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MAC Tropical Taboo Mineralize Eyeshadows

MAC Bossa Blue Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Tropical Taboo Mineralize Eyeshadows

MAC Tropical Taboo Collection’s Mineralize Eyeshadows ($23.50 for 0.10 oz.) come in six shades. All six are limited edition.  If you’ve been following this blog for a few years, you’ll know that MAC Mineralize and I, generally, don’t get along.  I love the way they look in their pots, and photographing the Mineralize collections is always fun–everything looks spectacular.  I’m always disappointed by their performance, as they never look as pretty applied as they do in their pots.  This is particularly true with the eyeshadows, and this year’s seemed worse to me than some of the more recent releases.  More or less, the formula seems to have gotten better over the years (finer, smoother, less powdery), but the texture on these, overall, felt like Mineralize Eyeshadows from three or four years ago–drier, kind of powdery.  Color payoff was an issue (even used with a damp brush), and then later on, wear, as all of these looked noticeably faded well before eight hours.

Bossa Blue is described as a “royal blue with brown pearl.” It’s a warm-toned taupe–a grayish brown with a gray sheen. The texture was a bit dry and powdery, and the resulting payoff when applied dry was semi-sheer, while when applied damp, it was more semi-opaque. I found it fairly buildable on the lid, but it does need some layering. There’s no shortage of shades like this, even with MAC’s releases. MAC Pastelluxe #5 is warmer. Disney Midnight Hour #4 is darker. Urban Decay Mushroom is a cream product but similar in color. Urban Decay Armor is a touch darker. Urban Decay Mushroom is similar. NARS Grand Palais #1 is lighter. MAC Keep Your Cool is darker. MAC Twilight Falls is browner. Giorgio Armani #4 is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Caribbean is described as a “rose with pink and red pearl.” It’s a reddish-coral with pink and copper sparkle. The payoff was sheer whether used dry or wet. This shade was really dry, powdery, and glittery–it didn’t bind well together, so it had a lot of fall out during application but throughout the time I wore it. My eye ended up really watery when I wore this, because of how much fall out and how sparkles kept getting into my eye. Milani I Heart You is slightly redder. MAC Raving Mad is less sparkly. MAC Daydreaming is brighter. See comparison swatches.

Cha-Cha-Cha is described as a “deep blue green with green pearl.” It’s a blackened blue with green and blue shimmers. Applied dry, it is sheerer and lighter, and then applied damp, it was semi-opaque and turned a bit bluer. The texture was dry and powdery, but not as difficult to use as Caribbean. Urban Decay Spell #2 is darker, less cool-toned. theBalm Sexy Stacye is grayer. Urban Decay Asphalt is a bit grayer. Urban Decay Ace is less shimmery. MAC Jade’s Fortune is more intense but very similar. MAC Hint of Sapphire is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Dare to Bare is described as a “light cream with gold pearl.” It’s a pale pink with a hint of lavender and a frosted, slightly metallic finish. This shade was slightly powdery, but it seemed to stick to itself fairly well. It was one of the more pigmented shades of the six. It was semi-sheer applied dry and prone to sheering out if you applied it to the lid dry, but applied damp, it went on very nicely and with full color coverage. MAC Pastelluxe #3 is sheerer. Urban Decay SWF is darker. MAC Seedy Pearl is cooler-toned. MAC Love Power is darker, cream product. MAC Good Fortune is more metallic, cream. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #4 is similar. bareMinerals Glitterati is more golden. Shades like MAC Joy & Laughter #1 and MAC Young Venus seemed similar initially but pulled too purple. See comparison swatches.

Time to Tango is described as a “lavender with silver pearl.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark lavender with a gray tinge and gold sparkle. The texture was a little gritty (like Caribbean but not quite as bad) because of the high sparkle content and general looseness of the shadow. Applied dry, it’s a sheer wash of color, and then applied dry, it’s more semi-opaque but doesn’t quite bind together as smoothly as I’d like to see in a powder product. I had a ton of fall out from this shade, unfortunately, throughout the day. NARS Flowers 3 #2 is less shimmery. Milani Purr-fect Purple is darker. MAC Idol Eyes is less purple. See comparison swatches.

