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Smashbox Ablaze Cover Shot Eye Palette

01/06

Smashbox Ablaze Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smashbox Ablaze Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smashbox Ablaze Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smashbox Ablaze Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smashbox Ablaze Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smashbox Ablaze Cover Shot Eye Palette

Ablaze

Smashbox Ablaze Cover Shot Eye Palette ($29.00 for 0.27 oz.) is a small, travel-friendly palette that features warm hues of copper with both matte and shimmery finishes. What I liked about this palette was that each well was large enough for regular eyeshadow brushes, and there was enough product across each that nothing felt skimpy. It actually is a more realistic amount of product, where one can finish and work through it, particularly for those of us with less modest stashes!

The formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented” with a “beyond blendable” texture. Some of the eyeshadows have a dustier or thinner texture, which can make them prone to sheering out (and difficult to maintain their intensity) or fade faster than other shades. Overall, the majority of the shades were very pigmented, wore seven to eight hours, and blended out without much work. I liked that this particular palette had both shimmery and matte finishes, and there were some deeper shades to add contrast, so this seemed like it would be much more versatile than some of the other color combinations in their new palette series.

Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palette Ablaze
Ablaze
Ablaze
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
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Sugarpill Pumpkin Spice Liquid Lip Color & Eyeshadow

01/08

Sugarpill Pumpkin Spice Liquid Lip Color

Sugarpill Pumpkin Spice Liquid Lip Color

Sugarpill Pumpkin Spice Liquid Lip Color

Sugarpill Pumpkin Spice Liquid Lip Color

Sugarpill Pumpkin Spice Liquid Lip Color

Sugarpill Pumpkin Spice Liquid Lip Color

Sugarpill Pumpkin Spice Liquid Lip Color

Sugarpill Pumpkin Spice Liquid Lip Color

Pumpkin Spice

Sugarpill Pumpkin Spice Liquid Lip Color ($18.00 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is described as a “rustic copper pearl with warm golden reflects.” It’s a medium-dark, caramel brown with warm, reddish undertones and flecks of fine and larger gold sparkle paired with a matte finish.

The Liquid Lip Color formula is supposed to be “creamy, mousse-like” that is “ultra-pigmented, non-drying, and super long-lasting.” Sugarpill’s released a few liquid lipsticks in the last year or so, but this is the first one that I’ve actually tried. The description of “mousse-like” is accurate; it has more density and less runniness compared to the average liquid lipstick, but it’s still a liquid lipstick. It had a fluffy, doe foot applicator, which I thought might make things streaky, but it seemed to work really well with the consistency of the formula. It had mostly opaque coverage that spread evenly across the lips, and the finish was a soft matte–matte but pliable, where I felt my lips could move with ease and the color didn’t look “cracked” if I smiled. This shade lasted for seven hours and was non-drying. As a note, this specific shade is also pumpkin spice scented.

Sugarpill Liquid Lip Color Pumpkin Spice
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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B+

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Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette (Re-Release) Quick Review & Comparison

01/12

Too Faced Sweet Peach Summer 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Sweet Peach Summer 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Sweet Peach Summer 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Sweet Peach Summer 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Sweet Peach Summer 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Sweet Peach Summer 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Sweet Peach Summer 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Sweet Peach Summer 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Sweet Peach Summer 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Sweet Peach Summer 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Sweet Peach Summer 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Sweet Peach Summer 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

Sweet Peach

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette ($49.00 for 0. oz.) is a re-release, but this time it is noted as permanent by Too Faced!

I reviewed it when it was originally released in March of this year. My review is largely unchanged; I do not feel that Too Faced took notes or went back and reformulated anything within the palette. There are minor variations between a few shades, but they are within what I’d consider normal discrepancies found between batch to batch. The most noticeable differences were the texture of White Peach, was significantly silkier and more pigmented as a result, and Just Peachy and Bellini had stronger, pink bases (particularly with Just Peachy) – but this can often be the result of how the shimmer (which are warmer in both instances) gets mixed in or caught by the light. Talk Derby to Me was more pigmented and softer in the re-released palette, but on the flip side, Cobbler was much drier and sheerer in the re-release.

