Tom Ford Platinum & Spice Cream Color for Eyes

Tom Ford Platinum Cream Color for Eyes ($42.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a warm, smoky taupe with a frosted shimmer-sheen finish. This shade is a real chameleon, though, because it will just as readily look like a bronze as it will a cooler-toned, almost purplish-taupe. I think it’s going to look a little different from person to person, depending on the lighting and what you pair it with, as a result (more so than most shades). This shade was released previously, and it’s back again for a limited time. It’s very pigmented–a little goes a long way–and the texture is a wet, mousse-cream, so it applies really well as it goes on evenly. It’s not the type of texture I’d expect to stay on well, but on me, it lasts eight hours before creasing slightly. Chanel Poesie #1 (LE) is lighter, more golden. Guerlain Petrouchka #5 (LE) is darker. MAC Mortal #5 (LE) is cooler-toned. MAC Trusted Instinct #2 (LE) is cooler-toned. Makeup Geek Night Life (P, $6.99) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #3 (LE) is similar. Make Up For Ever D562 Taupe Platinum (P, $21.00) is more sparkly. LORAC Mocha (P) is similar. Maybelline Sleek & Spice (95) (LE, $6.99) is cooler-toned. Sleek MakeUP Python (P, $9.99) is less shimmery. Sleek MakeUP Paradise on Earth (P, $9.99) is cooler-toned. Ulta Taupe (P, $10.00) is darker. Urban Decay Mugshot (P, $18.00) is darker. Urban Decay Liar (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tom Ford Platinum Cream Color for Eyes
Tom Ford Beauty Cream Color for Eyes Platinum
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
96%
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Dior Mirror (621) Fusion Mono Long-Wear Eyeshadow

Dior Mirror (621) Fusion Mono Long-Wear Eyeshadow ($31.00 for 0.22 oz.) is described as a “shimmering gold.” It’s a pale, muted light-medium gold with warm undertones and a sparkly, metallic finish. LORAC Cashmere (LE) is very similar. LORAC Sand (LE) is similar. LORAC Opal (LE) is lighter. Hello Kitty Bright (LE) is lighter. Dior Pied de Poule #2 (P) is lighter. Make Up For Ever D416 Crystalline Yellow (P, $21.00) is a touch lighter. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #2 (P) is very similar. MAC Cool Companions #1 (LE) is more glittery. YSL Saharienne #2 (P) is lighter. Dior Pastel Fontanges #3 (LE) is similar. Tarina Tarantino Taurella (LE) is similar. Too Faced Snowflakes (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Greenluxe #2 (P) is more sparkly. Disney by Sephora Charming (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Dior Mirror (621) Fusion Mono Long-Wear Eyeshadow
Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow Mirror (621)
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
88%

Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour Quartet

Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour Quartet ($38.00 for 0.12 oz.) includes four, miniature cream eyeshadow pencils. The quartet is/was exclusive to Sephora, and they’re completely sold out online (but it’s possible it’s still available in stores), but just about every other retailer that carries the brand has a six-piece set available. The six-piece set has all four of these shades, plus Copper and Khaki. I really regret not getting the six set now! Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks normally retail for $28/0.05 oz. (or $560/oz.), so the four-piece set is a total value of $67.20, and the six-piece set is a total value of $100.80 (each of these is 0.03 oz.). The formula is touted as “long-wearing, transfer- and crease-resistant” with “rich color payoff.” I really liked this set of four; they worked really well together, but they were creamy, opaque, blendable, and long-wearing. I could actually wear them together as a look, which isn’t always easily achieved with jumbo pencils like these (they often dry down too quickly or work better as sheer washes or eyeshadow bases). All four shades wore well for nine hours before creasing slightly. The only downside is that the kit is pretty warm, and the colors are similar enough that while they blend seamlessly into each other, there isn’t a lot of contrast.

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Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour Quartet
Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour Quartet Holiday 2014
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
99%
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Chanel Envol (847) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow

Chanel Envol (847) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a warm-toned, golden beige with a hint of pink and a frosted, metallic sheen. Hello Kitty Apple Pie (LE) is a powder product, lighter. Urban Decay Last Sin (LE, $18.00) is a powder, more beige. bareMinerals Future (P) is similar, powder. Kat Von D Killing Jar (P) is darker, powder. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #1 (P) is powder. NARS Jezebel (P) is powder. Kat Von D Precious (LE) is lighter, powder. Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #2 (LE) is powder. MAC Say, Yeah! (LE, $15.00) is pinker, darker, powder. MAC Naked Lunch (P, $15.00) is powder. Estee Lauder Pink Zinc (P, $24.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Chanel Envol (847) Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow
Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow Envol (847)
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
91%

MAC Au Nature & Breaking Ground Cream Colour Bases

MAC Artificially Wild features two new, limited edition shades of MAC Cream Colour Base ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.). Shell is also being repromoted (but it is part of the permanent range). For those unfamiliar with Cream Colour Bases (also known as CCBs), they’re described as a “versatile and multi-purpose” product that can be “applied directly to bare skin, or layered over foundation, moisturizer, or powder.” You can “apply with a brush, sponge, or fingers.” The color payoff ranges “from a light veil to highly dramatic, depending on method of application.”

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MAC Au Nature Cream Colour Base
MAC Cream Colour Base Au Nature
D+
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5.5
Application
4
Total
68%
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Givenchy Or Insolite (12) Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow

Givenchy Or Insolite (12) Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as “gold.” It’s a light-medium gold with subtle yellow undertones–it’s almost a “cool” gold because it lacks really strong, yellow/orange warmth with lighter gold shimmer and sparkle. MAC My Fantasy (LE, $15.00) is a powder. MAC Cool Companions #1 (LE) is a powder, more metallic. MAC In the Meadow #2 (LE, $21.00) is more opaque, powder. Dior Pastel Fontanges #3 (LE) is a powder. Bobbi Brown Sunlight Gold (P, $28.00) is less sparkly. MAC Greenluxe #2 (P) is a powder, more metallic. Buxom Poodle (P, $18.00) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Givenchy Or Insolite (12) Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow
Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow Or Insolite (12)
D+
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
7
Longevity
6.5
Application
4.5
Total
69%