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 Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colours Set
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%

MAC Pure Flash, Superwatt, Blacklit, Switch to Blue Electric Cool Eyeshadows

Here are the other four shades of MAC Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) launching with the A Novel Romance collection (August 14th online, August 21st in-stores). To recap, these have a sponge-like texture with some spring, so they are a cream eyeshadow but dry down and set to more of a powder finish. If you’ve tried Chanel’s Illusion d’Ombres or Buxom Stay There Eyeshadows, these are similar in regards to texture. The performance of these really ranges from shade to shade, and the major weakness is really in the application/texture as some shades sheer out easily or apply unevenly (usually the darker shades). They don’t crease easily, and only the very sparkly shades have a bit of fall out.

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MAC Pure Flash! Electric Cool Eyeshadow
MAC Electric Cool Eyeshadow Pure Flash
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
94%
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MAC Love Power, Gilded Thrill, Coil, Highly Charged Electric Cool Eyeshadows

I tested and reviewed the Electric Cool Eyeshadow formula extensively when it originally launched in 2012. They have a sponge-like texture that has a little bit of spring, but you can press and smooth out like putty. If you’ve tried Chanel’s Illusion d’Ombres or Buxom Stay There Eyeshadows, these are similar in regards to texture. MAC’s version has decent color payoff, but it can vary from shade to shade, and they tend to apply best patted on, not swept or blended out much. I recommend MAC’s 242 for application, as it lays down color well and you can use it to blend out the edges. They wear well without creasing or fading, but there is some fall out with the more sparkly shades. Some of these work really well if you like a sparkling, all-over wash of color on the lid. The bolder and darker the shade, the more patchy and problematic it is to apply for an even, smooth, and opaque result. The lighter the shade, the better it performed.

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MAC Love Power Electric Cool Eyeshadow
MAC Electric Cool Eyeshadow Love Power
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
88%
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