greener and then warmer and redder. I felt like the duochrome effect was particularly noticeable with this one, even on the lid, without having to contort yourself into weird positions. The texture was really dense and “thick,” even though it is a powder, and it applied well on the skin with smooth, even color that was easily blended out. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading on me. Urban Decay Lounge (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Insomnia (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Ardency Inn Peacock (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC I've Got a Crush on You (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D On the Road (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Insomnia (LE, $9.99) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Girly (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Castor Gray (LE) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC When in Rio (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Malacca (P, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Midnight Luminance (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #21 (P) is warmer (80% similar). Natasha Denona Calypso Blue (05M) (P, $29.00) is cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

BUXOM Cool Caviar Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “shimmering gunmetal.” It’s a dark, charcoal gray with a subtle, cool undertone and a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, fairly blendable and easy to use texture–but it was just a smidgen dry–that lasted for eight hours on me. Laura Mercier Gunmetal (LE, $23.00) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #2 (P) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Smoky #3 (P) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Jardin Perdu (Left) (LE, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Bao Bao's Jewels #5 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME108 Steel (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). theBalm Surf's Up (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). CoverGirl Charcoal (335) (P, $4.99) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Obsidian (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Burberry Nickel (304) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Uninhibited #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Synergy (LE) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Graphic Style (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Lancome Nuit (P, $19.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Abracadabra (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Silver Leopard (LE) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Granite (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Stila Black Diamond (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Dior Blue Garden #5 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #18 (P) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

BUXOM Diamond Darling Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “shimmering frost.” It’s a brightened, light beige with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a dense, buttery consistency that adhered really well to bare skin. The color blended out without issue, and it wore for eight hours before it started to fade. LORAC Dream Girl #9 (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Skulls (LE) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Smoky Black Friday #1 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Jardin #2 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Yves (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Envious Erin (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Vanilla (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Paris #2 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #1 (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Inglot #395 (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Thunderstruck (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I514 Pink Ivory (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #1 (P) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

BUXOM Spoiled Sexy Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “matte deep mauve.” It’s a muted, medium-dark mauve with warm, brown undertones and a matte finish. It had sheer color coverage, which was likely the result of it being incredibly powdery and prone to sheering out–so little of it stuck to bare skin. This is a shade that absolutely needs some sort of primer to help it adhere to the lid. What little of it I could see on the skin seemed to stay on all right for seven hours. LORAC Pink Mauve (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #2 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Pink Mauve (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Hourglass Monochrome #4 (P) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Quarry (P, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Almond Truffle (P, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Dusty Rose (LE, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Eco-chic (LE) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Ooh La Café! (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M546 Dark Purple Taupe (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte For Realism (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Misty Mauve (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Haux (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Red Earth (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Wild West (P, $6.00) is warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Vintage (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

BUXOM IT Crowd Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “glimmering cayenne.” It’s a bold, medium-dark orange with warm undertones and a dusting of gold shimmer over a matte finish. It had rich color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency that didn’t sheer out too readily, but I noticed it was thinner and didn’t play as well with some of the denser frosts from the range. The color lasted for eight hours on me. Inglot #123R Middle (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Sugarpill Flamepoint (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (95% similar). Inglot #123R Bottom (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Red Brick (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Mandala (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Orange (DC, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S742 Tomato (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Farasha (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Persia (P, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Dark Matte #8 (P) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). MAC Well-Behaved (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Rajah (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

BUXOM Party Girl Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “fuchsia luster.” It’s a medium-dark, fuchsia pink with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had decent pigmentation, but I found it really hard to blend out on the lid, and it had a tendency to stick where it applied and not wanting to diffuse. It lasted for eight hours before I saw fading, but I would use this one over a primer. Fyrinnae Superstar (P, $6.75) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Backlash (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Noise (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (95% similar). Too Faced Totally Fetch (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented (95% similar). Urban Decay Cake (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced I Love TF (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Bright Eyes (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Hello Mickey! (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Infra-violet (LE, $22.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME910 Electric Magenta (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Cherry Topped (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Sugarpill Smitten (LE, $13.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #7 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Monaco (P, $16.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Party Dress (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Woodstock (P, $19.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Bubblegum (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay 1985 (LE, $19.00) is cooler (85% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #11 (LE) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Sugarpill Decora (P, $13.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

