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ULTA Bone, Taupe, Mink Brilliant Color Eyeshadow

ULTA Bone Brilliant Color Eyeshadow
ULTA Bone Brilliant Color Eyeshadow

ULTA Brilliant Color Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.12 oz.) recently popped online, and I couldn’t resist trying them when they were buy one, get one free (and they’re B1G1 still right now, actually!). If you’re familiar with L’Oreal’s Infallible Eyeshadow, Lancome Infinite Color Design Eyeshadow, or Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense, this formula will be recognizable. It is a loosely pressed eyeshadow; it is, in general, more of a pressed eyeshadow than a loose one, but it isn’t pressed as firmly as true pressed eyeshadows. It can be used wet or dry, depending on what you’re looking for. ULTA doesn’t have nearly as grand a description as the previously mentioned formulas do; ULTA says these “[offer] the comfort of a cream and the ease of application only a powder can deliver.” They’re supposed to be long-wearing (but no specific hour-length is given) and crease-resistant.

Bone Brilliant Color Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a pale, light beige with subtle warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had good color payoff whether it was used dry or damp, and I was able to use it with a dampened brush even though it had more of a matte finish. The texture was very soft and finely-milled–just a little powdery. It wore well for eight hours on me and was lightly creased after nine hours of wear. Too Faced White Chocolate (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. bareMinerals Celebrate (LE) is more shimmery. Too Faced Egg Nog (LE, $16.00) is similar. Too Faced Cream Colored Ponies (LE, $16.00) is matte. Too Faced Snow Angel (LE, $16.00) is matte. theBalm B1 (LE, $16.00) is warmer, darker, matte. Too Faced Dainty (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Boss Lady (LE) is cooler-toned. Disney by Sephora A Wish (LE) is darker. theBalm Adagio (P, $16.00) is matte. Urban Decay Anonymous (LE, $18.00) is warmer. L’Oreal Endless Pearl (P, $7.99) is slightly more matte. See comparison swatches.

Taupe Brilliant Color Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium brown with a hint of a grayish tone, but it had stronger warm, red-orange undertones and a frosted finish. The pigmentation was excellent whether used dry or wet–intense either way. The texture was soft, velvety, and smooth. It wore well for nine hours before starting to crease. I thought L’Oreal Amber Rush might be similar, but it is much warmer and redder. Urban Decay Mugshot (P, $18.00) is darker, grayer. MAC Until Dawn #1 (LE, $21.00) is similar. Urban Decay Stray Dog (LE, $18.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Stormy Grey (LE, $21.00) is darker, grayer. See comparison swatches.

Mink Brilliant Color Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a dark, cool-toned brown with a satin-matte finish–a very subtle sheen so it isn’t totally matte. It had fairly good pigmentation applied dry, and it was slightly better applied with a dampened brush, but it was about the same. The color was buildable, though, so in practice, it can get quite intense as you layer. The texture wasn’t as soft or as blendable as the other two shades. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. bareMinerals Perspective (LE) is slightly darker. theBalm Matt Ramirez (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Najm el Lail (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Showstopper (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Concrete (P, $15.00) is more matte, darker. bareMinerals Apropos (P) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Ulta Brilliant Color Eyeshadow Bone
Bone
Bone
A-

Permanent

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
Ulta Brilliant Color Eyeshadow Taupe
Taupe
Taupe
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
Ulta Brilliant Color Eyeshadow Mink
Mink
Mink
B+

Permanent

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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MAC Pink Sensibilities Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Pink Sensibilities Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Pink Sensibilities Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Pink Sensibilities Mineralize Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a mix of pink and brown that runs mostly warm, with the exception of the lightest pink, which does have a cool undertone. This was the best of the four released in the collection, as two shades were really nicely pigmented and much smoother and less powdery to work with. It’s not a product I would run out to buy, though, as I still had wear issues (six hours with the exception of one shade, which lasted six and a half hours) and some fall out from the more glittery shades.

Pink Sensibilities #1 is described as a “pinky brown.” It’s a brightened, medium brown with a warm, rosy tone to it and a frosted, metallic finish. It was the least powdery and most smooth, pigmented shade out of the collection. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque, and applied with a dampened brush, it was fully opaque. It even wore for about a half hour longer. See comparison swatches.

