Lancome Auda[city] in Paris Eyeshadow Palette

Lancome Auda[city] in Paris Eyeshadow Palette ($68.00 for 0.72 oz.) is a smokier set of shades that mixes cool and warm undertones to create a gradient of color ranging from light gold to smoky purple to matte black. I think the color combination is more unusual but still familiar. The textures were very, very similar to Urban Decay Naked Smoky to me (all owned by the same parent) — the mattes had a thinner, slightly dusty, “noisy” texture; there’s a distinct sound that I can hear when my brush passes across the surface of them that I don’t notice with a lot of other eyeshadows. It applied better than it swatched, and the product seems more buildable than anything else. I felt like my eyelids look a little drier with this formula on. The palette is best paired with your go-to primer, as it will help you get truer-to-pan color and greater intensity, though the wear with most shades was near to the eight-hour mark without a primer. I have a few of these shades as singles from several years ago (so I don’t know if they have reformulated at some point in the last four or five years), but the versions in the palette are less dense and drier to me. The palette itself is large and feels a little bulky, but it contains a lot so I think it is travel-friendly if you don’t midn the weight or are going for a longer trip; and I consistently had a little struggle getting it open (just doesn’t seem to have a good groove to open for my finger/hand size, I guess!).

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Lancome Auda[city] in Paris Eyeshadow Palette
Lancome 16 Shadow & Liner Palette Auda[city] in Paris
C+
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
79%
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MAC Posh Pedigree Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Posh Pedigree Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad ($46.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a set of smoky neutrals that leans neutrla-to-warm but not strongly warm-toned. All four shades have some shimmer to them with three of the four being rather frosted, so for those who prefer less shimmery brow bone highlights or a more matte crease shade, this palette may require additions to work. The texture of most of the shades was quite soft and smooth–less dry than your typical Mineralize Eyeshadow–and pigmentation was true-to-form with sheerer coverage when applied dry, richer coverage when applied with a damp brush. The two darker shades were a little dusty/dry, though, so I didn’t find this as good as Pure Bred. The wear was eight hours across the board before I noticed any signs of fading.

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MAC Posh Pedigree Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad Posh Pedigree
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
88%
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MAC Pure Bred Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Pure Bred Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad ($46.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a set of warmer neutral shades with a more frosted finish overall. It’s a good palette, though everything is dupable, so you may find you have colors like it. I think you’ll want to add-in your go-to brow bone highlighter, as using the lightest shade in this was pretty stark due to the high-shine finish of it! The Mineralize Eyeshadow formula is supposed to have “low to medium coverage” when applied dry and “more intense coverage and colour” when used wet. The texture of these felt a lot smoother than the majority of MAC’s Mineralize Eyeshadow range–they had a really silky, finely-milled consistency that adhered well to the skin and blended out nicely.

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MAC Pure Bred Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad Pure Bred
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
91%
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Guerlain Beaugrenelle Ecrin 6 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Beaugrenelle Ecrin 6 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette ($93.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a set of cooler-toned, blue-leaning shades that range from a silver to blue to navy blue. I’m not keen on the formula Guerlain’s been using in their recent eyeshadow palettes, as it is drier with a dusty feel that makes them prone to fading, sheering out, and generally not apply well. I wish there was more hold to these, and the eyeshadows would bind better so they would be easier to use. At this price point, it leaves me completely disappointed.

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Guerlain Beaugrenelle Ecrin 6 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette
Guerlain L’Ecrin 6 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette Beaugrenelle
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
83%
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Smashbox Photo Op Mega Eyeshadow Palette

Smashbox Photo Op Mega Palette ($69.00 for 1.06 oz.) includes eight eyeshadow trios (so 24 eyeshadows), plus three blushes. There are a variety of finishes from mattes to shimmers, cooler and warmer shades. The palette is one I would recommend using with a primer, as most of the eyeshadows are on the powdery side and just do not perform as well over bare skin as they would over a primer. I liked it, and they were fairly blendable overall, but it’s a better fit for someone who regularly uses primer. It’s also a tremendous value, as you’re getting eight full-sized trios (normally $28 a pop, so $224 in value right there), plus three blushes.

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Smashbox Photo Op Mega Palette
Smashbox Mega Palette Photo Op
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
82%
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Chanel Entrelacs Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Entrelacs Les 5 Ombres de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a set of five shades in the neutral category that range from “light to deep, satiny to matte.” They’re very soft, but they turn powdery and seem to apply softer than they appear in the pan. I think the formula is one that needs a base, probably something with some tackiness, if you want more coverage. If you like a very soft, semi-sheer neutral look, then you may enjoy this palette.

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Chanel Entrelacs Les 5 Ombres de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel Eyeshadow Palette Entrelacs
D+
Product
7
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
7
Application
4
Total
69%
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