bareMinerals Prime Time Primer Shadows

Debuting July 1st, Bare Escentuals will launch new Prime Time Primer Shadows ($18.00 for 0.10 fl. oz.) in six shades: Bronzed Twig (iced chocolate), Chroma Violet (ripe plum), Gunmetal (midnight silver), Racing Green (blazing emerald), Sundance (sunlit peach), and Urban Nature (delicate moss).

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bareMinerals Prime Time Primer Shadows

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Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
4
Total
96%

MAC Big Bounce Shadow Swatches, Photos (Part 2)

Make sure you read my original, in-depth review for these eyeshadows here. This post only contains photos and swatches of the second half of the shades that will launch on May 5th. Each retails for $16.50.  I just did heavier swatches here (I just used whatever stuck to the spatula I used to fish each shade out), but these can go from sheer to medium coverage.

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MAC Big Bounce Shadow

MAC Big Bounce Shadow Swatches, Photos (Part 2)

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Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
0
Application
3.5
Total
61%

MAC Big Bounce Shadow Swatches, Photos (Part 1)

Make sure you read my original, in-depth review for these eyeshadows here. This post only contains photos and swatches of the first half of the shades that will launch on May 5th. Each retails for $16.50. I just did heavier swatches here (I used whatever stuck to the spatula I used to fish each shade out), but these can go from sheer to medium coverage.

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MAC Big Bounce Shadow

MAC Big Bounce Shadow Swatches, Photos (Part 1)

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Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
0
Application
3.5
Total
61%

NYC Union Square Eyeshadow Palette

NYC Union Square IndividualEyes Custom Compact ($4.99 for 0.33 oz.) is an excellent choice for an affordable, neutral-themed palette. Though it’s marketed as for “brown eyes,” I think it would work well with a variety of eye colors and skin tones. It contains four eyeshadows, an illuminator, and eyeshadow base.

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NYC Union Square Eyeshadow Palette

NYC Union Square Eyeshadow Palette

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Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
10
Application
4
Total
92%

Giorgio Armani Moonlight (12) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

This is a product that lives up to its claims–it wears all day without budging, creasing, or fading–and blends as well on its own as it does with other eyeshadows (or on top of an eyeshadow base). Giorgio Armani describes the Eyes to Kill Intense formula as neither powder nor cream but a hybrid that creates a “smooth, lasting color film” that can be applied wet or dry.  Giorgio Armani explains, “Each shade is intensified with a second pigment for a multi-dimensional effect. In just one swoop, create a wet, shimmering smokey eye … Base color covers eyelid, and second pigment adds drama to the contour.”

The texture of these feels almost like a cream eyeshadow, but it has the thinness of a powder eyeshadow while retaining some of the blendability of the hybrid cream-powder eyeshadow.  It also works well with other eyeshadow (see this look using #6).  It’s almost like a really dense loose powder that’s been pressed down, because if you dig at it, it loosens.

Though pricey, each shade comes with 0.14 oz. worth of product, which is a hefty amount (normal eyeshadow averages around 0.05 oz., no matter the price).  The only aspect I didn’t love was the little black stopper inside the jar (once you unscrew the black lid), because my longer fingers felt awkward grabbing it (so I just unscrew it upside down so it falls into the cap).

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Giorgio Armani Moonlight (12) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Waterproof Eyeshadow #12
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Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
98%

NYX Eyeshadow Base

This is one of my favorite budget friendly bases, because one pot lasts forever, and the product itself keeps eyeshadow on all day long without fading or creasing. It has a nice level of creaminess that makes it easy to apply and blend out to cover the entire lid area, but it dries down quick enough that it doesn’t crease before you get a chance to apply your eyeshadow on top of it. Skintone is more of an opaque base, though, which is particularly good for those who want a product that also evens out lids.

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NYX Eyeshadow Base
NYX Eyeshadow Base Skin Tone
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
90%