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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ColourPop Vixen Lippie Stix Set

ColourPop Vixen Lippie Stix Set ($30.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a limited edition set of six shades for the holidays. I liked the selection of shades, and I appreciate that there is a variety in the finishes (nice to see another shimmery shade from ColourPop!), but two of the six were stiffer and drier to use, which was disappointing.

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ColourPop Vixen Lippie Stix Set
Colour Pop Lippie Stix Set Vixen
B+
Product
8
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
9.5
Application
4.5
Total
88%
Limited Edition
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ColourPop Fauncy Creme Gel Colour Collection

ColourPop Fauncy Creme Gel Colour Set ($33.00 for 0.36 oz.) includes three eyeliner pencils and three gel eyeliners (in pots); all six shades are limited edition. This was a bit of a mixed bag; none of these were super pigmented in one stroke, with some that layered better than others. They are more unique in color, though, particularly Frill and Soiree.

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ColourPop Fauncy Creme Gel Colour Set
Colour Pop Crème Gel Colour Collection Fauncy
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
83%
Limited Edition
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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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