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Tom Ford Caviar, Midnight Violet, Sphinx Cream Color for Eyes

Tom Ford Caviar Cream Color for Eyes
Tom Ford Caviar Cream Color for Eyes

Tom Ford Cream Color for Eyes ($45.00 for 0.17 oz.) has eight new shades for spring. According to Tom Ford PR, the Cream Color for Eyes shades are limited edition, though a couple of stores/counters have said differently (and some have agreed). Worth noting, the jars are different and contain less, while the price has increased; the shade released last spring was $42 for 0.21 oz. and these are $45 for 0.17 oz. The jar is slightly taller with a shorter diameter. Practically speaking, I don’t think the missing amount is going to be “felt” by the user as they have been rather large, but I was disappointed to see the squeeze on both ends–price and quantity.

The Cream Color for Eyes formula is supposed to be “ultra-pigmented” and “metallic” with a “creamy formula” that doesn’t “crease or smudge.” The majority of the shades I’ve tried in the range live up to those things–good pigmentation but can be applied sheerly (use less and/or apply with a fluffy brush) or kept opaque (a little goes a long way) with eight to twelve hours of wear (no primer). They’re blendable and dry down fast enough not to crease too easily while you’re working on them but not so quickly that they don’t budge. I did find that a couple of the new shades were more emollient than past shades and did have a longer dry down time and were harder to keep out of creases (in this review, that would be Caviar, but it seemed to eek by just fast enough to set without creasing early on).

Tom Ford Caviar Cream Color for Eyes ($45.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a dark, grayish black with silver pearl that gives it a strong sheen. It had mostly opaque coverage with a creamy, blendable texture that had a little more slip than the average shade in the formula but not so much that it took too long to dry down (so it didn’t gather in the creases as it set). The color lasted for nine and a half hours before creasing on me. Estee Lauder Grey Amber (LE) is less glossy (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Paris #4 (P) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). MAC Retrograde (LE, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). Illamasqua Graphica (P) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Asphalt (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Santeria (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Diane (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tom Ford Midnight Violet Cream Color for Eyes ($45.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark plum purple with warm undertones and a frosted shimmer-sheen finish. It had opaque coverage that could be applied with a lighter touch or blended out for sheerer coverage, if desired, though it was harder to keep coverage even and sheer (I think it may be slightly too emollient). The color lasted for ten hours before creasing slightly. Makeup Geek Drama Queen (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Illamasqua Queen of the Night (P, $25.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Bondage (LE, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Uncut (P, $19.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Dior Hypnotique (881) (P, $31.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tom Ford Sphinx Cream Color for Eyes ($45.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy-orange with warm pink sparkle and shimmer that gives it more of a duochrome shift. This is one of the more sparkly shades from spring with larger particles in it, but I don’t get much fall out once it dries down and I leave it alone–the sparkles will drop down if blended while drying down/dry. The texture is lightweight, creamy, and blendable on the skin with good color payoff. It lasted for nine hours before creasing on me. NARS Outer Limits (LE, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Outer Limits (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek In the Spotlight (P, $9.99) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Fireball (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Gem (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Unpredictable (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). theBalm Faithful (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Stellar (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Mai Tai (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Jones (LE, $19.00) is brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tom Ford Beauty Cream Color for Eyes Caviar
Caviar
Caviar
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
Tom Ford Beauty Cream Color for Eyes Midnight Violet
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Tom Ford Beauty Cream Color for Eyes Sphinx
Sphinx
Sphinx
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

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Tom Ford Beauty Siren Blue, Burnished Copper, Opale, Platinum Cream Color for Eyes

Tom Ford Opale Cream Color for Eyes
Tom Ford Opale Cream Color for Eyes

Tom Ford Cream Color for Eyes ($45.00 for 0.17 oz.) has eight new shades for spring. According to Tom Ford PR, the Cream Color for Eyes shades are limited edition, though a couple of stores/counters have said differently (and some have agreed). Worth noting, the jars are different and contain less, while the price has increased; the shade released last spring was $42 for 0.21 oz. and these are $45 for 0.17 oz. The jar is slightly taller with a shorter diameter. Practically speaking, I don’t think the missing amount is going to be “felt” by the user as they have been rather large, but I was disappointed to see the squeeze on both ends–price and quantity.

