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Tom Ford Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

01/11

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Warm (02) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Warm (02)

Tom Ford Warm (02) Winter Soleil Eye & Cheek Palette ($155.00 for 0.45 oz.) is one of two limited edition, holiday palettes from the brand, and it is the “warmer” of the two. The packaging is the signature white of the Soleil collections, and it comes with a large, interior mirror; it felt substantial to hold and clicked together nicely.

The eyeshadow colors applied well, lasted eight hours, and were easy to work with. The eyeshadows and cheek colors coordinated well together, so I could see the palette being worn on its own for sure. The cheek colors were high-quality, pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing, though the more satin-like shade did not feel dense or as buttery as the more shimmery shade (not really unexpected, as that’s how it usually works out between textures). While pricey, it performed well, and you’d think that would be the norm for luxury products, but it isn’t, so I’m glad it did. I think that both the eyeshadow and blush formulas were comparable to their permanent formulas (though the eyeshadows are not the kind found in Nude Dip or Honeymoon, rather the brand’s other quads).

I wish the brand broke out how much eyeshadow/cheek color was in the palette (oh, and names), because then I could give you a more accurate assessment of total value. Typically, the Eye Color Quads retail for $82.00 and contain 0.35 oz., while the Cheek Colors retail for $60.00 and contain 0.28 oz. Based on that, even if you were getting a full-sized quad and two, half-sized blushes, it would only come to $142, and we know it is less than that, given the total weight is 0.45 oz. of the palette and a full-sized quad and two half-sized blushes would come to 0.63 oz. If you’re someone who likes using all-in-one palettes or would easily reach for and use it as a cohesive palette, it might still have more subjective value to you, but otherwise, you would be better off choosing a full-sized, permanent quad and one full-sized blush (or even the Skin Illuminating Powder Duo), as you’d get more for your money and have the ability to choose the coordinating shades.

Tom Ford Beauty Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette Warm (02)
Warm (02)
Warm (02)
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Tom Ford Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

01/12

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Cool (01) Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette

Cool (01)

Tom Ford Cool (01) Winter Soleil Eye & Cheek Palette ($155.00 for 0.45 oz.) is one of two limited edition, holiday palettes from the brand, and it is the “cooler” of the two, though some shades are still warm-toned overall. The packaging is the signature white of the Soleil collections, and it comes with a large, interior mirror; it felt substantial to hold and clicked together nicely.

The eyeshadow colors applied well, lasted seven to eight hours, and despite having two glittery shades, had minimal fall out over time. The cheek colors were high-quality, pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing, though the more matte shade did not feel dense or as buttery as the more shimmery shade (not really unexpected, as that’s how it usually works out between textures). While pricey, it performed well, and you’d think that would be the norm for luxury products, but it isn’t, so I’m glad it did. I think that both the eyeshadow and blush formulas were comparable to their permanent formulas (though the eyeshadows are not the kind found in Nude Dip or Honeymoon, rather the brand’s other quads).

I wish the brand broke out how much eyeshadow/cheek color was in the palette (oh, and names), because then I could give you a more accurate assessment of total value. Typically, the Eye Color Quads retail for $82.00 and contain 0.35 oz., while the Cheek Colors retail for $60.00 and contain 0.28 oz. Based on that, even if you were getting a full-sized quad and two, half-sized blushes, it would only come to $142, and we know it is less than that, given the total weight is 0.45 oz. of the palette and a full-sized quad and two half-sized blushes would come to 0.63 oz. If you’re someone who likes using all-in-one palettes or would easily reach for and use it as a cohesive palette, it might still have more subjective value to you, but otherwise, you would be better off choosing a full-sized, permanent quad and one full-sized blush (or even the Skin Illuminating Powder Duo), as you’d get more for your money and have the ability to choose the coordinating shades.

