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Lancome Audacity in London Eyeshadow Palette

01/10

Lancome Audacity in London 16 Shadow & Liner Palette

Lancome Audacity in London 16 Shadow & Liner Palette

Lancome Audacity in London 16 Shadow & Liner Palette

Lancome Audacity in London 16 Shadow & Liner Palette

Lancome Audacity in London 16 Shadow & Liner Palette

Lancome Audacity in London 16 Shadow & Liner Palette

Lancome Audacity in London 16 Shadow & Liner Palette

Lancome Audacity in London 16 Shadow & Liner Palette

Lancome Audacity in London 16 Shadow & Liner Palette

Lancome Audacity in London 16 Shadow & Liner Palette

Audacity in London

Lancome Audacity in London Eyeshadow Palette ($69.00 for 0.576 oz.) includes 16 eyeshadows and most of them are terrible. Even when they swatched decently–which is probably being generous–they applied worse on the lid, as the thin, dusty textures did no favors on my lids. The eyeshadows applied unevenly, patchily, and often looked like faded versions of the way they did in the pan, which meant that they tended to muddy and lose contrast as they are more muted colors to begin. If the palette was actually pigmented, blendable, long-wearing, and easy to use, the color scheme would be more unique. Instead, we have a palette that does little well.

The brand describes the eyeshadows are “ultra-creamy” with “high-pigment metallics” that can be used as a top coat or on “the whole lid for a dramatic, glitter effect.” If the eyeshadows were more blendable and less prone to fading, it might work for someone who likes sheer washes of color, but I just think the formula is poorly done across the board. Some of the eyeshadows felt really firm and chalk-like; they were noisy eyeshadows as they felt so dry and were so thin on the skin.

The four shades that are positioned horizontally in the palette are just massive glitterbombs with seemingly little binder, and they did not work alone or patted over one of the other eyeshadows unless applied with a glitter adhesive. I tried them over three primers–MAC Paint Pot, Smashbox 24HR Primer, Too Faced Shadow Insurance–and the performance was still dismal over a primer. It is funny, because a lot of high-end brands use a creamier, almost wet-like formula with their glitter eyeshadows these days, which may not be foolproof or yield fallout-free wear yet, they are usable and function decently without a primer.

Lancome 16 Shadow & Liner Palette Audacity in London
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Smashbox Smoky Cover Shot Eye Palette

01/08

Smashbox Smoky Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smashbox Smoky Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smashbox Smoky Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smashbox Smoky Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smashbox Smoky Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smashbox Smoky Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smashbox Smoky Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smashbox Smoky Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smoky

Smashbox Smoky Cover Shot Eye Palette ($29.00 for 0.27 oz.) is a small, travel-friendly palette that features a smoky take on earth shades of brown, plum, green, and gray. The formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented” with a “beyond blendable” texture. All eight shades had good pigmentation, were fairly blendable, and wore for seven to eight hours. Some shades were a touch dusty, which may have resulted in a bit of fallout during application or shorter-wear, but overall, the palette was easy to use, and the colors chosen make sense within the theme.

Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palette Smoky
Smoky
Smoky
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

Urban Decay Afterdark Eyeshadow Palette

01/16

Urban Decay Afterdark 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Afterdark 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Afterdark 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Afterdark 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Afterdark 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Afterdark 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Afterdark 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Afterdark 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Afterdark 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Afterdark 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Afterdark 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Afterdark 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Afterdark 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Afterdark 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Afterdark 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Afterdark 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Afterdark

Urban Decay Afterdark Eyeshadow Palette ($49.00 for 0.60 oz.) contains ten shimmery eyeshadows from white gold to deep navy. There are three “cult favorites” and seven “new” shades, and if you have a few palettes and singles from the brand, “new” might very well be “old.” I definitely noticed a few shades shared more than a few similarities to past releases! This palette is limited and edition and exclusive to Sephora with an online release date of December 20th and an in-store release date of January 27th.

