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MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadows (Part 2)

MAC Modern Pewter Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Modern Pewter Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadows (Part 2)

MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a new formula that’s coming out in-stores April 5th.  It’s a hybrid powder that can be used wet or dry, with buildable color coverage, and wear for up to six hours.  If you’ve seen Estee Lauder’s Powder Gelee eyeshadows, these are very similar in texture–but at least there is very little overlap in the shade range.

Here are official color descriptions for the five in this post: Modern Pewter (dirty olive gold), Rich Core (dirty aubergine), Sweet Heat (bright peach champagne), Warm Thunder (dirty silver grey), and Young Venus (pale white pink).

The good news is that these all felt and wore fairly consistently.  There weren’t major discrepancies from one shade to another.   Rich Core had one of the best textures–it felt extra smooth compared to the other shades–while Young Venus had a slightly grittier texture, though it would not be described as gritty.  Young Venus also had one of the frostier finishes.   Warm Thunder was the least pigmented (at least, when applied dry) of this set of five, while both Rich Core and Sweet Heat were quite pigmented both dry and wet.

From the previous review:  These are the shades that I have worn and tested for wear: Blue Orbit, Dark Dare, Havana, Modern Pewter, and Rich Core. I wore them alone over bare skin, over a primer, and used them both wet and dry.   Without a primer, they do hold up fairly well for six to eight hours when applied damp (with water), but if they are applied dry, they do seem to fade after three to four hours, with it looking rather sheer at the sixth hours. The worst thing is that when they are applied dry, they don’t stick as well, so if you rub your eye even briefly (oops!), it wipes away instantly.  Over a primer, they do very well; no fading or creasing even after ten hours of wear. I was definitely surprised at how well they held up over bare skin when used damp–there was only a little fading after six to eight hours, but it was not really noticeable from afar. My eyelids are normal-to-dry, but they’ve been closer to normal these past few days.

The texture of these is that same unexpected combination of dry, soft, and smooth. There’s just this inherent dryness to it and then a real softness so it ends up applying really smooth. These can be used wet or dry, so all swatches are dry and then wet (using just water). These will look more intense, opaque, and smoother when applied damp, but overall, they were fairly pigmented when used dry. Over a primer, you can get closer to the damp results, but I still liked using these damp best. I also liked that it retained a lot of the intensity even after it dried on the lid.

MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadows (Part 2)

A-
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

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MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadows (Part 1)

MAC Blue Orbit Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Blue Orbit Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadows (Part 1)

MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a new formula for the brand, but it may seem and look familiar! Estee Lauder’s Powder Gelee formula is very comparable to this one. Since Estee Lauder is the parent company of MAC, I’m not surprised! MAC says this is a buildable formula that can yield sheer to heavier coverage, and they state that it lasts up to six hours. These are ten shades in total, and this post looks at the first five (and the next post will cover the remaining five).

Here are official color descriptions for the five in this post: Blue Orbit (light iridescent purple), Dark Dare (charcoal black), Grand Galaxy (dirty mid-tone violet), Havana (dirty copper brown), and Lunar (royal blue).

