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Benefit Quick, Look Busy Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit Quick, Look Busy Longwear Powder Eyeshadow
Benefit Quick, Look Busy Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit Quick, Look Busy Longwear Powder Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “matte espresso.” It’s a dark, subtly red-toned brown with a matte finish. MAC Carbonized is similar in color, but it is frosted. bareMinerals Foreshadow is cooler-toned. MAC Swiss Chocolate is warmer. MAC Brown Down is very comparable. Inglot #329 is less red-toned. Make Up For Ever #162 has a stronger red undertone.

The texture was soft, slightly powdery, and the resulting color payoff was just so-so to decent. It was semi-opaque when I initially swatched, and then when I tried applying it to the lid, it was more buildable. It’s very blendable, though, and it is easy to sheer out and harder to keep at full coverage on the lid–you have to be very precise and only blend around the outer edges of the color. It was noticeably faded after seven hours, but I didn’t experience any creasing without a primer.

For reference, it also appears in Benefit’s Easiest Nudes Ever Palette–I make a point to mention that, because the palette itself is $30 but contains three other eyeshadows along with two Creaseless Cream Eyeshadows; more or less, unless you really hate the other products, it’s hard to justify $20 for one eyeshadow when you could be paying $30 and receiving six different products.

Benefit Longwear Powder Shadow Quick, Look Busy
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
78%
Total

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Clinique Whopping Willow Chubby Stick Shadow Tint

Clinique Whopping Willow Chubby Stick Shadow Tint
Clinique Whopping Willow Chubby Stick Shadow Tint

Clinique Whopping Willow Chubby Stick Shadow Tint ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “golden sage green.” It’s a subtly warm-toned olive green with strong olive/khaki tones and a soft, shimmery finish. MAC Vintage Coin is much darker. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 is a powder product and greener. Sephora Snakeskin Dress is a touch greener and a powder product. MAC Sumptuous Olive has a stronger brown undertone and is also a powder eyeshadow. Inglot #433 is ever-so-slightly warmer but is very similar–definitely the closest–though it is a powder product.

I would describe the payoff of Whopping Willow as rather opaque, but it is easy enough to get just a sheer wash of color, but if you were to just do one stroke of the pencil against your arm, it would be semi-opaque.  It builds up color very well, as it doesn’t bunch up on itself, so it goes on smoothly, evenly, and can be built to opaque color.    The consistency is more waxy than it is creamy, which helps it apply color smoothly, but it did tug just a bit at the lid.  Whopping Willow lasted just over ten hours on me, and there was faint creasing after twelve hours. It comes in a twist-up pencil so there’s no sharpening required.

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint Whopping Willow

Wet ‘n’ Wild Desert Festival Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette

Wet 'n' Wild Desert Festival Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild Desert Festival Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild Desert Festival Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette ($4.99 for 0.19 oz.) is a five-pan palette that features a warm-toned, desert-inspired color scheme.

Desert Festival #1 is a pale, warm-toned beige with a satin finish. It had sheer color payoff; the texture was dry and stiff, so it made it harder to get enough product out to see more opaque color. (It looks even sheerer than it is, because it also happens to be nearly identical to my skin color!) MAC Grain is more frosted, slightly lighter. MAC Naked Lunch is a bit darker.

Desert Festival #2 is a brightened, medium orange with a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, though the texture was so soft that it was also a bit dusty. I didn’t have anything quite like this–there’s a very even balance between yellow and red in this shade, so it doesn’t turn too reddish or get too dark, but it’s also not a yellowy orange. Other oranges that are matte tend to be darker and redder.

Desert Festival #3 is a neutral-toned taupe brown with a satiny finish. It was, unfortunately, rather dry and stiff in texture, so the resulting color payoff was disappointing. MAC Nebula is darker. bareMinerals Wanderlust is more frosted. bareMinerals Apropos is cooler-toned.  NARS Bali is cooler-toned, grayer. Inglot #363 is warmer.

Desert Festival #4 is a shimmery, lightened, medium-orange with warm undertones. It had a better texture than some of the other shades, so the pigmentation was better. Chanel Pearl River #4 is brighter. Milani Primary Runway Eyes #3 is darker, redder. MAC Fresh Daily is richer in color.

Desert Festival #5 is a grayish brown with a satiny finish. It is just a bit darker than the center shade–more distinctly cool-toned. It had underwhelming color payoff, as it, again, had a stiff and dry texture that made it hard to get product out of the pan. MAC Nebula is more shimmery. MAC Concrete is more matte.

Overall, I was disappointed in the palette, because it had a drier, stiffer texture that resulted in rather low color payoff.  The best performing shade was the matte orange, followed by the shimmery orange; the other three shades were hard to work with. Muse had a similar experience, and she and I both expounded the benefits of Color Icon over this.  I could not wear this palette without a primer and achieve any semblance of decent color payoff, despite Wet ‘n’ Wild claiming these are “ultra-pigmented” and “crease-resistant.”  I did wear the shades as they were without a primer, and I saw fading after six hours.  With a primer, I didn’t have trouble with the shades fading.   The three drier shades were harder to blend and definitely will take more time and attention to finesse the colors just right.  Wet ‘n’ Wild has done better in their Color Icon Trios/Palettes, so I’d recommend checking one of those in lieu of this one.

