Laura Mercier Sleek and Chic Eyeshadow Palette

Laura Mercier Sleek and Chic Eye Colour Palette ($55.00 for 0.36 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows (some permanent, some limited edition) that run warmer with a mix of frosts and mattes. The palette has some misses, and there’s a general dryness in several of the shades that held the palette back from being really good.

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Laura Mercier Sleek and Chic Eye Colour Palette
Laura Mercier Holiday 2015 Eye Colour Palette Sleek and Chic
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
81%
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Smashbox Art. Love. Color. Master Class Holiday 2015 Palette

Smashbox Art. Love. Color. Master Class Holiday 2015 Palette ($65.00 for 1.24 oz.) includes 32 eyeshadows, six blushes, and two highlighters. It’s a disappointing palette as the majority of the shades were somewhere between dry, powdery, and dusty (or some combination thereof) with sheerer coverage and a short-wearing formula.

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Smashbox Art. Love. Color. Master Class Holiday 2015 Palette
Smashbox Master Class Holiday 2015 Palette Art. Love. Color.
C-
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
7
Application
4
Total
70%
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Anastasia Self-Made Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Self-Made Eyeshadow Palette ($35.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette for the holidays that features 14 eyeshadows in various hues. The palette leans more neutral than colorful or bright, but there are a few pops of color (pink, purple, aqua). Probably the biggest surprise here is that there are only two official mattes and then one or two more that are satin-to-matte (like the black eyeshadow is effectively quite matte in practice). This is one of the best Anastasia palettes I’ve tried to-date; it is well-worth the price point, and I think the color selection is at least a little more interesting than most palettes.

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Anastasia Self-Made Eyeshadow Palette
Anastasia Eyeshadow Palette Self-Made
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
88%
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Makeup Geek Confection, Bedrock, Enchanted Forest, Concrete Jungle, Vintage, Eyeshadows

Makeup Geek Confection Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “blush pink with very subtle gray undertones and a matte finish.” It’s a pale, light pink with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It was soft but powdery, and it accentuated the texture of my lid and clung to it in patches, which made the area look drier. It lasted for six and a half hours. Make Up For Ever M870 Yogurt (P, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). Dior House of Pinks #2 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Wrapped Up (LE) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Elementary Pink (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Lancome My French #1 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Amour (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Parfait (P) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Aaah (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Truth (LE, $18.00) is lighter (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Sweetness (P) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Kitten (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Giddy (P) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Makeup Geek Petal Pusher Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Confection
C
Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
7
Application
4
Total
74%
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Makeup Geek Fuji, Dragonfly, Boo Berry, Time Travel, Stealth Eyeshadows

Makeup Geek Fuji Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “bright apple green with a demi-matte finish.” It’s a light-medium, chartreuse green with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a lightly powdery texture. The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Kat Von D Vinyl (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever S336 Lime (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, warmer, better quality (95% similar). Dior Peacock (434) Eyeshadow #1 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Mermaid Kiss (DC, $5.00) is more shimmery, better quality (90% similar). MAC Lime (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, better quality (90% similar). Colour Pop Sour (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter, better quality (90% similar). MAC Juxt (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, better quality (90% similar). Anastasia Fresh Green (P, $12.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). MAC Lisa's Spikes (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Viseart Bright Editorial #2 (P) is darker, warmer, better quality (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Makeup Geek Fuji Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Fuji
B-
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
81%
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Tom Ford Night Sky (01) Cream & Powder Eye Color

Tom Ford Night Sky (01) Cream and Powder Eye Color ($66.00 for 0.31 oz.) includes a full-sized powder eyeshadow and full-sized cream eyeshadow housed in a two-tiered component. They worked well together, but both were weaker on their own and less impressive as a result. The cream eyeshadow was hard to apply evenly; the darker color paired with greater slip yielded sheerer, streakier results, but the formula is buildable and opaque in two layers, so it can work. I just don’t think it’s as good as past iterations of the cream eyeshadow formula (which I’m normally a huge fan of).

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Tom Ford Night Sky (01) Cream and Powder Eye Color
Tom Ford Beauty Cream & Powder Eye Color Night Sky (01)
B+
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
9.5
Application
4.5
Total
87%
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