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Chanel Iridescent (112) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow

Chanel Iridescent (112) Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow
Chanel Iridescent (112) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow

Chanel Iridescent (112) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is aptly named, as it is a pale white with an iridescent sheen that flashes pink, lavender, and blue paired with a soft, frosted finish. bareMinerals Skinny Dip (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ripe Plum (Left) (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Triple Impact (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Sugar Rush (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Mood Ring (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Cassiopeia (P, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Le Marais (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Opal (P) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Crushed Indigo (Left) (LE) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Pink Heart (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Illusion d’Ombre formula is supposed to be an “intensely shimmering long-wear eyeshadow.” If you’re unfamiliar with the formula, it is lightly spongy and slightly emollient, but it doesn’t feel like the traditional cream eyeshadow and is much thinner and more powder-like in how it applies and wears. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin and had semi-opaque coverage in one layer. It was buildable to opaque coverage after two layers or sheered out for more of a wash of shimmer, if desired, without issue. It lasted for nine and a half hours on me before creasing slightly.

Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow Iridescent (112)
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Chanel LA Sunrise Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadows

Chanel Moonlight Pink (118) Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow

Chanel Spring 2016 Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadows ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) are an unexpected miss. Chanel was one of the first brands to debut this type of product, where it’s a cream eyeshadow but applies and feels more like a powder on the skin with a spongy texture. It’s been a favorite for a long time, but I had serious issues with application with two of the three shades.

Chanel Moonlight Pink (118) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a softened, light-medium rosy pink with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The texture was slightly dry compared to a lot of the range, but it applied decently. It had weak pigmentation, but it was buildable without emphasizing the lid texture. The eyeshadow started to crease after eight and a half hours of wear. Hourglass Monochrome #2 (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Booty Call (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #2 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Wattles (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Give Me Fire (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Pure Bred #2 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Lancome My French #5 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Dior Chimere (821) (P, $31.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Pop Art Princess (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Intense Gaze (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Kat Von D Killing Jar (P) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Lorelei (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Last Sin (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Buxom Glitz Factor (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, brighter (80% similar). Chanel Envol (847) (LE, $32.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). NYX Golden Peach (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Ocean Light (122) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a brighter, medium blue with fine blue glitter. It’s hard to describe why this ended up being such an atrocious product, because even in the pot, it doesn’t feel half as dry as it looks on the skin. It’s so splotchy and uneven; it applies and barely wants to blend out. I think the only way to salvage it is to use it as a base and layer much more opaque colors over it, but there are better products out there for that purpose. The color lasted for eight hours before creasing, but I had fall out over time. MAC Switch to Blue (LE, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I218 Indigo Blue (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Kimono (P, $5.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). LORAC Blue Quartz (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Buxom Backstage Pass (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Aja (LE) is darker (90% similar). Stila Lapis (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Buxom Bulldog (P, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Skywalk (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). LORAC Cobalt (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia Azure (LE, $12.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Swing (116) (P, $29.50) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Griffith Green (126) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark green-ish teal with fine gold frost. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but the texture, while it felt smooth, was difficult to blend out. I also encountered an issue where the color would lift off if I tried to blend it out along the edge (even gently). It lasted for eight and a half hours before creasing slightly. Kat Von D Scarab (LE) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay C-Note (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Emerald Lust #2 (LE) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Clarins Garden Escape #2 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Typhoon (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Whispering Ibis (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Peacock (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Emerald (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Try Me On (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Coloured Raine Forbidden (P, $6.99) is darker (85% similar). NYX Jaded (P, $6.00) is warmer (85% similar). Milani Bella Emerald (18) (P, $4.49) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Damaged (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Siren Blue (LE, $45.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Tarina Tarantino Very Wicked (LE) is darker (80% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Cleopatra (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow Moonlight Pink (118)
7
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
74%
Total
Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow Ocean Light (122)
5
Product
6
Pigmentation
6
Texture
8
Longevity
1.5
Application
59%
Total
Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow Griffith Green (126)
6
Product
9
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
9
Longevity
3
Application
74%
Total