The Cream Color for Eyes formula is supposed to be “ultra-pigmented” and “metallic” with a “creamy formula” that doesn’t “crease or smudge.” The majority of the shades I’ve tried in the range live up to those things–good pigmentation but can be applied sheerly (use less and/or apply with a fluffy brush) or kept opaque (a little goes a long way) with eight to twelve hours of wear (no primer). They’re blendable and dry down fast enough not to crease too easily while you’re working on them but not so quickly that they don’t budge. I did find that a couple of the new shades were more emollient than past shades and did have a longer dry down time and were harder to keep out of creases (in this review, that would be Siren Blue).

Tom Ford Siren Blue Cream Color for Eyes ($45.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium-dark, aqua blue with cool undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a creamy consistency that had a wetter feel than most shades I’ve tried in this formula. The dry down took longer, and it was hard to keep from gathering in the creases when I tried using it on my inner corner/lid area; when I tried it on the outer lid, I had less trouble. Once it set, I didn’t get further creasing or movement until eight and a half hours later.
Milani Bella Teal (21) (P, $4.49) is brighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Shoshanna (414) (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Lancome My French #7 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #5 (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Pegasus (P, $9.99) is warmer (90% similar). CoverGirl Turquoise Glow (325) (LE, $4.99) is lighter (85% similar). theBalm Big Kahuna (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Chanel Griffith Green (126) (LE, $32.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tom Ford Burnished Copper Cream Color for Eyes ($45.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a dark, olive green with warm, brown undertones and a metallic sheen with faint gold micro-sparkle. It was intensely pigmented, and a little went a very, very long way. The texture was creamy without being too wet, but it still blended out well. The color lasted for ten hours before creasing slightly. Urban Decay Stash (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Venom (P, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar). Inglot #419 (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Dusty Olive (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Raw Jade (Right) (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Tisse d'Automne #1 (P) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Mysterious Influence (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Cosmic Deco #2 (P) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Eureka (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Green Iron (06) (P, $39.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Kryptonite (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Fumé (Left) (P) is more muted (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I328 Bronze (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Giorgio Armani #14 (LE, $33.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Veruschka (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Clinique Willow Pop (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Giorgio Armani #24 (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tom Ford Opale Cream Color for Eyes ($45.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a sparkling, shimmer finish. It had good pigmentation with a creamy, lightweight consistency that applied well and blended out nicely, though some of the sparkle dropped below the lid as it dried down and was blended. However, once it dries down (and you’re not rubbing off the sparkles with a brush), there didn’t appear to be fall out while worn. It lasted for eight and a half hours before lightly creasing on me. NARS Shade IV (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Flirt (P) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Ricepaper (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #2 (LE, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Seasonal Spirit (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Lace #3 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Blush (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Uninhibited (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Famous (LE, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #2 (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Devotion (P) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Butter Pecan (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Crystal Spark (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Benefit Bikini-tini (P, $20.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Kitties (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #1 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Funny Girl (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norma Jean (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Giorgio Armani #10 (P, $32.00) is darker (85% similar). Laura Mercier Sugar Frost (P, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tom Ford Platinum Cream Color for Eyes ($45.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium-dark taupe brown with warm, reddish undertones and a frosted sheen. It was noticeably warmer with stronger red tones than the one I have from before. It still had great coverage with a creamy, blendable texture that wore well for ten hours before lightly creasing, but the undertone difference was noticeable. Sleek MakeUP Python (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Force of Nature #1 (LE, $21.00) is less glossy (90% similar). LORAC Mocha (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Liar (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Ulta Taupe (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #2 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Spiked Cider (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Champagne Shimmer (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #3 (LE) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NARS Iraklion (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Buxom Mink Magnet (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Night Hopper (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Enchanted Forest (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). CoverGirl Scorching Cocoa (355) (P, $4.99) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Mugshot (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Sleek & Spice (95) (LE, $6.99) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D562 Taupe Platinum (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Paradise on Earth (P, $9.99) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Poesie #1 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). CoverGirl Melted Caramel (330) (P, $4.99) is lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tom Ford Beauty Cream Color for Eyes Siren Blue
Siren Blue
Siren Blue
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
83%
Total
Tom Ford Beauty Cream Color for Eyes Burnished Copper
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
Tom Ford Beauty Cream Color for Eyes Opale
Opale
Opale
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
Tom Ford Beauty Cream Color for Eyes Platinum
Platinum
Platinum
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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Surratt Beauty Scandal Eyes Prismatique Eyes

