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LORAC Dance ‘Til Dawn Eye & Cheek Palette

01/09

LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Holiday 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Holiday 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Holiday 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Holiday 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Holiday 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Holiday 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Holiday 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Holiday 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Holiday 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Dance 'Til Dawn

LORAC Dance ‘Til Dawn Eye & Cheek Palette ($18.00 for 0.532 oz.) includes two blushes and six eyeshadows housed in a slim, cardboard palette. If you tend to like LORAC’s softer formula and use primer, I think you’ll like the palette overall, but it did run softer and looser in the pan, so there was some fallout during application and reduced longevity (without a primer) for me.

LORAC Holiday 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette Dance 'Til Dawn
B-

Limited Edition

8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
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LORAC Tails & Top Hats Eyeshadow Palette

01/09

LORAC Tails & Top Hats Black Friday 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Tails & Top Hats Black Friday 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Tails & Top Hats Black Friday 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Tails & Top Hats Black Friday 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Tails & Top Hats Black Friday 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Tails & Top Hats Black Friday 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Tails & Top Hats Black Friday 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Tails & Top Hats Black Friday 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Tails & Top Hats Black Friday 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

Tails & Top Hats

LORAC Tails & Top Hats Eyeshadow Palette ($18.00 for 0.41 oz.) contains seven eyeshadows housed in a slim, cardboard palette with a mirror under the lid. While it seemed compact, it contained quite a bit of product! I was more impressed by this palette than I anticipated, as the eyeshadows were pigmented with soft, blendable textures and lasted a decent length of time. The formula runs thinner and soft enough that it can be dusty, so it will wear longer over a primer for sure, but I didn’t have any trouble getting pigmentation or applying them without primer.

This palette is exclusive to Ulta as a Black Friday doorbuster, which means that it will be available today (November 24th) at 5PM CT.

LORAC Black Friday 2016 Eyeshadow Palette Tails & Top Hats
B

Limited Edition

8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

Get a shade-by-shade breakdown of this palette, along with individual photos and swatches…

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LORAC Black Tie Attire Eyeshadow Palette

01/10

LORAC Black Tie Attire Black Friday 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Black Tie Attire Black Friday 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Black Tie Attire Black Friday 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Black Tie Attire Black Friday 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Black Tie Attire Black Friday 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Black Tie Attire Black Friday 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Black Tie Attire Black Friday 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Black Tie Attire Black Friday 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Black Tie Attire Black Friday 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Black Tie Attire Black Friday 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

Black Tie Attire

LORAC Black Tie Attire Eyeshadow Palette ($18.00 for 0.41 oz.) contains seven eyeshadows housed in a slim, cardboard palette with a mirror under the lid. While it seemed compact, it contained quite a bit of product! I was more impressed by this palette than I anticipated, as the eyeshadows were pigmented with soft, blendable textures and lasted a decent length of time. The formula runs thinner and soft enough that it can be dusty, so it will wear longer over a primer for sure, but I didn’t have any trouble getting pigmentation or applying them without primer.

This palette is exclusive to Ulta as a Black Friday doorbuster, which means that it will be available today (November 24th) at 5PM CT.

LORAC Black Friday 2016 Eyeshadow Palette Black Tie Attire
B

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

Get a shade-by-shade breakdown of this palette, along with individual photos and swatches…

Also In This Review

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LORAC PRO Metal (Rose Gold) Palette

LORAC PRO Metal (Rose Gold) Palette
LORAC PRO Metal (Rose Gold) Palette

LORAC PRO Metal (Rose Gold) Palette ($28.00 for 0.144 oz.) contains eight eyeshadows, seven of which are rather shimmery, of a palette that was released previously, but now it’s in rose gold packaging (it was limited edition the first time around anyway!). I really enjoyed the palette when it was released before (see my original review), and I’m just as pleased with it this time around (I might argue that I like it more now given how disappointing some of the holiday palettes have been this year)! I also like that it’s a compact palette, so it’s travel-friendly, has enough product that you’ll get plenty of uses out of it, but it has a palatable (ha, ha) price tag. The only “downside” is that it is dupable, but I’ll take high quality and dupable over terrible and unique!