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ColourPop Puppy Love Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Puppy Love Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Puppy Love Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Puppy Love Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft peach with pink and gold duochrome.” It’s a light peach with warm undertones and an iridescent pink sheen. It read more pink sheen than duochrome to me (I couldn’t detect as much of a shift when moving my arm). Urban Decay Blow (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Dior Rose Garden #4 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek I'm Peachless (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Zoeva Handmade (P) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Guerlain Les Precieux #2 (LE) is brighter (90% similar). LORAC Dream Girl #10 (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm #14 (P, $6.50) is darker (85% similar). Ciate Dainty (LE) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). Chanel Tisse d'Automne #2 (P) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This is the first charity product I’ve seen from ColourPop, and it was nice to see that “all proceeds from the sale of ‘Puppy Love’ will be donated to Best Friends Animal Society.” It’s part of their cream-to-powder range, which has a firm, but spongy, consistency that applies more like a powder than a traditional cream eyeshadow (it doesn’t really feel wet). The texture was thin, blendable, and spread across the skin fairly well. This one was a little drier to me than the average ColourPop eyeshadow, so it was one that needs building/layering to achieve true-to-pan intensity. It wore for ten hours without creasing or fading on me.

Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Puppy Love
Puppy Love
Puppy Love
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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ColourPop Boogie Nights Super Shock Shadows (Part 2)

ColourPop Glitterati Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Glitterati Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Glitterati Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “silver undertone with gold glitter.” It’s a light silvery white with gold glitter. It is packed with larger, chunky glitter, which makes this shade more troublesome to use, as it tends to thicken on the lid and go on unevenly. It is really best applied by patting it over another shade. It is usable on its own, but I find it tends to be a little uneven and sheer in places. There was a small amount of fall out over time, though the color was going strong after ten hours. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #2 (P) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Cashmere (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Fyrinnae Sled Puppies (P, $6.75) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Greenluxe #2 (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D416 Crystalline Yellow (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Shifting Sand (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Photosphere (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Rêve d'Orient #2 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Pastelluxe #1 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop I Heart This (P, $5.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Fringe (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Ice (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). LORAC Unlocked (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Sleigh (LE, $5.00) is darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever D552 Crystalline Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Reflects Gold (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Snow Flurry (LE, $5.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Disco Ball Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “true black undertone with gold glitter.” It’s a blackened olive with lighter green and gold sparkle. It had mostly opaque coverage, but it does need two layers for truly opaque coverage. It could blend out more evenly as well, but it did last for ten hours without fading or creasing and almost no fall out. Cle de Peau Modern Era #4 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Scorpio (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Cosmic Clash (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Sephora Jungle Party (09) (P, $10.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Greenluxe #4 (P) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Gingerluxe #3 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Dior Pied de Poule #5 (P) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Smutty Green (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Gabon (LE, $25.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Zodiac (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Eiffel (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Guerlain Cygne Noir #1 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Dance Party Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “smoky violet with multi-colored glitter.” It’s a muted, medium-dark purple with a darker, black base and multi-colored sparkle. This is a lot prettier in person than swatched, I think, as the shimmer is very multi-dimensional. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage that was buildable to mostly opaque coverage. The eyeshadow was still crease-free after ten hours, and I only saw less than a handful of sparkles that had dropped over wear. Laura Mercier Violet Sugar (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). theBalm All the Way Annie (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Get Physical (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Kauai #2 (P, $25.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Feel the Fever (LE, $21.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Frost at Midnight (LE, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Romance in Rome (LE, $9.99) is lighter (85% similar). Guerlain Shalimar (Top) (LE) is cooler (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Bliss in Barcelona (LE, $9.99) is brighter (85% similar). NARS Canberra (LE, $25.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Gravity (LE, $19.00) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Voodoo (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Champs Elysees (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Fan Girl (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Milani Purr-fect Purple (P, $6.99) is lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #1 (P) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Plumluxe #3 (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Ether (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). Kat Von D Lunacy (LE) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). Too Faced Sugared Violet (LE, $16.00) is cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Glitterati
Glitterati
Glitterati
B-

Limited Edition

8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
81%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Disco Ball
B+

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Dance Party
B

Limited Edition

7.5
Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
83%
Total

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ColourPop Boogie Nights Super Shock Shadows (Part 1)

