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Tarte Metallics Shadows (Summer 2017) (Part 1)

01/06

Tarte Downtown Metallic Shadow

Tarte Downtown Metallic Shadow

Tarte Downtown Metallic Shadow

Tarte Downtown Metallic Shadow

Tarte Downtown Metallic Shadow

Tarte Downtown Metallic Shadow

Downtown

Tarte Downtown Metallic Shadow ($14.00 for 0.07 oz.) is muted, dark brown base with lighter silvery teal flecks of sparkle and shimmer. The texture was looser in the pan and almost felt dry, though it did not sheer out like you might think a drier eyeshadow would. It did have more fallout than other shades during application, as some of the sparkles just did not bind well with the base color. It had great color payoff, though, and lasted for seven hours on me.

The Metallic Shadow formula is supposed to have “smooth payoff” that have “lasting vibrancy with no fallout” and are “ultra-pigmented.” They are also designed to be removable, so you can easily put them into an empty palette. The original set of shades were released in plastic compacts, but the most recent release featured them in cardboard compacts. The formula is typically very pigmented, smooth, and blendable with good wear (around eight hours). They work well and are easy to work with, and I’m glad to see that they brand has continued to expand their color selection in this formula.

Tarte Metallic Shadow Downtown
Downtown
Downtown
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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Stila Magnificent Metals Liquid Eye Shadows (Part 2)

01/04

Stila Smoldering Satin Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Stila Smoldering Satin Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Stila Smoldering Satin Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Stila Smoldering Satin Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Smoldering Satin

Stila Smoldering Satin Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow ($24.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) is a rich bronze with warm, reddish undertones and larger, silver and brown flecks of glitter. The base color was nearly opaque, and there was a moderate amount of glitter that sat on top, so it was dazzling and wearable on its own (or as a lid color) with very slight unevenness. It dried down fast enough that I didn’t stress about keeping my eyelid taut to avoid creasing. This shade had minimal fallout over an eight-hour period.

Stila says that it’s supposed to be a “long-wearing, sparkle eye shadow” in a “water-infused texture” that “dries down smoothly” with “minimal fallout.” There’s a lot to be impressed by with the formula, but there was some inconsistency in opacity and overall wateriness between shades so not all shades were equally impressive. When they’re good, they were pigmented, dried down evenly without creasing, and were long-wearing with minimal fallout. When they’re less impressive, they are more watery, semi-sheer to semi-opaque, prone to creasing as they dry down, though the wear is similar across all shades. I felt like there was less fallout with the less blending done with them, e.g. applying directly to lid and only minimally working along the edges yielded the least fallout compared to diffusing and blending out the color with a brush. If I accidentally rubbed an eye, it seemed to interfere with the integrity of the wear completely–it was like a downhill avalanche of glitter that could not be stopped. They were easiest to use as the last step in a look, patted over eyeshadow with fingertip or swiped on with the sponge applicator for more of a “cut crease” kind of effect, or used along the lash line as eyeliner (I liked using a thin, liquid eyeliner brush to get a thinner line). They removed fairly well, but it was hard to get every last bit of glitter off the skin, though it was never painful or uncomfortable to remove them.

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Smoldering Satin
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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NARS Loaded Eyeshadow Palette

01/11

NARS Loaded Summer 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Loaded Summer 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Loaded Summer 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Loaded Summer 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Loaded Summer 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Loaded Summer 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Loaded Summer 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Loaded Summer 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Loaded Summer 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Loaded Palette | Look Breakdown

NARS Loaded Palette | Look Breakdown

Loaded

NARS Loaded Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.48 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette that features twelve eyeshadows in varying shades of warmer neutral tones. The palette will launch March 22nd at NARS and March 28th at other retailers. Some shades were nice, some shades were less impressive, but the majority of them would benefit greatly from an eyeshadow primer–both for longer wear as well as greater color payoff.