Quartz is a very lite white gold with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and blendable consistency that applied well to bare skin and wore for eight and a half hours. Becca Chardonnay (LE) is more muted, darker (95% similar). Coloured Raine Crown (LE, $6.99) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Eyeshadow #2 (LE, $19.00) is more muted (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Cosmic Deco #1 (P) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Pin-up (LE, $14.00) is cooler, lighter (95% similar). Sephora Clash (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Posh Pedigree #1 (LE, $21.00) is more muted, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Rêve d'Orient #2 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Valley Girl (LE, $5.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). MAC Nylon (P, $16.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Snowflakes (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Natasha Denona Aura (25M) (P, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Pearl Candy (LE, $16.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Opal (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Dior Eternal Gold #3 (LE) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Seashell (P, $28.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). City Color New Year, New Me (P, $6.99) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Shifting Sand (LE) is darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Voltage (P, $6.00) is more muted, darker (85% similar). LORAC Unlocked (P, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rose Gold is a medium-dark, rosy bronze with warm undertones and a metallic finish. The texture was soft, buttery, and dense without being too firm in the pan, so it was easy to work with on the lid and blended out beautifully. The pigmentation was fully opaque, and it felt like a little went a long way. This shade lasted well for nine hours on me. Sleek MakeUP Scheherazade's Tale (LE, $9.99) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Rosegold (P, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). Becca Champagne Toast (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Natasha Denona Bellatrix (103M) (P, $29.00) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Rosegold (P, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Molasses Chip (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Baby (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Weenie (P, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Camille (P) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I538 Pearly Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Muse #1 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Exposure #3 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Luscious (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Buxom Bold Bling (P, $12.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). MAC Faerie Fayre (LE, $20.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Rose (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Angelic Cockatiels (P, $19.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Tan (P, $21.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop La-La (LE, $5.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Rigel (P, $29.00) is cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Graphite is a medium-dark, olive bronze with warm undertones and golden khaki shimmer. It was fully opaque with a soft, smooth consistency that was just a touch loose in the pan, but it didn’t present any issues with respect to application. The color started to fade after nine hours of wear. Giorgio Armani #09 (P, $32.00) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Moondust (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Under the Mistle-taupe (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Delightful #2 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Reign (LE, $19.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Pretty It Up (LE, $21.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Collective Chic #2 (LE) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Lust in LA (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Buxom Haute Couture (P, $12.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Silver Dawn (P, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Bracken (LE) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Embellish (LE) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Les Precieux #4 (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Deeper (LE, $19.00) is warmer, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Onyx is a medium-dark black with neutral-to-cool undertones and a touch of sparkle. It performed mostly as a matte black, as a lot of the sparkle got lost during application. The texture was thinner and on the dustier side, so the coverage was semi-opaque but buildable. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. LORAC Caviar (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Tuxedo (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Milani Bella Black (12) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Black Star (LE) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Knight (LE, $5.00) is cooler, less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Charbon (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Riviera #4 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Raven (LE, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Black Water (-, $16.00) is warmer, less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Penthouse (LE) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Oddfellow (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Heraklion (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #2 (P) is darker (95% similar). MAC Dark Soul (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Indigo (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #2 (P) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Ombre de Lune #4 (P) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Dark Dare (P, $20.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 16 (LE) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Black #7 (LE, $19.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gilded is a bright, light-medium yellow gold with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had good color coverage, though not opaque, with a smooth, denser consistency that was blendable and adhered well to bare skin. It started to fade after eight and a half hours on me. Too Faced Dearest (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Golden Hours #3 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Dream Girl #1 (LE, $19.00) is brighter (95% similar). Divergent Golden Honesty (LE) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #2 (LE) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Sunset (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #2 (LE) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Dreammaker (LE, $16.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Lancome Eternal Gold (P, $24.50) is darker (90% similar). L'Oreal Gold Imperial (LE, $7.99) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Magic Act (P, $9.99) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Muse #3 (LE) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Golden Rhea (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #4 (LE) is brighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Blazing Gold (LE, $29.50) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Natasha Denona Pearl (56P) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Captivating #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Brass Knuckles (LE) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is darker (90% similar). MAC Night Thrill (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Amber is a rich, medium-dark copper with warm, golden metallic shimmer. It was intense pigmented with a very smooth, moderately dense texture that was blendable and applied well to the lid. This shade showoed signs of fading after nine hours of wear. Make Up For Ever ME700 Amber (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Bonjour (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Some Like It Dot (LE) is more muted, darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Half Baked (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever 12 Copper (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). theBalm Manic Maribel (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Ambient (P) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Nude #2 (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Chopper (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #10 (P, $9.99) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Nano Nude #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Honey Honey (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #2 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Candlelit Dinner (LE) is darker (90% similar). Natasha Denona Cool Bronze (31M) (P, $29.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). LORAC Unleashed (P, $19.00) is warmer, brighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Twinkle Lights (LE) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #7 (LE, $16.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). City Color Cleo (P, $6.99) is darker (90% similar). Zoeva Pure Ganache (P) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Clover is a soft, medium olive green with warm, golden undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff with a smooth, soft, and blendable consistency. This shade started to fade after eight and a half hours on me. Inglot #419 (P, $6.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Mildew (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Fumé (Left) (P) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Sleigh (LE, $5.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Tisse d'Automne #1 (P) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). theBalm Kawabunga (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Kelp (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Jester (P, $9.99) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 8 (LE) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Green Iron (06) (P, $39.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Urban Decay Crowbar (LE, $19.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop Mirage (LE, $5.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Gucci Beauty Mosaic (P, $37.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Milani Bella Khaki (17) (P, $4.49) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). bareMinerals Flicker (P) is warmer, lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Smashbox Spruce (LE) is cooler (85% similar). Hourglass Color Field #4 (P) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Urban Decay Vortex (P, $20.00) is darker (80% similar). NARS Pygar (LE, $25.00) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cobalt is a rich, deep navy blue with cool undertones and a purplish base color. The color coverage was completely opaque, but the texture was a bit firmer in the pan and took a little more effort to diffuse and blend out compared to the other shades in the palette. It wore well for nine hours on me. bareMinerals Nightfall (LE) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Entombed (P) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Jazz #3 (LE) is more muted, lighter (95% similar). Sephora Diving in Australia (P, $10.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Moonshadow (P, $19.00) is more muted (95% similar). Urban Decay Evidence (P, $19.00) is more muted, darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D222 Night Blue (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I218 Indigo Blue (P, $21.00) is brighter, lighter, less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Etiquette (DC, $5.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Stila Sapphire (LE, $18.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay 501 (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Danger (LE, $19.00) is brighter (90% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #8 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Estrella (LE) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Royally Blue (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Stila Denim (LE, $18.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Tonight's Temptation #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Love Cycle #2 (LE, $21.00) is brighter, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Natasha Denona Blue Spruce (02M) (P, $29.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop School Bus (LE, $5.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