Wet ‘n’ Wild Desert Festival Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette

D
6
Product
6
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
7
Longevity
3
Application
63%
Total

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Urban Decay Radium Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Radium Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Radium Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Radium Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “peacock blue shimmer.” It’s a bold, bright medium blue with cool undertones and a frosted finish. Buxom Bulldog is a touch darker and is a cream product. NYX Kiss in Casablanca is less frosted but very similar in color. MAC Pure Creation is darker, more muted, and a cream product.

This shade was once a palette-exclusive, but when Urban Decay reformulated their eyeshadows, it made it into their permanent range. It was one of my favorite shades then, and it’s one of my favorite shades now. The texture is soft, buttery, and dense; so smooth and intensely pigmented, Radium is a dream to work with. Whether you want rich color or need to blend it out to soften, both are easily achieved. It lasted a full nine hours on me without creasing or fading.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Radium
Radium
Radium
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

Benefit It’s Complicated Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit It's Complicated Longwear Powder Eyeshadow
Benefit It’s Complicated Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit It’s Complicated Longwear Powder Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “golden peach.” It’s a warm-toned, medium pinky-peach with a gold shimmer-sheen finish. Chanel Complice has no golden shimmer. MAC Say Yeah is darker. Urban Decay Freebird is pinker. Lancome Kitten Heel has the golden sheen but is pinker. MAC Expensive Pink is darker, redder.

The pigmentation of this shade was on the weaker side, and I found that at best, I could build up the color to semi-opaque but it wanted to be semi-sheer to semi-opaque. It’s disappointing, because most of the shades that are similar tended to be darker, so this would have offered a subtler way to achieve the color–and on cooler skintones, would be less prone to looking orange. It’s Complicated had a soft texture that was finely-milled and was easy to blend out on the lid. It lasted seven hours well on me, but after nine hours, I did see some faint creasing.

For reference, it also appears in Benefit’s Most Glamorous Nudes Ever Palette–I make a point to mention that, because the palette itself is $30 but contains three other eyeshadows along with two Creaseless Cream Eyeshadows; more or less, unless you really hate the other products, it’s hard to justify $20 for one eyeshadow when you could be paying $30 and receiving six different products.

Benefit Longwear Powder Shadow It's Complicated
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
83%
Total

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Disney Jasmine Magic Carpet Ride Eyeshadow Palette (by Sephora)

Disney Jasmine Magic Carpet Ride Eyeshadow Palette
Disney Jasmine Magic Carpet Ride Eyeshadow Palette

Disney Jasmine Magic Carpet Ride Eyeshadow Palette ($30.00 for 0.20 oz.) includes four shades: Carpet (glitter lavender), Wonder by Wonder (glittery violet), Splendid (glittery peachy pink), and Diamond Sky (deep turquoise).

Carpet is a warm-toned, pink-plum with a soft, frost finish. It had good pigmentation, and it applied smoothly and evenly. I can’t say that I detected any glitter in the shade at all. Giorgio Armani #27 is darker, more plum than pink. MAC Universal Appeal is a smidgen darker. MAC Pink Union #1 is very similar in color though more frosted in finish.

Wonder by Wonder is a blackened purple with violet micro-glitter/sparkle. On the lid, it read mostly as a blackened purple–I couldn’t really make out the sparkle (and definitely not at a distance). The color payoff is just so-so; I felt like you could load up the brush and get decent color, but it sheers out quickly when you go to blend it. This shade was the one that looked noticeably faded after eight hours of wear, while the rest were intact. L’Oreal Smoldering Plum is darker and less red-toned. Bobbi Brown Black Violet is lighter. Giorgio Armani #2 is much, much darker–but part of that is how intense in payoff it is.

Splendid is a warm, golden peach with a bright, frosted sheen. It had great pigmentation, and the texture was soft (a little powdery, actually) and highly blendable. bareMinerals Stealth is similar in color but has a satiny finish. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #4 is more beige, not as warm-toned. theBalm Luscious Lani is pink-tinted.

Diamond Sky is a subdued blue with a hint of teal (more blue than teal) with a frosted finish and cool undertones. The color payoff was fantastic, and this was the easiest shade to work–no problem achieving rich color on the lid, and the texture was soft enough to be easy to blend but not so soft that it was powdery.  Tom Ford Emerald Lust #3 is slightly more teal. Urban Decay Unhinged is similar but more subdued–not as bright. Urban Decay Deep End is a smidgen darker and more teal in color. Tarina Tarantino Ozma is very similar. theBalm Open to Offers Olwen is very comparable. Urban Decay Haight is darker and bluer.

Though three of the four shades are described as glittery, I only saw any glitter (and it was micro-glitter at that, possibly even sparkle, which is even smaller) in Wonder by Wonder, but it did not translate on the lid.  I didn’t see it when applied, but I also didn’t see any bits and pieces during application underneath the eye or later on, after wearing the shade for eight hours.  Shimmery/frosty, absolutely, but I wouldn’t describe any of the shades are glittery (which is probably good news for most!).  I was disappointed in the color payoff of Wonder by Wonder, as it tended to look a bit faded even when initially applied.  Diamond Sky is the best-performing shade in the palette, though both Carpet and Splendid were good (just not perfect).  I only experienced noticeable fading after eight hours of wear with Wonder by Wonder, while the other shades wore without creasing or fading for eight hours.

Disney Jasmine Magic Carpet Ride Eyeshadow Palette (by Sephora)

B+
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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