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Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette

01/15

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Warm

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette ($68.00 for 1.12 oz.) contains 28 eyeshadows in a “warm” color story. I would agree with that description–it is definitely a warm-toned palette–with a lot of mid-tone and medium-dark neutrals in shades of brown and more brown. There were two major misses in the palette (one of which was bizarre that it was a miss) with some that were easy to work with and others that were somewhere in the middle.

The formula is supposed to feature “high pigment, high performance” with long wear and better adhesion. The matte shades were often powdery with some seeming chalky–I had a lot of looks turn a bit gray or muddy along the edges after using a shade above the crease or on the brow bone. The shimmers varied from smooth, creamy, and dense (with noticeable silicone) or drier, looser, and there were some glitter shades that felt more like loose sand than usable product. The latter was barely salvage with a glitter adhesive, but they could not be solved with fingertips or a damp brush.

I know there has been a lot of buzz about the new Sephora PRO palettes, but I did not find the eyeshadow formula to be that easy to work with as quality varied too much between shades, they applied lighter/darker than they appeared in the pan, and there was considerable fallout (and yes, I did tap off excess product prior to applying!). Even when I tried the formula over a primer, I was less impressed; sometimes, I felt like the eyeshadows were easier to control over bare skin! I’ve actually been a fan of Sephora’s Colorful Eyeshadows since they released them several years ago, including the reformulation, but these are substantially different (which some may prefer).

$68 is a higher price point for palettes, but for most mid-end brands, it seems in line with the size of the palette–each shade is almost as much the average single, full-size eyeshadow. Sephora’s house brand isn’t high-end, and it sometimes comes in lower than mid-end with respect to product pricing, but it seems to float around there. Using Sephora’s Colorful Eyeshadow (different formula) as a point of comparison, each shade retails for $10.00 and contains 0.07 oz. or $142.86/oz. The palette retails for $68.00 and contains 1.12 oz. or $60.71/oz. Here are some other pricing comparisons of a few mid-end/high-end palettes:

  • Sephora PRO Eyeshadow Palette: $68.00 for 1.12 oz. or $60.71/oz.
  • Too Faced Natural Love: $59.00 for 0.90 oz. or $65.56/oz.
  • Tarte Tarteist Palette: $53.00 for 0.70 oz. or $75.71/oz.
  • Ciate Pretty, Fun, & Fearless: $42.00 for 0.52 oz. or $80.77/oz.
  • Too Faced Sweet Peach: $49.00 for 0.54 oz. or $90.74/oz.

Sephora PRO Eyeshadow Palette Warm
Warm
Warm
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
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Marc Jacobs Beauty Smartorial Eye-Conic Eyeshadow Palette

01/09

Marc Jacobs Beauty Smartorial Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty Smartorial Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty Smartorial Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty Smartorial Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty Smartorial Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty Smartorial Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty Smartorial Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty Smartorial Palette | Look Details

Marc Jacobs Beauty Smartorial Palette | Look Details

Smartorial

Marc Jacobs Beauty Smartorial Eye-Conic Eyeshadow Palette ($49.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a mix of gray, blues, and neutrals with assorted finishes. It featured seven shades with four different finishes (velvet, satin, silk and lamé). The eyeshadow formula is supposed to have “lasting, velvety-rich pigment.” The brighter blue was more of a struggle to work with compared to the other six shades in the palette, as it did not blend out as well and was not as buildable/pigmented as other shades.

A few obvious differences between the new Eye-Conic palettes and the previous Style Eye-Con No. 7 palettes: they actually decreased by $10 in price (they used to be $59) with only a slight decrease in quantity (0.21 oz. vs. 0.25 oz.), and each eyeshadow has been named. The ingredient lists differ from shade to shade, which makes it harder to really compare easily, and I saw a lot of similar ingredients but order often varied; they seemed similar to me just by touching, wearing, and applying with maybe slightly higher dimethicone quantities in the shimmery shades and a slightly firmer press (but not stiff) for more matte shades (so less powder kicked up in the pan).

Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette Smartorial
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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Guerlain Chic Tropic Terracotta Bronzing Powder

01/08

Guerlain Chic Tropic Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Guerlain Chic Tropic Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Guerlain Chic Tropic Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Guerlain Chic Tropic Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Guerlain Chic Tropic Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Guerlain Chic Tropic Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Guerlain Chic Tropic Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Guerlain Chic Tropic Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Chic Tropic

Guerlain Chic Tropic Terracotta Bronzing Powder ($78.00 for 0.60 oz.) blends together to create a medium, burnt orange with warm undertones and a satin finish. The gold was an overspray, but the coral pieces went through the powder, and while there were only five of them, they definitely influenced the more subdued brown bronzer portion.

The new, limited edition bronzer is a Nordstrom Anniversary Sale exclusive, and the “dual-color powder” is supposed to “warm all complexions” with a “hint of coral.” The powder was soft, lightly dusty but finely-milled and easily applied, spread, and blended on the skin. It had good pigmentation that was easy to control (by using a lighter hand or a denser brush) depending on your preference for coverage. I tried to get as much of the overlay off of the powder before swatching or using it, and it seemed like there was a natural matte finish in the end–not quite matte but not truly shimmery either. The powder sat well on the skin and lasted for eight hours on me. Guerlain adds fragrance to their powders, though this particular bronzer was less heavily scented than past special editions.

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder Chic Tropic
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
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The Best & Worst of NARS Powermatte Lip Pigments

NARS Powermatte Lip Pigments
NARS Powermatte Lip Pigments

NARS Powermatte Lip Pigments ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as “liquefied pigments with infinite matte color saturation for lasting, weightless wear.” It’s supposed to have “full coverage in one swipe” that “dries down instantly” for “smudge-resistant, carefree wear.” The formula has a very fluid consistency that is thin, smooth, but not at all watery, and the majority of shades were nearly opaque or opaque in a single layer.

The dry down started quickly but was forgiving as I maneuvered around the edges of the lips but remained a bit tacky when I pressed my lips together for over a half hour later, though as long as I did not press my lips together until five minutes post-application, the color did not lift. I have found the wear to be comfortable so far–non-drying–but not the longest-wearing nor the most budge-proof in liquid lipstick, as just sipping water, tea, or coffee caused color to transfer onto my cups.

There was plenty of coverage, so it still lasted through drinking but did start to break down noticeably during a meal. Even just touching the color after a half hour of wearing it yielded color on my fingertips. The formula had a soft, vanilla scent but no discernible taste.

Sneak Peek: Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipsticks Photos & Swatches

01/04

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick  

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick  

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick  

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick  

Bite Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is a new, permanent formula that is available in 13 shades. I hope to have reviews soon but for now, here are swatches 🙂

Bite Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick

NYX Biker Babe, Modern Maven, Ego Liquid Suede Metallic Mattes

01/06

NYX Biker Babe Liquid Suede Metallic Matte

NYX Biker Babe Liquid Suede Metallic Matte

NYX Biker Babe Liquid Suede Metallic Matte

NYX Biker Babe Liquid Suede Metallic Matte

NYX Biker Babe Liquid Suede Metallic Matte

NYX Biker Babe Liquid Suede Metallic Matte

Biker Babe

NYX Biker Babe Liquid Suede Metallic Matte ($7.50 for 0.13 fl. oz.) is a deep red with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic finish. It was intensely pigmented with a smooth, mousse-like texture that spread evenly across the lips and did not feel clingy. There was a bit of color that dried down and sat in my deepest lip line. This shade wore nicely for six hours and was a bit drying.

The formula is supposed to be “plush and vibrant” with a “pigment-rich” liquid consistency and an “ultra-metallic” finish. The majority of the shades were semi-opaque to opaque in color coverage with the consistency being fairly mousse-like, so the product felt lightweight and spread well but didn’t run or get on the teeth easily. Some shades were more metallic from the get-go while others seemed to get more metallic after rubbing or patting lips slightly. They dried down to a transfer-proof finish but felt ever-so-slightly tacky at times. Based on the shades I’ve tested for wear, they are lasting between five and seven hours and are lightly drying. Between the metallic finish and the dry down, sometimes they seemed to emphasize lip lines and lip texture.

NYX Liquid Suede Metallic Matte Biker Babe
Biker Babe
Biker Babe
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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