Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencils

Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil (£19.00 for 0.06 oz.) were definitely the one formula/product I was excited to test from the new range, as it was getting non-stop raves across the blogosphere. I think whether they work magic for you will depend on how you prefer to use jumbo eyeshadow pencils; if you use them as an all-over wash, you’ll probably like these. If you want to wear them together, not as much, and if you want to wear shadow on top, even less.

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Charlotte Tilbury Champagne Diamonds Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil
Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil Champagne Diamonds
C
Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
6.5
Application
3.5
Total
74%
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Laura Mercier Pearl Fantasy Illuminating Eye Colour & Twilight Caviar Stick

Laura Mercier Pearl Fantasy Illuminating Eye Colour ($24.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a pale, shimmering purple-tinged gray. Dior Constellation (864) #1 (LE) is a bit darker. MAC Time to Tango (LE, $21.00) is darker, bluer. MAC Pastelluxe #4 (P) is more shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #3 (LE) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches.

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Laura Mercier Pearl Fantasy Illuminating Eye Colour
Laura Mercier Illuminating Eye Colour Pearl Fantasy
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
90%
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MAC Stroke of Midnight/Nude Eye Bag

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Nude Eye Bag ($39.50 for 0.295 oz.) is a small, zippered bag that contains a Paint Pot ($20.00 value), Fluidline ($16.00 value), In Extreme Dimension Lash Mascara ($21.00 value), and a double-ended brush (approximately $10-15 value). The value of the color products is $57 alone, so you’re definitely getting more for your money by purchasing everything as a set; there is also the value of the bag and the double-ended brush that would bring the value to at least $67. Even if you’re just digging the Paint Pot and Fluidline, together they’re $36, so it’s not too bad if the other products are less interesting.

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MAC Stroke of Midnight Eye Bag/Nude
MAC Stroke of Midnight Eye Bag Stroke of Midnight/Nude
A+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
10
Application
6.5
Total
99%
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Chanel Fatal (837) & Initiation (827) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadows

Chanel Fatal (837) Illusion d’Ombre Long-Wear Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “silver purple.” It’s a plummy burgundy with soft warm, brown undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had good color payoff, but the texture was still creamy and soft, so it could be sheered out to a softer color–I found the warmth of the undertone came through the more I blended it out. It wore well for nine and a half hours and was somewhat faded (but no creasing) after ten and a half hours of wear. Disney Rococo is browner, darker. Kat Von D Fur Elise is matte. theBalm Just This Once Jamie is browner. MAC Universal Appeal is similar. MAC Star Violet is browner, warmer. Giorgio Armani #27 is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

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Chanel Fatal (837) Illusion d'Ombre Long-Wear Eyeshadow
Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow Fatal (837)
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
94%
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Le Metier de Beaute Champagne Shimmer & Starry Night True Colour Creme Eyeshadows

Le Metier de Beaute True Colour Creme Eyeshadow ($28.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “long-wearing,” “waterproof,” and crease-resistant. I will respectfully disagree with all three things and not just slightly but fully. Both shades were extremely emollient, and they never set or dried down; they remained movable, slippery, and as a result, slid around and settled into creases with great delight within a half hour. This occurred whether applied at more opaque color or as a barely-there, sheer wash of color. So, long-wearing and crease-resistant–not at all. They’re more water-resistant than waterproof (which is actually a separate claim that gets made: -resistant vs. -proof), as they won’t immediately start running or bleeding when in contact with water, but they do migrate somewhat and will move if you rub. The latter probably has more to do with the fact that they don’t set/dry down.

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Le Metier de Beaute Champagne Shimmer True Colour Creme Eyeshadow
Le Metier de Beaute True Colour Crème Eyeshadow Champagne Shimmer
F
Product
2
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
1
Application
2
Total
51%
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Illamasqua Reflection Eyeshadow Palette

Illamasqua Reflection Eyeshadow Palette ($46.50 for 0.20 oz.) is new for fall, and it is supposed to contain four “highly pigmented” eyeshadows with a “water-resistant” and “long-lasting” formula that is “silky” and “effortless” when applying and blending (per Illamasqua’s website). This is really a product that I think translates better in real life, under normal use, than it does in photos. It’s just not something that looks phenomenal in a close-up; no matter how lovely it seemed in person, the camera made the shades look a little iffy. If you like shimmering, sparkling cream eyeshadows, and you’re not going to be taking macro photos of your eye, I suspect you’ll still enjoy it. If you want your makeup to be immaculate, you’ll want to pass.

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Illamasqua Reflection Eyeshadow Palette
Illamasqua Eyeshadow Quad Reflection
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
6.5
Application
4.5
Total
82%
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