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MAC Dark Desires Studio Eye Glosses

MAC Erogenous Zone Studio Eye Gloss
MAC Erogenous Zone Studio Eye Gloss

MAC Studio Eye Gloss ($22.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is one of those products that really mystifies me, because I don’t know why it’s launched and included in consumer-geared collections. I wish they were touted as lipglosses, because at least they might be wearable (though the texture is like glue). You can read my in-depth review of the formula here, but I’ll also summarize here. The formula is incredibly sticky, glue-like, and is so tacky that as you apply the product, you can feel your skin lift off of your eyeball, because the eyelid is sticking to your fingertip or a brush and snap back in place. On the lid, my eyelid gets stuck against the skin above my crease. It creases within five minutes (and I’d even just apply it to the lid, but it’s such a jetsetter that it finds its way well past the crease line anyway). The color goes on unevenly and migrates around. It transfers to the lower lash line (from the eyelid). It gets into the inner corner and causes the upper and lower lash lines to stick. I’ve tried barely a dab and a full glob, and the wear is always the same–disappointing and futile. It is more comfortable to apply a similarly-colored eyeshadow and apply a gloss or petroleum jelly on top for a glossy effect that is far more comfortable and less painful to use. MAC says they’re a “gloss for eyes that provides high shine with buildable coverage” and can be used to enhance pigments (which just causes them to crease, migrate, and move everywhere) or worn alone.

If you are so brave as to try, from all the attempts I have made using this formula, my best have been using downward strokes with a flat, synthetic brush (but only in one direction and never repeating over the same area), though this has not solved wear issues, only minimized the pain of applying. I think this, at best, a PRO product, and it would have been great if MAC made it for all-over – so it could be used on lips or cheeks, not just the eyes, which is probably the hardest and least practical area to apply something that feels like thick glue.

MAC Erogenous Zone Studio Eye Gloss ($22.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “violet with multi-coloured glitter.” It’s a muted, navy blue with fuchsia, blue, and violet pearl in a glossy base. It creased within two minutes, was incredibly thick and tacky (like applying glue to your lids), made my skin stick to my fingertips/brushes and then later my lid stick to the skin above my lid, or my lash lines to stick together as the gloss migrated into my inner and outer corners and below the lash line. Makeup Geek Nautica (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Banafsaji (LE, $16.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Baby T (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker, less glossy (85% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Sapphire (LE, $30.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Givenchy Bleu Soie (4) (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker, less glossy (85% similar). Urban Decay Beat Down (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, less glossy (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #6 (LE) is lighter, brighter, less glossy (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Spank Me Studio Eye Gloss ($22.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “black with multi-coloured glitter.” It’s a dark black with warm, olive undertones and multi-colored pearl–a lot of green, pink, and blue–paired with a glossy finish. The color is gorgeous in the pot and swatched, but it is a nightmare applied and in use. Buxom Black Lab (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker, less glossy (90% similar). Sugarpill Stella (P, $13.00) is less shimmery, darker, less glossy (90% similar). Givenchy Inattendue #2 (P) is more shimmery, lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Chanel Mirifique (P, $32.00) is darker, less glossy (85% similar). MAC Jet Couture (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, less glossy (85% similar). Urban Decay Scorpio (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer, less glossy (85% similar). MAC Dark Soul (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, less glossy (85% similar). Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, less glossy (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Studio Eye Gloss Erogenous Zone
2.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
0
Texture
0
Longevity
1.5
Application
28%
Total
MAC Studio Eye Gloss Spank Me
Spank Me
Spank Me
2.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
0
Texture
0
Longevity
1.5
Application
27%
Total

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ColourPop Blitzed Super Shock Shadow Set

ColourPop Blitzed Super Shock Shadow Set
ColourPop Blitzed Super Shock Shadow Set

ColourPop Blitzed Super Shock Shadow Set ($30.00 for 0.42 oz.) includes six full-sized Super Shock Shadows. All six are limited edition and exclusive to the set. All six shades wore for twelve hours without creasing or fading, and I only had minimal fall out with the really glittery shades (like a handful, not a disco party!). They were consistent with ColourPop’s formula in general.

