MAC Pro Longwear Colour Sticks (Part 1)

MAC Pro Longwear Colour Stick ($22.00 for 0.049 oz.) is supposed to be a “medium-to-full coverage” cream eyeshadow pencil that can be used “all-over” the lid or as “statement liner.” The formula is described as “long-wearing, vibrant, and impactful” as well as waterproof. They have decent to good color payoff with fairly smooth consistencies, but they aren’t the creamiest nor the most emollient, so some shades can tug (the more metallic/shimmery shades tended to be the more emollient, while some of the matte to semi-matte shades were drier) or pull on the lid or lash line. The formula is waterproof and fade/smudge-proof; I didn’t have any issues with creasing after ten hours of wear with any of them. I did, however, find them hard to apply and blend out, as they dry down almost instantly. They are pretty hard to use together, as they don’t like to blend into each other, whether you use fingertips, a brush, silicone applicator, foam applicator, damp brush, synthetic brush, natural brush, or the shadow stick itself. This is also true with an attempt to use it all over the lid as a single color; I had the best luck using some of the lighter shades as a wash of color and applying with my fingertip, which helped to keep the product a little more malleable. They are easiest to use as a base, but they have a drier texture that made powders look a little dry/chalky on top at times.

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MAC Flat White Pro Longwear Colour Stick
MAC Pro Longwear Colour Stick Flat White
C+
Product
7
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
10
Application
2.5
Total
79%
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L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadows (Part 2)

L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to be “soft, velvety” in texture with “intense pigments for exquisite color richness” and “lasts all day.” The texture is incredibly soft; to the point where I’m not sure these would travel as well as your average powder eyeshadow. The lighter, more matte shades are very white-based and can look chalky on my skin tone but should work better on fairer skin tones or coupled with a smoothing primer. Most of the shades were fairly pigmented and blendable on the lid with good adhesion without a primer with a few exceptions. Unsurprisingly, neutrals were more consistently higher-performing than the bolder/more colorful shades. I did run into wear issues, as all the shades I tried either faded and/or creased within six hours of wear, so I would recommend a primer with these. Initially, they reminded me of formulas like Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow, Kat Von D Metal Crush, etc., but while these have a similar velvety, smooth feel, they are looser once you touch your brush to them.

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L'Oreal Petite Perle Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L'Oreal Colour Riche Monos Eye Shadow Petite Perle
C+
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
6.5
Application
4.5
Total
78%
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MAC Lion Babe Liquidlast Eyeliner

MAC Lion Babe Liquidlast Liner ($21.00 for 0.084 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmering gold.” It’s a bright, medium-dark coppery gold with warm, orange undertones and a metallic sheen. MAC Copperthorn (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Cockiness (LE) is darker, less pigmented (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Lion Babe Liquidlast Liner
MAC Liquidlast Liner Lion Babe
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
94%

L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadows (Part 1)

L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to be “soft, velvety” in texture with “intense pigments for exquisite color richness” and “lasts all day.” The texture is incredibly soft; to the point where I’m not sure these would travel as well as your average powder eyeshadow. The lighter, more matte shades are very white-based and can look chalky on my skin tone but should work better on fairer skin tones or coupled with a smoothing primer. Most of the shades were fairly pigmented and blendable on the lid with good adhesion without a primer with a few exceptions. Unsurprisingly, neutrals were more consistently higher-performing than the bolder/more colorful shades. I did run into wear issues, as all the shades I tried either faded and/or creased within six hours of wear, so I would recommend a primer with these. Initially, they reminded me of formulas like Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow, Kat Von D Metal Crush, etc., but while these have a similar velvety, smooth feel, they are looser once you touch your brush to them.

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L'Oreal Paris Beach Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L'Oreal Colour Riche Monos Eye Shadow Paris Beach
B-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
6.5
Application
4.5
Total
82%
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Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.80 oz.) includes twenty eyeshadows–all “brand new” according to Urban Decay–arranged by character, going down in columns. Visually, it doesn’t seem like an immediately comprehensive palette, but I think you can get a variety of looks out of it afterall, though they will skew warm or otherwise brighter and more colorful. There are a couple of shades that seem more than similar to past shades released by the brand (Duchess is the worst offender). I wish they would have opted for either Looking Glass/Lily/Royal Flush and added a light and more mid-tone beige or taupe shade for transition and highlighting (on different skin tones). The more shimmery shades in the palette were really nice, but the more colorful, more matte shades were dusty and thin and require primer to apply well (personally, I didn’t find UD’s primer sufficient–they needed a stark white base). Worth noting, the colorful mattes have a thinner consistency that makes them less blendable next to the denser shimmers (there’s a disconnect in how they smooth over one another). Dream On really only functions if used with a damp brush or over an adhesive base. The third row is exceptionally good, and I really wish the rest of the palette was that impressive, so it leaves me with a myriad of feelings, because there are some really amazing shades in the palette… and some real misses. The palette will be available at Urban Decay on May 1st and other retailers to follow after that.

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Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette Alice Through the Looking Glass
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
83%
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Anastasia Sateen, 10K, Blazing, Comfort Eyeshadows

Anastasia Sateen Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a light-medium, golden peach with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, lightly dusty consistency that was very blendable without fall out, despite being a smidgen on the drier side. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading noticeably on me. Smashbox Crisp (P) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Sunset Blvd. (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Gem (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Cherish (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Rose Golden Rings (LE) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Rose Champagne (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Orangerie (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #1 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Smashbox Champagne (P) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Anastasia Eyeshadow
Anastasia Eyeshadow Sateen
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
89%
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