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MAC Colour Added Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Colour Added Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Colour Added Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Shop MAC, Cook MAC: Colour Added Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Colour Added Eyeshadow Quad ($38.00 for 0.19. oz.) includes these shades: Laundry Daze (light yellow), Colour Added (bright yellow), Pre-packaged (muted turquoise), and Self-Serve (deep grey).

  • Laundry Daze is a pale white-yellow with this faint hint of green. There’s just something slightly green in it, but it doesn’t cast or really look green. Whatever it is, it actually works really well with the rest of the shades because it coordinates and blends into them. This shade has a satin finish and has good color payoff. It’s, perhaps, a much, much lighter version of Dior Garden Pastels. I couldn’t think of any other potential dupes.
  • Colour Added is a brightened yellow with a kiss of chartreuse. It had excellent color payoff and felt very smooth. It has a veluxe pearl finish. NARS Rated R is greener. MAC Double Feature 2 is noticeably greener but not as green as Rated R. MAC Bitter is closer but a touch greener. MAC Three Ring Yellow is pretty close.
  • Pre-packaged is a darkened navy blue with a hint of teal. It has a veluxe pearl finish. The color payoff is good, and the texture is soft and smooth. Bare Escentuals Water is a bit like it, but tealer and more matte in finish. Guerlain Les Gris has a similar blue but a little muted.
  • Self-Serve is a medium-dark gray-brown with a subtle pearled sheen. It has a satin finish. The color payoff is horrendous–it’s like a trick eyeshadow! The swatch I managed to capture is a layered swatch; that’s the color built up as much as I could muster. The texture is dry, stiff, and loathes to be blended. Guerlain Les Gris has a similar grayish-brown kind of shade with better color payoff, though it has more of a matte finish. MAC Scene is a bit similar but less brown. MAC Moody is darker and browner but seems to be kind of what they were going for.

Everything was looking SO promising until I swatched Self-Serve, and then the eyeshadow loving part of me died a little inside. I was like, “What? How could you be such a tease?” Of course, a mere swatch on the arm only tells a partial story, so I went to test it in a look. It doesn’t apply much better over bare skin with a brush, but it is slightly better. It definitely needs a primer to yield truer color payoff, but here’s the rub: it’s just as dry, stiff, and difficult to blend applied as it was swatched. This lack of blendability made it a really frustrating shade to work with.

I was loving the quad until I tried Self-Serve.  It has potential, and depending on your level of patience and whether or not you have similar shades to the other three eyeshadows, it may or may not be worth it.   The quality of the other three is much, much higher; the two veluxe pearls feel soft, smooth, and deliver so much color. If we ignore Self-Serve, the quad would have received an overall rating of an A. Unfortunately, Self-Serve is not just a little bad but really bad, which resulted in scores of 1, 4, 1, 9, and 1.5. (Packaging is a single score that isn’t averaged across the four shades since it’s not impacted by the individual shade’s performance.)

MAC Colour Added Eyeshadow Quad

C+
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9
Longevity
3.5
Application
79%
Total

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Buxom Stay-There Eyeshadows (Part 1)

Buxom Stay-There Eyeshadow
Buxom Stay-There Eyeshadows

Buxom Stay-There Eyeshadows (Part 1)

Buxom Stay-There Eyeshadow ($17.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a cream-gel-mousse formula that’s designed to have a lightweight texture, yield “vivbrant, lively, buildable” color, be waterproof, and long-wearing. Just for fun, Bare Escentuals made a charitable contribution to Canine Companions for Independence when this product launched. They are also exclusive to Sephora. There are fourteen shades in total, and I will review all of them, but this post focuses on: Black Lab (shimmering black sky), Bulldog (intense royal blue), Chihuahua (bright silver), Cocker Spaniel (opalescent pink), and Collie (sparkling champagne).