  • Blue Orbit is a violet purple with blue undertones and a soft silvery-purple sheen. This was one of the sheerest shades out of the ten–it was fairly sheer when applied dry, and there was still some underlying sheerness when used damp. I tried to test this one dry, but it was difficult to get it to show up! MAC Wintersky is bluer, less purple. Urban Decay Blue Bus is darker.
  • Dark Dare is a medium-dark black with brown undertones and a very subtle silver and teal micro-shimmer (hardly noticeable, looks almost matte from afar). It has a slightly dry look when it is applied dry to the skin, but it takes on a smoother result when applied damp. This one has a “glow” finish, and though I don’t know what that means in MAC-speak, it has a low-level sheen compared to the other shades. It’s similar to a lot of other black eyeshadows.
  • Grand Galaxy is a medium purple with red undertones and a silvery metallic sheen. It is less metallic and almost redder-toned when applied dry, while when it is applied damp, it takes on a more metallic quality to the finish. theBalm Lavish Latoya and Urban Decay AC/DC are similar to the dry swatch of Grand Galaxy. Bare Escentuals Encore is in-between the dry and damp swatch.  Estee Lauder’s Cyber Lilac is not a dupe!
  • Havana is a medium-dark warmed-up amber brown with subtle orange undertones (but it doesn’t read red at all). This is one of the more pigmented shades, as it is opaque both dry and damp. The damp swatch makes the color appear a little darker, but there’s a very low-level sheen in the finish either way. MAC Buckwheat is very similar. MAC Make Your Mark is a touch red-toned. Laura Mercier Cedar is a little yellow-toned.
  • Lunar is a midnight navy blue with a subtle violet purple shimmer over a blackened navy base. The blackened base is most apparent when it is used dry, while it takes on a very smooth blue result when applied damp. It is rather sheer when used dry as well. MAC Naval Blue is purpler. MAC Blue Flame is similar but has a more intense black base. MAC Shop & Drop is darker and more purple-tinted. MAC Blue Storm is slightly purpler.

I’ve put off the writing of this post for the majority of the day for two reasons: 1) readers voted highlighters over eyeshadows first, and 2) I really wanted to test a few more shades for wear, since MAC made a very specific wear claim. These are the shades that I have worn and tested for wear: Blue Orbit, Dark Dare, Havana, Modern Pewter, and Rich Core. I wore them alone over bare skin, over a primer, and used them both wet and dry.

Without a primer, they do hold up fairly well for six to eight hours when applied damp (with water), but if they are applied dry, they do seem to fade after three to four hours, with it looking rather sheer at the sixth hours. The worst thing is that when they are applied dry, they don’t stick as well, so if you rub your eye even briefly (oops!), it wipes away instantly. Over a primer, they do very well; no fading or creasing even after ten hours of wear. I was definitely surprised at how well they held up over bare skin when used damp–there was only a little fading after six to eight hours, but it was not really noticeable from afar. My eyelids are normal-to-dry, but they’ve been closer to normal these past few days.

The texture of these is that same unexpected combination of dry, soft, and smooth. There’s just this inherent dryness to it and then a real softness so it ends up applying really smooth. These can be used wet or dry, so all swatches are dry and then wet (using just water). These will look more intense, opaque, and smoother when applied damp, but overall, they were fairly pigmented when used dry. Over a primer, you can get closer to the damp results, but I still liked using these damp best. I also liked that it retained a lot of the intensity even after it dried on the lid.

MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow Blue Orbit
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

Urban Decay New Eyeshadows (Reformulation)

Urban Decay New Eyeshadows (Reformulation) Review, Photos, Swatches

Urban Decay Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) has recently undergone a reformulation so that they’re “richer and smoother” with better color payoff. I compared the original and new formulas for the four shades I have, which were Last Call, Loaded, Mushroom, and Rockstar. Chase has only been released in the new formula, I believe. I could not find Shattered (and I tried to see if I reviewed it previously but only found the Loose pigment version).