Valley Girl is described as a “soft vanilla with tons of gold highlights.” It’s a white gold with warm undertones and a darker champagne gold shimmer and sparkle. It had mostly opaque pigmentation with a smooth, creamy consistency that glided on easily and covered well. The color lasted for twelve hours, which is when I removed it, but I saw no signs of wear. LORAC Moonlight (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Pin-up (LE, $14.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Cosmic Deco #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Shifting Sand (LE) is darker (95% similar). Dior Pied de Poule #2 (P) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Nylon (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Snowflakes (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Les Precieux #3 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Dior Eternal Gold #3 (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Cool Companions #1 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D416 Crystalline Yellow (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Plead Gilty (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Greenluxe #2 (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #5 (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Dior Pastel Fontanges #3 (LE) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Quartz (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #2 (P) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Juicy Apple (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Chardonnay (LE) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Opal (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Party Girl is described as a “soft dusty pink.” It’s a muted, light-medium peachy-pink with warm undertones and barely-there shimmer. The texture was slightly drier than the more shimmery shades in the set, but it wasn’t stiff or difficult to blend out. It had good color payoff with a blendable consistency that lasted for twelve hours. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 5 (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #5 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Fortune (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (95% similar). Tarte Tartetini (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Natasha Denona Flamingo (57V) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Totally Nude (P) is darker (90% similar). MAC Frisco (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Melody (98) (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Pink Sands (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Thirsty Girl is described as a “warm bronze drenched with gold glitter.” It’s a molten, gold-tinged bronze with warm undertones and lighter gold glitter. It was intensely pigmented with a really rich, dense, and creamy texture that glided on easily without losing its depth. The glitter didn’t fall out unless I sheered it out a lot, but I didn’t have any fall out while worn (and the color stayed put for twelve hours!). MAC Pretty It Up (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Illamasqua Ore (P, $25.50) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Iconic Gold (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Stun (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #6 (P, $33.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Amira (DC, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Romp (DC, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Eve (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Chains of Love (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Blaze (LE, $5.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Cognac (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever D640 Golden Snake (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Bette (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Utopia (P, $12.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Fan Girl is described as a “cool-toned violet grey.” It’s a blackened navy blue with cool undertones and multi-colored shimmer and micro-sparkle. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a creamy, blendable consistency that felt a bit more emollient than the average shade in the formula. It was buildable to more opaque coverage. This shade lasted for twelve hours on me. Chanel Apparition (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Divergent Erudite Sapphire (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Talk Derby to Me (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Naval Blue (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Party Time (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Lapisluxe #2 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Dance Party (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

That Girl is described as a “charcoal grey drizzled with lots of silver and gold glitter.” It’s a murky, green-ish gray with warmer undertones and silver and gold glitter. It had so-so color payoff, which I found buildable to semi-opaque coverage, but I couldn’t get it fully opaque. With the cream-based formula, the glitter binds with the base, and it applied smoothly and evenly, while I only had minimal fall out over a twelve-hour period. MAC Enviable (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Onyx (05) (P, $39.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Black No. 1 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Eiffel (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Burberry Nickel (304) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Jade Shore (LE, $34.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). theBalm Surf's Up (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sultan's Garden (LE, $9.99) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Roller Girl is described as a “true black topped with rainbow glitter.” It’s an intense, deep black with subtle, warm undertones and multi-colored sparkle. It had mostly opaque pigmentation with a creamy, smooth texture that applied beautifully. It didn’t lose its richness at all, and the glitter was noticeable. This shade lasted for twelve hours with just a smidgen of fall out. CoverGirl Molten Black (300) (P, $4.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Buxom Black Lab (P, $18.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Lancome The New Black (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Friskie (P, $5.00) is less pigmented, cooler, lower quality (95% similar). Too Faced Tres Chic (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Raven (LE, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Dior Eternal Gold #5 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Envy (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #12 (LE, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Dark Soul (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Mirifique (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Blacklit (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Set Blitzed
Blitzed
Blitzed
A

Limited Edition

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total
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Valley Girl

