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Clarins Rosewood (02) 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette

01/08

Clarins Rosewood (02) 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette

Clarins Rosewood (02) 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette

Clarins Rosewood (02) 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette

Clarins Rosewood (02) 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette

Clarins Rosewood (02) 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette

Clarins Rosewood (02) 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette

Clarins Rosewood (02) 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette

Clarins Rosewood (02) 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette

Rosewood (02)

Clarins Rosewood (02) Eyeshadow Palette ($43.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a sultry set of smoky, mauve shades housed in a gold-hued compact. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because this an updated, reformulated version, except the colors are more different than not from what I’ve seen (I don’t recall having the original). The formula is a wet/dry formulation that’s supposed to be long-wearing.

The texture is much denser and firmer in the pan (but not stiff or difficult to blend out) with greater pigmentation and a smoother, less powdery/dry finish, even when used dry. They reminded me of formulas like Make Up For Ever’s Artist Shadow but not quite as cream-like. This particular set of shades wore fairly well, but I had some issues with the deepest shade when used dry, as it didn’t adhere as well and looked a bit patchy. I liked the finish and intensity of using the shades with a slightly dampened brush more, personally. They are not too different applied dry or damp in coverage, which is good if you don’t typically bother to use a damp brush!

Clarins 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette Rosewood (02)

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Guerlain Coque d’Or (03) Palette 5 Couleurs (Eyeshadow Palette)

01/06

Guerlain Coque d'Or (03) Palette 5 Couleurs

Guerlain Coque d'Or (03) Palette 5 Couleurs

Guerlain Coque d'Or (03) Palette 5 Couleurs

Guerlain Coque d'Or (03) Palette 5 Couleurs

Guerlain Coque d'Or (03) Palette 5 Couleurs

Guerlain Coque d'Or (03) Palette 5 Couleurs

Coque d'Or (03)

Guerlain Coque d’Or (03) Eyeshadow Palette ($69.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a mix of beige, gold, bronze, brown, and green. This was one of the better performing palettes that Guerlain released, though I think the colors are more dupable than not, so at this price point, I would expect near perfection. It was a mix of textures, most of them underwhelming, but a few shades had better pigmentation. The wear was still problematic with shorter wear times than average.

Guerlain Palette 5 Couleurs Coque d'Or (03)
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
72%
Total

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Huda Beauty Rose Gold Textured Shadows Palette

01/10

Huda Beauty Rose Gold Textured Shadows Palette

Huda Beauty Rose Gold Textured Shadows Palette

Huda Beauty Rose Gold Textured Shadows Palette

Huda Beauty Rose Gold Textured Shadows Palette

Huda Beauty Rose Gold Textured Shadows Palette

Huda Beauty Rose Gold Textured Shadows Palette

Huda Beauty Rose Gold Textured Shadows Palette

Huda Beauty Rose Gold Textured Shadows Palette

Huda Beauty Rose Gold Textured Shadows Palette

Huda Beauty Rose Gold Textured Shadows Palette

Rose Gold

Huda Beauty Rose Gold Textured Shadows Palette ($65.00 for 0.63 oz.) contains eighteen eyeshadows with a mix of matte and metallic finishes across mostly warm-toned hues. The metallic eyeshadows are very, very dense, with some being drier and dense and others being creamier and dense. The ones that were drier tended to yield chunkier pieces of product that were difficult to apply to the lid, even using fingers as recommended by the brand. They had a tendency to emphasize the texture of my lid, which made the area appear more wrinkled and thicker/uneven. I was able to apply the metallic shades with a damp, flat synthetic brush (MAC’s 242) as well as with fingertips (but the brush gave me a lot more precision). Some shades lasted around eight hours while a few were more prone to fallout and creasing after six hours of wear.

What I was more surprised by was just how chalky and thin the matte eyeshadows were with some being better and others being worse in practice. I think that the mattes applied better than I expected, but they were quicker to fade and crease within six to seven hours of wear. One shade wasn’t usable at all; the texture felt like velvet, but it yielded almost no coverage at all. It seemed like the pan was so firmly pressed that no powder was able to come off the surface.

