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MAC The Best of Everything Eyeshadow Quad

01/06

MAC The Best of Everything Eyeshadow Quad

MAC The Best of Everything Eyeshadow Quad

MAC The Best of Everything Eyeshadow Quad

MAC The Best of Everything Eyeshadow Quad

MAC The Best of Everything Eyeshadow Quad

MAC The Best of Everything Eyeshadow Quad

The Best of Everything

MAC The Best of Everything Eyeshadow Quad ($32.00 for 0.19 oz.) is a new, limited edition smoky palette. I love the color concept, and the four shades complement each other well, but I wasn’t thrilled with the performance of two shades (one was incredibly disappointing!).

MAC Eyeshadow Quad The Best of Everything
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total

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Kat Von D Pastel Goth Eyeshadow Palette

01/15

Kat Von D Pastel Goth Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Pastel Goth Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Pastel Goth Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Pastel Goth Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Pastel Goth Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Pastel Goth Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Pastel Goth Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Pastel Goth Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Pastel Goth Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Pastel Goth Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Pastel Goth Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Pastel Goth Look | Look Breakdown

Kat Von D Pastel Goth Look | Look Breakdown

Kat Von D Pastel Goth Look over a white base | Look Breakdown

Kat Von D Pastel Goth Look over a white base | Look Breakdown

Pastel Goth

Kat Von D Pastel Goth Eyeshadow Palette ($38.00 for 0.48 oz.) includes eight matte eyeshadows with six pops of color and then a dark gray and stark white. The formula felt very velvety, finely-milled, and was blendable on the skin, but each shade had a fair amount of excessive powder that kicked up in the pan. The strange thing was that there was little fallout; I used seven of the eight shades in the look demoed above, and I didn’t have to cleanup at all underneath the eye. The pigmentation was decent to good, but I did find it worked best patted on, rather than swept on, for best results.

There was more substance to the formula, so they did not sheer out as easily as I would have expected given the dustiness of the texture, and so they adhered better and went on more smoothly to bare skin (I actually felt they worked better over bare lids or regular primer and not as well over a lightly tacky cream base, like NYX Milk). The pigmentation was mostly opaque with a couple of exceptions. Two of the eight shades–Dagger and Dope–were ones that I didn’t feel blended out like the others. I had particular issues with Dope, as it darkened and lightened on its own accord, so it never looked seamless, and it did this over bare skin as well as over a cream base. The one prevailing issue I had with all the shades was that they were more prone to fading than the average eyeshadow.

I was pleasantly surprised by the palette, as it’s rare to find more pastel shades that actually perform decently, but I found the palette pretty easy to use, and if paired with primer, it was both easy to use and lasted for most of the day (it did seem to fade faster, even over primer, than most, but a good primer would still extend the wear to 10+ hours for me).

Kat Von D Eyeshadow Palette Pastel Goth
Pastel Goth
Pastel Goth
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

Kylie Cosmetics Royal Peach Kyshadow Palette

01/10

Kylie Cosmetics Royal Peach Kyshadow Eyeshadow Palette

Kylie Cosmetics Royal Peach Kyshadow Eyeshadow Palette

Kylie Cosmetics Royal Peach Kyshadow Eyeshadow Palette

Kylie Cosmetics Royal Peach Kyshadow Eyeshadow Palette

Kylie Cosmetics Royal Peach Kyshadow Eyeshadow Palette

Kylie Cosmetics Royal Peach Kyshadow Eyeshadow Palette

Kylie Cosmetics Royal Peach Kyshadow Eyeshadow Palette

Kylie Cosmetics Royal Peach Kyshadow Eyeshadow Palette

Kylie Cosmetics Royal Peach Palette Look | View Breakdown

Kylie Cosmetics Royal Peach Palette Look | View Breakdown

Royal Peach

Kylie Cosmetics Royal Peach Kyshadow Palette ($45.00 for 0.60 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows in a range of hues (all warm-toned except the blue) and finishes. The palette also has a fluffy brush, which I did not find particularly useful for applying other than diffusing transition shades in or around the crease (just too fluffy for lid color application for my application style).

What you might not know about the Kyshadow formula is that they are supposed to have “medium buildable coverage and a velvety smooth texture.” It’s unusual to see a brand proclaiming anything less than opaque coverage, and most of the eyeshadows were actually quite pigmented. I didn’t realize that until after I had scored the palette based on the eyeshadows needing to be pigmented, so I happen to know that score–83%–but when I re-rated based on the pigmentation claim, it still ended up coming to 83% (as the sheerer shades were boosted and the opaque shades were lowered). I liked the shimmer formula, but I didn’t care for the more sparkly shades (Duchess, North Star), as they had fallout and poorer application. The mattes were easy to use, blendable, and mostly buildable.

