Urban Decay Urban Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Urban Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette ($55.00 for 0.75 oz.) includes fifteen, full-sized eyeshadows (0.05 oz. each); five new shades, four permanent shades, and six shades from other palettes. I really liked the palette, and I think that the majority of the shades applied well over bare skin and lasted for seven to eight hours before creasing and/or fading. The pigmentation was typically good with soft, blendable textures that were easy to work with. This palette is all shimmer, though, so if you like satins and mattes to vary the finishes that you use, you’ll need to incorporate another palette. The three worst-performers were either more glittery or firmer/sheerer. It is exclusively available at urbandecay.com on October 20th and is limited edition.

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Urban Decay Urban Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette Urban Spectrum
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
87%
Limited Edition
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Chanel Swing Eyeshadow

Chanel Swing Eyeshadow ($29.50 for 0.05 oz.) is medium-dark, navy blue with lighter blue sparkle over a frosted finish. Urban Decay Moonshadow (P, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC A Sprinkle of Blues #3 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I218 Indigo Blue (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Dior Rivage #5 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Dior Reveuse (271) (LE, $31.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Love Cycle #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Buxom Bulldog (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Tonight's Temptation #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Inglot #428 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Bluebird (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Lunar (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). NARS Dark Rite (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Kimono (P, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). theBalm Pipeline (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Chanel Swing Eyeshadow
Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow Swing (116)
C
Product
7
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
7
Application
4
Total
73%

Urban Decay Vice 4 Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Vice 4 Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.60 oz.) includes twenty, new and limited edition eyeshadows, just in time to kick off a long, holiday season of palettes. If you have a great disdain for Urban Decay’s micro-glitter or sparkle, then I would avoid this palette like the plague; eleven shades have micro-glitter, per the brand, and one more has “tonal sparkle.” Some are noticeable in practice, other shades have less and most sparkles drop during application so there isn’t as much fall out during wear, but I would recommend an adhesive primer for best results and minimal fall out. If you have a lot of Urban Decay palettes, you may find that there is more overlap with past iterations (even though these are technically new!). There are some really great shades in this palette, like Underhand, Discreet, Harlot, and Robbery, but there are some duds, like Grip, Flame, Low, and Crowbar.

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Urban Decay Vice 4 Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palette Vice 4
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
86%
Limited Edition
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Kat Von D Doce Metal Crush Eyeshadow

Kat Von D Doce Metal Crush Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “metallic copper.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark copper with warm, red-orange undertones and a frosted finish. MAC Double Feature #8 #1 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Vegas Lights (P, $6.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Coppering (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Star Myth (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #9 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Red Alert (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Brash (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NYX Fireball (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Leila (416) (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Flame Thrower (P, $9.99) is warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau #121 (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). YSL Steamy Coral (05) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Goddess (P, $5.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Carnelian Opal (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Copper Sparkle (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Innocence (DC, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Viseart Melonie (P) is lighter (85% similar). Divergent Peaceful Shimmer (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Sequin (P, $5.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Fyrinnae Fireside Interlude (P, $6.80) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Kat Von D Doce Metal Crush Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadow Doce
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
99%

BUXOM Eyeshadows x 9

BUXOM Eyeshadows
BUXOM Eyeshadows

BUXOM Room Service Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as an “iridescent mint.” It’s a brightened, light-medium aqua green with a warm, golden sheen that gives it a more metallic finish overall. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that ran a smidgen dry in the pan but didn’t appear that way on the lid. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear on me. Chanel Promesse #4 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Lancome Fashion Forward (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Dior Dulcinee #2 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Zestful (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Dior Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow #5 (LE) is more muted (90% similar). theBalm #36 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #53 (LE, $23.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

BUXOM No Faux Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as an “iridescent snakeskin.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark reddish brown with green-teal shimmer, so it has a multi-faceted appearance and flashes cooler, greener and then warmer and redder. I felt like the duochrome effect was particularly noticeable with this one, even on the lid, without having to contort yourself into weird positions. The texture was really dense and “thick,” even though it is a powder, and it applied well on the skin with smooth, even color that was easily blended out. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading on me. Urban Decay Lounge (P, $18.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC I've Got a Crush on You (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Ardency Inn Peacock (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Malacca (P, $24.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D On the Road (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Castor Gray (LE) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Girly (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC When in Rio (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

BUXOM Cool Caviar Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “shimmering gunmetal.” It’s a dark, charcoal gray with a subtle, cool undertone and a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, fairly blendable and easy to use texture–but it was just a smidgen dry–that lasted for eight hours on me. Laura Mercier Gunmetal (LE, $23.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Bao Bao's Jewels #5 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME108 Steel (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #2 (P) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). NARS Jardin Perdu (Left) (LE, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Uninhibited #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Graphic Style (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Abracadabra (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Obsidian (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Burberry Nickel (304) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). theBalm Surf's Up (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). CoverGirl Charcoal (335) (P, $4.99) is lighter (90% similar). Lancome Nuit (P, $19.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Fleur de Pierre (106) (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Stila Black Diamond (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

