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Smashbox Smoky Cover Shot Eye Palette

01/08

Smashbox Smoky Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smashbox Smoky Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smashbox Smoky Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smashbox Smoky Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smashbox Smoky Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smashbox Smoky Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smashbox Smoky Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smashbox Smoky Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smoky

Smashbox Smoky Cover Shot Eye Palette ($29.00 for 0.27 oz.) is a small, travel-friendly palette that features a smoky take on earth shades of brown, plum, green, and gray. The formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented” with a “beyond blendable” texture. All eight shades had good pigmentation, were fairly blendable, and wore for seven to eight hours. Some shades were a touch dusty, which may have resulted in a bit of fallout during application or shorter-wear, but overall, the palette was easy to use, and the colors chosen make sense within the theme.

Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palette Smoky
Smoky
Smoky
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
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Urban Decay Afterdark Eyeshadow Palette

01/16

Urban Decay Afterdark 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Afterdark 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Afterdark 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Afterdark 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Afterdark 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Afterdark 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Afterdark 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Afterdark 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Afterdark 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Afterdark 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Afterdark 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Afterdark 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Afterdark 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Afterdark 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Afterdark 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Afterdark 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Afterdark

Urban Decay Afterdark Eyeshadow Palette ($49.00 for 0.60 oz.) contains ten shimmery eyeshadows from white gold to deep navy. There are three “cult favorites” and seven “new” shades, and if you have a few palettes and singles from the brand, “new” might very well be “old.” I definitely noticed a few shades shared more than a few similarities to past releases! This palette is limited and edition and exclusive to Sephora with an online release date of December 20th and an in-store release date of January 27th.

The quality of the palette is good, and it is one of the better pre-made palettes from the brand in the last year. This is likely due to that their shimmers are often where they shine, and these are all very shimmery. All ten shades had good pigmentation, longer-wear (seven to eight hours), were easy to blend and apply to bare skin, and worked well with each other. You may find yourself reaching for other palettes or singles in order to get more variety in finishes and for highlighting/transitioning shades. The other downside is that the shift in some shades is quite subtle and definitely not noticeable on the lid. I’d also like to reiterate that Backfire looks completely different in this palette than the single I have from its initial release.

Urban Decay 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette Afterdark
Afterdark
Afterdark
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

Tarte Tarteist Pro to Go Eyeshadow Palette

01/08

Tarte Tarteist Pro to Go Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte Tarteist Pro to Go Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte Tarteist Pro to Go Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte Tarteist Pro to Go Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte Tarteist Pro to Go Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte Tarteist Pro to Go Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte Tarteist Pro to Go Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte Tarteist Pro to Go Eyeshadow Palette

Tarteist

Tarte Tarteist Pro to Go Eyeshadow Palette (#23.00 for 0.18 oz.) includes three matte eyeshadows and three shimmer eyeshadows, which all ran warm in undertone. It’s a compact, cardboard palette that is slim and portable. The palette felt compact without feeling tiny, and the pans were a good size and fit my eye brushes without issue. I liked the way the eyeshadows applied, but the mattes would perform better over a primer (better wear and more payoff from the get-go) as is often the case with Tarte’s matte formula. The shimmery eyeshadows worked well over bare skin as well as over primer, but primer did not feel necessary except for really long-wear.

Tarte Pro to Go Eyeshadow Palette Tarteist
Tarteist
Tarteist
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Drive

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Stylin

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Hype

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Crisp

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Tom Ford AW ’16 Eyeshadow Duo

01/06

Tom Ford Beauty AW '16 Eye Color Duo

Tom Ford Beauty AW '16 Eye Color Duo

Tom Ford Beauty AW '16 Eye Color Duo

Tom Ford Beauty AW '16 Eye Color Duo

Tom Ford Beauty AW '16 Eye Color Duo

Tom Ford Beauty AW '16 Eye Color Duo

AW '16

Tom Ford AW ’16 Eyeshadow Duo ($60.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a neutral duo with a beige and brown, both shimmery shades, housed in small compact. The formula can be used both wet and dry (it is similar to the formula used in Nude Dip, and the colors are reminiscent of the same quad as well, but the texture of these is firmer and a little thinner overall). Both shades were nice, but dupable so I’d say that if they’re shades you don’t have and want, you’d be better off buying a quad, which will run you $82 but contains over double (0.35 oz.) the product.

Tom Ford Beauty Eye Color Duo AW '16
AW '16
AW '16
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Palette

01/09

Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Palette

White

Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Palette ($26.00 for 0.25 oz.) includes 11 eyeshadows in a small, compact case. I had no trouble getting an average-sized eyeshadow brush into each pan, but the quality of the palette was actually surprisingly bad–there was a cheapness to the formula that made colors look lighter and more white-based to the point where half the shades looked alike once on the lid. This was compounded by the fact that the palette itself lacks variety; a lot of light and light-medium shades and the one really dark shade (which ends up making more work for you as it was so difficult to blend and keep to small areas due to how dusty it was).

I have found that Too Faced’s formula tends to require eyeshadow primer to adhere and last awhile, but I can normally apply and get something decent without primer; these looked like utter garbage even over primer (like I just threw and rubbed glitter and pearl on my lid with no differentiation between colors). As I tested the palette, all I could think was, “Did Too Faced even try?” This palette made their holiday palettes–which weren’t so hot–look like winners. The funniest part is that there are several repeated shades from one of the holiday palettes, and they were better in that palette than they were here.

Too Faced Chocolate Chip Palette White
White
White
6
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
6
Longevity
3.5
Application
66%
Total

Givenchy Palette Ors Audacieux Eye Shadow Palette

01/09

Givenchy Palette Ors Audacieux Holiday 2016 Quartet

Givenchy Palette Ors Audacieux Holiday 2016 Quartet

Givenchy Palette Ors Audacieux Holiday 2016 Quartet

Givenchy Palette Ors Audacieux Holiday 2016 Quartet

Givenchy Palette Ors Audacieux Holiday 2016 Quartet

Givenchy Palette Ors Audacieux Holiday 2016 Quartet

Givenchy Palette Ors Audacieux Holiday 2016 Quartet

Givenchy Palette Ors Audacieux Holiday 2016 Quartet

Givenchy Palette Ors Audacieux Holiday 2016 Quartet

Palette Ors Audacieux

Givenchy Palette Ors Audacieux Eye Shadow Palette ($63.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a new, limited edition holiday quartet that features four, shimmering shades. The formula is a wet/dry one, where wet application increases the “density and brilliance.” For the most part, I did not notice significant differences between dry and damp application, except with the third one, which had the most glitter. I could see this working best with other shades in one’s stash, like a few matte shades, perhaps a black or deep brown for more contrast, as it could use more contrast for greater versatility.

Givenchy Holiday 2016 Quartet Palette Ors Audacieux
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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