Stila Sending My Love Set

Stila Sending My Love Set ($49.00 for 0.69 oz.) includes three cheek colors, five eyeshadows, an eyeliner, and a lipgloss. I was pleasantly surprised by this set! It’s not particularly unique, but it’s well-done and high quality.

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Stila Sending My Love Set
Stila Holiday 2015 Sending My Love Set Sending My Love
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
91%
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Sugarpill Pumpkin Spice Eyeshadow

Sugarpill Pumpkin Spice Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark copper with warm, red-orange undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. MAC Brash (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Flame Thrower (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Sugarpill Penelope (P, $13.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #9 (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Sequin (P, $5.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #4 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Carnelian Opal (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Vegas Lights (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Henna (P, $12.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Copper Sparkle (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NYX Fireball (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Kat Von D Doce (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Milani Bella Copper (23) (P, $4.49) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Maybelline Caramel Cool (100) (LE, $6.99) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Red Alert (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Makeup Geek Roulette (P, $6.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). MAC Coppering (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #6 (LE, $25.00) is lighter (80% similar). MAC Amber Lights (P, $16.00) is lighter (80% similar). Viseart Melonie (P) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Sugarpill Pumpkin Spice Eyeshadow
Sugarpill Eyeshadow Pumpkin Spice
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
88%

Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Makeup Palette

Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette ($165.00 for 0.79 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows, one highlighter, and one contour powder. My favorite products are the highlighter and contour powders, which will come as no surprise, as I have reviewed them favorably in the past as standalones. You actually get more of each product in the palette than in the individual compact, but for $65 you could purchase the Contour Book Volume II, which also contains 0.17 oz. worth of the Celestial Powder and 0.14 oz. of the Sculpting Powder (plus other standout product sin the brand’s line, like a small version of Starlight and larger sizes of the cream versions of the highlight/contour found in this palette). I don’t think the eyeshadows are worth the additional expense; the shades themselves are dupable, but the formula feels dusty, dry, and sometimes powdery and other times stiffer. They blended out better than I expected, and they lasted seven to eight hours (so not too shabby), but they were more semi-sheer to semi-opaque and prone to sheering out when applied.

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Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette
Kevyn Aucoin Holiday 2015 Makeup Palette The Legacy
C+
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
78%
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Charlotte Tilbury The Huntress + Amber Moon Nocturnal Cat Eyes to Hypnotise Duo

Charlotte Tilbury The Huntress + Amber Moon Nocturnal Cat Eyes to Hypnotise ($39.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a duo that features a powder eyeshadow and a miniature-sized pencil eyeliner. This is one of four duos available (I will review the others).

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Charlotte Tilbury The Huntress + Amber Moon Nocturnal Cat Eyes to Hypnotise
Charlotte Tilbury Nocturnal Cat Eyes to Hypnotise Eye Duo The Huntress + Amber Moon
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
87%
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Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.60 oz.) includes fifteen eyeshadows–twelve that are new, three that are repromotes–housed in a compact palette. It’s a good palette filled with mostly warm-toned neutrals in light and medium shades. The pops of color make it a little less typical, but I’m not sure they were the most suitable shades for this palette. I wish there was more differentiation between some of the shades, particularly in undertone. I personally wish that they had taken more inspiration from the artist’s body of work so that they could create a more versatile palette that would work with more skin tones than such a literal translation of Stefani’s look. If you like the shades and don’t already have a lot of neutral palettes, the quality is there, and the palette is a great value–$228 worth of eyeshadows!

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Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay UD x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette Gwen Stefani
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
87%
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Sephora x Jem and the Holograms Truly Outrageous Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora x Jem and the Holograms Truly Outrageous Eyeshadow Palette ($39.00 for 0.44 oz.) is a set of twenty-four eyeshadows (they’re pretty small, 0.0183 oz. each) with a few neutrals but mostly medium or darker brights and smoky hues. The texture of the eyeshadow formula, generally, was very soft but noticeably powdery; it is easy to kick-up excessive powder in the pan and some shades would sheer out noticeably when applied. Some shades applied nicely on the skin, while the longevity of the formula as a whole was shorter than average (between five and seven hours for me).

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Sephora x Jem and the Holograms Truly Outrageous Eyeshadow Palette
Sephora Collection Jem and the Holograms Eyeshadow Palette Truly Outrageous
C-
Product
7
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
6.5
Application
4
Total
72%
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