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
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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). Buxom Silver Screen (P, $0.05) is more shimmery, cooler (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). Urban Decay Harlot (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% 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.

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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%

Chanel Rouge Noir Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow

Chanel Rouge Noir (857) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “black red.” It’s a muted, dark plum with warmer undertones and fine gold and purple shimmer. Burberry Mulberry (24) (P, $29.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Fabulous Three #3 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Pop (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I834 Grape (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Dior House of Pinks #5 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Anastasia Aubergine (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #4 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Cabernet (LE) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Stila Garnet (P) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Show Plum Love (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Rare Find (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Stila Plum (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Jammin' (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Wonderland (DC) is darker (90% similar). MAC Rich Core (P, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Stila Deep Plum (LE, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Universal Appeal (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Signe Particulier #3 (LE) is darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #4 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Anastasia Pose (P, $12.00) is cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Chanel Rouge Noir (857) Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow
Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow Rouge Noir (857)
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Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
91%

MAC Stroke My Ego Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Stroke My Ego Pro Longwear Paint Pot ($22.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “pale silver shimmer.” It’s a soft, medium-dark taupe brown with warm undertones and a pearly shimmer. MAC Bounce Around (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Stag Film (LE, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Divine Rule (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Lilac Dream #3 (P) is cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Taupe Secret (01) (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Stellar (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Wave (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Steel the Scene (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #3 (P) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Vintage Selection (P, $18.50) is warmer (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #16 (P) is lighter (90% similar). L'Oreal Pain au Chocolat (P, $5.99) is lighter (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Flannel (08) (P, $39.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Zoeva Wrapped in Silk (P) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). MAC Satin Taupe (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Clarins The Essentials #5 (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Cinder (Left) (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Dior Rose Garden #5 (LE) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Zoeva Outline (P) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Zoeva Delicate Acidity (P) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Stroke My Ego Pro Longwear Paint Pot
MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot Stroke My Ego
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
87%