Too Faced x NikkieTutorials The Power of Makeup Palette

Too Faced x NikkieTutorials The Power of Makeup Palette ($56.00 for ) contains a slew of products for the eyes and cheeks. It’s a decent palette, but the eyeshadows have room for improvement, as they are not consistent. They also need to be applied over a primer in order to have decent or better pigmentation, to last at least eight hours, and for blending as some of the shades are drier and tended to sheer out when applied. Without primer, they have a more faded appearance and most of the shades lasted six to seven hours. I think the brand should have included their Glitter Insurance, instead of their standard Eyeshadow Primer (but worth reiterating is that Too Faced touts their eyeshadows as highly pigmented and long-wearing as a formula), because three of the eyeshadows, plus the glitter, absolutely need an adhesive base or else it is a one-way ticket to Fallout City.

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Too Faced x NikkieTutorials The Power of Makeup Palette
Too Faced NikkieTutorials Palette The Power of Makeup
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
Total
80%
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Chantecaille Mermaid Eye Colors

Chantecaille Mermaid Eye Color ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is supposed to be a “richly pigmented,” “high shine, crease-proof” formula that can be used “wet or dry.” I initially thought it was a cream eyeshadow when I bought it, but it is actually a loosely packed powder–not unlike Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows or L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows. The feel and performance was similar across the four shades. The formula was richly pigmented, smooth, blendable, and easy to apply on the lid, but the one area that was less impressive was wear–I did get noticeable creasing after six hours. I tried it over an eyeshadow primer (Smashbox 24-Hour), and it seemed to solve longevity issues, as it lasted until I took it off (12 hours later). They can be used wet or dry, but I did not really find the two methods to differ in terms of results or ease of application.

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Chantecaille Seashell Mermaid Eye Color
Chantecaille Mermaid Eye Color Seashell
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
6.5
Application
5
Total
90%
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Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night (240) Style Eye-Con. 20 Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night (240) Style Eye-Con No. 20 Palette ($99.00 for 0.60 oz.) is a very large, product-packed palette housed in a bronze-hued plastic compact. Overall, the majority of the eyeshadows were soft, blendable, pigmented, and long-wearing. For a palette with this many shades (and several of them matte!), its performance was impressive. I’m not, personally, sold on the color combination and didn’t feel like it was as versatile as last year’s The Free Spirit palette. If you’re unfamiliar with the way this palette is arranged, look at the shades as columns, as each column creates a “look.”

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Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night (240) Style Eye-Con No. 20 Palette
Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con No. 20 Eyeshadow Palette About Last Night (240)
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
90%
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MAC Cherry Topped & Nice Energy Eyeshadows

MAC Cherry Topped Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark pink with subtle, warm undertones and a sparkly, frosted finish. It had good pigmentation that applied fairly well, but the glittery bits felt grainy and loosened from the base color both in the pan as well as when I blended out the color on the lid. It wore well for eight hours with some fallout. Guerlain Crazy Paris #4 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sugarpill Decora (P, $13.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Buxom Party Girl (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Cake (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Woodstock (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Backlash (LE, $19.00) is cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Bright Eyes (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Too Faced Totally Fetch (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Monaco (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Cherry Topped Eyeshadow
MAC Eyeshadow Cherry Topped
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
86%
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Dior Parisian Sky (506) Skyline Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Parisian Sky (506) Eyeshadow Palette ($63.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a new, limited edition five-pan palette for fall that features a medium brown, warm beige, pale silver, light blue, and brown-burgundy. It’s a so-so palette; workable if you really want to exert the effort, but it’s unlikely to merit paying the price. I think if you use a primer, it is marginally improved but some of the dustiness seemed to eat right through a solid base.

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Dior Parisian Sky (506) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Skyline 5-Couleurs Couture Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette Parisian Sky (506)
B-
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
80%
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Dior Capital of Light (806) Skyline Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Capital of Light (806) Eyeshadow Palette ($63.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a new, limited edition five-pan palette for fall. It features a blackened brown, light beige, pink, light brown, and dark plum with varying degrees of shimmer–satin to frost. For a Dior palette, it was better than anticipated, though it isn’t excellent, so I imagine for some the quality at this price point doesn’t make a compelling case. The five shades worked well together, and I can see several looks from this set of shades.

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Dior Capital of Light (806) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Skyline 5-Couleurs Couture Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette Capital of Light (806)
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
87%
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