Pink Sensibilities #2 is described as an “icy blue pink.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned pink with a frosted, sparkling finish. This one had some fall out during wear, as it was on the glittery side. The texture was slightly gritty and powdery, so I would highly recommend patting it over a stick base or applying it with a dampened brush (probably wet it more than usual). It was sheer when I applied it dry, and then it was mostly opaque when applied with a dampened brush. This shade is very similar to at least two of the other “icy pinks” MAC included in the now-permanent Mineralize Eyeshadow Quads. See comparison swatches.

Pink Sensibilities #3 is described as a “yellow pink.” It’s a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It wasn’t too powdery, but it was glittery enough that I saw some fall out occur during wear. It was semi-sheer applied dry, then more opaque when applied with a dampened brush. See comparison swatches.

Pink Sensibilities #4 is described as a “chocolate brown.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with muted, reddish undertones and a sparkling, soft frost finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage when applied dry, and then full color payoff when applied with a dampened brush. It was fairly smooth and just a smidgen on the powdery side. See comparison swatches.

MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow (Pinwheel) Pink Sensibilities
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total
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MAC Great Beyond Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Great Beyond Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Great Beyond Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Great Beyond Mineralize Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a cool-toned mix of plum, purple, and lavender. The plum is on the warmer side, but the other shades are neutral to definitely cool-toned. I thought these shades felt a lot less powdery than the other eyeshadows in the collection, but they had similar issues when worn–six hours or less of decent wear, not fully pigmented even when applied with a dampened brush. I feel like this collection isn’t a step forward in the Mineralize formula but a real regression.

Great Beyond #1 is described as a “dusky plum.” It’s a muted, plummy-brown with a frosted finish. It was semi-sheer when applied dry, semi-opaque when applied with a dampened brush. It was slightly powdery but was smoother than other shades in this collection. See comparison swatches.

Great Beyond #2 is described as a “soft mauve violet.” It’s a light-medium, neutral-to-warm-toned lavender purple with a frosted sheen. It was sheer when applied dry, and then the color payoff was semi-sheer when applied with a dampened brush. It wasn’t dry, but it was somewhat powdery and didn’t bind well together. I found I needed to really wet the brush to get it to apply with any visible color to the lid. I noticed this one was faster to fade as well. See comparison swatches.

Great Beyond #3 is described as a “icy white lilac.” It’s a cool-toned, pinky-lavender with a frosted finish. It had a softer, denser consistency that was a little powdery but not dry. Applied dry, it was sheer, and then applied with a dampened brush, it was more pigmented and smoother–more semi-opaque. See comparison swatches.

Great Beyond #4 is described as a “deep blue violet.” It’s a medium-dark, muted cool-toned dusty purple with a pearly sheen and subtle shimmer. It was very sheer when applied dry, and it did amp up when applied with a dampened brush, but it wasn’t as smooth. It took some layering to get decent, even color with this shade. It also faded faster than the other shades. See comparison swatches.

MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow (Pinwheel) Great Beyond
Great Beyond
Great Beyond
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
77%
Total
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MAC Golden Hours Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Golden Hours Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Golden Hours Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Golden Hours Mineralize Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a warm-toned, peach and brown themed eyeshadow “quad.” It’s the size of your typical Mineralize Eyeshadow, but it is split into four sections. Overall, I found the eyeshadow to be dry, powdery, and quick to fade; everything looked more faded than it already did after application about six hours into wear.

Golden Hours #1 is described as a “copper bronze.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentationi when applied dry, mostly opaque color when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was a little dry, somewhat powdery. See comparison swatches.

Golden Hours #2 is described as a “soft golden peach.” It’s a brightened, yellowed orange with a frosted, glittery finish. This one had a rather chunky texture–more like old school Mineralize Eyeshadows than some of the newer, more finely-milled ones. It was sheer when applied dry, and it was more opaque when applied wet, but still incredibly loose and chunky to work with. Highly recommend applying this before any other makeup, because the fall out during application (even with patting it on with a dampened brush) is insane. See comparison swatches.

Golden Hours #3 is described as a “pale yellow gold.” It’s a muted, light-medium gold with yellow undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It was somewhat dry but not too powdery. The color payoff was semi-sheer when applied dry, then just slightly more pigmented when applied with a dampened brush. See comparison swatches.