BUXOM Diamond Darling Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “shimmering frost.” It’s a brightened, light beige with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a dense, buttery consistency that adhered really well to bare skin. The color blended out without issue, and it wore for eight hours before it started to fade. LORAC Dream Girl #9 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Vanilla (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Smoky Black Friday #1 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Jardin #2 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Yves (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Envious Erin (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Paris #2 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #1 (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Inglot #395 (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Thunderstruck (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I514 Pink Ivory (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

BUXOM Spoiled Sexy Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “matte deep mauve.” It’s a muted, medium-dark mauve with warm, brown undertones and a matte finish. It had sheer color coverage, which was likely the result of it being incredibly powdery and prone to sheering out–so little of it stuck to bare skin. This is a shade that absolutely needs some sort of primer to help it adhere to the lid. What little of it I could see on the skin seemed to stay on all right for seven hours. LORAC Pink Mauve (P) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Pink Mauve (P) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Haux (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Hourglass Monochrome #4 (P) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Quarry (P, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Dusty Rose (LE, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Eco-chic (LE) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M546 Dark Purple Taupe (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Misty Mauve (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

BUXOM IT Crowd Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “glimmering cayenne.” It’s a bold, medium-dark orange with warm undertones and a dusting of gold shimmer over a matte finish. It had rich color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency that didn’t sheer out too readily, but I noticed it was thinner and didn’t play as well with some of the denser frosts from the range. The color lasted for eight hours on me. Sugarpill Flamepoint (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (95% similar). Inglot #123R Bottom (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Red Brick (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Inglot #123R Middle (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever S742 Tomato (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Farasha (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Mandala (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Orange (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Persia (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Dark Matte #8 (P) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Rajah (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

BUXOM Party Girl Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “fuchsia luster.” It’s a medium-dark, fuchsia pink with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had decent pigmentation, but I found it really hard to blend out on the lid, and it had a tendency to stick where it applied and not wanting to diffuse. It lasted for eight hours before I saw fading, but I would use this one over a primer. Urban Decay Noise (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (95% similar). Urban Decay Backlash (LE, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Totally Fetch (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented (95% similar). Fyrinnae Superstar (P, $6.80) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Bright Eyes (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Infra-violet (LE, $22.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME910 Electric Magenta (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Sugarpill Smitten (LE, $13.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Monaco (P, $16.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Woodstock (P, $18.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Bubblegum (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay 1985 (LE, $18.00) is cooler (85% similar). Sugarpill Decora (P, $13.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Acid #1 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). Estee Lauder Violet Underground #1 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

BUXOM VIP Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “sparkling orchid.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark purple with warm, pink undertones and a matte finish. It was incredibly powdery and dry, which yielded sheerer, uneven color coverage and made it difficult to blend as it got all over the place. It lasted for six hours before it had faded noticeably. NARS Fashion Rebel #2 (LE, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Ultra Violet (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Inglot #386 (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

BUXOM Feather Boa Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “matte pastel pink.” It’s a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, silky consistency that ran a little powdery but applied well to bare skin and only sheered out slightly when blended. The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me. MAC The Wrong Man (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #4 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #5 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Too-Too (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Fortune (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Inglot #359 (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | BUXOM Eyeshadow ($12.00 each or $40 for six) is a new formula that is available as a customizable palette system, where you can purchase a single shade and an individual compact for $13 or purchase a six-pan palette, plus six eyeshadows to go inside of it, for $40. Each eyeshadow is held inside a metal pan that is (presumably) glued into a plastic pan that snaps into the compact/palette. The eyeshadows are easily lifted in and out of the palette, so you can rearrange them or create a new combination if you have more than one set of six. They will fit into a Z-palette, but you’ll need to add a magnet to keep it in place. The eyeshadow formula is one that works better in action than swatched, as several of the mattes seemed on the thinner, more powdery side, but then they would blend exceptionally well while adhering to bare skin–and they wouldn’t fade any faster than the more shimmery eyeshadows. The more shimmery shades tended to outperform the matte shades with better color payoff. These eyeshadows seem to have a slightly firmer press to them (more in the style of your average MAC eyeshadow), and they feel quite different compared to bareMinerals’ Ready line, as those have a thicker, denser consistency.

Buxom Eyeshadow Room Service
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
89%
Buxom Eyeshadow No Faux
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
90%
Buxom Eyeshadow Cool Caviar
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
87%
Buxom Eyeshadow Diamond Darling
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
88%
Buxom Eyeshadow Spoiled Sexy
F
Product
4
Pigmentation
4
Texture
5
Longevity
7.5
Application
3.5
Total
53%
Buxom Eyeshadow It Crowd
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
92%
Buxom Eyeshadow Party Girl
B-
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4
Total
81%
Buxom Eyeshadow VIP
F
Product
4
Pigmentation
4.5
Texture
5
Longevity
6.5
Application
3
Total
51%
Buxom Eyeshadow Feather Boa
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
86%

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Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage Eye Color Quad

Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage Eyeshadow Quad ($80.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a set of four neutral-hued shades where three have a matte finish and one is a shimmer. The mattes were better-performing than the shimmer, which is usually not the case, and they were easy to work with as they were smooth and silky, which made blending effortless. The wear was good at seven and a half to eight hours across all four shades. I felt like the shimmery shade ran drier and sheerer, and at this price point, that can be a deal-breaker.

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Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage Eyeshadow Quad
Tom Ford Beauty Eye Color Quad Cocoa Mirage
A-
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
92%
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