Tropica is described as a “silver blue with purple.” It is a cool-toned, lavender urple with a subtle, teal iridescent duochrome sheen. Applied dry, it is fairly sheer, and then applied damp, the duochrome is more pronounced as the product is more opaque and smooths out better. Benefit Fancy Pansy is darker. OCC Datura is lighter. See comparison swatches.

MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Bossa Blue
Bossa Blue
Bossa Blue
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total
MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Caribbean
Caribbean
Caribbean
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
73%
Total
MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Cha-Cha-Cha
Cha-Cha-Cha
Cha-Cha-Cha
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
77%
Total
MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Dare to Bare
Dare to Bare
Dare to Bare
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Time to Tango
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total
MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Tropica
Tropica
Tropica
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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Disney’s Ariel Part of Your World Eyeshadow Palette (by Sephora)

Disney x Sephora Part of Your World Eyeshadow Palette
Disney x Sephora Part of Your World Eyeshadow Palette

Disney x Sephora Part of Your World Eyeshadow Palette ($30.00 for 4 x 0.049 oz.) consists of four eyeshadows and is a limited edition palette available as part of the Disney and Sephora collaboration for The Little Mermaid (featuring Ariel). It comes in an off-white plastic palette with a scene from the movie (at least, presumably, it’s been awhile since I’ve seen it!) on the cover in shades of blue to violet. Inside, there’s a full-sized mirror and two dual-ended brushes.

Who’s-It is described as a “glittering white.” It’s a semi-sheer, shimmery white with neutral-to-warm undertones. I wouldn’t describe it as glittery; perhaps sparkly but the shimmer seems finer than sparkle. I didn’t have any issues with fall out from this shade. There’s no shortage of shimmery white eyeshadows on the market, but a few of the closer dupes I found were: Disney Ball Gown, which was a touch cooler; MAC How to Marry, which is slightly more pigmented; and NARS Flowers 1 #1, which is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches (there are also several more similar shades that I pulled out).

What’s-It is described as a “matte clay grey.” It’s a soft, muted gray with a hint of brown and lavender. It had a matte finish, and it had good color payoff. The texture was soft without being powdery, and it was incredibly easy to apply and blend out on the skin. NARS Self Portrait 2 #3 is grayer, darker. MAC Parlor Smoke is darker. MAC Creative Whim is purpler. MAC Silver Gull is darker. MAC Silverwear is more shimmery. MAC Look at the Eyes is purpler. See comparison swatches.

Dinglehopper is described as an “iridescent light teal.” It is a semi-sheer, medium-dark green with a pearly sheen. It was a little dry, and I wasn’t able to really build up the color to true-to-pan intensity/color. Chanel Metamorphose #1 is cooler-toned. NARS Delphes #3 is warmer. MAC Lady Grey is less green. MAC Sweet & Sour #2 is more shimmery. Giorgio Armani Green Jacquard #2 is similar, slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Snarfblat is described as a “violet with iridescent glitter.” It’s a medium-dark purple with cool undertones and subtle shimmer, plus a few bits and bobs of silver glitter. The glitter seemed to flake away rather quickly, and I really didn’t see it on the lid, or even underneath my lid during application or later on as I wore the eyeshadow (so if you wanted glitter, it really wasn’t present, and if you were nervous about it having glitter, rest easy). It had so-so color payoff but was a bit weak; it can be layered for slightly more intense payoff. Disney Sea Witch is more pigmented. MAC Warm & Smoky is similar. MAC Pink Union #2 is brighter. MAC Drawn to Drama is similar. MAC Dusty Desire is also similar. L’Oreal Perpetual Purple is darker. See comparison swatches.

Overall, the four-pan palette is decent but not as impressive as the larger Storylook palette.  At the price point, if you were just looking to collect a single piece from the collection, I’d still opt for the mirror, and if you had more room in your budget, the Storylook palette.  I didn’t encounter fall out issues, despite two shades being described as glittery, and the eyeshadows lasted well for eight hours but there were signs of fading and then subtle creasing after nine hours of wear.  There is no specific release date yet, but it is expected sometime June or July online.