Chase is a medium bronze with a subtle red undertone and a glitzy golden shimmer-sheen. Too Faced After Hours (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Cinnamon Sugar (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals A-Ha (P) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Hexagram (LE) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Dior Sundeck #4 (LE) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Smokey Topaz (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Nephilim (LE) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Chiffon (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Cinnamon Sugar (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Starlight (P, $37.00) is cooler, more muted, darker (85% similar). MAC Quintessential (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Anastasia Gilded (LE, $12.00) is darker (85% similar). Benefit My Two Cents (P, $20.00) is warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Brownie (P, $12.00) is more muted, darker (85% similar). MAC English Gilt (LE, $21.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Too Faced Buche de Noel (LE, $16.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Dirtysweet (P, $19.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Topaz (P, $12.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Truffle Glitter (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Metal Saffron (LE) is cooler, more muted, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Last Call is a plummy burgundy with a hint of pink sheen. MAC Pinkluxe #3 (P) is lighter, less shimmery (95% similar). Stila Sangria (LE, $18.00) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D826 Fig (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Babykins (LE, $5.00) is more muted, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Buxom Wild Nights (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Trusted Instinct #3 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sugarpill Countess (P, $13.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Underhand (LE, $19.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal Glistening Garnet (P, $7.99) is lighter (80% similar). Chanel Harmonie du Soir #3 (LE) is more muted (85% similar). Tarte Dominate (P) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Zoeva Warm Notes (P) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Star Violet (P, $16.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). NYX Punk Heart (P, $6.00) is cooler (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP A Vow in Venice (LE, $9.99) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Urban Decay Shockwave (P, $20.00) is cooler, more shimmery (85% similar). Coloured Raine Queen Mother (LE, $6.99) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Remix (LE, $19.00) is cooler, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Natasha Denona Maroon (22M) (P, $29.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Can't Stop, Won't Stop (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Loaded is a blackened green-teal. It goes on very, very dark–you will lose some of the strength of the overall green/teal if you blend it out, but it doesn’t look full-on black. MAC Cosmic Clash (LE, $22.00) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Forest (P, $28.00)(90% similar). MAC Magic Spells (LE, $21.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME302 Peacock (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Eat, Love (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Chanel Tisse Venitien #4 (P) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). MAC Legendary Lure (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mushroom is a gray-brown–it’s a very intense taupe. Anastasia Antique (LE, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #7 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Derailed (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Armor (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). theBalm Selfish (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Graphic Style (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Robbery (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Smokey Grey (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Twilight (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #4 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Dior Aventure (081) (P, $31.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #1 (P) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Chrome (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Buxom Frosted Pewter (LE, $12.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick #2 (P) is warmer, more muted (90% similar). MAC 2x Dare #3 (LE) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Exec (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Cheers (V2) (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Cinder (Left) (LE) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Pewter (LE, $14.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rockstar is a dark, smoky purple with subtle red undertones. MAC Cosmic Clash (LE, $22.00) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Forest (P, $28.00)(90% similar). MAC Magic Spells (LE, $21.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME302 Peacock (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Eat, Love (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Chanel Tisse Venitien #4 (P) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). MAC Legendary Lure (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Shattered is a silvered blue with a green-gold duochrome. Kat Von D 8 Bit (LE) is brighter, darker (95% similar). L'Oreal Endless Sea (P, $7.99) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Blue Noir (LE, $21.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Freeze (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Cloudy Blue (17M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Chameleon (P, $12.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Les Aquas #2 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Krinkle (DC, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #4 (LE) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Blue Beetle (34) (LE, $33.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). City Color Breezy (P, $6.99) is cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Walk of Shame is a pink-tinted light beige nude with a matte finish. I imagine it will work as a nice highlighter on lighter, cooler complexions. When I tried to use this, it looked a little chalky. Tarte Toasted Marshmallow (LE) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Biarritz (P, $25.00) is warmer, darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Promise (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Egg Nog (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Cream (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). theBalm B1 (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Shade I (LE, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Newport Nights #1 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Fancy Dress (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Snow Angel (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Brule (P, $16.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Bleach (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Bisque (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Nude (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Habit (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Black #1 (LE, $19.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Sand Out from the Crowd (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Morning Dew (P, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bone (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Meringue (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Consistently, all four reformulated versions were better than the original versions, but the difference is minor. They’re better, but not so much better (because they were already rather good) that I’d rush out to replace them. Primarily, the difference is a softer texture that has a little more give, so it almost feels creamy to the touch. The softness can result in a little more powderiness, but it is such a small amount that it is a minor concern. With Walk of Shame, there was more powderiness than with the more shimmery shades–if you’re familiar with the softer matte textures, it’s as much as expected.

