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MAC Bleuluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Bleuluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Bleuluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Bleuluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as shades of “metallic silver with pearl, light blue, blue with pearl, purple blue with pearl, black with blue pearl.”

Bleuluxe #1 is a sparkling, pale silver that almost leans warm. Dry, it’s very sheer and sparkly; wet, it’s semi-sheer to semi-opaque and needs to really be pressed and worked into the lid to smooth it out. Bobbi Brown Tinsel is less sparkly. NARS Silver Factory is a cream product. NARS Flowers 2 #1 is less sparkly.
MAC Guise is darker. MAC Extra Silver is more metallic. MAC White as Snow is similar but loose. Giorgio Armani #17 is darker. See comparison swatches.

Bleuluxe #2 is a cool-toned, silver and blue-shimmered blue with a hint of gray. It has a very sparkly finish. Applied dry, it’s very sheer; applied wet, it is semi-opaque but needs to be pressed and crushed on the lid to smooth out the color. Maybelline Seashore Frosts has a golden duochrome/shimmer and is a cream product. Clinique Big Blue is less sparkly, cream. theBalm Matt Horowitz is more matte. Urban Decay Strip is lighter. MAC Blue Moon is less sparkly. Chanel Destination is less sparklly, cream. See comparison swatches.

Bleuluxe #3 is a navy blue with a blackened base and multi-colored sparkle. Applied dry, it was kind of chunky and sheer, while applied wet, it was semi-sheer and smoother. This was a shade I needed to layer and pack on to get to be opaque on the lid. Tom Ford Cobalt Rush #2 is bluer. Le Metier de Beaute Sapphire is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches.

Bleuluxe #4 is a blackened navy blue with a pearly shimmer. It was sheer when applied dry, and it intensified to semi-opaque color when applied damp. Bobbi Brown Blue Onyx is darker. MAC Shop & Drop is darker. MAC Thru the Night is similar. MAC Blue Storm is lighter. Burberry Midnight Blue is lighter. Make Up For Ever #81 is bluer. See comparison swatches.

Bleuluxe #5 is a medium-dark black with a dusting of blue pearl. It had semi-opaque color when applied dry, and it was slightly more intense when applied wet. The texture was very smooth, and this was the best shade of the five. MAC Dark Dare is a bit darker. Sugarpill Stella is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

The new Veluxe Pearlfusion eyeshadow formula is widely varying from shade to shade, palette to palette. The overall quality really depends on the finish, and I’m sure it won’t surprise you, but the heavier the sparkle is, the lower the performance. These can be used both wet and dry, with dry application yielding “sheer coverage with a soft, sparkling finish,” and wet application yielding “a super saturation of colour that glistens with metallic brilliance.” The texture is supposed to feel “creamy and lightweight.”

Anyone who loves MAC’s Pressed Pigment formula and has no issues with the sparkle-factor and resulting fall out (that I’ve experienced, at least) with them with likely enjoy these, too, as overall, they’re finer but still very sparkly and the finish certainly reflects and catches the light nicely. But there is fall out, and if you loathe any fall out, I’d probably skip this launch entirely. If you can deal with some, they may be worth checking out. The texture varies from so soft that the powder turns a little crumbly and becomes difficult to smooth out (you really have to press it, or crush it with a brush or sponge-tip applicator) to soft, creamy, and intensely pigmented. There were shades that made me, “Oooh” and “Ahhh!” when I swatched or applied them.

I wore #2 on the inner lid, #3 on the middle of lid, #4 on the outer lid, and #5 in the crease–all used with a wet application and MAC’s 239 brush. I didn’t experience any creasing over a twelve-hour period, and fading didn’t become noticeable until after nine and a half hours of wear; all quite impressive. There was some fall out during application, but because they are used wet, and none of those four needed significant pressing/crushing prior to application, it was minimal and easy to clean-up. I did have continued fall out throughout the day and by the end of eight hours, there was a moderate amount of sparkle underneath my eyes. The sparkle is finer, so it’s not as obvious as larger glitter particles can be.