ColourPop Famous Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Famous Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Famous Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft subtle gold.” It’s a light, yellowed gold with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation with a smooth, creamy texture that felt almost wet to the touch, but it still had the mousse-like consistency you’d expect from ColourPop’s eyeshadow formula. It applied well with true-to-pot color and coverage, and the eyeshadow looked as good ten hours later as it did when I applied it. Dior Blazing Gold #3 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Canter (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Eggnog Latte (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Bathwater (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Fringe (DC, $5.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Buxom Poodle (P, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Fortune (LE) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Super Hard Core (LE, $5.00) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Uninhibited (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Lancome Filigree (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #1 (P) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Gingerdoodle (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #1 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Let Me Explain (P, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Viseart Alexandre Trois (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D416 Crystalline Yellow (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Minx (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Codes Elegants #2 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC The Naked Time (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Cheap Date Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “true gold … with silver sparkles.” It’s a medium, yellow gold with warm, brown undertones and silver sparkle over a metallic finish. It was intensely pigmented with a creamy, smooth texture that was easy to blend out. It has a little more texture to it, so it could have gone on a little more smoothly on the lid with a brush (with a fingertip, it was fine). The color showed no signs of fading or creasing after ten hours of wear. Laura Mercier Gilded Gold (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Topkapi #4 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Rêve d'Orient #3 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #5 (P) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Buxom 24KT Stilettos (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Get Lucky (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Goldmine (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Kat Von D Brass Knuckles (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). LORAC Gold Leaf (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Spell #1 (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Studly (LE, $29.00) is warmer (85% similar). Stila Gold Goddess (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #2 (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Metallic (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Makeup Geek Fortune Teller (P, $9.99) is darker, brighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop DGAF Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “medium-toned rusty brown … with gold glitter.” It’s a medium, reddish-brown with warm, orange undertones and a lot of gold glitter. It was richly pigmented, creamy, smooth, and blendable. A few sparkles fell out while blending out the edges, but I didn’t have any fall out during wear, and it was still going strong after ten hours of wear. Urban Decay Trick (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Doce (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Smashbox Oxidize (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Solar Flare (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Coppering (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). Too Faced Soleil (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Sequin (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Dive (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Gingersnap (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Boy Band (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Moonshine Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “rich chocolate brown coated with gold glitter.” It’s a medium-dark, chocolate brown with warm, orange undertones and a gold sparkle. It was incredibly soft, creamy, and smooth–very dense–and intensely pigmented. This shade went on beautifully, and it was easy to work with as it didn’t lose intensity but still diffused around the edges without a lot of work. The color wore for ten hours without fading or creasing. Too Faced Cocoa Chili (P, $16.00)(90% similar). Too Faced Chestnut (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Papilio (P) is lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #4 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Twinks (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Surabaya #2 (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Illamasqua Dart (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Satellite (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Gravitational (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Deluxe (DC, $5.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Too Faced Jackpot (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever S632 Hazelnut (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Givenchy Inattendue #1 (P) is lighter (85% similar). Dior Contraste Horizon #4 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Thunderbird (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). Laura Mercier Choco Glace (LE, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop On the Rocks (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Rhinestone Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “deep blue green.” It’s a muted, blackened bluish-teal with a pearly shimmer. It had semi-opaque coverage, and it was somewhat buildable, but it had a little more slip to the consistency that made it harder to really layer for opaque coverage. The texture was smooth and blendable, and it still lasted a long time (ten hours).
Gucci Beauty Malachite (Right) (P) is darker (95% similar). Giorgio Armani #18 (P, $32.00) is cooler (95% similar). Natasha Denona Deep Pacific (03V) (P, $29.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Mermaid (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Dior Pied de Poule #1 (P) is darker (95% similar). MAC Celestial Peak (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Makeup Geek Ocean Breeze (P, $6.00) is cooler (95% similar). Dior Jardin #5 (P) is darker (90% similar). NARS Give In Take III (LE, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). theBalm #17 (P, $6.50) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Blue Noir (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). YSL Scandal #5 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Sephora Stormy Seas (113) (LE, $13.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Emerald Dusk (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Giove (P, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Hijack (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Misdemeanor (LE, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Deep Blue Green (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Famous
Famous
Famous
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow DGAF
DGAF
DGAF
A+

Limited Edition

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Cheap Date
Cheap Date
Cheap Date
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Moonshine
Moonshine
Moonshine
A+

Limited Edition

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Rhinestone
Rhinestone
Rhinestone
A-

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

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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). Givenchy Bleu Soie (4) (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker, less glossy (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #6 (LE) is lighter, brighter, less glossy (85% similar). Urban Decay Beat Down (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, less glossy (90% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Sapphire (LE, $30.00) is darker, less glossy (90% 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). MAC Dark Soul (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, less glossy (85% similar). MAC Jet Couture (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, less glossy (85% similar). Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, less glossy (85% similar). Urban Decay Scorpio (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer, less glossy (85% similar). Chanel Mirifique (P, $32.00) is 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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