Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows (x9)

Make Up For Ever I902 Quartz Artist Shadow ($19.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a light, pastel pink with a frosted sheen and cool undertones. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency that wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. Clarins Garden Escape #5 (LE, ) is warmer. Dior Jardin #4 (P, ) is lighter. Guerlain Cygne Blanc #1 (LE, ) is warmer. Colour Pop Eye Candy (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Pink Sensibilities #2 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. MAC Harpooned Heart (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Milani Bella Pink (13) (P, $4.49) is darker, cooler. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #5 (P, ) is warmer. Dior Rosee (141) (LE, $31.00) is more shimmery. MAC Joy & Laughter #1 (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted. MAC Kitschmas (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Seedy Pearl (DC, $16.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Cool Lilac (P, $24.00) is darker, more muted. Too Faced Strawberry Ice (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Milani Bella Rose (29) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Make Up For Ever S314 Nile Green Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow I902 Quartz
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
91%
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Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette

Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette ($21.50 / €17.50 for 0.50 oz.) features ten eyeshadows in various warm-toned hues ranging from beige to plum to copper. Zoeva is a German brand, though they ship worldwide (but U.S. readers, there’s a $16 flat rate shipping fee) — the brand caught my eye with those rose gold brush sets they have, and a friend shared swatches of another one of their palettes (not this one) that made me particularly curious to try the brand when they sent their newest palette for possible review. The palette has a good mix of finishes, so you can play with shimmers or add depth with more matte shades. Most of the eyeshadows had good color payoff and were blendable on bare skin with good longevity (seven to nine hours). There were a few of shades that could have been better in texture (one was too soft and a little crumbly, two were firmer). The palette’s biggest downfall is that it is dupable, which is also an upside if you’ve been looking for dupes of higher-end warm-toned eyeshadows.

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Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette
Zoeva Eyeshadow Palette Cocoa Blend
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
89%
Permanent
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Make Up For Ever “Earthy” Artist Shadows (x7)

Make Up For Ever I412 Wheat Artist Shadow ($19.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a light-medium, buttery yellow with a frosted sheen. It had excellent pigmentation with a really soft, blendable texture that sat well on the skin and lasted for eight and a half hours. Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, more muted. MAC Lemon Tart (P, $16.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Yellow Brick Road (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, darker, brighter. theBalm #12 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker. theBalm #29 (P, $6.50) is darker, more muted. Hello Kitty Mimmy (LE, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Make Up For Ever D306 Bottle Green Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow I412 Wheat
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
96%
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Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette ($54.00 for 0.60 oz.) is a set of cooler-toned shades ranging from beige to black with a definite slant towards grayish tones. The eyeshadows are arranged by finish from most shimmery to least shimmery. The formula feels different than previous Urban Decay releases; it feels noticeably drier and almost chalky to me, especially in the more satin/matte shades, and the press feels firmer. In a way, they remind me of the dryness I felt in the holiday palettes of last year, but the firmer press resulted in less excess powder kicked up all over the place when used and less fall out during application. They almost feel more like Too Faced or LORAC eyeshadows, though LORAC has a silkier feel overall. This texture made it particularly difficult to use them without primer, and I’ve been able to use the prior releases reasonably well (some better than others) without primer (and in general, I can do so with the majority of Urban Decay’s eyeshadows from the permanent line). For summer, the brand added several new brightly-colored eyeshadows that I was easily able to use without primer (see this post), but this was not workable on bare skin. The texture of these is nothing like the individual shades launched for summer and don’t really feel like any past iteration of their formula. Whether or not it is accurate, the texture and performance feels like a cheapening of the Urban Decay eyeshadow formula on the whole but at the very least, I’ve lost a lot of faith in their ability to put together a high-quality, high-value palette based on the recent palette releases.

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Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palette Naked Smoky
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
80%
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Givenchy Inattendue Prisme Quatuor

Givenchy Inattendue Prisme Quatuour / Eyeshadow Quad ($58.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a sparkling mix of shades with warmer undertones. This was the more pigmented of the three quads I bought from the range, but it wasn’t worth the price tag due to lower color payoff, fall out, and generally uneven color application. It was more frustrating to use than anything else. I give Givenchy credit for coming up with a more interesting color combination that you don’t often see in a set of four shades (though it is harder to combine as a result). I think you’d need to use a glitter adhesive and possibly sponge-tip/fingertips for applicators to manage this one.

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Givenchy Inattendue Prisme Quatuour / Eyeshadow Quad
Givenchy Prisme Quatuor Inattendue
C
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
6
Application
4
Total
74%
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Clarins Garden Escape Eyeshadow Palette

Clarins Garden Escape Eyeshadow Palette ($45.00 for oz.) is a six-pan eyeshadow palette that ranges from white gold to taupe brown. The formula in the palette is supposed to be a wet and dry one, so you can use it “dry for a soft nuance of color” or “wet for sophisticated elegance.” The texture was on the drier, more powdery side, which made dry application more difficult and messy, as the colors didn’t stick as well to the skin, tended to sheer out, and a lot of product fell underneath the eye when applied. The dampened application made it easier to get more opaque, even color to adhere to the lid, but it seemed to make blending a little harder. Overall, it was okay; not horrible, not great. Also worth mentioning is that the palette contains 0.10 oz. worth of product, which is less than 0.02 oz. per eyeshadow.

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Clarins Garden Escape Eyeshadow Palette
Clarins 6-Colour Eye Palette Long Lasting Garden Escape
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
84%
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