I’m not bothered by the use of cardboard for palettes (they absorb impact better than plastic/metal!), even at this price point, but the cardboard used by the brand is some of the lightest weight and cheapest in feel–it felt thin and dented/scuffed easily. Even the clear, plastic lid felt thin and prone to being scratched/dented/torn. For reference, a Z Palette feels 10x sturdier and stronger to me.

Huda Beauty Textured Shadows Palette Rose Gold
Rose Gold
Rose Gold
C-

Limited Edition

6.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
70%
Total

[P.S. — Can you let me know whether you prefer photos/swatches at the end of all the eyeshadows or do you prefer slideshows for each shade? I’ve turned on slideshows for the first three shades. I’d love to hear your feedback, and then I’ll make sure to adjust the post (and future palette posts) to be consistent with that. I am worried that with just two photos it is unnecessary/too tedious. For those who never want slideshows, just click “show all” whenever you see a slideshow 🙂 Thank you!

Update: Feedback has been strongly in favor of slideshows, so I have made it so they are all on, but I’m happy to still get feedback in support of either side!]

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Guerlain Rose Barbare (01) Palette 5 Couleurs (Eyeshadow Palette)

01/06

Guerlain Rose Barbare (01) Palette 5 Couleurs

Guerlain Rose Barbare (01) Palette 5 Couleurs

Guerlain Rose Barbare (01) Palette 5 Couleurs

Guerlain Rose Barbare (01) Palette 5 Couleurs

Guerlain Rose Barbare (01) Palette 5 Couleurs

Guerlain Rose Barbare (01) Palette 5 Couleurs

Rose Barbare (01)

Guerlain Rose Barbare (01) Eyeshadow Palette ($69.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a pink and purple themed palette that contains five shades. I’m beyond disappointed in the formula that Guerlain created for their more recently released eyeshadow palettes; it is just so powdery, dusty, dry, and hard to use. I used it over primer, and it was still a total pain to apply and looked uneven, patchy, and faded. I felt like primer just made the mess wear longer, but it did little to make it look better, and I did try several types of primer. The only base that worked decently was a tackier, slightly wet base, which gave the powdery formula more to cling to.

Guerlain Palette 5 Couleurs Rose Barbare (01)
6
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
5.5
Texture
5.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
62%
Total

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Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles Holiday Eye Color Palette

01/09

Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles Holiday 2016 Eye Color Palette

Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles Holiday 2016 Eye Color Palette

Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles Holiday 2016 Eye Color Palette

Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles Holiday 2016 Eye Color Palette

Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles Holiday 2016 Eye Color Palette

Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles Holiday 2016 Eye Color Palette

Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles Holiday 2016 Eye Color Palette

Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles Holiday 2016 Eye Color Palette

Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles Holiday 2016 Eye Color Palette

Les Annees Folles

Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles Holiday Eye Color Palette ($125.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a new, limited edition holiday palette that features eight eyeshadows. Each row of eyeshadows is actually removeable and can be put into one of the brand’s quad compacts. The formula was very finely-milled, but it was so soft that it was prone to sheering out as it was a little thin and dusty, though the formula blended well on the skin. If you’re someone who wants very true-to-pan color and intense coverage that lasts, you’ll likely be disappointed with this palette. If you’re someone who likes softer, more muted takes on color and doesn’t mind using an eyeshadow primer, it might be more in your wheelhouse (but it is undoubtedly expensive, so there are numerous other options that are more versatile–e.g. capable of delivering intense pigmentation but can also be sheered down).

Cle de Peau Holiday 2016 Eye Color Palette Les Annees Folles
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
74%
Total

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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Warm Eye Compact

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Warm Eye Compact
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Warm Eye Compact

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Warm Eye Compact ($39.50 for 0.27 oz.) includes nine eyeshadows in warmer hues. MAC’s eyeshadow palettes for the holidays definitely leave something to be desired, and unfortunately, this was a continuation on that theme. There are better neutral palettes available, even MAC’s 15-pan pre-made neutral palettes are better.

Value

  • Eyeshadow: $16.00 for 0.05 oz. or $320.00/oz.
  • Total Value: $86.40

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