I went to Buxom’s site to see if they had a more accurate description of the product’s pigmentation (at least, what it should be), and each shade actually gets a breakdown, which includes listing the type of coverage. All of the shades in the range are described as “sheer, buildable.” They’re vibrant in the pot, but the vibrancy doesn’t translate as much on the lid, so if you’ve steered clear because these look daunting in the pot, then don’t worry about it. If you’ve seen the pot and went, “Whoa!” and wanted opaque color coverage, you’ll be disappointed, as these are true-to-description: they’re sheer. They’re slightly buildable but not enough where you could get opaque color as it looks like in the pan but it varies between shades.

The formula is fun to play with, just because the consistency is unlike most products on the market. These actually launched well before Chanel Illusion d’Ombres, which have a similar texture. Stay-There Eyeshadows have a spongy quality that reminds me of memory foam; you can press it, and it will slowly spring back to form. You can jab at it with a pencil, and you’ll end up shifting it around more than anything!

I like using a really stiff, firm, and flat brush with these, but I’ve had the best luck applying these with fingertips. Once applied, they dry down to a powder finish in just the right time–not instantly but not so long that it’s creased before you’ve finished applying product to the other eye. I’ve tested several shades without primer as washes, including Black Lab, Bulldog, Chihuahua, Collie, Mutt, Pug, Saint Bernard, and Shih Tzu, and I haven’t had any issues with the shades creasing, fading, or smudging. I’ve even worn a few of them during showers to test waterproof claims, and they haven’t budged.

  • Black Lab has a semi-sheer, semi-matte black base with multi-colored shimmer; you get flecks of green, blue, violet, and silver for the most part. Chanel Mirifique looks similar in the pot, but they’re not very alike swatched. Bobbi Brown Onyx is similar. Bobbi Brown Black Sparkle is a bluer-tinted base.
  • Bulldog is a semi-sheer medium purple-tinted blue with soft micro-shimmer-sheen. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm is more intense and slightly purpler. Inglot #336 is somewhat similar but darker and matte.
  • Chihuahua is a bright, foil-like silver with a metallic finish. This was a really opaque color, actually. MAC Electra is similar but less metallic. Inglot #448 is slightly darker.
  • Cocker Spaniel is a pale peach with a subtle iridescent finish. It’s not pink on me, but I can see some of a pearly pink in the pot, so I think this is a shade that will look pinker/peachier depending on your undertones (with my yellower undertones, it leans peach). MAC Double Feature 5 is a bit like this but more of a true peach. Make Up For Ever #940 is quite similar but has a stronger iridescent sheen.
  • Collie is a peachy gold with a frosted, metallic sheen. This was one of the more opaque colors as well. It’s not quite as orange as Dior Couture Gold or as yellow as Urban Decay Blunt.

Buxom Stay-There Eyeshadows (Part 1)

A
10
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
93%
Total

Dior Garden Roses Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Garden Roses Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Garden Roses Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Garden Roses Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Garden Roses Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a limited edition palette for spring that features five shades of pink, purple, and gray.  The new palettes for spring are slightly lighter (0.16 oz. vs. 0.21 oz.) compared to other five-pan palettes, though everything looks to be about the same visually.  The texture of the eyeshadows from spring have a drier feel to them, which might be an explanation for the discrepancy in quantity.  When I trialed these eyeshadows on the eye (without primer), I managed eight hours with slight fading but no creasing.

The first shade is a soft, frosted pink with gold shimmer. It’s a yellow-based pink with decent to good color payoff but does have some underlying sheerness and a drier texture. It’s similar to MAC Taupeless. Inglot #431 is a bit lighter, no golden shimmer. Make Up For Ever #303 is also a few steps lighter.

The second shade, which is on the top right, is a pale pink-tinted white with a golden-white frosted finish. The color payoff with this shade was good, and it applied very smoothly. It’s whiter than Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk. It has more of a frosted finish compared to Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse. It’s similar to MAC Defiance.

