Tarte Pin-up, Shake Down, Grind Metallics Shadows

Tarte Metallics Shadow ($14.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a new, limited edition formula (boo!hiss!) that is available in 11 shades. Each eyeshadow comes in an oversized plastic compact with a clear lid, but the eyeshadow pan is actually removable; the only downside is that the pan itself isn’t labeled, so if you move yours into a freestyle palette system, I would make sure to add labels to the bottoms! The formula is soft, smooth, slightly dense, and very pigmented; a little went a long way, but it wasn’t so soft that it turned powdery or had a lot of fall out to contend with, though there was a little excess kicked up in the pan. They were very blendable and easy to apply to bare skin, and I didn’t notice a difference in payoff or texture when applied over primer or over bare skin. The formula wore between seven and eight hours for me (no primer). I was pleasantly surprised by the consistency and pigmentation of the new formula; I’m disappointed it’s limited edition, and it would been even better if there were more unique shades released as well. I am also a huge fan of them being easy to pop out!

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Tarte Pin-up Metallics Shadow
Tarte Metallics Shadow Pin-up
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
90%
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Makeup Atelier Nude Eyeshadow Palette

Makeup Atelier Nude (T01S) Eyeshadow Palette ($35.00 for 0.44 oz.) contains five eyeshadows. The color combination seemed more unique than not, as it combined warmer and cooler tones together, which resulted in an combination I don’t think I’ve ever worn before. The formula ran thin, sometimes a little dusty, but they were blendable and fairly easy to apply to bare skin. They tended to fade or crease within seven hours of wear for me. I’m not sold on the formula yet, but I have six more palettes to try!

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Makeup Atelier Nude (T01S) Eyeshadow Palette
Makeup Atelier 5-Colors Eye Shadow Palette Nude (T01S)
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
84%
Permanent
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City Color Tide Pool, Evergreen, Under the Sea, Sandstorm Shimmer Shadows

City Color Tide Pool Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is a slightly muted, light-medium green with subtle, warmer undertones but a cooler shimmer finish. It had good color coverage with a blendable, dense, and almost cream-like feel. I felt like this one wasn’t quite as intense or as easy to apply compared to the other shades. It wore well for eight hours on me. Buxom Made of Jade (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #5 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Jade Shore (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Dior Garden Pastels #5 (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NARS Tarvos (P, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Sea Green (LE) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Jealous Girl (LE, $22.00) is lighter, less pigmented (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #4 (P) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #4 (P) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Buxom Room Service (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). YSL Indie Jasper #5 (LE) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Dior Jardin #1 (P) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC All Hands on Deck (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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City Color Tide Pool Shimmer Shadow
City Color Shimmer Shadow Tide Pool
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
91%
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City Color Gypsy, Cleo, U Jelly?, Yas! Shimmer Shadows

City Color Gypsy Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is a medium-dark, warm-toned purple with reddish tones and a pearly sheen. It had great color payoff with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture that wasn’t quite as dense as other shades–somewhere between the cream-like feel of formulas like the Shimmer Shadow and traditional powder eyeshadow. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on me. MAC Frizzyplum (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #5 (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Dior Cosmic (275) (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Fyrinnae Meerkat (Pressed) (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Stila Sangria (LE, $18.00) is warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Masquerade (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). theBalm Surfari (LE, $16.00) is cooler (85% similar). NARS Caravaggio #2 (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Overlook (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). MAC Violet Impact (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). MAC A Medley of Mauves #2 (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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City Color Gypsy Shimmer Shadow
City Color Shimmer Shadow Gypsy
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Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
92%
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LORAC Pro Palette 3

LORAC Pro Palette 3 ($44.00 for 0.32 oz.) includes a slim palette that contains 16 eyeshadows along with a miniature-sized eyeshadow primer. It’ll be available on June 12th online and in-stores on June 26th. I liked it, but it is par for the course with most of LORAC’s palettes–warmer, neutral–and will likely feel repetitive for anyone with the two prior Pro Palettes and/or the Unzipped palettes. The mattes applied better in this palette than the past Mega Pros and tended to go on fairly evenly with decent to good pigmentation, though wear was below average (a primer should help that). They seemed to adhere a bit better and had less fall out compared to the last Mega Pro palette. On my skin tone, I did find the shades ended up looking similar applied–the two looks I showed in the review are using different shades but look quite similar!

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LORAC Pro Palette 3
LORAC 16-Pan Eyeshadow Palette Pro Palette 3
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
82%
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Tarte Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette

Tarte Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette ($45.00 for 0.64 oz.) contains three cheek colors and nine eyeshadows. The formula on some of the more matte shades was very, very silky and soft, but they kicked up a lot of excess powder in the pan and often sheered out when blended–more so than some of Tarte’s past palettes. I noticed that some of the darker shades seemed to become more muted just a few minutes after applying, so it felt like I had to really pat and pack on some shades to get definition and depth out of them. I think the colors complement each other well, and I liked that there were some plummy hues thrown in with warmer, more orange-toned shades. I also felt like the cheek colors actually worked with the palette and its different color combinations, so the scheme is very cohesive. The palette is slated to be fully released on June 6th!

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Tarte Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Summer 2016 Palette Swamp Queen
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
86%
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