MAC Call of the Canyon Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Call of the Canyon Eyeshadow Quad ($33.00 for 0.19 oz.) includes four shades of warmer, neutral tones. All four are new and limited edition to this quad. Overall, the palette was pretty easy to use to create a cohesive look out of, with the darkest shade being the weakest as it had a duster, sheerer texture. Only one shade was really good, though, and they are more dupable shades (except the darkest one), so there are better-performing options out there.

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MAC Call of the Canyon Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Eyeshadow Quad Call of the Canyon
C+
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
79%
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MAC Wild Horses Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Wild Horses Eyeshadow Quad ($33.00 for 0.19 oz.) includes four shades–two of which are part of the permanent range. The blue is an interesting addition, as it is a very neutral set of shades otherwise. It had good quality overall with nice color payoff and eight-hour wear.

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MAC Wild Horses Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Eyeshadow Quad Wild Horses
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
88%
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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 Summer 2016 Eye Palette Extreme Neutrals
B-
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
80%
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Viseart Boheme Dream (Ribbons Boheme) Eyeshadow Palette

Viseart Boheme Dream Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00 for 0.84 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette for summer that features a slightly lighter (almost pastel-like but not quite light enough, at least not to me) take on a “brights” palette. All twelve shades are shimmery, and they vary from pearly to metallic (most are somewhere between frost and metallic). The twelve shades do work together to create looks, but you’ll likely want to add-in your favorite mattes/satins to get more dimension and depth out of the palette. The color payoff was good to great with soft, blendable texture that wore well; a few shades were a little looser in press (not quite as dense as the metallic shades in the newer Theory palettes) but were all easy to work with on the lid.

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Viseart Boheme Dream Eyeshadow Palette
Viseart Eyeshadow Palette Boheme Dream (Ribbons Boheme)
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
94%
Limited Edition
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Tom Ford Bicoastal Sheer Cheek Duo

Tom Ford Bicoastal Sheer Cheek Duo ($78.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a new, limited edition blush duo for summer that uses a wet/dry formula. According to the brand, the blush “can be applied wet for a soft veil of color” or “dry for a sweeping pop of vibrancy.” Both shades were fairly pigmented applied dry, but both intensified and were much more opaque when applied damp. They were less blendable when applied with a damp brush (the darker shade was less forgiving). The wear dry was eight to eight and a half hours, and the wear damp was eight and a half hours (for both shades). Forgetting that it’s supposed to be sheer when applied damp, it’s a nice blush duo, and I think that for those who don’t want to bother with damp application, the dry application is actually where the blushes shine best.

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Tom Ford Bicoastal Sheer Cheek Duo
Tom Ford Beauty Sheer Cheek Duo Bicoastal
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
88%
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Viseart Chroma Theory Palette

Viseart Chroma Theory Palette ($45.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a subdued set of neutral tones with three matte and three metallic eyeshadows. The Theory palettes are housed in smooth cardboard that open up with a ribbon-esque pull-tab and reveal the six pans held in a plastic container. Each pan is 0.07 oz., which is the same size as the larger 12-pan Viseart palettes; the Theory palettes are slightly more expensive at $45 (compared to $80) , which works out to be $107.14/oz. for the Theory palette eyeshadows vs. $95.24/oz. for the 12-pan palette eyeshadows. The Theory palettes are more cohesive as all-in-one palettes as the finishes and tone vary more than the larger palettes (which were designed to be used with other palettes). The pans are removable and seem held in by magnet, but there are no labels on the bottom, so you might want to DIY labels. It’s a slightly warmer take on a smoky eye with more taupe-like grays than silver-like grays, but you have the very cool-toned white shade that can be used to lighten and give a cooler cast when mixed or layered with other shades.

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Viseart Chroma Theory Palette
Viseart Theory Palette Chroma
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
92%
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