Guerlain Shalimar Eyeshadow Duo

Guerlain Shalimar Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Duo ($46.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a limited edition set of shades for the holiday season. Guerlain’s weakness seems to be eyeshadows, unfortunately, and the holiday duo left much to be desired. The formula is supposed to be “ultra-pigmented” with “multiple metallic reflections.” The consistency of the top shade was dry, slightly gritty, and extremely difficult to blend, while the bottom shade was looser and easier to work with but had fall out (and is, between the two, quite dupable).

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Guerlain Shalimar Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Duo
Guerlain Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Duo Shalimar
C
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
7
Application
3.5
Total
74%
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bareMinerals The Wish List READY Eyeshadow Palette

bareMinerals The Wish List READY Eyeshadow Palette ($45.00 for 0.48 oz.) includes 12 neutral-hued eyeshadows in a variety of finishes. It is housed in a fairly slim, plastic compact with a large mirror inside. If you like lighter, warmer neutrals and don’t already have them well-represented in your stash, it’s certainly a palette to consider. On the other hand, as there are numerous palettes that have been launched, there are likely many who already have these colors in their collections (this palette also included several repeats from past bareMinerals shades). Regardless of similarity to past and present neutral palettes, I would have liked to have seen more mid-tone shades and less very light all within the same palette–I feel like it would have made the palette more versatile.

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bareMinerals The Wish List READY Eyeshadow Palette
bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 12.0 The Wish List
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
83%
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bareMinerals Be Beautiful Holiday 2016 Face & Eye Palette

bareMinerals Be Beautiful Ready Face & Eye Palette ($45.00 for 0.58 oz.) includes six eyeshadows, three cheek colors, and a finishing powder. It is most bizarre that there’s a finishing powder, and it is, frankly, an odd color choice–it is very, very yellowy orange with no real sheen or satiny quality to it, so it is drier, powdery, and sits poorly on the skin while adding a yellow tint. Of all the inclusions in the palette, that was the most odd, and then of course, bareMinerals is a multiple-time offender of putting out an endless slew of neutral palettes so once you have a few, the rest start having less appeal.

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bareMinerals Be Beautiful Ready Face & Eye Palette
bareMinerals Holiday 2016 READY Face & Eye Palette Be Beautiful
B-
Product
7
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
80%
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Bite Beauty Creme Caramel Multistick

Bite Beauty Creme Caramel Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium-dark peach with warm, orange undertones and a satin finish. MAC Yash (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is brighter, glossier (90% similar). MAC Lady Be Good (P, $20.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Kat Von D Noble (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy (90% similar). NARS Biscayne Park (P, $25.00) is glossier (90% similar). Tarte Skinny Dip (P, $22.00) is brighter (85% similar). Estee Lauder Covetous Nude (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Platform (DC, $6.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Oxblood (LE, $17.00) is brighter (85% similar). Too Faced Sorry Not Sorry (P, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Stark Naked (DC, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Melted Nude (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Doe (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Peach (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Bite Beauty Creme Caramel Multistick
Bite Beauty Multistick Crème Caramel
C+
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5.5
Application
4.5
Total
79%

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Black Myrrh Eye Ink & Burnt Anise Eye Foil

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Black Myrrh Eye Ink ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a deep black with silver sparkle. Lancome The New Black (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Shameless (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Midnight (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Dior Eternal Gold #5 (LE) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). City Color Oh So Naughty (P, $6.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Burnt Anise (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery, glossier (90% similar). CoverGirl Molten Black (300) (P, $4.99) is darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Raven (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Mirifique (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). MAC Jet Couture (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Black Oyster (Cream) (LE, $45.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Black Myrrh Eye Ink

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Bitter Clove & Charred Emerald Eye Metals

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Eye Metals ($45.00 for 0.10 oz.) is supposed to be a “rich color powder eyeshadow” that is “densely pigmented” that can be worn alone or layered. There are two shades in the collection, and they performed similarly, though Bitter Clove is a bit richer overall and longer wearing. They were nicely pigmented with very dense, almost cream-like textures that blended out easily on the lid and adhered to bare lids. I found that they were prone to creasing within six hours of wear, but the wear time improved to eight hours (before creasing) over primer, so primer helped but can’t say these are the longest wearing formula. I did not experience much fall out, though, despite the high sparkle content in Bitter Clove (Charred Emerald has more of a pearly sheen). I liked them, but at the price point, it’s definitely a lot for a single eyeshadow, so they’re not going to be worth it for everyone.

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Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Bitter Clove Eye Metals