NARS Summer 2017 Eyeshadow Palette Loaded
Loaded
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Stila Magnificent Metals Liquid Eye Shadows (Part 1)

01/04

Stila Diamond Dust Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Stila Diamond Dust Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Stila Diamond Dust Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Stila Diamond Dust Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Diamond Dust

Stila Diamond Dust Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow ($24.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) is a platinum silver with lots and lots of silver and gold glitter. This one had less of a base “color” and was just chocked full of glitter with a more watery base. I liked this one best patted over another eyeshadow or over/under eyeliner, as it added sparkle but could look more uneven without something under it. The more watery consistency made it take slightly longer to dry down, and so I had to be careful to keep my eyelid shut to avoid creasing. Once it dried down, it lasted well for eight hours with slight fallout but impressively little for a glitter eyeshadow.

Stila says that it’s supposed to be a “long-wearing, sparkle eye shadow” in a “water-infused texture” that “dries down smoothly” with “minimal fallout.” There’s a lot to be impressed by with the formula, but there was some inconsistency in opacity and overall wateriness between shades so not all shades were equally impressive. When they’re good, they were pigmented, dried down evenly without creasing, and were long-wearing with minimal fallout. When they’re less impressive, they are more watery, semi-sheer to semi-opaque, prone to creasing as they dry down, though the wear is similar across all shades. I felt like there was less fallout with the less blending done with them, e.g. applying directly to lid and only minimally working along the edges yielded the least fallout compared to diffusing and blending out the color with a brush. If I accidentally rubbed an eye, it seemed to interfere with the integrity of the wear completely–it was like a downhill avalanche of glitter that could not be stopped. They were easiest to use as the last step in a look, patted over eyeshadow with fingertip or swiped on with the sponge applicator for more of a “cut crease” kind of effect, or used along the lash line as eyeliner (I liked using a thin, liquid eyeliner brush to get a thinner line). They removed fairly well, but it was hard to get every last bit of glitter off the skin, though it was never painful or uncomfortable to remove them.

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Diamond Dust
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
82%
Total

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Cle de Peau 101 Grounded Eye Color Duo

01/05

Cle de Peau 101 Grounded Eye Color Duo (Refill)

Cle de Peau 101 Grounded Eye Color Duo (Refill)

Cle de Peau 101 Grounded Eye Color Duo (Refill)

A Neutral Eye | Look Breakdown

A Neutral Eye | Look Breakdown

101 Grounded

Cle de Peau 101 Grounded Eye Color Duo ($55.00 for 0.15 oz.) contains a medium-dark brown and golden peach. The formula is supposed to have a “silky” feel, be moisturizing on the lids (though it is a powder formula), long-wearing, and have true-to-pan color. I like the effect of Cle de Peau’s eyeshadows on the lid; I think that “moisturizing” aspect of them makes them sit well on the lid as time passes, where they meld well to bare skin. I find that they can be semi-opaque to opaque, more buildable and very easy to wear as a wash of color, if desired. The eyeshadows are rose-scented, though I only just noticed the scent with the compact open but not applied.

As a FYI, Cle de Peau sells the duos as a pan-only, which is not magentized but you could stick a magnet to it so it would adhere to most freestyle palettes, or purchase their case for $25.

Cle de Peau Eye Color Duo (Refill) 101 Grounded
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

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Chanel Jardins de Lumieres Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

01/08

Chanel Jardins de Lumieres Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Chanel Jardins de Lumieres Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Chanel Jardins de Lumieres Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Chanel Jardins de Lumieres Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Chanel Jardins de Lumieres Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Chanel Jardins de Lumieres Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Chanel Jardins de Lumieres | Look Breakdown

Chanel Jardins de Lumieres | Look Breakdown

Jardins de Lumieres

Chanel Jardins de Lumieres Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad ($61.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a more muted, smoky shades of deep olive green, golden peach, mid-tone gray, and dark plum. It’s a new, limited edition palette for spring/summer that uses Chanel’s “vibrant, pigment-rich formula” that is “long-lasting” and has a “soft, smooth texture.” The color combination was interesting, and it’s one I’d wear again, but I wish the shades were more pigmented and stayed more true-to-color applied to the lid.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow Jardins de Lumieres
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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