The price point seems a bit high, and it’s hard to really know how long an eyeshadow will last you until you’ve used it endlessly. Normally, MAC’s full-size powder eyeshadows contain 0.05 oz., and the quads (that also retail for $40) contain 0.19 oz. (Veluxe Pearl eyeshadows are normally 0.04 oz., which is usually why quads aren’t 0.20 oz.), so this palette is smaller at 0.14 oz. Unless you regularly finish your eyeshadows, I don’t think you’ll actually feel the quantity difference–and if you have a larger stash, you may appreciate that there are five shades in this.

MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette Bleuluxe
Bleuluxe
Bleuluxe
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
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Burberry Khaki, Lavender Blue, & Mulberry Eyeshadows

Burberry Khaki Eyeshadow
Burberry Khaki Eyeshadow

Burberry Khaki (08) Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.088 oz.) is an olive green with subtly warm-toned, brown undertones. It had a soft, smooth texture that applied well. The color payoff was good, though Burberry’s formula is confusing, as it’s called “Sheer Eyeshadow,” but then it’s supposed to have really true, long-lasting color, so I try to interpret that as a buildable color that can be worn sheer or more intensely. The softness of the texture allows for a wash of color without worry, but it can also be applied more heavily. MAC Flourishing is greener. Lancome Designer is darker, greener. Dior Khaki Design #3 is more shimmery. bareMinerals Eureka is more shimmery. bareMinerals Speaker Box is darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Lavender Blue (13) Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.088 oz.) is a medium lavender with subtle cool undertonees and a satiny finish. It had decent to good pigmentation and was fairly true-to-pan in color. It was slightly powdery in texture. NARS High Society #1 is more muted. NARS Flowers 1 #3 is cooler-toned. MAC Beautiful Iris is cooler-toned and more shimmery. Giorgio Armani Fatal #3 is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Mulberry (24) Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.088 oz.) is a muted, burgundy with subtle, warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. Kat Von D Fur Elise is more muted and matte. theBalm Sexy is darker and matte. theBalm Alice Copper is warmer. Maybelline Pomegranate Punk is a cream product. MAC Universal Appeal is lighter. MAC Rich Core is darker. Le Metier de Beaute Fig is brighter. See comparison swatches.

Khaki wore well for eight hours but was slightly faded after nine hours of wear, whereas Lavender Blue was slightly faded after eight hours and Mulberry lasted a full nine hours without fading/creasing.

Burberry Sheer Eye Shadow Khaki (08)
Khaki (08)
Khaki (08)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Burberry Sheer Eye Shadow Lavender Blue (13)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
Burberry Sheer Eye Shadow Mulberry (24)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

Inglot #122R Rainbow Eyeshadow

Inglot #122R Rainbow Eyeshadow
Inglot #122R Rainbow Eyeshadow

Inglot #122R Rainbow Eyeshadow Pan ($8.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a trio of warm, yellow-toned browns that range from a dirty orange to terracotta to medium-dark brown.  The quality of this trio was quite good across the board, with the bottom shade being really impressive.  All three shades had nice pigmentation, soft textures, and none of them were too powdery.  I had no trouble applying or blending out the colors on the lid, and they do work well together.  I might opt for a lighter inner lid color, just to provide more contrast.  When I wore these three shades together, they lasted seven and a half hours well with some minor fading becoming apparent after eight and a half hours.

#122R Top is a warm, dirty, yellowed tangerine with orange and brown tones and a light satin sparkle. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft without being too powdery. Maybelline Fierce & Tangy is a cream product, more orange, warmer. MAC Chessa is darker. MAC Juiced is slightly yellower. Dior Aurora #1 is more shimmery. Chanel Tigerlily is similar. OCC Mimosa is slightly warmer, more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

#122R Middle is a medium, terracotta brown with soft sparkle and warm, reddish undertones. It had good pigmentatio and applied smoothly and evenly. MAC Indie Spirit is darker, browner. MAC Body Conscious is not quite as warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

#122R Bottom is medium-dark brown with subtle, warm, red undertones and a soft sparkle. The color payoff was lovely, and the texture was soft, finely-milled but not powdery. NARS Surabaya #1 is slightly darker. MAC Brown Script is less shimmery. MAC Beautyburst is less shimmery. Guerlain Les Fauves #1 is more shimmery. bareMinerals Frisson is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Inglot Rainbow Eyeshadow #122R Rainbow Eyeshadow Pan
A-

Permanent

9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
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Illamasqua Sadist & Vulgar Eyeshadows