Surratt Beauty Scandal Eyes Prismatique Eyes
Surratt Beauty Scandal Eyes Prismatique Eyes

The following was previously written for my first review on this formula, as all three I tried were very consistent in performance: Surratt Beauty Prismatique Eyes ($38.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a two-part compact that twists to reveal a glittery, more powder-like eyeshadow on the lower level, and then on the upper level, the lid twists off and reveals a cream eyeshadow. The brand states that the cream eyeshadow is a long-wearing, “water-proof shadow base” that can be used underneath the glittery eyeshadow or as an eyeliner. The glittery eyeshadow is called a “prismatic top coat.” The two only work well when used together, but neither works that well alone. Together, they’re pretty, but the cream eyeshadow is fussier than ideal for a cream-based product, so blending and getting even coverage were quite challenging.

Based on the fact that the cream eyeshadow is the long-wearing part and has the most claims, I rated this as a standalone product plus how well it did hold the glitter eyeshadow, but the wear considers it on its own as well as when worn with the glitter eyeshadow. On the other hand, the glitter eyeshadow’s wear is based on how long it wears over the cream base (there seem to be next to no claims made for the eyeshadow, other than calling it a top coat and it designed to be very sparkly!). The cream eyeshadow worked decently as an eyeliner without the glittery eyeshadow on top of it, but on the lid, it had a tendency to crease before it had a chance to set due to a longer dry-down time. If I applied the glittery eyeshadow on top of the cream base as it was drying down, the glitter was fairly locked on and seemed to prevent any initial creasing. Then the whole layer cake of product lasted for nine hours before I noticed faint creasing. The cream eyeshadow was fairly crease-resistant, but the longer dry down time meant keeping the lid close and lightly patting the cream eyeshadow back into place after 15-20 seconds until it was fully dried at about 45 seconds. I recommend a flat, slightly narrow, synthetic brush to pat on the glitter eyeshadow for best results.

The glitter eyeshadow will get everywhere without the cream base to lock on, and the glitter seemed like flecks, which were a pain to remove from the skin (it is always amusing that glitter won’t stick to the lid, but it’ll stick to your nose no problem!). The cream eyeshadow was generally pigmented but had a fair amount of slip to it without being really thick, so it tended to look patchy and uneven on the lid, especially the more I blended out the edge. It is the type of product that is easier to use as a base on the lid and then use traditional powder eyeshadow to do crease work. The packaging felt flimsy to me, and I’ve too often swiveled open the lower level and nicked the edge of the pan as a result. I had consistent results across the three shades I purchased inasmuch as wear and application went.

Scandal Eyes (Cream) is described as a “deep black.” It’s a very dark, inky black with neutral-to-cool undertones and a natural sheen. It was intensely pigmented–the most pigmented of the three–and had the least slip, so it also applied the best out of the ones I purchased. The color was only slightly streaky but remained mostly opaque on the lid. The color didn’t take as long to dry down, but I still had to be careful about keeping the product out of creases while it was drying down. Once it set, the color was crease-resistant for eight and a half hours. When I patted the glitter eyeshadow on top, the wear was over nine hours with minimal fall out. The edges were difficult to diffuse; I tried fingertips, synthetic flat and fluffy brushes, as well as natural brushes. Laura Mercier Tuxedo (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Onyx (LE, $30.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Makeup Geek Corrupt (P, $6.00) is less glossy (95% similar). MAC Nehru (Guo Pei) (LE, $16.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Make Up For Ever S102 Onyx (P, $21.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Obsidian (01) (P, $39.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Black Valley (P, $25.00) is less glossy (95% similar). NARS Filbuste (P, $28.00) is cooler (95% similar). theBalm #9 (P, $6.50) is less glossy (95% similar). Milani Pitch Black (P, $5.99) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Tarte Fashionista (LE) is less glossy (90% similar). Sugarpill Bulletproof (P, $12.00) is less glossy (90% similar). NARS Sycorax (P, $29.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Kat Von D Black Metal (LE) is less glossy (90% similar). Illamasqua Zeitgeist (P, $25.50) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Blackout (P, $19.00) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Too Faced Stiletto (LE, $16.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M100 Black (P, $21.00) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Scandal Eyes (Glitter) is described as a “sparkly bewitching black duo-chrome.” It’s a multi-colored shimmered dark charcoal gray with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and a fair amount of glitter. The texture felt smooth in the pan, but it was so soft that it was also a little crumbly to work with, so it was harder to blend out the eyeshadow over the base and was better only patted on with a firm, flat synthetic brush with only very subtle blending on the edges to keep it from getting everywhere. MAC Jet Couture (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Let's Boogie (LE, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Givenchy Inattendue #2 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Dark Matter (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Scorpio (P, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). Dior Eternal Gold #5 (LE) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Guerlain Cygne Noir #1 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NYX Smoke & Mirrors (P, $6.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Surratt Beauty Prismatique Eyes Scandal Eyes
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
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Clarins Spring 2016 Ombre Iridescente Cream Eyeshadows

