Urban Decay Chem Trail, Horizon, Dark Cloud, Gamma Ray Moondust Eyeshadows

Urban Decay Chem Trail Moondust Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a light-medium, champagne gold with warm undertones and a lightly sparkly, metallic finish. It had finer sparkle and less of it than a lot of the Moondust eyeshadows, so it was easy to work with and had no visible fall out over time (tested for eight hours). The texture was smoother and easier to work with as well. Anastasia Metal (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Cashmere (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Gold Bar (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Cool Companions #1 (LE) is less pigmented (95% similar). Natasha Denona Indian Gold (44M) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #2 (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Best Makeup (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Greenluxe #2 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Fringe (DC, $5.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Pastelluxe #1 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Shifting Sand (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dior Golden Flower #3 (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Chic (LE, $12.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Chem Trail (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Famous (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Milani Bella Chiffon (28) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Dior Mirror (621) (P, $31.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #1 (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC In the Meadow #2 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). City Color New Year, New Me (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Urban Decay Chem Trail Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Chem Trail
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
90%
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Viseart Bijoux Royal (09) Eyeshadow Palette

Viseart Bijoux Royal (09) Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00 for 0.84 oz.) is a set of 12 shimmery eyeshadows in muted jewel tones. The quality was consistent across all of the shades; they were pigmented, blendable, soft without being too powdery, and easy to work with. Some shades were closer to perfection than others, but there weren’t any misses or even so-so shades in the palette. If you’re unfamiliar with Viseart, their palettes were designed to work with each other, so for someone who likes a mix of mattes and shimmers, it is designed to be used with one of Viseart’s all-matte palettes. It’s a beautiful palette that is just dreamy to use as it blends out with little to no effort while still maintaining rich, true-to-pan color.

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Viseart Bijoux Royal (09) Eyeshadow Palette
Viseart Eyeshadow Palette Bijoux Royal (09)
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Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
94%
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Urban Decay Vape, Stellar, Crux, Skywalk Moondust Eyeshadows

Urban Decay Vape Moondust Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a very light pewter with subtle, cooler undertones and a warmer, pink glitter and shift. The texture was slightly glittery but smooth overall, and it was blendable on the skin without resulting in a lot of fallout. It had semi-sheer coverage applied dry, which had minimal fall out over time. Damp application yielded opaque coverage that wore well for eight hours and had almost no fallout. bareMinerals Starstruck (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Antares (P, $29.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #2 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Ice (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). Sephora Lunar Eclipse (98) (P, $12.00) is darker (80% similar). MAC She Sparkles (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Dior Constellation (864) #2 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Stila Rose Pewter (LE, $18.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Urban Decay Vape Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Vape
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
89%
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Chanel Candeur et Experience (268) Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Candeur et Experience (268) Eyeshadow Palette ($61.00 for 0.07 oz.) contains three shades of brown with a pop of warm red with mostly matte finishes. The texture of the four shades is firmer and thinner compared to most of the recent Eyeshadow Quads (it reminds me more of the previous formula in the quads), and I found it applied and worked better in practice than it seemed like it would from initial swatches. The colors were more buildable and were quite blendable on the lid, in spite of the firmer press in the pan. All of the shades lasted eight hours before starting to fade and lightly crease.

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Chanel Candeur et Experience (268) Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow Candeur et Experience (268)
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
89%
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YSL Scandal Couture Eyeshadow Palette

YSL Scandal Couture Palette ($60.00 for 0.18 oz.) is an interesting mix of shades that falls short when it comes to quality. The brand may tout the formula as pigmented, long-wearing, and crease-proof, but this palette really doesn’t work without a solid primer underneath it, as the palette was under-pigmented, shorter-wearing, and dusty in consistency, which made some shades appear even sheerer when blended out than they already were to begin with.

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YSL Scandal Couture Palette

NARS Hardwired Eyeshadows (Fall 2016)

NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a “new,” limited edition formula available in six shades for fall. NARS’ has used the term “Hardwired Eyeshadow” before, though they were more like typical powder eyeshadows and several were matte, and then two of the six shades (Outer Limits and Stud) were released in previous seasonal collections as regular eyeshadows (but were quite different from NARS’ standard powder formula!). NARS’ describes this formula as “high-pigment,” “high-shine,” and long-wearing. It’s a pressed eyeshadow with a high amount of metallic shine and reflective sparkle. The six in the launch are very similar in feel and application, and the two repeated shades are similar to their original launches (Outer Limits was a little lighter/less pigmented to me). The formula compares to MAC Pressed Pigments and Urban Decay Moondusts; they have similar almost-wet, smooth texture with lots of sparkle and shine but adhere better and have less fall out than traditional glitter/sparkle eyeshadows. NARS’ formula is semi-opaque to opaque with sparkle that varies from finer and smoother (like the latter three) to larger, chunkier, and looser, so the wear varies from minimal to moderate fall out.

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NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow