NARS Cressida, Kari, Tarvos Dual Intensity Eyeshadows

NARS Cressida Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “shimmering midnight blue.” It’s a bright, medium-dark blue with a frosted finish. It is more muted and semi-opaque when applied dry, and it wore for seven and a half hours on me. When I applied it damp, the color was fully opaque and brighter, while longevity came in at eight and a half hours. The texture was a little drier and harder to blend out dry, and it was somewhat easier when applied damp, but it tended to dry unevenly. Make Up For Ever I218 Indigo Blue (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Collection Aja (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Danger (LE, $18.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Kimono (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Blue Quartz (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Buxom Bulldog (P, $18.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D222 Night Blue (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Azure (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (90% similar). Inglot #428 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NYX Kiss in Casablanca (P, $4.50) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever ME216 Electric Blue (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Radium (P, $18.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Moon is Blue (LE, $22.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Tonight's Temptation #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Lapis (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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NARS Cressida Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Cressida
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
4
Total
84%
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NARS L’Amour, Toujours L’Amour Eyeshadow Palette

NARS L’Amour, Toujours L’Amour Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.84 oz.) is a new, limited edition eyeshadow palette that features twelve eyeshadows; four are over-sized and eight are more normally sized. What’s interesting to me is that I can’t find a single call out from the bran that the formula is any different than their typical powder eyeshadow, and I think that with the exception of mattes, they’re quite different. They have a much denser and creamier consistency–you can feel the silicone in it–that makes it comparable to newer formulas like Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows, MAC Colour Drenched Pigments, and Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadows (to name a few). I personally find that NARS’ standard eyeshadow formula to be one of the weaker high-end formulations, though there are some that are great. This palette, overall, is significantly more pigmented, easier to work with, and more blendable than the majority of NARS eyeshadows I have tried to-date. I think the weakest point is that these creased on me at the seven-hour mark, so they definitely require a primer based on my testing for longevity.

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NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour Eyeshadow Palette
NARS Spring 2016 Eyeshadow Palette L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
86%
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Guerlain Enjoy Eyeshadow

Guerlain Enjoy Eyeshadow ($34.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light-medium, buttery yellow with a satin finish. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #3 (P) is darker (95% similar). theBalm Snobby (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Viseart Champs-Elysees (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Last Dance #1 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Guerlain Enjoy Eyeshadow
Guerlain Ecrin 1 Couleur Eyeshadow Enjoy
C+
Product
7
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
Total
79%

Dior Rose Garden (451) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Rose Garden (451) Eyeshadow Palette ($63.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette for spring. The eyeshadow formula feels different than their standard, permanent eyeshadow formula but similar to the formula used in the limited edition holiday palettes–more in the vein of MAC Extra Dimension and NARS Dual Intensity–but I couldn’t find anything from Dior that indicated these are actually wet/dry, though for your perusal, I swatched them both dry (left) and damp (right), so this review only covers dry application. I think that the eyeshadows perform much better damp, though, or with primer, as they run crumbly and/or powdery, so they tended to look a little dry or uneven applied to the lid as-is.

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Dior Rose Garden (451) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Glowing Gardens Eyeshadow Palette Rose Garden (451)
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
80%
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Makeup Geek Sparklers (Loose Glitter)

Makeup Geek Sparklers ($12.00 for 0.14 oz.) is supposed to be an ultra-fine loose “glitter” (“uses reflects to create a glitter effect”) that’s safe for usage on the eyes. It’s been awhile since I’ve been so deeply disappointed in a brand, but I can’t believe these were launched in the existing packaging, at full price, and are being marketed as they are. I watched the brand’s introduction/announcement video, and here are a few key descriptions I pulled:

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Makeup Geek Sparklers
Makeup Geek Sparklers Asteroid
F
Product
2
Pigmentation
2
Texture
6
Longevity
0
Application
0
Total
22%
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Zoeva En Taupe Eyeshadow Palette

Zoeva En Taupe Eyeshadow Palette ($21.50 for 0.50 oz.) is a taupe-themed palette that features ten eyeshadows. Currently, for U.S. readers, you’ll only find it through Zoeva’s website, which will ship, but at a flat rate of $16.50 (so make your order count). I have ordered from them previously and have had good luck (fast and well-packaged). Zoeva’s eyeshadow formula is supposed to be richly pigmented and blendable. The formula used in the palette is nice; most of the shades had good pigmentation and were easy to apply to the lid. There’s a nice mix of finishes, and the colors coordinate well with each other. The palette could use one or two deeper shades (and skip one of the lighter or mid-tone shades) for more contrast, I think.

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Zoeva En Taupe Eyeshadow Palette
Zoeva Eyeshadow Palette En Taupe
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
87%
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