Clarins Silver Ivory Ombre Iridescente Cream Eyeshadow
Clarins Silver Ivory Ombre Iridescente Cream Eyeshadow

Clarins Ombre Iridescente Cream Eyeshadow ($24.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a cream-to-powder eyeshadow that is supposed to adhere well to skin, last long, and give “pure color.” The texture is lightly spongy, where it has give if you press against it, but it doesn’t have the wetness of your traditional cream eyeshadow. The texture is smooth, lightweight, and blendable, while color coverage was mostly opaque to opaque. The three I tried lasted between seven and eight hours on me. You’ll notice that Silver Ivory has come away from the edges of the pot, but it didn’t seem drier in texture compared to the others and pretty much performed similarly!

Clarins Silver Ivory Ombre Iridescente Cream Eyeshadow ($24.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a muted, light-medium golden pewter with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The consistency was easy to use, blendable, and retained most of its opacity when applied to the lid without sheering out too readily. On me, it lasted for seven and a half hours before creasing. Giorgio Armani #19 (LE, $33.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Palladium (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Two Stylish #1 (P) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Arctic Grey (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #5 (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Fly by Twilight (LE, $20.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). bareMinerals Bling (LE) is darker (85% similar). NARS Lost Coast #1 (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Anastasia Beigely (LE, $12.00) is warmer (85% similar). NARS Give In Take I (LE, $29.00) is lighter (85% similar). bareMinerals Golden Pear (LE, $14.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Hello Kitty Cookie (LE) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). Too Faced Indulge (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). NARS Antares (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). MAC Greenluxe #3 (P) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Clarins Silver Pink Ombre Iridescente Cream Eyeshadow ($24.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a muted, medium pink-mauve with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff with a smooth, blendable consistency that applied well and was easy to use. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours before creasing on me. Tarte Haunting (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Lilacked (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Maybelline Rose Riot (140) (LE, $6.99) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm #32 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Winter Dream (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #2 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Sugared Raisin (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Honey Lavender (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Maybelline Inked in Pink (P, $6.99) is cooler (85% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Smoky Quartz (LE, $30.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Giorgio Armani #7 (P, $33.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Poker Face (LE, $14.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Clarins Silver Plum Ombre Iridescente Cream Eyeshadow ($24.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a medium-dark, mauvey taupe with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had great pigmentation with a lightly creamy, smooth texture that applied nicely to the skin and blended out easily. This was the longer-wearing of the three, as it made it to eight hours before light creasing was noticeable. Tarte Up Too Slate (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Wave (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Cherie (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Clarins Rosewood #3 (P) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Lilac Dream #3 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). YSL Taupe Drop (03) (P, $30.00) is cooler (85% similar). Dior Golden Snow #4 (LE) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Maybelline Black Orchid (130) (LE, $6.99) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). L'Oreal Pain au Chocolat (P, $5.99) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Stag Film (LE, $29.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Cloudy Afternoon (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Zoeva Outline (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Chocolate Crumble (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Zoeva Delicate Acidity (P) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). NARS Callisto (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). MAC Bounce Around (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Clarins Ombre Iridescente Cream Eyeshadow Silver Ivory (04)
Clarins Ombre Iridescente Cream Eyeshadow Silver Pink (05)
Clarins Ombre Iridescente Cream Eyeshadow Silver Plum (07)