BUXOM VIP Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “sparkling orchid.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark purple with warm, pink undertones and a matte finish. It was incredibly powdery and dry, which yielded sheerer, uneven color coverage and made it difficult to blend as it got all over the place. It lasted for six hours before it had faded noticeably. NARS Fashion Rebel #2 (LE, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Fashion Addict (P, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Ultra Violet (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Nina's Orchid (82V) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Anthem (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Inglot #386 (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Carnival (P, $6.00) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

BUXOM Feather Boa Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “matte pastel pink.” It’s a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, silky consistency that ran a little powdery but applied well to bare skin and only sheered out slightly when blended. The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #4 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). MAC The Wrong Man (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Flock & Roll (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #5 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Too-Too (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 18 (LE) is more muted (90% similar). bareMinerals Fortune (LE) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Sorbet (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Inglot #359 (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | BUXOM Eyeshadow ($12.00 each or $40 for six) is a new formula that is available as a customizable palette system, where you can purchase a single shade and an individual compact for $13 or purchase a six-pan palette, plus six eyeshadows to go inside of it, for $40. Each eyeshadow is held inside a metal pan that is (presumably) glued into a plastic pan that snaps into the compact/palette. The eyeshadows are easily lifted in and out of the palette, so you can rearrange them or create a new combination if you have more than one set of six. They will fit into a Z-palette, but you’ll need to add a magnet to keep it in place. The eyeshadow formula is one that works better in action than swatched, as several of the mattes seemed on the thinner, more powdery side, but then they would blend exceptionally well while adhering to bare skin–and they wouldn’t fade any faster than the more shimmery eyeshadows. The more shimmery shades tended to outperform the matte shades with better color payoff. These eyeshadows seem to have a slightly firmer press to them (more in the style of your average MAC eyeshadow), and they feel quite different compared to bareMinerals’ Ready line, as those have a thicker, denser consistency.

Buxom Eyeshadow Room Service
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
89%
Buxom Eyeshadow No Faux
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
90%
Buxom Eyeshadow Cool Caviar
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
87%
Buxom Eyeshadow Diamond Darling
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
88%
Buxom Eyeshadow Spoiled Sexy
F
Product
4
Pigmentation
4
Texture
5
Longevity
7.5
Application
3.5
Total
53%
Buxom Eyeshadow It Crowd
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
92%
Buxom Eyeshadow Party Girl
B-
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4
Total
81%
Buxom Eyeshadow VIP
F
Product
4
Pigmentation
4.5
Texture
5
Longevity
6.5
Application
3
Total
51%
Buxom Eyeshadow Feather Boa
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
86%

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BUXOM Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick for Fall 2015

BUXOM Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick
BUXOM Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick

Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick ($22.00) (New, Permanent)

Swipe lips with this vividly graphic, ultra-bold lipstick. It delivers intensely pigmented, one-stroke color in an ultra-lightweight gel formula. Featuring moisturizing matte and satin finishes, it leaves lips with a modern, daring look.

  • Sinful Cinnamon Matte cinnamon
  • Naturally Daring Matte nude pink
  • Racy Reveal Matte warm light pink
  • Evocative Petal Matte deep rose
  • Red Inferno Matte blue red
  • Ruby Temptress Matte brick red
  • Toxic Cherry Matte bright red
  • Classified Crimson Matte true red
  • Wildfire Matte orange red
  • Voodoo Spice Matte deep blue red
  • Pink Decoy Matte electric pink
  • Uncensored Candy Matte baby pink
  • Defiant Bloom Matte classic blue pink
  • Ultraviolet Matte bright violet
  • Vampy Plum Matte deep plum
  • Poison Nectar Satin nude pink
  • Nude Exposure Satin nude beige
  • Guilty Angel Satin warm golden pink
  • Sultry Mauve Satin mauve
  • Rebel Rose Satin rosy pink
  • Burning Desire Satin blue red
  • Rogue Red Satin orange red
  • Extreme Heat Satin hot coral
  • Coral Confession Satin coral pink
  • Wicked Pink Satin blue pink
  • Pink Coquette Satin bright warm pink
  • Forbidden Berry Satin deep pink
  • Fuchsia Fetish Satin hot pink
  • Graphic Grape Satin deep purple
  • Shameless Magenta Satin bright magenta

