Anastasia Baby Cakes, Buon Fresco, Violet, Denim Smokey, Night Sky Eyeshadows

Anastasia Baby Cakes Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a light, pale pink with cooler undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff, though not fully opaque, with a soft, lightly powdery texture that was smooth and finely-milled, which made it blendable on the skin but didn’t look dry. On me, it started to fade after seven and a half hours. MAC Flounce (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #1 (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Plum (Highlight) (P) is cooler (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #3 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Lucid (P) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Kitten (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Powdered Sugar (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Yogurt (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Truth (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). L'Oreal Mademoiselle Pink (P, $5.99) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Stila Pale Pink (LE, $18.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Lancome My French #1 (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Wrapped Up (LE) is darker (85% similar). bareMinerals Aaah (LE) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Bouthan #1 (P, $25.00) is darker (85% similar). LORAC Light Pink (P, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M870 Yogurt (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Tarte Caregiver (LE)(80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Anastasia Buon Fresco Eyeshadow
Anastasia Eyeshadow Baby Cakes
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
89%
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MAC Neutral Eyeshadows (Part 1)

MAC Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “highly pigmented powder” that “blends well.” They recently dropped the price of the pan eyeshadows from $10 to $6. In general, MAC’s formula is strongest when it comes to their more shimmery (Frost, Veluxe Pearl) shades–I think they tend to be the most consistent–while they have hits and misses across the rest of the finishes. Their permanent line has less misses than their limited edition releases, though, and I think the majority of their matte shades are very buildable and workable in practice, even if they don’t always swatch well on skin. Lustres are the weakest finish, as they are sheerer, often chunky with glitter, and have little adhesion on their own. Most of their eyeshadows last seven to eight hours on me without primer, some even as long as nine hours, but a few as short as six hours and/or have substantial fall out (Lustres, I’m looking at you).

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MAC Omega Eyeshadow
MAC Eyeshadow Omega
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
92%
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Anastasia Pink Champagne, Labyrinth, Blushing, Cognac Eyeshadows

Anastasia Pink Champagne Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a medium-dark, rosy brown with warmer undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It was in one of the recent pre-made palettes, and I quite liked it then, so when I needed a fourth shade (to get the discount pricing), I thought it’d be a good one to pick up and just double-check that it’s still good on its own! Luckily, it is, indeed, similar to the palette version. It had mostly opaque color payoff with a very dense, almost cream-like consistency. Most of the sparkle stays on throughout the day, but there was a few bits of fall out after eight hours. Urban Decay Juju (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Vintage Selection (P, $18.50) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #3 (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #3 (P) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Burberry Dusky Mauve No. 108 (P, $30.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Paradise on Earth (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Until Dawn #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Satin Taupe #2 (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #3 (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Clarins The Essentials #5 (LE) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Anastasia Eyeshadow
Anastasia Eyeshadow Pink Champagne
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
91%
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MAC Pillars Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Pillars Eyeshadow Quad ($33.00 for 0.19 oz.) is a new, limited edition quad that will be available online on May 26th, and in select stores on June 2nd. The quad contains two permanent shades–Mystery and Carbon–and frankly, Sandstone is so close to Cork (permanent) that it might as well be an all-permanent quad (I imagine most readers will have a beige eyeshadow that would function similarly to Mother’s Milk). The colors work well together, and it creates a smoky, more neutral-toned look, so those who prefer pre-made quads and don’t mind that the pans are glued in might still prefer buying it already put together.

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MAC Pillars Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Eyeshadow Quad Pillars
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
83%
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Anastasia Soft Gold, Gleam, RTW, Dark Chocolate Shimmer Eyeshadows

Anastasia Soft Gold Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a light, white gold with warm, buttery yellow undertones and a frosted finish. It had fantastic pigmentation with a smooth, lightly dense texture that was blendable and easy to use. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading slightly. Makeup Geek Artemis (LE, $6.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Charming (LE) is darker (95% similar). MAC Fresh Blade (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Opal (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Posh Pedigree #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Vanilla (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Moonlight (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Les Precieux #3 (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Chanel Entrelacs #1 (LE) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Iced Gold (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop High Tide (DC, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Unlocked (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Bathwater (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Laura Mercier Seashell (P, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Anastasia Eyeshadow
Anastasia Eyeshadow Soft Gold
A
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
97%
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Anastasia Amber, Day Rate, Red Earth Eyeshadows

Anastasia Amber Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a light-medium, bronzy gold with warm, browner tones and a frosted, lightly metallic finish. It was richly pigmented with a dense, thicker texture that adhered really well to bare skin and blended out well, but it could “thicken” and look almost clumpy as a little went a long way. I think when it works, it’s amazing, but it can be easy to over-apply and harder to smooth out if over-applied! It wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing faintly. Urban Decay Half Baked (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Stila Vitality (P) is warmer (95% similar). Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte No Champagne, No Gain (LE) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Fool's Gold (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Buxom Gold Status (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Wish List (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Honey Pot (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Magic Act (P, $9.99) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Dior Night Golds #4 (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Bonjour (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Ardency Inn Sunday (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Empreinte du Desert #2 (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Dior Phenix (545) (LE, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Bananas (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Anastasia Peach Sorbet (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Anastasia Amber Eyeshadow
Anastasia Eyeshadow Amber
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
92%
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