MAC Dark Desires Studio Eye Glosses

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.

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MAC Erogenous Zone Studio Eye Gloss
MAC Studio Eye Gloss Erogenous Zone
F
Product
2.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
0
Longevity
0
Application
1.5
Total
28%
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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.

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ColourPop Blitzed Super Shock Shadow Set
Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Set Blitzed
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
93%
Limited Edition
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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.

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Laura Mercier Matte to Metal Caviar Stick Set
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Holiday 2015 Set Matte to Metal
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
93%
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Giorgio Armani Rose Platinum, Hollywood, Silver Mirage Eye Tints

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). Urban Decay Harlot (LE, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Look at the Eyes (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Elegant Friend (LE, $16.00) is darker, 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). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Giorgio Armani Rose Platinum (16) Eye Tint
Giorgio Armani Eye Tint Rose Platinum (16)
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
87%
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Tom Ford Night Sky (01) Cream & 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).

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Tom Ford Night Sky (01) Cream and Powder Eye Color
Tom Ford Beauty Cream & Powder Eye Color Night Sky (01)
B+
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
9.5
Application
4.5
Total
87%
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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.

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Dior Blazing (631) DiorShow Fusion Mono
Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow Blazing (631)
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
88%