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Surratt Beauty Mesmer Eyes Prismatique Eyes

Surratt Beauty Mesmer Eyes Prismatique Eyes
Surratt Beauty Mesmer Eyes Prismatique Eyes

The following was previously written for my first review on this formula, as all three I tried were very consistent in performance: Surratt Beauty Prismatique Eyes ($38.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a two-part compact that twists to reveal a glittery, more powder-like eyeshadow on the lower level, and then on the upper level, the lid twists off and reveals a cream eyeshadow. The brand states that the cream eyeshadow is a long-wearing, “water-proof shadow base” that can be used underneath the glittery eyeshadow or as an eyeliner. The glittery eyeshadow is called a “prismatic top coat.” The two only work well when used together, but neither works that well alone. Together, they’re pretty, but the cream eyeshadow is fussier than ideal for a cream-based product, so blending and getting even coverage were quite challenging.

Based on the fact that the cream eyeshadow is the long-wearing part and has the most claims, I rated this as a standalone product plus how well it did hold the glitter eyeshadow, but the wear considers it on its own as well as when worn with the glitter eyeshadow. On the other hand, the glitter eyeshadow’s wear is based on how long it wears over the cream base (there seem to be next to no claims made for the eyeshadow, other than calling it a top coat and it designed to be very sparkly!). The cream eyeshadow worked decently as an eyeliner without the glittery eyeshadow on top of it, but on the lid, it had a tendency to crease before it had a chance to set due to a longer dry-down time. If I applied the glittery eyeshadow on top of the cream base as it was drying down, the glitter was fairly locked on and seemed to prevent any initial creasing. Then the whole layer cake of product lasted for nine hours before I noticed faint creasing. The cream eyeshadow was fairly crease-resistant, but the longer dry down time meant keeping the lid close and lightly patting the cream eyeshadow back into place after 15-20 seconds until it was fully dried at about 45 seconds. I recommend a flat, slightly narrow, synthetic brush to pat on the glitter eyeshadow for best results.

The glitter eyeshadow will get everywhere without the cream base to lock on, and the glitter seemed like flecks, which were a pain to remove from the skin (it is always amusing that glitter won’t stick to the lid, but it’ll stick to your nose no problem!). The cream eyeshadow was generally pigmented but had a fair amount of slip to it without being really thick, so it tended to look patchy and uneven on the lid, especially the more I blended out the edge. It is the type of product that is easier to use as a base on the lid and then use traditional powder eyeshadow to do crease work. The packaging felt flimsy to me, and I’ve too often swiveled open the lower level and nicked the edge of the pan as a result. I had consistent results across the three shades I purchased inasmuch as wear and application went. This particular duo had a more pigmented, buildable cream eyeshadow in it, though it was even more slippery than Glamour Eyes, so it easily looked patchy and streaky applied.

Mesmer Eyes (Cream) is described as a “khaki green.” It’s a murky, medium-dark olive green with warm, brown undertones and a natural sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage that was buildable to opaque coverage after two passes, but it takes some doing to manage the formula as it dries down. I kept my eyelid closed and patted lightly over the natural crease about half-way through the dry down phase, which helped to push color out of the crease. Once it dried down, the color would last for eight and a half hours. Makeup Geek Dirty Martini (P, $6.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Viseart Dark Matte #12 (P) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm D4 (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Shade III (LE, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Mozambique (P, $25.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mesmer Eyes (Glitter) is described as a “glistening green-gold duo-chrome.” It’s a light-medium, yellow gold base with a green-to-gold shift that is most apparent when it is layered but is very subtle on its own. The texture was smoother and less crumbly than Glamour Eyes, so it was easier to use and applied more smoothly over the cream eyeshadow. MAC Night Thrill (LE, $22.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Gorgeous Gold (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Surratt Beauty Prismatique Eyes Mesmer Eyes
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
7
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
80%
Total
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Surratt Beauty Glamour Eyes Prismatique Eyes

Surratt Beauty Glamour Eyes Prismatique Eyes
Surratt Beauty Glamour Eyes Prismatique Eyes

