Natasha Denona Oxide, Golden Rose, Golden Beige, Petroleum Blue, Deep Pacific Eyeshadows

Natasha Denona Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.08 oz.) comes in 66 shades with four distinct finishes (Matte, Duo-Chrome, Metallic, and Sparkling). According to the brand, the eyeshadow formula is supposed to have “full, rich and intense color that won’t fade out, be “long-lasting,” and smooth. The majority of the shimmery shades were very pigmented with a soft consistency that was something just right and other times a little prone to crumbling/loosening in the pan, while the mattes were smooth but quite powdery, which resulted it color that didn’t adhere to bare skin as readily. The texture of most shades is soft, blendable, and most of the shimmery shades I’ve tested applied well to bare skin. The wear was fairly consistent, but there was some variance from shade to shade (which didn’t seem related to finish). The wear has ranged from five to eight hours, depending on the shade. Primer helps with longevity, adding two to three hours to the shade’s no-primer wear time, but they seem like shorter-wearing eyeshadows compared to most powder formulas I’ve tried.

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Natasha Denona Navy (01V) Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Metallic Eye Shadow Oxide (63M)
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
93%
Permanent
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Anastasia Birkin, Gem, Gold Rush, Metallic, Suede Eyeshadows

Anastasia Birkin Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a medium, peachy-orange with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had sheer color payoff with a very powdery consistency that was difficult to use on bare skin, as it would sheer out and get everywhere. This shade lasted for six hours before fading. Too Faced Millennial (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Viseart Cannelle (P) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie (P, $6.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Anastasia Birkin Eyeshadow
Anastasia Eyeshadow Birkin
F
Product
5.5
Pigmentation
5
Texture
5
Longevity
6.5
Application
3.5
Total
57%
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MAC Eye Z You Eyeshadow Palette (Zac Posen)

MAC Eye Z You Eyeshadow Palette ($43.50 for 0.19 oz.) is a pink and plum-hued palette with a subdued gray in the mix. There are six shades, and two appear to be totally new-to-me, while three are repromotes from past releases (two are from larger permanent palettes) and one is permanent as a single (Phloof!). It’s decent, and I was able to use all six shades on their own with some success, but some of the shades are drier to work with.

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MAC Eye Z You Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Eyeshadow x 6 Palette Eye Z You
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
84%
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Natasha Denona Glaze, Gray-Brown, Vintage, Calypso Blue, Electric Violet, Powder Blue, Navy Eyeshadows

Natasha Denona Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.08 oz.) comes in 66 shades with four distinct finishes (Matte, Duo-Chrome, Metallic, and Sparkling). According to the brand, the eyeshadow formula is supposed to have “full, rich and intense color that won’t fade out, be “long-lasting,” and smooth. The majority of the shimmery shades were very pigmented with a soft consistency that was something just right and other times a little prone to crumbling/loosening in the pan, while the mattes were smooth but quite powdery, which resulted it color that didn’t adhere to bare skin as readily. The texture of most shades is soft, blendable, and most of the shimmery shades I’ve tested applied well to bare skin. The wear was fairly consistent, but there was some variance from shade to shade (which didn’t seem related to finish). The wear has ranged from five to eight hours, depending on the shade. Primer helps with longevity, adding two to three hours to the shade’s no-primer wear time, but they seem like shorter-wearing eyeshadows compared to most powder formulas I’ve tried.

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Natasha Denona Navy (01V) Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Metallic Eye Shadow Glaze (12M)
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
87%
Permanent
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Anastasia Ash Brown, Pose, Rose, Victorian, Penny Eyeshadows

Anastasia Ash Brown Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a muted, dark taupe-brown with warm, yellow undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had a powdery, drier consistency that made it prone to sheering out. It was harder to apply to bare skin (definitely recommend a primer!) and lasted for seven hours on its own. Becca Ombre Nudes #4 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Buxom Big Spender (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). theBalm Woodie (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Hourglass Obscura #2 (P) is darker (95% similar). NARS Coconut Grove (P, $25.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Felt (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Dreamer (LE) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Saddle (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Deep Brown (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Sexpresso (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Secret Service (P, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). Viseart Tabac (P) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Eiffel for You (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Lancome Couture (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Yule Be Surprised (LE) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Cross-Cultural (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Picnic Basket (LE) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Anastasia Ash Brown Eyeshadow
Anastasia Eyeshadow Ash Brown
C
Product
7
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
7.5
Application
4
Total
74%
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Make Up For Ever Florals (Vol. 3) Artist Palette

Make Up For Ever Florals (Vol. 3) Artist Palette ($44.00 for 0.45 oz.) includes nine shades (all of the shades are also available individually in the permanent range). Two things worth noting: there are several repeats in this palette if you already own several of their past releases, and the amount of product in this is less than the last two volumes and $2 more. Oh, and there are, again, no matte shades. It’s such a shame that they’ve continued to repeat shades when they have 200+ shades in their range to choose from (see this sheet for repeats). If you haven’t picked up a lot of the brand’s palettes or singles previously, it IS a good palette overall — pigmented, long-wearing, and easy to use.

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Make Up For Ever Florals (Vol. 3) Artist Palette
Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Florals (Vol. 3)
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
93%
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