Golden Hours #4 is described as a “golden brown.” It’s a light-medium, yellowed brown with a golden, frosted sheen. It seemed more pigmented dry than damp, actually, with damp yielding semi-opaque color coverage, while dampened application gave it a sheerer, more uneven appearance. The texture was dry but not too powdery, like #3. See comparison swatches.

MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow (Pinwheel) Golden Hours
7
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
74%
Total
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Golden Hours #3

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C

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MAC in the Meadow Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC in the Meadow Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC in the Meadow Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC in the Meadow Mineralize Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a single eyeshadow with four quadrants–like a pinwheel. Long-time readers will know that I’m not a huge fan of the Mineralize Eyeshadow formula, and this iteration doesn’t do much to sway me otherwise. The texture was on the dry side across the board, and it’s a product that doesn’t wear well–I get six hours of wear in total, but I noticed some fading after five hours. If I don’t use an eyeshadow base or apply these with a damp brush, the colors instantly look faded when I’ve applied them. They’re just so prone to fading away!

In the Meadow #1 is described as an “ice shimmering white.” It’s a pale, silvery white with a frosted sheen. It had sheer color payoff when applied dry (and was quite powdery and difficult to apply to the lid), and then semi-opaque color payoff when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was somewhat powdery and chunky, so this was my least favorite texture in the “quad.” See comparison swatches.

In the Meadow #2 is described as a “pale yellow.” It’s a pale, yellow gold with a frosted finish. Applied dry, it was nearly opaque, and applied with a dampened brush, it was as pigmented but smoother and less powdery. See comparison swatches.

In the Meadow #3 is described as a “golden mint.” It’s a pastel, light-medium green with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It applied semi-sheer dry, and then more semi-opaque when applied with a dampened brush. The consistency was on the drier side, so it needs to be applied over a base if used dry or else with a dampened brush. See comparison swatches.

In the Meadow #4 is described as a “dirty olive green.” It’s a murky, dirty green-tinged brown with a bronze shimmer-sheen. The texture was on the drier side, so the color payoff when applied dry was sheer and powdery. It was smoother and more pigmented when applied with a dampened brush. See comparison swatches.

MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow (Pinwheel) In the Meadow
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
79%
Total
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MAC Chartreuse Bouquet & Lily White Pigments

MAC Chartreuse Bouquet Pigment
MAC Chartreuse Bouquet & Lily White Pigments

MAC Chartreuse Bouquet Pigment ($21.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “shimmering acid green.” It’s a brightened, yellowed chartreuse wtih a soft, frosted sheen–somewhere between pearl and frost. Applied dry, it’s semi-opaque and yellower, and applied with a dampened brush, it’s greener, brighter, and opaque. It wore well for eight hours before starting to crease. Makeup Geek Pixie Dust (P, $5.99) is warmer, yellower. Kat Von D Birdcage (LE) is very similar–perhaps not as bright. CoverGirl Lime Light (310) (LE, $4.99) is lighter. Dior Peacock (434) Eyeshadow #1 (LE) is lighter, more muted. Make Up For Ever #304 (P, $20.00) is brighter, more metallic. NARS Rated R #1 (P, $24.00) is less shimmery. MAC Double Feature #2 #1 (LE, $15.00) is yellower. MAC Lucky Green (P, $15.00) is much darker. Make Up For Ever #171 (P, $20.00) is cooler-toned–less yellow. See comparison swatches.

Lily White (2014) Pigment ($21.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “pale butter-yellow shimmer.” It’s a pale gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It was semi-opaque when applied dry, and then it was opaque when applied with a dampened brush. The color lasted well without fading until after eight hours. Makeup Geek Bling (P, $5.99) is lighter. theBalm D3 (LE, $16.00) is darker. theBalm C1 (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Sand in the Glass (LE) is very similar. Make Up For Ever #101 (P, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Nylon (P, $15.00) is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches.

As a heads up, Lily White (2014) is nothing like the version previously released. I’ve included a side-by-side comparison swatch for reference–it reminded me of how dazzling Lily White (2007) is.

MAC Pigment Chartreuse Bouquet
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
MAC Pigment Lily White (2014)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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