MAC x Ellie Goulding Halcyon Nights Palette

MAC Halcyon Nights Face Kit ($44.00 for 0.36 oz.) includes four powder eyeshadows and one Cream Colour Base (cream product), with the cream product housed underneath the powders, so you shouldn’t get too much cross-contamination from the powders. I liked it overall, though it is, of course, more dupable given it is a set of neutral shades. I think it would be an easier to sell if it was a quad of powder eyeshadows (it would also be more streamlined, as it wouldn’t have a second level to it) with the Cream Colour Base sold separately. It is priced pretty similarly to most limited edition, specially-packaged eyeshadow quads (which contain the same amount of powder product), so it’s almost like getting the CCB for free.

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MAC Halcyon Nights Face Kit
MAC Ellie Goulding Face Kit Halcyon Nights
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
83%
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Dior Eternal Gold (576) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Eternal Gold (576) Eyeshadow Palette ($63.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a limited edition palette for the holidays. It was less impressive than Blazing Gold, but it wasn’t the worst Dior palette I’ve tried either, so I guess there’s that. I like the color concept (which is the norm for Dior!), but I wish these were less dusty/dry overall.

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Dior Eternal Gold (576) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior State of Gold Eyeshadow Palette (Holiday 2015) Eternal Gold (576)
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
81%
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Dior Blazing Gold (886) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Blazing Gold (886) Eyeshadow Palette ($63.00 for 0.25 oz.) is one of two, limited edition holiday quints available this year. The formula looked like it might be comparable to my beloved Bonne Etoile, but alas, it was not so. I think it ended up being better than some of the recent Dior palettes, but it isn’t without its issues. It seemed like a wet/dry formula when I was trying it, but I couldn’t find anything on Dior’s site about wearing it damp/wet, so the ratings reflect dry application only.

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Dior Blazing Gold (886) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior State of Gold Eyeshadow Palette (Holiday 2015) Blazing Gold (886)
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
86%
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Too Faced La Petite Maison Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced La Petite Maison Eyeshadow Palette ($39.00 for 0.47 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows in mostly neutral shades, but there is a pop of lavender and purple. It’s exclusive to Ulta, and of course, limited edition. I think it’s one of the better offerings from Too Faced this year, but it’s not my favorite that they’ve done.

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Too Faced La Petite Maison Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced Holiday 2015 La Petite Maison Palette La Petite Maison
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
84%
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Stila A Whole Lot of Love Gift Set

Stila A Whole Lot of Love Gift Set ($59.00 for 1.44 oz.) includes four blushes and 20 eyeshadows. It’s a palette with hits and misses, but a lot of the eyeshadows ran on the dusty or powdery side, even if they felt soft or smooth in their respective pans.

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Stila A Whole Lot of Love Gift Set
Stila Holiday 2015 A Whole Lot of Love Gift Set A Whole Lot of Love
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
82%
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Tarte In Bloom Tartelette 2 Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte In Bloom Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette ($45.00 for 0.63 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows in a warmer, neutral-hued theme. I liked it overall, and I think if you normally use primer or have good luck with Tarte’s eyeshadow formula, you’ll likely enjoy the formula as well. I think it is, undoubtedly, dupable, and I think if they had opted for less warm-tones, it might have been more unique among the slew of neutral palettes previously released.

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Tarte In Bloom Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette
Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Palette In Bloom
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
83%
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