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ColourPop x Summer 2017 Pressed Powder Shadows (Part 1)

01/04

Colour Pop Blow Fish Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Blow Fish Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Blow Fish Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Blow Fish Pressed Powder Shadow

Blow Fish

ColourPop Blow Fish Pressed Powder Shadow ($5.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a soft, pale yellow with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The consistency was soft, finely-milled, and just a smidgen dusty in the pan, but it applied well to bare skin with rich pigmentation and blended out effortlessly. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading.

Colour Pop Pressed Powder Shadow Blow Fish
Blow Fish
Blow Fish
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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B+

Ready or Yacht

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A-

Salt Water

Limited Edition
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A-

Beach Blanket

Limited Edition
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A

Sea Stars

Limited Edition
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A

Cannonball

Limited Edition
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Makeup Geek In the Nude Eyeshadow Palette

01/07

Makeup Geek In the Nude Eyeshadow Palette x 9

Makeup Geek In the Nude Eyeshadow Palette x 9

Makeup Geek In the Nude Eyeshadow Palette x 9

Makeup Geek In the Nude Eyeshadow Palette x 9

Makeup Geek In the Nude Eyeshadow Palette x 9

Makeup Geek In the Nude Palette | Look Details

Makeup Geek In the Nude Palette | Look Details

In the Nude

Makeup Geek In the Nude Eyeshadow Palette ($50.00 for 0.58 oz.) includes nine eyeshadows with four new, palette-exclusive shades (So Pale, Buffed, Creased, Dark Roast) and five shades from the permanent range (two–In the Spotlight and Grandstand–are Foiled Eyeshadows). It’s a warm, neutral eyeshadow palette that is good quality: pigmented, blendable, and wore between seven and eight hours. I didn’t have any major issues applying or using the eyeshadows in practice, and I suspect it would be a workhorse palette for some (that don’t already have neutral eyeshadows coming out of their ears).

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows retail for $6.00, while the Foiled Eyeshadows retail for $10.00, which makes the palette a value of $62 ($42 worth of regular eyeshadows, $20 worth of Foiled eyeshadows).

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Palette x 9 In the Nude
B+

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

L’Oreal 24HR Infallible Eyeshadows (Part 3)

01/05

L'Oreal Always Pearly Pink (756) Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Always Pearly Pink (756) Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Always Pearly Pink (756) Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Always Pearly Pink (756) Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Always Pearly Pink (756) Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow

Always Pearly Pink (756)

L’Oreal Always Pearly Pink (756) Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow ($7.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation applied dry, which went on the lid evenly and smoothly and required little effort to blend out. It was able to get full coverage when I used a dampened brush, though. The eyeshadow stayed on well for 11 hours before it started to crease faintly, which led to definite, obvious creasing after 14 hours of wear.

The formula is supposed to have “24-hour” wear with “intense, maximized color” and a “powder-cream texture.” They are absolutely long-wearing, but testing for 24 hours is more than I’m happy to do more than very, very occasionally, though most showed some sign of wear between 12 and 14 hours of wear, so I used that to help determine an approximate wear time. The majority of the shades in the range are semi-opaque to opaque, buildable when not fully opaque, and soft, blendable, and easy to work with. The more shimmery shades tended to be the best and easiest to use while more matte and satin finish shades were not as consistent. You can view swatches of all shades here. I have applied them dry (left) and damp (right) as well.

P.S. — I have reviewed most of these in the past, but it was years ago, and I felt like as one of the better drugstore powder eyeshadows on the market, it was time to repurchase them (to get the latest and greatest versions), re-photograph and swatch, retest, and re-review.

L'Oreal Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow Always Pearly Pink (756)
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
6
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

01/16

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Look | Look Details

Urban Decay Naked Heat Look | Look Details

Urban Decay Naked Heat Look | Look Details

Urban Decay Naked Heat Look | Look Details

Naked Heat

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette ($54.00 for 0.60 oz.) includes 12 eyeshadows with a mixture of shimmers and mattes in an array of warmer, more orange and red-based hues. The palette was good overall–not perfect–but a solid addition to the Naked range, and I suspect that for those who normally use primer, some of the issues I experienced would be resolved. The shimmers felt a little drier but thinner than the average shimmer eyeshadow from Urban Decay, while the mattes were dry but fairly pigmented, buildable, and blendable. It did not have the same luxurious, creamy consistency of the brand’s best mattes (I’m recalling something like Spike) but much more pigmented with more substantial texture (and therefore better application, even without primer) than the mattes in the Naked Smoky palette.