I tested the wear, specifically, of these shades: Chase, Last Call, Shattered, and Loaded. None of the shades I did in recent testing (in actually comparing the formulas) had Urban Decay’s famous (or, perhaps, infamous) micro-glitter, so I’m not yet ready to do a full review on that finish. The original launch date for this was supposed to be a week out yet, which was when I was going to do the bulk of my testing, so I’m really sorry for having to scramble a bit!  With a primer, I didn’t have any wear issues, and I didn’t have wear issues with the originals previously.  Without a primer, these did seem to adhere better to bare skin than the original formula, and after eight hours of wear, there was only minor fading (it wasn’t particularly noticeable except at a very close distance).

I’ll be testing additional shades in the next few weeks and will keep you informed on how the wear goes with those!  These particular shades are some of Urban Decay’s best, so they may represent that end of the spectrum, while other shades more prone to being troublemakers may not do so well in a wear test.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Chase
Chase
Chase
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Last Call
Last Call
Last Call
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Loaded
Loaded
Loaded
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Mushroom
Mushroom
Mushroom
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Rockstar
Rockstar
Rockstar
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Shattered
Shattered
Shattered
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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shu uemura P Dark Brown (861) Eyeshadow

shu uemura P Dark Brown (861) Eyeshadow
shu uemura P Dark Brown (861) Eyeshadow

shu uemura P Dark Brown (861) Eyeshadow

shu uemura P Dark Brown (861) Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.049 oz.) is a warm, reddish-toned medium-dark brown with a golden shimmer-sheen. The “P” stands for pearl finish, which is described as a “silky shimmer of light for luminous radiance.” It’s very similar to Urban Decay Snakebite, which is a touch darker and less red-toned. Bobbi Brown Chocolate is darker, less orange. Make Up For Ever #15 is darker. MAC Buckwheat is redder, less warm. MAC Bronze is similar but a little more golden. MAC Tempting has a stronger golden sheen.

The color coverage is great, with rich pigmentation. The texture is very, very soft–almost too soft–so it has a slightly more powdery feel as a result. It applies so opaquely onto the lid, though, and the powderiness didn’t seem to lead to fall out when I was testing it out in practice. The softness enables effortless blending, too. It’s a basic brown–certainly dupeable–but lovely to use and extremely flattering on warmer skin tones. When worn over a primer, it lasts for eight hours without creasing or fading (which is quite a feat!), and I didn’t have any issues at ten hours when used over a primer.

What is pictured is an eyeshadow refill, and refills are $15 a pop, while the compacts that contain them (from shu uemura) range from $8.00 for a single, $9.00 for a duo, and $14.00 for a quad. They’re similar to other pan eyeshadows, so you could fit these into other custom palettes (like Z-palettes and the like) as well. I have a shu palette, and the shades slide into the compact, which I haven’t seen before, and I did like it. It was lightweight, slim, and held the products inside easily. I did not take the palette into account for packaging score here – the packaging with this is so minimal, there’s nothing to complain about per se. These are designed to be put into a palette, so obviously this would not be practical to keep on its own. It does come with a plastic exterior case, which is good enough to hold it until you do have a palette.

shu uemura P Dark Brown (861) Eyeshadow

A
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

NARS Surabaya Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Surabaya Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Surabaya Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Surabaya Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Surabaya Eyeshadow Duo ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “brown sugar” and a “chestnut.” This is an interesting duo that desperately needs to be swatched! I can’t emphasize that enough, because it looks very, very different swatched and in practice than it does in its pretty pans. Both shades are much darker–so much so that not only did I swatch this duo twice, but I googled and looked through dozens of other images and saw similar results. In my old school NARS Duo product photos and swatches, the products look lighter than they do when swatched.

The left side of the duo is a rich, orange-red-toned dark brown with a smattering of gold shimmer and finer burnt red micro-shimmer. It has such a beautiful, silky texture with excellent color payoff. NARS Galapagos is slightly darker, more of a yellow-toned brown. Bare Escentuals Pumped is similar but not as red-toned. MAC Roasted Chestnut is similar, just a touch lighter and more metallic in finish. MAC Make Your Mark is not quite as intense or as red-toned. Laura Mercier Cedar is slightly less red-toned. MAC Swiss Chocolate is very similar but matte and a bit browner.