Edited to add: A reader asked me if my palette had any chemical scent, and I had not noticed anything prior. I went back to double check, and I couldn’t smell anything out of the ordinary with the palette closed, just opened, or in use. I put my nose right next to each shade, and I went up down the rows sniffing to see if there was anything I could smell, and around Royal (the blue shade), I did notice something, possibly metallic but sharp and definitely not a “powder” or typical “makeup” scent. I also then went and smelled a few other cobalt blue eyeshadows I have, and only one had a faint smell of metal but could not be sure as it was held in a metal palette, too.

Kylie Cosmetics Kyshadow Eyeshadow Palette Royal Peach
Royal Peach
Royal Peach
B

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
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Viseart Warm Mattes (10) Eyeshadow Palette

01/10

Viseart Warm Mattes (10) Eyeshadow Palette

Viseart Warm Mattes (10) Eyeshadow Palette

Viseart Warm Mattes (10) Eyeshadow Palette

Viseart Warm Mattes (10) Eyeshadow Palette

Viseart Warm Mattes (10) Eyeshadow Palette

Viseart Warm Mattes (10) Eyeshadow Palette

Viseart Warm Mattes (10) Eyeshadow Palette

Viseart Warm Mattes (10) Eyeshadow Palette

Viseart Warm Mattes Look | Look Breakdown

Viseart Warm Mattes Look | Look Breakdown

Warm Mattes (10)

Viseart Warm Mattes (10) Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00 for 0.84 oz.) is an unabashedly warm-toned palette filled with a mix of beige, brown, orange, and red. There are a lot of yellow and orange-based shades here. The palette worked well on its own, but it was easy to incorporate with other Viseart palettes as well. Overall, the quality was consistent with my past experience with Viseart’s matte formula–pigmented, long-wearing, and blendable.

Viseart Eyeshadow Palette Warm Mattes (10)
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

Viseart Petit Pro (01) Eyeshadow Palette

01/09

Viseart Petit Pro (01) Petit Pro Palette

Viseart Petit Pro (01) Petit Pro Palette

Viseart Petit Pro (01) Petit Pro Palette

Viseart Petit Pro (01) Petit Pro Palette

Viseart Petit Pro (01) Petit Pro Palette

Viseart Petit Pro (01) Petit Pro Palette

Viseart Petit Pro (01) Petit Pro Palette

Viseart Petit Pro (01) Petit Pro Palette

Viseart Petit Pro (01) Petit Pro Palette

Petit Pro (01)

Viseart Petit Pro (01) Palette ($30.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a miniature-sized, slim palette. This would be a good way to try the Viseart formula without breaking the bank; there is plenty of product in each pan, and each shade is quite pigmented so you’ll be able to get plenty of use out of it. The matte eyeshadows blended and layered well with the denser, more shimmery eyeshadows. The shimmery eyeshadows felt smoother and more cream-like compared to past shimmer finishes from the brand. Overall, it’s a nice palette if you don’t have these types of shades in your arsenal already.

Viseart Petit Pro Palette Petit Pro (01)
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

Urban Decay Nocturnal Shadow Box (Palette)

01/12

Urban Decay Nocturnal Shadow Box

Urban Decay Nocturnal Shadow Box

Urban Decay - Nocturnal - Palette

Urban Decay Nocturnal Shadow Box

Urban Decay Nocturnal Shadow Box

Urban Decay Nocturnal Shadow Box

Urban Decay Nocturnal Shadow Box

Urban Decay Nocturnal Shadow Box

Urban Decay Nocturnal Shadow Box

Urban Decay Nocturnal Shadow Box

Urban Decay Nocturnal Shadow Box

Urban Decay Nocturnal Shadow Box

Nocturnal

Urban Decay Nocturnal Shadow Box ($29.00 for 0.12 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows in a slim, cardboard palette with a dual-ended eye brush. The shades include “eight must-haves” from the permanent line along with “four exclusives from past sets.” I liked the palette overall; it was more consistent with the brand’s permanent range with respect to quality, though shades like Fireball (not as pigmented as the permanent version), Midnight Cowboy Rides Again (glitter fallout), and Heroine (sheer) could be better. The eyeshadows were, overall, pigmented, long-wearing (seven to eight hours), and blendable. It wasn’t hard to use them together, and I didn’t feel like it was a struggle to apply and blend them out.

If you’ve picked up any Urban Decay palettes in the last couple of years, this palette might be totally redundant. I think that this palette is most suitable for someone looking to try the brand’s formula or likes this specific color combination and would like it for traveling. It’s a smaller palette, though it is thicker than you’d expect as each eyeshadow only contains 0.01 oz. (a full-sized Urban Decay eyeshadow contains 0.05 oz.). It’s still a value-packed palette compared to purchasing individual shades, but it is not quite the deal that some of the larger palettes (like Afterdark, Naked, etc.) are. The palette is exclusive to Ulta and should launch today (if it hasn’t yet!) online, and it will be available in stores on January 22nd.

Urban Decay Shadow Box Nocturnal
Nocturnal
Nocturnal
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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