Illamasqua Sadist Eyeshadow
Illamasqua Sadist Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Sadist Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “matte bright royal blue.” It’s a rich, deep, medium-dark blue–there’s a little indigo/purple that tints it so it looks very cool-toned. It had a matte finish, and the color payoff was quite good. The texture was soft, finely-milled but not powdery–yet still blendable and had a lot of pigmentation. It lasted for nine hours without creasing or fading, but there was some residual staining after I removed it. Sephora My Boyfriend’s Jeans is shimmery and darker. Sugarpill Velocity is similar but slightly lighter. Urban Decay Chaos is similar in color but has some shimmer. NARS Rated R #2 is much lighter. NARS Outremer is darker. Sugarpill Royal Sugar is a touch brighter and shimmery. Inglot #388 is darker, less blue. See comparison swatches.

Vulgar Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright flame orange, matt finish.” It’s a brightened, slightly lightened medium orange with a matte finish and warm, yellow undertones. It had really nice color payoff, and it applied smoothly and evenly. The texture was lovely; soft, finely-milled, but not at all powdery, and still it was easy to apply and blend out on the lid. Vulgar wore well for eight hours–no fading or creasing–and after nine hours, I noticed some slight fading. Disney Rajah is more shimmery, slightly darker. Maybelline Fierce & Tangy is a bit lighter and a cream product. MAC Rule is darker. Chanel Pearl River #4 is lighter, more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #10 is darker, bolder, and a cream product. See comparison swatches.

Illamasqua Powder Eyeshadow Sadist
Sadist
Sadist
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Illamasqua Powder Eyeshadow Vulgar
Vulgar
Vulgar
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

Inglot #121R Rainbow Eyeshadow

Inglot #121R Rainbow Eyeshadow
Inglot #121R Rainbow Eyeshadow

Inglot #121R Rainbow Eyeshadow Pan ($8.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a trio of warm, earthy greens that ranges from light to medium to dark. They sit together in the same pan, and they are equal in size/height. All three eyeshadows have the Double Sparkle finish, which means there is a light dusting of fine shimmer in them–but the shimmer was nearly undetectable applied.  When I tested the wear, all three shades lasted well for a full eight hours and only had some very minor fading apparent after nine hours of wear.

#121R Top is a chartreuse–a mix of yellow and green–with a soft satin finish and warm undertones. It had a soft texture with slight powderiness (one of the trade-offs of having such a soft, easy-to-blend texture is that they’re usually a bit on the powdery side). It had good color payoff and was true-to-pan. CoverGirl Lime Light is more shimmery. Aveda Papyrus is darker. Make Up For Ever #304 is cooler, more shimmery. NARS Rated R #1 is slightly warmer, darker. MAC Bitter is warmer. Inglot #343 is brighter. See comparison swatches.

#121R Middle is a medium-dark, olive green with soft, brown undertones and a dusting of khaki shimmer. It only had so-so color payoff when I initially swatched it on the skin, but it was buildable, so I was able to get more opaque color on the lid. Clinique Whopping Willow is darker, warmer, cream product. Urban Decay Jealous #1 is slightly darker. Urban Decay Mildew is more shimmery. MAC Spread the Wealth is a cream product. Guerlain Coup de Foudre is a bit darker. See comparison swatches.

#121R Bottom is a dark, khaki brown with subtle warm undertones and a dusting of green and muted bronze shimmer. It was a little on the dry side, so it didn’t swatch well and looked like it was going to have low color payoff. On the lid, it can be packed on, but I did have some trouble blending the color out–it was not as effortless as many Inglot eyeshadows can be. theBalm Lead Zeppelin is more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Olive is warmer, more shimmery. Giorgio Armani #14 is more shimmery, lighter. Giorgio Armani #24 is darker. bareMinerals Speaker Box is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Inglot Rainbow Eyeshadow #121R Rainbow Eyeshadow Pan
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
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Disney Ariel Storylook Eyeshadow Palette (by Sephora)

Disney Ariel Storylook Eyeshadow Palette
Disney Ariel Storylook Eyeshadow Palette

Disney Ariel Storylook Eyeshadow Palette ($55.00 for 0.70 oz.) is a new and limited edition palette that features twenty eyeshadows (each containing 0.035 oz. of product) inspired by Disney’s The Little Mermaid.  

