Anastasia Lace, Metal, Emerald, Peacock, Prussian Blue Eyeshadows

Anastasia Lace Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a light, yellowed beige with a satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a thinner, drier consistency–this one was firm in the pan, which made it harder to use. It blends out nicely, but it tends to go on sheer. It lasted for seven hours on me. Kat Von D Laetus (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Natural (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Her Mistress (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Clarins The Essentials #1 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Solace (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Anastasia Eyeshadow
Anastasia Eyeshadow Lace
C+
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
7.5
Application
4
Total
77%
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NARS Hammamet Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Hammamet Eyeshadow Duo ($35.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a new, limited edition neutral-hued duo for spring (January 15th at NARS, February 1st at all other retailers). It’s a nice set of shades that performs well, though they’re more dupable than not.

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NARS Hammamet Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Duo Eyeshadow Hammamet
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
89%
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Dior Blue Garden Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Blue Garden (031) Eyeshadow Palette ($63.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a mix of white, silver, gray, blue, and orange. The orange is an interesting addition (certainly makes it more unique), but whether that’s a good addition or not is quite subjective. I couldn’t find anything online that described this as a wet/dry formula, but it felt like that to me, so I did swatch it both dry (left) and damp (right) for your viewing pleasure. The ratings are based solely on performance dry, though, which was disappointing across the board.

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Dior Blue Garden (031) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Glowing Gardens Eyeshadow Palette Blue Garden (031)
C
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
Total
76%
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Anastasia Belize, Brownie, Chiffon, Chocolate Crumble Eyeshadows

Anastasia Belize Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a medium brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too thin or too dense. The color lasted for eight hours before fading. LORAC Sienna (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Collection Selfie (P, $13.00) is darker (95% similar). Stila Topaz (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Ambre Nuit #2 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I538 Pearly Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Stila Thought (P) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Vendome #1 (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). theBalm Epic (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Cactus Thorn (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Vixen (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Enchanted Forest (LE, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Firecracker (P) is darker (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Les Poissons (LE) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Shag (DC, $18.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Anastasia Eyeshadows
Anastasia Eyeshadow Belize
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
91%
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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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