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BUXOM Champagne Buzz, Gold Status, Invite Only, Filthy Rich, Famous Flirt, Mix & Mingle Eyeshadows

BUXOM Champagne Buzz Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “shimmering pearl.” It’s a light-medium, golden beige with a hint of warmer, peach undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff with a fairly soft and smooth consistency, though it was a smidgen powdery. It applied well to bare skin and lasted for seven and a half hours. Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #1 (P, ) is lighter, brighter, warmer. MAC Terre (Left) (LE, ) is less shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #7 (P, ) is warmer. Makeup Geek Starry Eyed (P, $9.99) is warmer. Charlotte Tilbury Norma Jean (P, $32.00) is warmer. Chanel Tisse Vendome #2 (P, ) is lighter. Stila Kitten (P, ) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Last Sin (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Sweet Sovereign (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Fabulous Three #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery. Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Sin (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. MAC Summer Haze (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer. LORAC Champagne (P, ) is more shimmery, more pigmented, darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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BUXOM Champagne Buzz Eyeshadow
Buxom Eyeshadow Champagne Buzz
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
86%
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BUXOM Style Icon, Patent Leather, Big Spender, LBD, Satin Seduction, Gimme Gorgeous Eyeshadows

BUXOM Style Icon Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “metallic taupe.” It’s a muted, medium-dark gold-shimmered brown with warm undertones and a frosted. It had good pigmentation with a slightly drier, firmer texture that performed better than anticipated in practice, as it adhered well to the skin and lasted for eight hours on me. LORAC Navy #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. Tarte No Champagne, No Gain (LE, ) is more shimmery. Stila Thought (P, ) is darker, warmer. Viseart Gitte (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Dior Ambre Nuit #2 (LE, ) is warmer. Tarte Dare to Be Gold (LE, ) is warmer. Urban Decay Dirtysweet (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Too Faced After Hours (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. theBalm Tubular (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Ardency Inn Vintage Gold (P, $21.00) is darker. LORAC Smokey Topaz (LE, ) is more pigmented, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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BUXOM Patent Leather Eyeshadow
Buxom Eyeshadow Style Icon
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
87%
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BUXOM Silk Sheets, Bold Bling, Mink Magnet, Haute Couture, Jetsetter, Designer or Die Eyeshadows

BUXOM Customizable Eyeshadow Bar Palette
BUXOM Customizable Eyeshadow Bar Palette

BUXOM Silk Sheets Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “chai luster.” It’s a light, neutrla-to-warm-toned beige with a frosted finish. It seems warm-toned in the pan, but it reads almost cool-toned against my warmer skin tone. It had good color payoff with a really soft, smooth texture that was incredibly easy to work with. The color lasted for eight and a half hours on me. Cle de Peau Marmalade Sky #2 (P, ) is more shimmery. Buxom Satin Seduction (P, $12.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #1 (LE, ) is lighter. Colour Pop Acorn (LE, $5.00) is cooler. Lancome My French #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, brighter. Hourglass Exposure #1 (P, ) is warmer. Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $5.99) is warmer. MAC Satin Ochre (Left) (LE, ) is warmer. Cle de Peau Stardust #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Chanel Poesie #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer. Chanel Poesie #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer. Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #1 (LE, ) is warmer. LORAC Vanilla (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. theBalm High Tide (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever I514 Pink Ivory (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

BUXOM Bold Bling Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “metallic rose gold.” It’s a coppery brown with warm, orange-brown undertones and a metallic sheen. It had rich, opaque coverage with a really soft, smooth consistency that wasn’t powdery at all. The texture worked well on the skin with good adhesion and blendability, while it lasted for eight and a half hours before fading. Makeup Geek Grandstand (P, $9.99) is warmer. Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown (P, $21.00) is darker. Kat Von D Nephilim (LE, ) is darker. MAC Retrospeck #2 (LE, $16.00) is darker. theBalm Manic Maribel (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Chopper (P, $18.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Tan Lines (LE, ) is warmer. Makeup Geek Homecoming (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. Make Up For Ever ME612 Silver Brown (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Unattainable (P, ) is darker. Anastasia Gilded (LE, $12.00) is darker. Dior Cuir Cannage #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Stila Thought (P, ) is darker, cooler. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #2 (P, ) is lighter, brighter, warmer. Colour Pop Snakebite (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