My general review stands the same, though, which is that Too Faced’s formula begs for an eyeshadow primer. It is typically thinner and dustier such that the eyeshadows will sheer out or apply unevenly (or turn patchy when blended) without primer underneath. There are many formulas that at least apply well (even if they don’t last all day) without primer, but Too Faced’s eyeshadow formula is particularly difficult to use well without primer across the board–application, pigmentation, blendability, and longevity. The palette does have a strong, sweet peach scent, though I can’t smell it once applied to the lid.

In terms of the overall rating, the only change was in the Pigmentation rating, which is now 9, and in the original, it was 8.5.

Too Faced Summer 2016 Eyeshadow Palette Sweet Peach
Sweet Peach
Sweet Peach
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
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Chanel Codes Elegants (274) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow Quad

01/08

Chanel Codes Elegants (274) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Chanel Codes Elegants (274) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Chanel Codes Elegants (274) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Chanel Codes Elegants (274) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Chanel Codes Elegants (274) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Chanel Codes Elegants (274) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Chanel Codes Elegants (274) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Chanel Codes Elegants (274) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Codes Elegants (274)

Chanel Codes Elegants (274) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow Quad ($61.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a new, permanent palette released in the spring collection, though it gave me a New Year’s Eve vibe with all the shimmer and gold tones. The formula is the same as the other quads in the Les 4 Ombres range, which is supposed to be “vibrant, pigment-rich” with “long-lasting pigments” and “effortless application.” It’s a stunning set of shades that work well together, is easy to apply and blend out, and lasts for eight hours (without primer). The biggest “con” to this palette is just that the shades are more dupable, so you may already have similar golds and browns in your stash!

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow Codes Elegants (274)
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Chanel Codes Subtils (278) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow Quad

01/08

Chanel Codes Subtils (278) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Chanel Codes Subtils (278) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Chanel Codes Subtils (278) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Chanel Codes Subtils (278) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Chanel Codes Subtils (278) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Chanel Codes Subtils (278) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Chanel Codes Subtils (278) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Chanel Codes Subtils (278) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Codes Subtils (278)

Chanel Codes Subtils (278) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow Quad ($61.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette for spring. The formula is the same as the other quads in the Les 4 Ombres range, which is supposed to be “vibrant, pigment-rich” with “long-lasting pigments” and “effortless application.” All four eyeshadows had a really soft, finely-milled quality that made application easy–I had no trouble applying and blending out the eyeshadows to create a cohesive look.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow Codes Subtils (278)
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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A

Codes Subtils #1

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Codes Subtils #2

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Codes Subtils #3

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A-

Codes Subtils #4

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Coloured Raine Silver, Black, & Green Eyeshadows

01/04

Coloured Raine Chameleon Eyeshadow

Coloured Raine Chameleon Eyeshadow

Coloured Raine Chameleon Eyeshadow

Coloured Raine Chameleon Eyeshadow

Chameleon

Coloured Raine Chameleon Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.064 oz.) is a light lavender with subtle, cool undertones and a pearl finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a soft, thinner texture; it didn’t feel as dense as most of the Coloured Raine shimmery eyeshadows did, but it was softer and more finely-milled compared to their mattes (in general). It was blendable and easy to apply to the lid, but it sheered out a bit without a primer. This shade wore well for seven hours on me before fading.

The formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented, long-lasting, and blendable.” The more shimmery shades have a very dense, silicone-heavy texture that gives them a creamier, thicker feel, which definitely helps them maintain really high levels of color payoff on bare skin, and they adhere better to bare skin. Some shades take extra work to blend out or need to be buffed out, not just blended, because they are thicker and don’t diffuse as much as traditional eyeshadow.

The mattes have a drier feel with some of the red-based shades feeling almost grainy, but they performed surprisingly well in practice–they were much more blendable and played well on my lids without primer. Overall, the formula has been exceptionally good from the two dozen or so shades I’ve tested so far. The shimmer eyeshadows are similar to formulas like Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows (slightly more slip, blend better, crease faster), City Color Shimmer Shadows (denser), and BH Foil Eyeshadows (less dense).

Coloured Raine Eyeshadow Chameleon
Chameleon
Chameleon
B-

Permanent

8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total

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