In the middle, there is a red-toned medium-dark purple with a satiny sheen. It has good color payoff and a soft, smooth consistency. Estee Lauder Cyber Lilac is several shades darker. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse is less metallic. MAC Plush is more vibrant. theBalm Kissy Kissy is less red-toned. Bare Escentuals Encore is very similar.

The fourth shade, on the bottom left, is a golden pewter–a little silver, gray, and gold all mixed together–with a frosted, metallic sheen. Inglot #431 and Make Up For Ever #303 are a bit more yellow-toned.

The last shade, on the bottom right, is a pink lilac with a metallic shimmer-sheen. It has decent to good color payoff but seems a bit sheer. It’s similar to MAC Palladium. Giorgio Armani #19 is more golden, lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild Dancing in the Clouds is more golden.

Dior Garden Roses Eyeshadow Palette

B+
9
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
87%
Total

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Guerlain Les Gris Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Les Gris Eyeshadow Palette
Guerlain Les Gris Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Les Gris Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Les Gris Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.25 oz.) consists of four eyeshadows that center around a cool-toned, gray theme.  Guerlain’s eyeshadow formula doesn’t always hit all the bells and whistles for me, even though their color selections are rarely off.  The textures of these shades are soft, smooth, and decadent, but the payoff could be a little more intense.  Without a primer, these wear for around eight hours with just slight creasing, and with a primer, there’s no creasing even after twelve hours.

The first shade, on the very left of the palette, is a brown-based gray with a satin-matte finish; it’s not quite matte, but the satin sheen is very subtle. It shares the qualities of most mattes in that it tends to perform better applied than it does swatched. When swatched, there’s some sheerness and dryness, but once applied, it goes on soft and smooth, and that dryness transforms to blendability on the eye. It looks a bit like MAC Scene but without the bluish tone. Chanel Gris Exquis is a couple of steps lighter with less brown in it.

The top shade is a pale gray-taupe; it’s on the edge of taupe, but both the silvery-gray sheen and lightness of it make it appear grayer overall. It has more of a soft, frosted finish, because it has both noticeable shimmer and sheen. The texture is soft and light, and the pigmentation is good. MAC Hold That Pose has a slightly rosy tint in comparison. Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit has a shade very similar to this, perhaps slightly warmer.

The bottom shade is a dark navy blue with cool undertones and a frosted finish. There’s a subdued quality about the color that makes it less like your average navy blue (which is gorgeous still!). The color reminded me a bit of MAC Prussian, but the finishes are very different.

The last shade, which is on the right side of the palette, is a silver with hints of brown wrapped in a metallic finish that’s just shy of being foil-like. It has a larger shimmer compared to the other two shimmery shades in the palette, though it is not chunky or prone to fall out. The color payoff is good. It’s lighter than theBalm Muppetational. It’s similar to Bobbi Brown Silver when it’s used dry.

Guerlain Les Gris Eyeshadow Palette

A-
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
90%
Total

Tarina Tarantino Lovely Jewel Eyeshadow Palette

Tarina Tarantino Lovely Jewel Eyeshadow Palette
Tarina Tarantino Lovely Jewel Eyeshadow Palette

Tarina Tarantino Lovely Jewel Eyeshadow Palette ($32.00 for 0.32 oz.) is a smoky eye palette that consists mostly of grays and silvers. Tarina Tarantino’s eyeshadow formula can be used wet or dry, and each shade is supposed to have excellent pigmentation.

The shade on the left is a bright white-silver with a frosted finish. It has good color payoff, but the texture is a touch dry. MAC Filament is a bit darker and not as bright. MAC Misty is grayer.

On the top, there is a shade that’s a pale ivory with subtle warm undertones and a frosted sheen. The color payoff is decent to good, but it could be softer and smoother. MAC Dazzlelight is similar, but Chanel Prelude is closer.

The shade on the right is a charcoal gray with a shimmery sheen. This has good color payoff, but the texture is slightly drier–not quite as dense or as buttery as other shades have been in the past. Bobbi Brown Gunmetal is similar but darker. Urban Decay Gunmetal is very similar.