Blue Lagoon is a brightened, medium cyan blue with a light dusting of silver sparkle. Of all twenty eyeshadows, this was the worst (and it’s just so-so), as the texture was a bit dry and powdery, and the silver sparkle does seem to get everywhere. Urban Decay Peace is more shimmery. Urban Decay Clash is a cream product. NARS Mad, Mad World #1 is less shimmery, darker. MAC Electric Eel is less shimmery, darker. MAC Blue Candy is less shimmery. Inglot #371 is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches.

Scuttle is a warm-toned, champagne-shimmered golden beige with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and very, very slightly powdery. MAC Glamour Light is lighter. MAC Warming Heart is darker and more shimmery. MAC Grain is darker, less shimmery. Buxom Collie is a cream product. bareMinerals Stealth is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Flounder is a pale yellow with a hint of orange in it and a matte finish. It was somewhat powdery, and the color was prone to sheering out quickly. I had better luck patting it onto the lid and only blending around the edges. theBalm Snobby is more shimmery, cooler. Bobbi Brown Banana is very similar. NARS Misfit #1 is lighter. MAC Motif is more shimmery. Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes #1 is more shimmery. Chanel Premier Regard #3 is more shimmery. Inglot #3102 is lighter, cooler. See comparison swatches.

Sebastian is a pink-coral with a matte finish. It had a soft, smooth texture with just a small amount of powderiness, but it was easier to apply than Flounder. Chanel Rose de Mai is more muted. Inglot #359 is cooler. See comparison swatches.

Flotsam is a darkened, cool-toned gray with a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff, though the texture was slightly stiffer than a lot of the other shades (not hard to work with, but just noticeably different). theBalm Matt McDonald is lighter. Urban Decay Ace is warmer. NARS Mandchourie #2 is slightly cooler-toned. Urban Decay Gunmetal is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches.

Sea Shells is a warm, golden ivory with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had mostly opaque color, and the texture was soft and buttery–but a smidgen powdery. Make Up For Ever #101 is warmer, more frosted. Urban Decay Midnight Cowgirl is a smidgen darker. MAC Carefree is cooler. MAC Short Shorts is similar. MAC Femme-fi is warmer. MAC Dazzlelight is cooler. Inglot #395 is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches.

Les Poissons is a medium-dark brown with a hint of warmth and a frosted sheen. It was soft, smooth, and nicely pigmented. Tom Ford Platinum is a cream product, warmer. theBalm Matt Gallagher is cooler, less shimmery. Urban Decay Wreckage is cooler, darker. MAC Caramel Sundae is lighter. MAC Sweet Satisfaction is lighter. MAC Superwatt is a cream product, darker. Chanel Raffinement #3 is slightly darker. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #2 is darker. See comparison swatches.

Caspian Sea is a blue-teal with a soft, frosted finish. It had nice color payoff and a soft, smooth texture that was easy to apply and to blend out. Tom Ford Emerald Lust #3 is bluer, darker. theBalm Open to Offers Olwen is darker, slightly bluer. MAC Parrot is very comparable. NARS South Pacific #1 is brighter. Make Up For Ever #83 is brighter. Inglot #415 is lighter, more frosted. See comparison swatches.

Your Voice is a silvered-white with a frosted, slightly metallic finish. It was soft but a bit crumbly/powdery, and it did smooth down when patted and blended out on the lid. theBalm Sassy is similar. theBalm Metal-ica is also similar. MAC Flawless Figure is less frosted. MAC Crystal Avalanche is less shimmery. Giorgio Armani Ecailles Black Pearl #4 is similar. bareMinerals Cheers is less shimmery. Inglot #453 is brighter. See comparison swatches.

Unfortunate Souls is a muted, cool-toned purple with a hint of blue and a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff, and it was a little stiff (but not powdery). Urban Decay Blue Bus is darker, more shimmery. NARS Self Portrait 1 #2 is darker. MAC Heroine is slightly darker. Giorgio Armani Ecailles Black Pearl #2 is much darker.

Atlantica is a subtly warm-toned, pastel green with golden yellow undertones and a frosted sheen. It had nice pigmentation, and it was soft, smooth, and buttery to the touch. MAC Zestful is lighter. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #3 is darker. bareMinerals Wicked is warmer, lighter. Make Up For Ever #34 is a smidgen darker. See comparison swatches.