Tom Ford Beauty Winter 2016 Eye & Cheek Palette Cool (01)
Cool (01)
Cool (01)
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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MAC x Mariah Carey You’ve Got Me Feeling Blush

01/06

MAC You've Got Me Feeling Powder Blush

MAC You've Got Me Feeling Powder Blush

MAC You've Got Me Feeling Powder Blush

MAC You've Got Me Feeling Powder Blush

MAC You've Got Me Feeling Powder Blush

MAC You've Got Me Feeling Powder Blush

You've Got Me Feeling

MAC Sweet Sweet Fantasy Blush ($24.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a bright, medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. The texture was incredibly stiff, which made it a challenge to get product off of the pan’s surface just to swatch–I had to scrape at it to dislodge powder and get enough to show up on my skin at all.

I used a paper towel to rub against the surface to break it down further, which helped to a small degree, but it was not one of MAC’s best showings–and they can do a bright pink like this! Unsurprisingly, it was hard to diffuse and blend out the edges, as the color adhered strongly wherever it initially landed but did not want to spread from there. The finish was glowing without being overtly shimmery, and if you work with it long enough, it can look nice on. This shade started to fade after seven and a half hours on me.

MAC Powder Blush You've Got Me Feeling
6
Product
6
Pigmentation
5
Texture
8
Longevity
3
Application
62%
Total
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MAC x Mariah Carey Sweet Sweet Fantasy Blush

01/06

MAC Sweet Sweet Fantasy Powder Blush

MAC Sweet Sweet Fantasy Powder Blush

MAC Sweet Sweet Fantasy Powder Blush

MAC Sweet Sweet Fantasy Powder Blush

MAC Sweet Sweet Fantasy Powder Blush

MAC Sweet Sweet Fantasy Powder Blush

Sweet Sweet Fantasy

MAC Sweet Sweet Fantasy Blush ($24.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a bright, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable color payoff with a soft, slightly firmer texture. It was firm enough that there wasn’t any powdery excess when I patted my brush against the surface, but it wasn’t so firm that it was difficult to get color onto the brush or to blend out on the skin. The blush blended out fairly easily, though it was not the most effortless coral blush I’ve come across, so I do recommend building up and diffusing as you go. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading.

MAC Powder Blush Sweet Sweet Fantasy
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

MAC x Mariah Carey My Mimi Extra Dimension Skinfinish

01/06

MAC My Mimi Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC My Mimi Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC My Mimi Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC My Mimi Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC My Mimi Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC My Mimi Extra Dimension Skinfinish

My Mimi

MAC My Mimi Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($45.50 for 0.35 oz.) is a medium copper with warm, brownish undertones and a gold, sparkly finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage, but the texture was drier and more prone to separating–perhaps the larger bits of sparkle strewn through the powder were the issue. It took more effort to blend and diffuse the edges, as the color looked somewhat patchy initially. I don’t typically have issues blending out this formula, so I was rather surprised by the application of this shade on the skin. It lasted for eight hours before fading on me (out of the 10 the brand promises for this formula).

The price seems unusually high; regular Extra Dimension Skinfinishes are $33.00 for 0.31 oz., and while it’s not unusual for MAC to up-charge for collaborations by a bit, it’s usually a $1-4, not over $10. It seems like it is the result of the design of the powder itself, which is intricate to be sure, but I’m still surprised by the increase in price overall! I wish the product was better, too, because I know that this was one of the “star” products in the launch, to at least make the price more justifiable. It did seem, to my memory, that the price increases across most of the products in this collection were higher than normal (compared to past collaborations).

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish My Mimi
My Mimi
My Mimi
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
81%
Total

ColourPop Strapped Super Shock Cheek

01/05

Colour Pop Strapped Super Shock Cheek

Colour Pop Strapped Super Shock Cheek

Colour Pop Strapped Super Shock Cheek

Colour Pop Strapped Super Shock Cheek

Colour Pop Strapped Super Shock Cheek

Strapped

ColourPop Strapped Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium peach with warm, brown undertones and a hint of pink paired with a pearlized finish. The texture was smooth, thin, emollient (felt almost wet when I touched it with my fingertip), and blendable, which made it easy to spread across the skin.

It had good pigmentation when applied with fingertips and more semi-sheer, buildable coverage when used with a brush (which is as described). When I tested it, the blush lasted for nine hours on me before fading slightly. It’s the type of color that is better for highlighting on medium and darker skin tones but will work as a light bronzy color on fairer skin tones.

Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Strapped
Strapped
Strapped
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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