L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadows (Part 2)

L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to be “soft, velvety” in texture with “intense pigments for exquisite color richness” and “lasts all day.” The texture is incredibly soft; to the point where I’m not sure these would travel as well as your average powder eyeshadow. The lighter, more matte shades are very white-based and can look chalky on my skin tone but should work better on fairer skin tones or coupled with a smoothing primer. Most of the shades were fairly pigmented and blendable on the lid with good adhesion without a primer with a few exceptions. Unsurprisingly, neutrals were more consistently higher-performing than the bolder/more colorful shades. I did run into wear issues, as all the shades I tried either faded and/or creased within six hours of wear, so I would recommend a primer with these. Initially, they reminded me of formulas like Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow, Kat Von D Metal Crush, etc., but while these have a similar velvety, smooth feel, they are looser once you touch your brush to them.

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L'Oreal Petite Perle Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L'Oreal Colour Riche Monos Eye Shadow Petite Perle
C+
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
6.5
Application
4.5
Total
78%
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L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadows (Part 1)

L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to be “soft, velvety” in texture with “intense pigments for exquisite color richness” and “lasts all day.” The texture is incredibly soft; to the point where I’m not sure these would travel as well as your average powder eyeshadow. The lighter, more matte shades are very white-based and can look chalky on my skin tone but should work better on fairer skin tones or coupled with a smoothing primer. Most of the shades were fairly pigmented and blendable on the lid with good adhesion without a primer with a few exceptions. Unsurprisingly, neutrals were more consistently higher-performing than the bolder/more colorful shades. I did run into wear issues, as all the shades I tried either faded and/or creased within six hours of wear, so I would recommend a primer with these. Initially, they reminded me of formulas like Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow, Kat Von D Metal Crush, etc., but while these have a similar velvety, smooth feel, they are looser once you touch your brush to them.

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L'Oreal Paris Beach Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L'Oreal Colour Riche Monos Eye Shadow Paris Beach
B-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
6.5
Application
4.5
Total
82%
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Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.80 oz.) includes twenty eyeshadows–all “brand new” according to Urban Decay–arranged by character, going down in columns. Visually, it doesn’t seem like an immediately comprehensive palette, but I think you can get a variety of looks out of it afterall, though they will skew warm or otherwise brighter and more colorful. There are a couple of shades that seem more than similar to past shades released by the brand (Duchess is the worst offender). I wish they would have opted for either Looking Glass/Lily/Royal Flush and added a light and more mid-tone beige or taupe shade for transition and highlighting (on different skin tones). The more shimmery shades in the palette were really nice, but the more colorful, more matte shades were dusty and thin and require primer to apply well (personally, I didn’t find UD’s primer sufficient–they needed a stark white base). Worth noting, the colorful mattes have a thinner consistency that makes them less blendable next to the denser shimmers (there’s a disconnect in how they smooth over one another). Dream On really only functions if used with a damp brush or over an adhesive base. The third row is exceptionally good, and I really wish the rest of the palette was that impressive, so it leaves me with a myriad of feelings, because there are some really amazing shades in the palette… and some real misses. The palette will be available at Urban Decay on May 1st and other retailers to follow after that.

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Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette Alice Through the Looking Glass
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
83%
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Anastasia Sateen, 10K, Blazing, Comfort Eyeshadows

Anastasia Sateen Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a light-medium, golden peach with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, lightly dusty consistency that was very blendable without fall out, despite being a smidgen on the drier side. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading noticeably on me. Smashbox Crisp (P) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Gleam (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Cherish (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Rose Golden Rings (LE) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Rose Champagne (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Sunset Blvd. (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Gem (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Viseart Orangerie (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Sephora Fall Leaves (P, $12.00) is darker (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #1 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Smashbox Champagne (P) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Anastasia Eyeshadow
Anastasia Eyeshadow Sateen
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
89%
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Anastasia Touch of Lilac, Electro, Star Cobalt, Rich Velvet Eyeshadows

Anastasia Touch of Lilac Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a very light, muted pink with a soft, frosted finish. It’s not really lilac to me–it is much warmer than that. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too soft or too firm, so it applied well to the lid and didn’t lose its coverage when blended. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. Too Faced Delightful (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Harpooned Heart (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Rhapsodie #2 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Instaglam (LE) is darker (95% similar). Dior Jardin #4 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I528 Pearl (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Signe Particulier #1 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Whimsical (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Ex-boyfriend (LE) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Laura Mercier Diamond Pink (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Girls, Girls! (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #8 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D914 Crystalline Mauve (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Pink Pearl (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Dior Trafalgar #1 (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Pink Frosting (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Lilac Dream #1 (P) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Dare to Bare (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Alabaster Starling (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I902 Quartz (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Anastasia Eyeshadow
Anastasia Eyeshadow Touch of Lilac
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
89%
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Laura Mercier Extreme Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette

Laura Mercier Extreme Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.356 oz.) is a set of twelve shades with a general neutral-leaning vibe. Two shades–both in the purple family–are the only non-standard neutrals (your browns, beiges, etc.). There are so many neutral palettes available that it seems like any new-to-market palette should be exceptionally high quality in order to compete with all those other neutral palettes, and this one isn’t. There are several shades that miss here, primarily with respect to pigmentation and texture.

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Laura Mercier Extreme Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette
Laura Mercier Artist Eye Colour Palette Extreme Neutrals
B-
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
80%
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