In the center, there is a soft beige-brown with a soft shimmer. The color payoff is good, but the texture is a touch powdery. Chanel Eclosion is darker and warmer. MAC Sweet Satisfaction is warmer. MAC Grain is similar.

The last shade, on the bottom, is a dark black with a satiny finish. It has good color payoff, and because it has more of a matte finish, it has a drier feel overall but still soft. Bare Escentuals Lights Down is slightly lighter. MAC Carbon is lighter but more matte.

It’s my least favorite palette of the ones I’ve tried by Tarina Tarantino, because of the difference in quality; these shades were less pigmented than expected with drier/powdery textures.  A great smoky eye palette is nice to have, but this one leaves something to be desired.  It’s not bad, but it’s not great, and given how nice her other palettes have been, it’s a let-down.  When I wore this to test out the wear, it wore for around eight hours without creasing without a primer, but it was slightly faded after nine hours.  With a primer, I didn’t have any wear issues.

Tarina Tarantino Lovely Jewel Eyeshadow Palette

B
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
84%
Total

Tarina Tarantino Fantastical Jewel Eyeshadow Palette

Tarina Tarantino Fantastical Jewel Eyeshadow Palette
Tarina Tarantino Fantastical Jewel Eyeshadow Palette

Tarina Tarantino Fantastical Jewel Eyeshadow Palette ($32.00 for 0.32 oz.) is a purple-themed eyeshadow palette that features five shades. Tarina Tarantino’s eyeshadow formula can be used wet or dry, and each shade is supposed to have excellent pigmentation.

The top shade in the palette is a plummy mauve with a satiny sheen. It has more of a reflective finish than lots of shimmer, but it is not metallic. The color payoff is lovely–really soft, smooth application and opaque color. Wet ‘n’ Wild We’re Blasting Off has a similar shade that appears lighter, almost pinker. Bare Escentuals Rowdy is has less of a sheen, so it appears darker. MAC Tendersmoke is similar in color, but Tarina Tarantino’s is much more pigmented. MAC Shale is browner.

The shade on the left of the palette is a fuchsia-purple with a soft, frosted finish. The texture is soft and smooth with good color payoff. It’s purpler compared to MAC Stars ‘n Rockets and Urban Decay Fishnet. Bare Escentuals Boudoir comes the closest, but it’s pinker.

In the center, there is a creamy, pale yellow gold with a frosted finish. It’s super soft and dense–feels buttery to the touch–that has excellent color payoff. It seems like a lot of the brand’s palettes have this kind of color in them, though. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful has a similar shade that’s slightly yellower, less gold, and Dreamy has a shade that’s whiter. It’s a little warmer than MAC Femme-fi. MAC Manila Paper is slightly less warm.

On the right, the shade is a warm, light-medium brown with a frosted finish. This shade had decent color payoff, but it wasn’t as soft or as dense as the other shades in the palettes. Giorgio Armani Rock Sand is similar but more metallic in finish. Urban Decay Spotlight is darker, not as warm.

The bottom shade is a rich, purpled eggplant with red undertones and a satiny finish. The pigmentation is amazing, and the texture is really soft and smooth when applied. MAC Grape is purpler, less red in it. Bare Escentuals Nightcap is similar but more eggplant and has a matte finish. It’s slightly less red-toned and more shimmery compared to MAC Fig. 1. Inglot #446 is more frosted but similar.

While purple-hued eyeshadows tend to suffer from pigmentation and texture issues, all of the purples in this palette were splendid.  The only shade that I had trouble with was the lighter brown shade, which was decently pigmented but not as dense as the other four.  Tarina Tarantino’s eyeshadows wear around eight hours without creasing/fading (but minor creasing after ten hours) when applied over bare eyelids, and when applied over a primer, I don’t have any wear issues.

Tarina Tarantino Fantastical Jewel Eyeshadow Palette

A-
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
92%
Total

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