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Party Girl

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Thirsty Girl

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Fan Girl

Limited Edition
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B+

That Girl

Limited Edition
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Roller Girl

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Laura Mercier Matte to Metal Caviar Stick Set

Laura Mercier Matte to Metal Caviar Stick Set
Laura Mercier Matte to Metal Caviar Stick Set

Laura Mercier Matte to Metal Caviar Stick Set ($58.00 for 0.18 oz.) includes six miniature-sized eyeshadow pencils. Four shades are part of the permanent range, while two (Ganache and Aubergine) are limited edition. The Caviar Stick formula is supposed to “glide on smoothly” and “blend effortlessly” while also being “long-wearing, transfer- and crease-resistant” with “rich colour payoff.” Most of the shades I have tested from the formula are very good and true to the claims, though occasionally a shade is less pigmented or less blendable (but wear seems to be most consistent). The set contains $86.90 worth of product.

Sugar Frost is a light-medium champagne gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation–about 85% coverage or so to my eye–with a creamy, slightly “wet” feel to it that glided across the lid without skipping or tugging. It was blendable for about twenty seconds, and after it mostly dried down, you could still diffuse the edge a bit with a stiffer brush, so the formula is forgiving and easy enough to work with if you’re comfortable with pencils. The color lasted for nine hours before creasing. MAC Canter (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Uninhibited (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Dior Fairy Golds #2 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC The Naked Time (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Fringe (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Estee Lauder Blonde Cumin (LE) is darker (90% similar). Ciate Vaycay (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Ardency Inn Sunday (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Famous (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Stila Vitality (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Primavera (P, $12.00) is darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Opale (LE, $45.00) is lighter (85% similar). Natasha Denona Indian Gold (44M) (P, $29.00) is cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Dirtysweet (P, $19.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rosegold is a light-medium, golden copper with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The consistency was creamy and comfortable to apply, though the pigmentation was less impressive–at least it was buildable on the lid without lifting the first layer (the other one I have from last year is more pigmented). On, the color started to crease after eight and a half hours of wear. Urban Decay Steady (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Rose Gold (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Rose Gold (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Wanderin' Free (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Amaze (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Skin (75S) (P, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Gold Leaf (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Blunt (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Disney by Sephora All Aglow (LE) is darker (90% similar). Becca Champagne Toast (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Hourglass Obscura #3 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #11 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Bare Skin (LE) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Blunt (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Medium (LE) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Sassy Bun (LE) is darker (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Angelic Cockatiels (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #11 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Luscious (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Sandalwood (LE, $18.00) is more muted (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Amethyst is a medium-dark, bronzy taupe with warm, red-brown tones and a metallic sheen. It was richly pigmented with a nice creaminess that nearly applied itself with great coverage and adherence to the skin. It was easily blended out and lasted for nine hours. MAC Mortal #5 (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Liar (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Sleek MakeUP Paradise on Earth (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Hourglass Infinity #3 (P) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I544 Pink Granite (P, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). Natasha Denona Vintage (49M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Force of Nature #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo (P, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #2 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #3 (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Ring-a-ling (LE) is more muted (90% similar). Tarte Minx (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Prom Night (P, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Until Dawn #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Sleek & Spice (95) (LE, $6.99) is darker (90% similar). Burberry Dusky Mauve No. 108 (P, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Ardency Inn Rose Gold (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna #2 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Lancome My French #6 (LE) is darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Night Life (P, $12.00) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Khaki is a muted, medium-dark olive brown with lighter green shimmer that gives it a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff with a smooth, creamy consistency that applied evenly. The eyeshadow wore well for nine hours before creasing slightly. Tarte Bedazzled Spruce (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Covenant (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Lead Zeppelin (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Jade (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Clarins Forest #1 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Moss (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Aigle Noir (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Smoky Emerald (P) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Never Too Late (LE, $25.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Olive Blend #2 (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever I628 Reptile (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Green Clean #3 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Givenchy Kaki Brocart (6) (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ganache is a medium-dark, orange-toned brown with strong, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had nice pigmentation, though not totally opaque; almost like lipstick that has a little translucency and enables the natural lip color to come through. The consistency was creamy, but I found it dried down faster than the shimmery shades and was a little harder to blend out. It lasted for nine hours. Laura Mercier Truffle (P, $23.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Anastasia Fudge (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, less glossy (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M656 Chestnut (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Girl's Night (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Cocoa (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Russet (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Rust (Define) (P) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Twice Baked (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #4 (P) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Bandit (LE, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Dark Brew (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Zoeva Freshly Toasted (P) is cooler (90% similar). Becca Ombre Rouge #5 (P) is cooler (90% similar). Dior Atlantique #5 (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Viseart Dark Matte #4 (P) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Terre (Right) (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Sisley Paris Toffee (7) (P, $47.00) is warmer (85% similar). NARS Dolomites (Right) (LE, $25.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Cabin Fever (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Viseart Minx #2 (P) is more muted, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Aubergine is a muted, plummy purple with warm, red undertones and a semi-matte finish. The consistency was really creamy, so I initially worried about wear, but it still held on well for eight and a half hours before creasing slightly. It had good pigmentation and took about thirty seconds to dry down to a semi-matte finish, but it was never totally matte unless blended out quite a bit. Viseart Dark Matte #5 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Mulberry & Bright (LE) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Sketch (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Eggplant (LE, $19.00) is less glossy (85% similar). theBalm #13 (P, $6.50) is lighter, less pigmented, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Cabernet (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). theBalm Moderato (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Blackberry (P, $16.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Zoeva Exquisite (P) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (85% similar). Too Faced Delectable (LE, $16.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Too Faced Blackberry (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Tarte Vio-let It Go (LE) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Tarte Mancat (LE) is less shimmery, less glossy (90% similar). LORAC Plum (P, $19.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Rosegold

