NARS Fall 2016 Dual Intensity Eyeshadows

NARS Antares Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a bright, light pewter with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer coverage applied dry and mostly opaque coverage applied damp. The texture was blendable, a little dry to the touch, but it didn’t look dry or powdery on the skin. The wear was similar regardless of application method, but damp application lasted a half hour long, until eight hours. MAC Vex (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #19 (LE, $33.00) is darker (85% similar). Dior Etoile (021) (P, $31.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #4 (LE) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). Clarins Silver Ivory (04) (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). Cle de Peau Pewter Veil #3 (LE) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Hourglass Graphite #5 (P) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Make Up For Ever D552 Crystalline Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Verve (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). Guerlain Two Stylish #1 (P) is darker (80% similar). Lancome Joie (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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NARS Antares Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

MAC Bangin’ Brilliant Eyeshadows (Part 2)

MAC Shock Factor Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “lime green [with a Matte finish].” It’s a bright, light-medium chartreuse green with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation with a dusty, chalky consistency that was hard to work with. It looked uneven and dry on the skin–with or without primer!–and I could not seem to get it to look decent at all. I even patted it over eyeliner, and it made it look terrible. What I was able to apply lasted six hours! Inglot #343 (P, $6.00) is brighter (95% similar). NARS Celebrate (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Bitter (P, $16.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Madly Sunny (LE, $22.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Eyeshadow
MAC Eyeshadow Shock Factor
F
Product
5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
5
Longevity
6.5
Application
1.5
Total
56%
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MAC Bangin’ Brilliant Eyeshadows (Part 1)

MAC Up at Dawn Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “sherbet orange [with a Satin finish].” It’s a lightly brightened, meidum orange with warm undertones and a satin shimmer. It had good color payoff, but the texture was dusty and on the thinner side, so it had trouble adhering well to the skin. It only seemed to work decently over a thicker base like a MAC Paint Pot, but it did not work well with thinner primers like Urban Decay Primer Potion or MAC’s 24-Hour Prep + Prime. I could get a tinge of the color if I swept it above the crease, but it was never opaque. The color lasted for seven hours on me. Inglot #123R Top (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Apricot Blend #3 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Trumpette (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dior Pareo (P, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). Milani Bella Mandarin (27) (P, $4.49) is cooler (90% similar). Dior Sundeck #3 (LE) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Newport Nights #5 (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Rouge-Gorge (116) (LE, $32.00) is more muted, cooler (85% similar). Sephora Rio (91) (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Fyrinnae Pyromantic Erotica (P, $6.80) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Eyeshadow
MAC Eyeshadow Up at Dawn
C
Product
7
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
3
Total
73%
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BUXOM Fall 2016 Eyeshadows

BUXOM Silver Screen Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a brilliant lavender with subtle, warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. This shade had more noticeable sparkle, though I didn’t notice any fall out during the day, which I think is owed to the denser, thicker consistency of the eyeshadow overall. It had great color payoff, and the powder had a smooth, cream-like feel to it that was blendable and adhered well on the skin. This shade wore well for eight hours. Giorgio Armani Rose Platinum (16) (LE, $39.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Flash (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #2 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Stila Frosted Lavender (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Crystal (DC, $16.00) is lighter, cooler, lower quality (85% similar). bareMinerals Shiver (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Mood Ring (P, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Girls, Girls! (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Datura (P, $14.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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BUXOM Eyeshadow
Buxom Eyeshadow Silver Screen
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
92%
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Too Faced Totally Cute Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Totally Cute Eyeshadow Palette ($36.00 for 0.39 oz.) is a new, limited edition nine-pan eyeshadow palette with several neutral shades and a few pops of color. One of the selling points is that the palette has a soft pink exterior that was designed for you to decorate with stickers, which are included. (If you purchased directly from Too Faced, you’ll get an additional sticker sheet.) I wish I could say it was a decent palette, but I actually found it surprisingly difficult to apply, even when I used it with Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance Primer. The difference in application with primer was minor, while the longevity was the most improved by primer. The mattes were thinner, and they didn’t blend as well with the denser, metallic shades. The standout shades were Clover and Storm Cloud, but shades like Shooting Star, I Love TF, and Meow! were more time-consuming to use.

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Too Faced Totally Cute Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced Eye Shadow Collection Totally Cute
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
82%
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Tarte Hussy, Whiskey, Scandal, Speakeasy Metallics Shadows

Tarte Hussy Metallics Shadow ($14.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a bright, light-medium yellow gold with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. The texture was very soft but somewhat looser in the pan, so it kicked up some excess powder in the pan and didn’t apply as evenly or as richly as other shades. It wasn’t hard to use, but it is a shade that benefited from applying in sheerer layers or over primer. The color lasted for eight hours on me. MAC Goldmine (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Unlimited (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Triton (LE) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #2 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Surreal (P) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME406 Golden (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Lancome Eternal Gold (P, $24.50) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Honey Pot (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Divergent Golden Honesty (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Milani Bella Sand (02) (P, $4.49) is darker (90% similar). Ardency Inn Sunday (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Gilded Night #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Baked Cowboy (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Golden Hours #3 (LE, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Brass Knuckles (LE) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). City Color Pharaoh (P, $6.99) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Too Faced Bananas (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). LORAC Gilded (LE, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Viseart Ceska (P) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Tarte Hussy Metallics Shadow
Tarte Metallics Shadow Hussy
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
87%
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