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. Fyrinnae Superstar (P, $6.80) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Noise (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (95% similar). Too Faced Totally Fetch (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented (95% similar). Too Faced Bubblegum (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more muted (90% 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). 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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Laura Mercier Gilded Gold, Orchid, Plum, Seashell Caviar Sticks

Laura Mercier Gilded Gold Caviar Stick Eye Colour ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a dirtied, medium yellowed gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff in one stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque coverage but was more challenging to blend for me. It seemed prone to skipping on the skin, and it was one that applied a lot better with a separate brush (try a flat, synthetic one). It wore well for nine hours before creasing. Colour Pop Get Lucky (P, $5.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Metallic (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Blitz (LE, $18.00) is brighter (95% similar). Estee Lauder Naked Gold (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Old Gold (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Honey (DC, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Fortune Teller (P, $9.99) is brighter, more pigmented, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Thrasher (P, $21.00) is brighter, more pigmented, better quality (90% similar). Chanel Rêve d'Orient #3 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sugarpill Goldilux (P, $13.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Twinkle (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline Bold Gold (P, $6.99) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Buxom 24KT Stilettos (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Instigator (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #11 (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #5 (P, $9.99) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Sephora Collection Girls Night Out (03) (P, $13.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). NARS Iskandar (P, $25.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Laura Mercier Gilded Gold Caviar Stick Eye Colour
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Gilded Gold
C+
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
7
Longevity
9.5
Application
4
Total
77%
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Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Defining Eyeshadow

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Defining Wet/Dry Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a formula that promises six hours of sheer color applied dry or eight hours of rich color applied damp. It’s available in over twenty shades–I have four of them, shown below–in a variety of finishes. They feel finer and silkier compared to Estee Lauder’s wet/dry Gelee formulation.

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Estee Lauder Naked Gold Pure Color Envy Defining Wet/Dry Eyeshadow
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Defining Wet/Dry Eyeshadow Insolent Ivory
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
86%
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Dior Eclectic (866) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Eclectic (766) Eyeshadow Palette ($63.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a muted, smoky set of shades ranging from a pinky-beige to deep purple. I loved the color combination put together here, as using the blackened green made for an interesting time, but the quality just isn’t there. I wish the eyeshadows were softer and less dry, even if they were sheerer, but the thinner, dusty texture made for a lot of extra work to really blend and diffuse the eyeshadows on the lid.

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Dior Eclectic (766) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette Eclectic (866)
C+
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
78%
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Dior Exuberante (766) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Exuberante (766) Eyeshadow Palette ($63.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a set of five eyeshadows ranging from pale peach to shimmery, navy blue. It’s not the worst palette I’ve come across from Dior, but it had that signature miss–rich blue eyeshadow–that really brought down the palette as a whole, though the other four shades were okay but nothing impressive.

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Dior Exuberante (766) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette Exuberante (766)
C+
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
79%
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