Surratt Beauty Prismatique Eyes ($38.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a two-part compact that twists to reveal a glittery, more powder-like eyeshadow on the lower level, and then on the upper level, the lid twists off and reveals a cream eyeshadow. The brand states that the cream eyeshadow is a long-wearing, “water-proof shadow base” that can be used underneath the glittery eyeshadow or as an eyeliner. The glittery eyeshadow is called a “prismatic top coat.” The two only work well when used together, but neither works that well alone. Together, they’re pretty, but the cream eyeshadow is fussier than ideal for a cream-based product, so blending and getting even coverage were quite challenging.

Based on the fact that the cream eyeshadow is the long-wearing part and has the most claims, I rated this as a standalone product plus how well it did hold the glitter eyeshadow, but the wear considers it on its own as well as when worn with the glitter eyeshadow. On the other hand, the glitter eyeshadow’s wear is based on how long it wears over the cream base (there seem to be next to no claims made for the eyeshadow, other than calling it a top coat and it designed to be very sparkly!). The cream eyeshadow worked decently as an eyeliner without the glittery eyeshadow on top of it, but on the lid, it had a tendency to crease before it had a chance to set due to a longer dry-down time. If I applied the glittery eyeshadow on top of the cream base as it was drying down, the glitter was fairly locked on and seemed to prevent any initial creasing. Then the whole layer cake of product lasted for nine hours before I noticed faint creasing. The cream eyeshadow was fairly crease-resistant, but the longer dry down time meant keeping the lid close and lightly patting the cream eyeshadow back into place after 15-20 seconds until it was fully dried at about 45 seconds. I recommend a flat, slightly narrow, synthetic brush to pat on the glitter eyeshadow for best results.

The glitter eyeshadow will get everywhere without the cream base to lock on, and the glitter seemed like flecks, which were a pain to remove from the skin (it is always amusing that glitter won’t stick to the lid, but it’ll stick to your nose no problem!). The cream eyeshadow was generally pigmented but had a fair amount of slip to it without being really thick, so it tended to look patchy and uneven on the lid, especially the more I blended out the edge. It is the type of product that is easier to use as a base on the lid and then use traditional powder eyeshadow to do crease work. The packaging felt flimsy to me, and I’ve too often swiveled open the lower level and nicked the edge of the pan as a result. I had consistent results across the three shades I purchased inasmuch as wear and application went, but this particular duo had the least pigmented cream shade–but since these are intended to be layered on the lid, it did not really make a difference once the glitter eyeshadow as patted on top. It was, of course, noticeably sheer and even more muted on than in the pot when used as an eyeliner.

Glamour Eyes (Cream) is described as a “royal plum.” It’s a subdued, medium-dark lavender purple with subtle, neutral-to-cool undertones and a natural sheen. It had sheer, streaky coverage unless really piled on, but this made it extremely difficult for the product to dry down evenly without gathering into the creases. When used as a base, I really did not find it to be an issue that the coverage was sheerer or uneven, as patting the glitter on top hid it entirely while still acting as an adhesive for the flecks of glitter. Makeup Geek Fairytale (P, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Nearing Dark (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Motown (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Mulberry (LE, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Charade #2 (P, $25.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Purple Haze (DC, $16.00) is cooler, better quality (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Glamour Eyes (Glitter) is described as a “brilliant blue-violet duo-chrome.” It is more of a medium, pink-mauve base with blue-to-violet shift with a very glittery, chunky consistency. I think the chunkiness is actually due to how soft the product is, so a lot more product gets dislodged from the surface of the pan than you’d expect, so a very light touch is best. I might even consider using a slightly dampened brush as well. It looks cooler-toned once layered over the cream eyeshadow, and you can start to see the duochrome come through, but on its own, it just seemed like a warmer shade with a lot of glitter. Urban Decay Horizon (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Passion (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Smoky Mauve (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Halo (P, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Glitterrock (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Parallel Universe (Left) (LE, $25.00) is warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Mauvelous (LE, $16.00) is lighter (80% similar). Giorgio Armani #7 (P, $33.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Anastasia Blossom (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Surratt Beauty Prismatique Eyes Glamour Eyes
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
78%
Total
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