The quality of the palette is good, and it is one of the better pre-made palettes from the brand in the last year. This is likely due to that their shimmers are often where they shine, and these are all very shimmery. All ten shades had good pigmentation, longer-wear (seven to eight hours), were easy to blend and apply to bare skin, and worked well with each other. You may find yourself reaching for other palettes or singles in order to get more variety in finishes and for highlighting/transitioning shades. The other downside is that the shift in some shades is quite subtle and definitely not noticeable on the lid. I’d also like to reiterate that Backfire looks completely different in this palette than the single I have from its initial release.

Urban Decay 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette Afterdark
Afterdark
Afterdark
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
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Tarte Tarteist Pro to Go Eyeshadow Palette

01/08

Tarte Tarteist Pro to Go Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte Tarteist Pro to Go Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte Tarteist Pro to Go Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte Tarteist Pro to Go Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte Tarteist Pro to Go Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte Tarteist Pro to Go Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte Tarteist Pro to Go Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte Tarteist Pro to Go Eyeshadow Palette

Tarteist

Tarte Tarteist Pro to Go Eyeshadow Palette (#23.00 for 0.18 oz.) includes three matte eyeshadows and three shimmer eyeshadows, which all ran warm in undertone. It’s a compact, cardboard palette that is slim and portable. The palette felt compact without feeling tiny, and the pans were a good size and fit my eye brushes without issue. I liked the way the eyeshadows applied, but the mattes would perform better over a primer (better wear and more payoff from the get-go) as is often the case with Tarte’s matte formula. The shimmery eyeshadows worked well over bare skin as well as over primer, but primer did not feel necessary except for really long-wear.

Tarte Pro to Go Eyeshadow Palette Tarteist
Tarteist
Tarteist
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Palette

01/09

Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Palette

White

Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Palette ($26.00 for 0.25 oz.) includes 11 eyeshadows in a small, compact case. I had no trouble getting an average-sized eyeshadow brush into each pan, but the quality of the palette was actually surprisingly bad–there was a cheapness to the formula that made colors look lighter and more white-based to the point where half the shades looked alike once on the lid. This was compounded by the fact that the palette itself lacks variety; a lot of light and light-medium shades and the one really dark shade (which ends up making more work for you as it was so difficult to blend and keep to small areas due to how dusty it was).

I have found that Too Faced’s formula tends to require eyeshadow primer to adhere and last awhile, but I can normally apply and get something decent without primer; these looked like utter garbage even over primer (like I just threw and rubbed glitter and pearl on my lid with no differentiation between colors). As I tested the palette, all I could think was, “Did Too Faced even try?” This palette made their holiday palettes–which weren’t so hot–look like winners. The funniest part is that there are several repeated shades from one of the holiday palettes, and they were better in that palette than they were here.

Too Faced Chocolate Chip Palette White
White
White
6
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
6
Longevity
3.5
Application
66%
Total

NARS Unfiltered II Cheek Palette

01/07

NARS Unfiltered II Spring 2017 Cheek Palette

NARS Unfiltered II Spring 2017 Cheek Palette

NARS Unfiltered II Spring 2017 Cheek Palette

NARS Unfiltered II Spring 2017 Cheek Palette

NARS Unfiltered II Blush Palette | Ingredients List

NARS Unfiltered II Spring 2017 Cheek Palette

NARS Unfiltered II Spring 2017 Cheek Palette

Unfiltered II

NARS Unfiltered II Cheek Palette ($59.00 for 0.72 oz.) includes six shades of blushes with a mix of finishes (matte, high shimmer, and satin) and colors (pinks, peaches, and plum). I think that the shades in this palette are a little more dupable compared to Unfiltered I, and they run light to medium (though one shade is deeper) and will show up better on fair to medium complexions. Overall, the palette was pigmented, long-wearing, and fairly blendable.

NARS Spring 2017 Cheek Palette Unfiltered II

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