BUXOM Mink Magnet Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “metallic bronze.” It’s a subdued, medium-dark taupe brown with warm undertones and a sparkly, frosted sheen. The texture was drier and a little crumbly, as the sparkles seemed to separate from the base color, so it didn’t adhere as smoothly to the skin. The color lasted for eight hours, but I had some minor fall out during wear. Burberry Pale Barley (102) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Force of Nature #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, more muted. Too Faced Rum Raisin (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Mesmerized (P, $9.99) is darker. Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #2 (LE, ) is darker. Urban Decay Resist (LE, $18.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Quintessential (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever I550 Olive Gray (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever D562 Taupe Platinum (P, $21.00) is darker. Too Faced Ska (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Underground (DC, $18.00) is darker, more muted. Giorgio Armani #09 (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. MAC Superwatt (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Cle de Peau Satin Moon #3 (P, ) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

BUXOM Haute Couture Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “metallic java.” It’s a rich, dark bronze brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had nice color payoff that went on smoothly and evenly with a soft texture that was hair on the powdery side, but it wasn’t noticeable on the lid. It wore well for nine hours on me before fading. Chanel Topkapi #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Inglot #409 (P, $6.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Embellish (LE, ) is darker. Sleek MakeUP Lust in LA (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Radar (P, $18.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Brownluxe #4 (P, ) is less shimmery. Disney by Sephora Abu (LE, ) is darker. Le Metier de Beaute Autumn Rust (LE, $30.00) is warmer. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery. Charlotte Tilbury Mona Lisa (P, $32.00) is warmer. Sephora + Pantone Universe Bracken (LE, ) is less shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #6 (P, ) is lighter. Colour Pop Mooning (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer. Burberry Gold #1 (LE, ) is warmer. Make Up For Ever ME614 Graphite Brown (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

BUXOM Jetsetter Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “matte greige.” It’s a medium-dark, gray taupe with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, though the texture had a drier, thin feel that was powdery. Luckily, it seemed to adhere well to the skin and still work well, especially when it came to blending it out, but you’ll definitely want to tap off your brush prior to applying to the lid to avoid fall out during application (but there was none during wear). It lasted for eight and a half hours before fading. Guerlain Two VIP #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Smoked Cocoa #2 (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Brains & Brawn (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Deep Taupe (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. LORAC Stone (LE, ) is warmer. theBalm #25 (P, $6.50) is lighter. Make Up For Ever M106 Slate (P, $21.00) is darker. Urban Decay Password (P, $18.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Priceless (LE, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

BUXOM Designer or Die Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “matte beige.” It’s a cool-toned, light-medium gray-beige with a satin-matte finish. It was slightly powdery but remained very blendable and still adhered well to bare skin in practice. It had good color payoff and lasted for eight hours. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Frisk (P, $18.00) is warmer. Inglot #350 (P, $6.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: It is a new formula that is available as a customizable palette system, where you can purchase a single shade and an individual compact for $13 or purchase a six-pan palette, plus six eyeshadows to go inside of it, for $40. Each eyeshadow is held inside a metal pan that is (presumably) glued into a plastic pan that snaps into the compact/palette. The eyeshadows are easily lifted in and out of the palette, so you can rearrange them or create a new combination if you have more than one set of six. They will fit into a Z-palette, but you’ll need to add a magnet to keep it in place. The eyeshadow formula is one that works better in action than swatched, as several of the mattes seemed on the thinner, more powdery side, but then they would blend exceptionally well while adhering to bare skin–and they wouldn’t fade any faster than the more shimmery eyeshadows. The more shimmery shades tended to outperform the matte shades with better color payoff. These eyeshadows seem to have a slightly firmer press to them (more in the style of your average MAC eyeshadow), and they feel quite different compared to bareMinerals’ Ready line, as those have a thicker, denser consistency.

Buxom Eyeshadow Silk Sheets
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
94%
Buxom Eyeshadow Bold Bling
A
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
98%
Buxom Eyeshadow Mink Magnet
C+
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
79%
Buxom Eyeshadow Haute Couture
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
92%
Buxom Eyeshadow Jetsetter
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
89%
Buxom Eyeshadow Designer or Die
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
88%

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