Fins is a medium-dark, subtly yellow-toned green with gold and green sparkle. It had good color payoff, but there was some fall out when worn due to the amount of sparkle in it. Sephora Picnic in the Park is brighter, cooler. Make Up For Ever #52 is a cream product. Sugarpill Midori is darker. NARS Mad Mad World #2 is darker, less shimmery. Milani Green Safari is a cream product. MAC Feeling Fresh is warmer. Make Up For Ever #53 is cooler, less shimmery.

Sick of Swimmin’ is a cool-toned white with a frosted, teal iridescent sheen. It was semi-sheer, and it’s probably a shade best used to apply over another to add dimension. MAC Vellum is similar but less frosted. See comparison swatches.

Ursula is a subtly warm-toned, muted plum with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff but was slightly powdery. Inglot #446 is brighter. Le Metier de Beaute Fig is warmer. OCC Overlook is warmer. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #6 is less shimmery, darker. MAC Rich Core is darker. MAC Rare Find is slightly darker. MAC Universal Appeal is a touch lighter. Urban Decay Uncut is darker. See comparison swatches.

Sha La La is a reddened berry with cool undertones and a satiny finish. It had so-so color payoff, but it did build up better (to about semi-opaque color). The texture was soft, finely-milled, and a little powdery. MAC Posthaste is redder. NARS Douce France #3 is darker, warmer. MAC Hepcat is slightly cooler-toned. Estee Lauder Violet Underground #1 is brighter. See comparison swatches.

Triton is a warm-toned, medium yellow gold with a frosted, metallic finish and larger gold sparkle. It had good color payoff, but there was some fall out during application and seemed to have some minor fall out later on during wear, too.
Chanel Cool Gold is a cream product. Sephora French Riviera is yellower. NARS Corcovado is yellower, cream. Maybelline Gold Rush is slightly darker, cream product. MAC Goldmine is similar. Chanel Blazing Gold is lighter. OCC Triptych is slightly darker. bareMinerals Remix is very similar. Inglot #430 is warmer, brighter. See comparison swatches.

Wanderin’ Free is a muted copper with a frosted finish.  It had great color payoff, and the texture was soft and buttery–but again, there was a smidgen of powderiness. theBalm Manic Maribel and Urban Decay Chopper are darker, warmer. Urban Decay Limelight is warmer. MAC Summer Haze is cooler. MAC All That Glitters is similar. Buxom Collie is lighter, cream. bareMinerals Nirvana is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Jetsam is a teal-tinged, deep gray with a pearly sheen.  It looks more teal in the pan than it does swatched or applied. Sephora Midnight Swim is lighter. Urban Decay Hijack is lighter. MAC Blue Spruce is less shimmery. Guerlain Les Aquas #1 is less shimmery. bareMinerals Editor’s Pick is lighter. Inglot #451 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Sea Witch is a dark, bold purple with cool undertones and a pearly sheen.  It had decent to good color payoff, but it was slightly dry.  MAC Warm & Smoky is darker, cooler. MAC Pink Union #2 is brighter. MAC Drawn to Drama is darker. MAC Parfait Amour is brighter. See comparison swatches.

Treasures Untold is a pink-tinged white with a golden sheen.  It had good color payoff with a soft, buttery texture that was very slightly powdery. L’Oreal Strawberry Blonde is pinker. MAC Double Feature #5 #1 is less shimmery. MAC Winterscape is cooler. MAC Golden Flurry is less frosted. MAC Let’s Skate is a cream product. MAC Radial Pink is lighter. MAC Opalesse is cooler. MAC Good Fortune is a cream product.

Overall, I really liked the palette, and I think it’s well worth the $55 price tag assuming they’re colors and finishes that you would use.  My main issue was that most shades were on the powdery side with some just being very slightly powdery to a few feeling almost crumbly.  The majority of the shades had good color payoff, though.  I wore several shades from the palette (10 of the 20), and I’m almost at seven hours of wear–so far so good in terms of fading/creasing.  There has been some slight fall out from Fins and Triton.

Also, heads up: Sephora teased about this collection on their Facebook, and while doing so, also stated that this was the last and final installment of the collection.

Disney by Sephora Storylook Palette Ariel
Ariel
Ariel
A-

Permanent

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
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