Disney by Sephora Eyeshadow Palette Part of Your World
B-

Limited Edition

8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
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Dinglehopper

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Snarfblat

Limited Edition
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CoverGirl Melted Gold, Melted Caramel, & Scorching Cocoa Flamed Out Shadow Pots

CoverGirl Melted Gold (320) Flamed Out Shadow Pot
CoverGirl Melted Gold (320) Flamed Out Shadow Pot

CoverGirl Melted Gold (320) Flamed Out Shadow Pot ($3.99 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, yellow gold with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff both dry and wet, but the texture was slightly grainy. On the lid, I did have issues with fall out while I wore it. Disney Triton is similar, slightly warmer. Chanel Cool Gold is darker, cream. Sephora French Riviera is lighter. MAC Goldmine is warmer. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #3 is similar. Chanel Pearl River #3 is similar. OCC Acacia is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Remix is similar. Make Up For Ever #10
See comparison swatches.

Melted Caramel (330) Flamed Out Shadow Pot ($3.99 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium, slightly warmed-up brown with a hint of gray and a frosted finish. The pigmentation was nice with good, opaque coverage whether it was applied dry or wet, though it was smoother and easier to apply when applied with a damp brush. There was some fall out present after eight hours of wear. Clinique Ample Amber is a cream product. Tom Ford Platinum is grayer. MAC Romantico is darker. NARS Flowers 3 #3 is similar. MAC Lie Low is darker. MAC Tan is warmer. MAC Aurora is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Scorching Cocoa (355) Flamed Out Shadow Pot ($3.99 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a little gray tint. It had good color payoff dry, and then it was darker and more intense when applied damp. This one had less fall out compared to the other two. Disney Chateau is darker. Tom Ford Platinum is a cream product. MAC Romantico is warmer. MAC Lie Low is warmer. MAC Deeply Dashing is more glittery. MAC Aurora is lighter. Illamasqua Focus is slightly grayer. See comparison swatches.

The major issue I had with these was fall out that occurred throughout the wear of each shade, and a secondary issue was that the texture had a grainy texture; not just powdery, but there was something gritty and rough about the texture of these. I felt like they really needed to be pressed and “crushed’ in a way in order to get them to look smooth on the lid. I highly recommend applying these damp, as it makes them easier to press into the skin. I didn’t experience any creasing or fading over an eight-hour period with these shades, though.

CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pot Melted Gold (320)
B-

Permanent

8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
80%
Total
CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pot Melted Caramel (330)
B-

Permanent

8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
80%
Total
CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pot Scorching Cocoa (355)
B-

Permanent

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
81%
Total

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Le Metier de Beaute Platinum & Thunder True Color Eyeshadows

Le Metier de Beaute Platinum True Color Eyeshadow
Le Metier de Beaute Platinum True Color Eyeshadow

Le Metier de Beaute Platinum True Color Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a light-medium silver with a frosted, metallic sheen. Applied dry, it had good color payoff and a frosted finish, while applied wet, it took on a more metallic finish and was fully opaque. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and smooth.  It lasted nine hours on the lid without creasing or fading (no primer). Disney Glass Slipper is bluer. L’Oreal Primped & Precious is darker. Lancome Style Section is darker. bareMinerals Cheers is lighter, less metallic. Inglot #447 is warmer, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Thunder True Color Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a medium-dark gray with subtle warm undertones and a satin finish. It was a little drier than I’ve experienced with other Le Metier de Beaute eyeshadows, so the color payoff when applied dry was surprisingly sheer. Applied with a damp brush, it was more intense but still a bit under-pigmented.  It wore for eight and a half hours well, and it was slightly faded after nine hours of wear (no primer). Urban Decay Asphalt is darker. Urban Decay Desperation is very similar. MAC Steel is darker, warmer. Guerlain Les Gris #1 is cooler-toned, darker, less shimmery. bareMinerals Tempest is lighter. bareMinerals Chateau is similar. See comparison swatches.