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Amethyst

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Giorgio Armani Rose Platinum, Hollywood, Silver Mirage Eye Tints

Giorgio Armani Rose Platinum (16) Eye Tint
Giorgio Armani Rose Platinum (16) Eye Tint

Giorgio Armani Rose Platinum (16) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a very pale, light-medium silvery lavender with flecks of warmer gold micro-shimmer. The color is interesting, because it’s both cool and warm; when applied at full coverage, it is cooler, but if sheered out, the gold shimmer seems to come more to the forefront and gives it a warmer appearance. The texture was lightweight, smooth, blendable, and semi-opaque to opaque. I prefer using a separate brush with these than the applicator (also, more sanitary! and given each of these contain so much product, I avoid double-dipping to maximize the life of the product!). The color lasted for twelve hours before creasing slightly (marketed as 16-hour wear). Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit #2 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Buxom Silver Screen (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Look at the Eyes (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Pallor (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Elegant Friend (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Harlot (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #4 (LE) is cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Cool Lilac (P, $24.00) is warmer (85% similar). YSL Taupe Drop (03) (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #2 (P) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Giorgio Armani Hollywood (17) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a subdued, light-medium peachy gold with warm, brown udnertones and a metallic sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a creamy, blendable texture that didn’t dry too fast or too slow, so it was easy to work with. The color lasted for thirteen hours on me. Buxom Champagne Buzz (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Fabulous Three #2 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Fizz the Season (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Delightful #4 (P) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Natural Vigor #1 (LE, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Sin (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #7 (P) is darker (90% similar). NYX Girl Talk (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Goddess (P, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Summer Haze (LE, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Giorgio Armani Silver Mirage (18) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones and almost silver-like sheen. It had good pigmentation, and it was totally opaque when I later applied it on my lid with a brush, but the formula seems to yield somewhat variable results based on the pull of product–sometimes it is thinner, sometimes it is thicker. The texture is lightweight, easy to blend and apply to the skin, and dries down nicely. The color started to crease slightly after thirteen hours of wear. Viseart Bijoux Royal #1 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Verve (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Hypnotizing (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Stila Rose Pewter (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Koosh (LE, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Callisto (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Rocker (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Slate Bells Ring (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Divine Rule (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Posh Pedigree #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). Sephora Morning Freshness (P, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). Guerlain Taupe Secret (01) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tarte Wave (LE) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Giorgio Armani Eye Tint Rose Platinum (16)
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
Giorgio Armani Eye Tint Hollywood (17)
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
Giorgio Armani Eye Tint Silver Mirage (18)
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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Tom Ford Night Sky (01) Cream & Powder Eye Color