The right side of the duo is a warm, red-toned medium-dark brown with red shimmer. Like the left shade, this has a soft, smooth texture that yields rich, opaque pigmentation. Make Up For Ever #14 is more metallic and a deeper brown. theBalm Tres Moi is similar but more frosted. MAC Take Root is less intense and red-toned. MAC Antiqued is browner. theBalm Racy Kacy is a bit lighter and less brown.

This duo represents what NARS is capable of:  soft, silky smooth textures combined with rich pigmentation.  Both shades blended out beautifully and with ease, though a little goes a long way.  These shades could be used together, but you’ll find they work even better when paired with a lighter shade for more contrast.  When applied over the lid without a base, it lasted for eight hours with very, very minimal fading but no creasing; and when applied over the lid with a base, there were no issues after ten hours.

NARS Surabaya Eyeshadow Duo

A
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

Bobbi Brown Ultra Nude Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Ultra Nude Eye Palette
Bobbi Brown Ultra Nude Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Ultra Nude Eye Palette ($45.00 for 0.30 oz.) includes six shades of neutral eyeshadows. These include: Chino (light cool beige), Praline (nude with golden pearl), Pink Chandelier (warm pink with golden pearl), Stone (neutral grey brown), Champagne Truffle (warm pink beige), and Cocoa Berry (rich brown plum).

  • Chino is a soft, gray-tinted light-medium brown with a mostly matte finish. This has a matte finish (officially). It was smooth and soft with good color payoff. Chanel Beige Lame is similar but has shimmer. Urban Decay Naked is browner.
  • Praline is a warm medium brown with a champagne-gold shimmer and sheen. This has a Shimmer Wash finish. As such, the color payoff is good but there is an underlying sheerness that’s intentional with this finish. The shimmer seems to be more integrated with the base color, so it didn’t have a lot of fall out issues. MAC Love Connection is darter, more coppery. Urban Decay Chopper is more of a coppery-orange. Wet ‘n’ Wild Dancing in the Clouds is darker. MAC Moleskin is close but doesn’t have shimmer.
  • Pink Chandelier is gold and copper shimmered beige. This has a Metallic finish. For whatever reason, this shade was horrible. The color payoff was beyond sheer, and the texture was dry and gritty. Absolute miss! I couldn’t even give you a dupe, because it’s hard to determine what this color is actually supposed to be.
  • Stone is a medium-dark brown with subtle warm undertones. This has a matte finish. MAC Lie Low is a bit darker and redder in tone, plus it has a shimmery finish. MAC Texture is darker, more yellowed. Inglot #357 is the closest, though slightly warmer.
  • Champagne Truffle is a medium coppery brown. This has a Shimmer Wash finish. It has good color payoff overall. Wet ‘n’ WIld Comfort Zone is slightly darker. Urban Decay Blaze is similar.
  • Cocoa Berry is a burgundy-brown with a satiny sheen. This has a Shimmer Wash finish. It’s very, very dry and difficult to work with, because it doesn’t want to apply. It’s supposed to be sheer, so even though it looks awful in the payoff department, that’s what it’s supposed to be! Inglot #378 is a bit darker and matte. Chanel Ebloui is similar but more burgundy.

The palette starts out on a good note, but once you reach the third shade, it starts going downhill.  Pink Chandelier and Cocoa Berry were both troublemakers, though the former was truly an awful shade to work with.  These eyeshadows all felt a little drier than Bobbi Brown’s usual formula.   Ultra Nude is a decent palette but with two under-performers, it’s not the best bang for your buck or one of the top five neutral palettes on the market.  When I test drove this palette, I used Chino, Praline, Stone, and Cocoa Berry together, and they wore fairly well with only minor fading after eight hours when applied without a primer–with a primer, there were no problems with the wear.  Cocoa Berry made me want to tear my hair out, because it was so difficult to blend.

Bobbi Brown Ultra Nude Eye Palette

B
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
83%
Total

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