From a personal view, I did struggle to use this palette cohesively; I felt like I needed stronger shimmers or maybe a stronger yellow or lighter, brighter orange to add more contrast. The deeper browns ran together to the point where they could get lost next to each other in practice. The overall look and feel of the palette is a deeper, almost sultry warm smoky eye with more orange-brown and red-brown shades. It’s a lot less yellow and orange based compared to palettes like Viseart Warm Mattes and Natasha Denona Sunset, and it’s much darker and warmer than Anastasia Modern Renaissance. It actually reminded me of Too Faced Sweet Peach more than the aforementioned palettes.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palette Naked Heat
Naked Heat
Naked Heat
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 Eyeshadow Palette

01/13

BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 28 Color Eyeshadow Palette

BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 28 Color Eyeshadow Palette

BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 28 Color Eyeshadow Palette

BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 28 Color Eyeshadow Palette

BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 28 Color Eyeshadow Palette

BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 28 Color Eyeshadow Palette

BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 28 Color Eyeshadow Palette

A Gold & Plum Eye | Look Details

A Gold & Plum Eye | Look Details

A Gold & Bronze Eye | Look Details

A Gold & Bronze Eye | Look Details

A Green & Purple Eye | Look Details

A Green & Purple Eye | Look Details

Foil Eyes 2

BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 Eyeshadow Palette ($12.50 for 1.60 oz.) includes 28 eyeshadows that are supposed to be “ultra-shimmer” in an array of “vivid jewel tones, richer neutrals, and more icy options” [compared to the original Foil Eyes palette]. The formula is described as having “intense pigmentation, buttery feel [with a] molten metal finish.”

Some of shades were incredibly pigmented with a creamier, dense consistency that adhered well to bare skin, blended along the edges easily, and lasted anywhere from seven and a half to nine hours on me (no primer). There were more than a few that were sheerer, less shimmery (not as in line with “Foil” as you’d expect), or felt a bit drier in the pan. For some, the lack of mattes will make this a complementary palette rather than an all-in-one, but I think it is obvious going in that this is all about the shimmer. One thing to note is that due to the high shimmer content in each shade, many look lighter applied compared to how they appear in the pan.

I liked this palette, and at $12.50, I’d purchase it again in a heartbeat, but it was not quite as impressive as the original Foil Eyes. Foil Eyes 2 had too many sheerer shades, and the texture was not consistent throughout. The wear was still good, and the majority of the eyeshadows were blendable and easy to use, so some of the deficiencies weren’t as noticeable in practice. I also felt like there were a surprising number of shades that were more satin-to-pearl than genuinely metallic or foil-like in finish.

BH Cosmetics 28 Color Eyeshadow Palette Foil Eyes 2
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

L’Oreal 24HR Infallible Eyeshadows (Part 2)

01/05

L'Oreal Eternal Black Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Eternal Black Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Eternal Black Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Eternal Black Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Eternal Black Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow

Eternal Black

L’Oreal Eternal Black Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow ($7.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a dark black with neutral undertones and a silver sparkle strewn throughout. The consistency was smooth, not too powdery nor too firmly packed into the pot, but it had a tendency to work best built up rather than packed on. It had semi-opaque coverage, which was buildable to nearly opaque coverage, but I was only able to achieve a really rich, opaque lid color with a dampened brush or over an eyeshadow primer. This shade wore well for 12.5 hours before there was slight fading.

The formula is supposed to have “24 hour” wear with “intense, maximized color” and a “powder-cream texture.” They are absolutely long-wearing, but testing for 24 hours is more than I’m happy to do more than very, very occasionally, though most showed some sign of wear between 12 and 14 hours of wear, so I used that to help determine an approximate wear time. The majority of the shades in the range are semi-opaque to opaque, buildable when not fully opaque, and soft, blendable, and easy to work with. The more shimmery shades tended to be the best and easiest to use while more matte and satin finish shades were not as consistent. You can view swatches of all shades here. I have applied them dry (left) and damp (right) as well.

P.S. — I have reviewed most of these in the past, but it was years ago, and I felt like as one of the better drugstore powder eyeshadows on the market, it was time to repurchase them (to get the latest and greatest versions), re-photograph and swatch, retest, and re-review.

L'Oreal Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow Eternal Black
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total

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