Tom Ford Night Sky (01) Cream and Powder Eye Color
Tom Ford Night Sky (01) Cream and Powder Eye Color

Tom Ford Night Sky (01) Cream and Powder Eye Color ($66.00 for 0.31 oz.) includes a full-sized powder eyeshadow and full-sized cream eyeshadow housed in a two-tiered component. They worked well together, but both were weaker on their own and less impressive as a result. The cream eyeshadow was hard to apply evenly; the darker color paired with greater slip yielded sheerer, streakier results, but the formula is buildable and opaque in two layers, so it can work. I just don’t think it’s as good as past iterations of the cream eyeshadow formula (which I’m normally a huge fan of).

Also, surprised to see this product already increase by $6 since the last release!

Night Sky (Powder) is a muted, blackened blue with hints of gray and multi-colored shimmer (primarily violet, blue, and aquamarine) over a mostly matte base. The texture was soft, smooth, and thinner than most Tom Ford eyeshadows that I’ve come across. It had good color payoff, but it was prone to sheering out a bit in practice, so it is a shade better applied over the cream eyeshadow or over a base and patted on, rather than swept on, if you want to maintain intensity. The color lasted for eight hours on me. NARS Giove (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Shaken Not Stirred (P) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced De La Mer (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Heroine (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Night Sky (Cream) is a blackened navy blue with fine shimmer that gives it a pearly sheen. It was very pigmented, but it was also quite emollient, yet thick, which made it apply with more semi-opaque coverage. I was able to layer to get totally opaque coverage, but it was very difficult to do in just one stroke. The color looked streaky without a second layer as well. Once it dried down, the color didn’t budge or fade for twelve hours. MAC Aphrodisiatic (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Thru the Night (DC, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Shop & Drop (LE, $16.00)(95% similar). NARS Glenan (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Blue Onyx (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Imaginary (P, $18.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #2 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Ubangi (P, $25.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC No Taboos (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit #3 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Minuit (02) (P, $39.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced De La Mer (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Burberry Midnight Blue (P, $29.00) is lighter (85% similar). Milani Bella Navy (09) (P, $4.49) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Dark Rite (P, $24.00) is lighter (85% similar). bareMinerals Climax (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Giove (P, $29.00) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Baby T (LE, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tom Ford Beauty Cream & Powder Eye Color Night Sky (01)
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
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Dior Blazing (631) DiorShow Fusion Mono

Dior Blazing (631) DiorShow Fusion Mono
Dior Blazing (631) DiorShow Fusion Mono

Dior Blazing (631) DiorShow Fusion Mono ($31.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a sparkling, soft champagne gold with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Bobbi Brown Sunlight Gold (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Kitties (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Golden Locket (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #2 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Nude Beam (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Crimper (LE, $5.00) is lighter, more pigmented (85% similar). Maybelline Beige-ing Beauty (85) (LE, $6.99) is warmer (85% similar). Lancome Eternal Gold (P, $24.50) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Vivacious (LE) is lighter, brighter, more pigmented (85% similar). L'Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Baby It's Gold Outside (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). L'Oreal Gold Imperial (LE, $7.99) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Retrospeck (P, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a new, limited edition shade for the holidays. The DiorShow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow formula is a cream eyeshadow formula that feels like a cross between cream and mousse, as it is spongy and less wet. The pigmentation varies from shade to shade with Blazing landing in the semi-opaque range with some ability to build-up to mostly opaque coverage. It has a soft, velvety texture that applies smoothly and blends easily. The sparkle is fine and not gritty, and there was minimal fall out over time, while the underlying color lasted a good nine hours on me.

P.S. — Nordstrom appears to be doing some price-matching presently, and many high-end brands (including Dior) are showing up as 10% off!

Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow Blazing (631)

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