Le Metier de Beaute True Color Eyeshadow Platinum
Platinum
Platinum
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
Le Metier de Beaute True Color Eyeshadow Thunder
Thunder
Thunder
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

Urban Decay Blunt, X, Fishnet Eyeshadows

Urban Decay Blunt Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Blunt Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Blunt Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “light golden bronze shimmer.” It’s a lightened gold with orange tones and a frosted, slightly metallic finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft and buttery–but a smidgen powdery. Tom FOrd Escapade is similar but a cream product. Dior Night Golds #4 is slightly yellower. Chanel Pearl River #2 is lighter. Buxom Collie is not as warm-toned, and it is a cream product. bareMinerals Surreal is yellower. See comparison swatches.

Urban Decay X Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “peach shimmer with gold shift.” It’s a pinky-peach with a frosted, gold sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and finely-milled. MAC Dynamic Duo 1 #1 has less gold shimmer. MAC Expensive Pink is darker (Melon pigment would be closer). Benefit It’s Complicated is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches.

Urban Decay Fishnet Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “bright pink shimmer with purple shift.” It’s a cool-toned, fuchsia-magenta with iridescent purple shimmer. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, smooth, and easy to work with. L’Oreal With a Twist is more lavender. Urban Decay Junkshow is bolder, brighter. Urban Decay Infamous is purpler, less shimmery. MAC Stars ‘n Rockets is comparable. MAC Infra-violet is pinker, a cream product.MAC Femininity is purpler, more metallic. bareMinerals Boudoir is similar, slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Urban Decay’s eyeshadow formula can be really fantastic, because they can deliver rich, intense color payoff with a soft, buttery texture that’s easy to blend and apply. These three shades are all really nice, and they’re so foolproof to use because of the texture and intensity. Without a primer, they lasted nine hours without creasing and only showed signs of minimal fading (and over a primer, twelve hours no problem).

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Blunt
Blunt
Blunt
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Urban Decay Eyeshadow X
X
X
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Fishnet
Fishnet
Fishnet
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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CoverGirl Molten Black (300), Fired-Up Pink (305), Red-Hot (345) Flamed Out Shadow Pots

CoverGirl Molten Black (300) Flamed Out Shadow Pot
CoverGirl Molten Black (300) Flamed Out Shadow Pot

CoverGirl Molten Black (300) Flamed Out Shadow Pot ($3.99 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark black with silver sparkle. It had good color payoff both wet and dry, though it is more sparkly when applied with a damp brush. The texture was somewhat soft, not as gritty or as powdery as some of the other shades in the range. Urban Decay Oil Slick is less sparkly. Lancome The New Black is darker. Chanel Mirifique is darker, cream product. Sugarpill Stella is darker. See comparison swatches.

CoverGirl Fired-up Pink (305) Flamed Out Shadow Pot ($3.99 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, medium pink with a sparkly finish. This one was very crumbly and flaky when applied dry. It smoothed out more when applied damp, but it was still somewhat chunky. Urban Decay Noise is similar but not as sparkly. MAC Tease with Ease is darker, less shimmery. MAC Infra-violet is cooler-toned, less sparkly. Sugarpill Decora is warmer, redder. Make Up For Ever #85 is less shimmery, lighter. Inglot #362 is matte, brighter. See comparison swatches.

CoverGirl Red-Hot (345) Flamed Out Shadow Pot ($3.99 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, pinky-red with gold sparkle. The color payoff was good both wet and dry, but the texture is smoother and less powdery and flaky when applied with a damp brush. Urban Decay Noise is a cream pencil but similar in color. MAC More Amour is warmer, less pink. MAC Tease with Ease is cooler-toned. MAC Gameela is brighter, matte. Dior Bow is less sparkly. Sugarpill Decora is brighter. See comparison swatches.

CoverGirl’s newest eyeshadows have an odd texture that’s almost grainy; it’s not gritty or rough in the traditional sense, but there’s something flaky, dry, and grainy about the texture. It doesn’t bind together as well as you’d expect a good powder eyeshadow would. There’s a lot of fall out during application, but all three shades had fall out throughout the day, too–just bits of sparkle everywhere on my face! They lasted well for about seven hours, and after eight, there was some noticeable fading. I had slight creasing only with Fired-up Pink.

CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pot Molten Black (300)
B

Permanent

8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pot Fired-up Pink (305)
C

Permanent

7
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
76%
Total
CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pot Red-Hot (345)
B

Permanent

8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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