LORAC Pro Palette (8-Pan) PRO Metal (Rose Gold)
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
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Best Eyeshadow Palettes | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

Best Eyeshadow Palettes | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

It’s that time of the year again:  holiday gift guides aplenty!  This year, I’ve broken out my gift guides into best of selections for blush, eyeshadow, highlighter, lipstick, lipgloss, palettes, and brushes.  These guides feature permanent formulas so that they can be useful anytime during the holiday season or even into next year.  For limited edition holiday products, you can check out our list of the top 50 highest-rated holiday products, which updates as I post more reviews for holiday products.  I hope you find this list of top performing eyeshadow palettes helpful!

Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette

Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette

Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette ($42.00 for 0.35 oz.) includes 14 eyeshadows that come in a mix of warmer neutrals and pops of pink/red. For a mostly matte palette, it actually applied quite well to bare skin, and I didn’t have issues blending out the majority of the shades. The eyeshadows adhered exceptionally well to bare skin without sheering out or becoming patchy. The majority of the shades were pigmented and wore for seven to eight hours.

Availability

Sephora, Ulta, Macy’s

BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes Palette

BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes Palette

BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes Palette ($19.00 for 1.58 oz.) contains 28, metallic eyeshadows. I picked this up a couple of months ago, because it was getting a lot of buzz, and I’ve been really impressed by the quality overall. Only a few shades had issues, and they were fairly minor (slightly less pigmented, could apply better with primer or with a dampened brush). The majority of the eyeshadows were very pigmented, applied beautifully on bare skin, blended out easily, and lasted for seven to nine hours on me (without primer). As they are all shimmery, it may not work as well as an all-in-one-look palette, though. If you like your high-shimmer, metallic eyeshadows, it’s well worth checking out!

Availability

BH Cosmetics

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