Urban Decay Urban Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Urban Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette ($55.00 for 0.75 oz.) includes fifteen, full-sized eyeshadows (0.05 oz. each); five new shades, four permanent shades, and six shades from other palettes. I really liked the palette, and I think that the majority of the shades applied well over bare skin and lasted for seven to eight hours before creasing and/or fading. The pigmentation was typically good with soft, blendable textures that were easy to work with. This palette is all shimmer, though, so if you like satins and mattes to vary the finishes that you use, you’ll need to incorporate another palette. The three worst-performers were either more glittery or firmer/sheerer. It is exclusively available at urbandecay.com on October 20th and is limited edition.

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Urban Decay Urban Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette Urban Spectrum
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
87%
Limited Edition
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Chanel Swing Eyeshadow

Chanel Swing Eyeshadow ($29.50 for 0.05 oz.) is medium-dark, navy blue with lighter blue sparkle over a frosted finish. Urban Decay Moonshadow (P, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC A Sprinkle of Blues #3 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I218 Indigo Blue (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Dior Rivage #5 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Dior Reveuse (271) (LE, $31.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Love Cycle #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Buxom Bulldog (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Tonight's Temptation #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Inglot #428 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Bluebird (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Lunar (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). NARS Dark Rite (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Kimono (P, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). theBalm Pipeline (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Chanel Swing Eyeshadow
Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow Swing (116)
C
Product
7
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
7
Application
4
Total
73%

Urban Decay Vice 4 Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Vice 4 Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.60 oz.) includes twenty, new and limited edition eyeshadows, just in time to kick off a long, holiday season of palettes. If you have a great disdain for Urban Decay’s micro-glitter or sparkle, then I would avoid this palette like the plague; eleven shades have micro-glitter, per the brand, and one more has “tonal sparkle.” Some are noticeable in practice, other shades have less and most sparkles drop during application so there isn’t as much fall out during wear, but I would recommend an adhesive primer for best results and minimal fall out. If you have a lot of Urban Decay palettes, you may find that there is more overlap with past iterations (even though these are technically new!). There are some really great shades in this palette, like Underhand, Discreet, Harlot, and Robbery, but there are some duds, like Grip, Flame, Low, and Crowbar.

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Urban Decay Vice 4 Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palette Vice 4
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
86%
Limited Edition
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Kat Von D Doce Metal Crush Eyeshadow

Kat Von D Doce Metal Crush Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “metallic copper.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark copper with warm, red-orange undertones and a frosted finish. MAC Double Feature #8 #1 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Vegas Lights (P, $6.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Coppering (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Star Myth (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #9 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Red Alert (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Brash (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NYX Fireball (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Leila (416) (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Flame Thrower (P, $9.99) is warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau #121 (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). YSL Steamy Coral (05) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Goddess (P, $5.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Carnelian Opal (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Copper Sparkle (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Innocence (DC, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Viseart Melonie (P) is lighter (85% similar). Divergent Peaceful Shimmer (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Sequin (P, $5.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Fyrinnae Fireside Interlude (P, $6.80) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Kat Von D Doce Metal Crush Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadow Doce
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
99%

Chanel Melody (98) Illusion d’Ombre Velvet Eyeshadow

Chanel Melody (98) Illusion d’Ombre Velvet Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a soft, light-medium peach with a hint of pink and a pearly sheen. Make Up For Ever I524 Pinky Beige (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Dream Boat (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Hello Kitty Apple Pie (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Precious (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #2 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Last Sin (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Ambre Nuit #1 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm Third Eye Blinded (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Give Me Fire (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). theBalm D2 (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Enjoy (LE) is darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Baby Universe #2 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Pont des Arts (P) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Envol (847) (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm Stubborn (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Valhalla (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Entrelacs #5 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). bareMinerals Empress (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Sephora Collection Desert Rose (P, $13.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Bouffant (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Chanel Melody (98) Illusion d'Ombre Velvet Eyeshadow
Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Velvet Long Wear Luminous Matte Eyeshadow Melody (98)
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
86%

LORAC Front of the Line PRO Eye Pencils

LORAC Front of the Line PRO Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is supposed to be a long-wearing, waterproof pencil eyeliner that is “highly pigmented.” It’s a decent formula, but there are better ones on the market–for a late entry in the market like this, I wanted these to perform better. They’re water-resistant, but they will smudge somewhat if you rub or apply pressure to them with any water–if you just dabbed with a tissue (e.g. you teared up), they hold up fine. The overall wear was on the shorter side, averaging between seven and eight hours, with a waxy consistency that glided well across the skin but sometimes had a faded, muted look applied.

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LORAC Aqua Front of the Line PRO Eye Pencil
LORAC Front of the Line PRO Eye Pencil Aqua
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
83%
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