Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

LORAC Dream Girl Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Dream Girl Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Dream Girl Eyeshadow Palette ($24.00 for 0.70 oz.) includes ten eyeshadows, with two of those being oversized (the “highlighters”) in a range of neutrals and pops of color with the palette leaning warm in undertone. Some of the shades were easy to use, while others were prone to sheering out when applied to bare skin and really needed an eyeshadow primer or slightly tacky white base to pop/look their best.

Dream Girl #1 is a buttery, yellow gold with warm undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had a soft, denser texture that was smooth and blendable on the skin while adhering well. It wore well for eight hours. bareMinerals Standing O (P, ) is less shimmery. Hourglass Color Field #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. MAC Canter (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Brass Knuckles (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Gucci Beauty Antique Gold (P, $37.00) is darker, cooler. Anastasia Legend (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Golden Hours #3 (LE, $21.00) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #4 (LE, ) is darker, warmer. MAC Captivating #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer. bareMinerals Rising Star (LE, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dream Girl #2 is a medium-dark brown with warm, orange undertones and a satin finish. The texture was somewhat powdery, so it had sheerer color coverage on the skin. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Viseart Marais (P, ) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Riff (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. Viseart Brique (P, ) is darker, brighter. Colour Pop Desert (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever S706 Milk Toffee (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Sable Riche (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker. Dior Atlantique #5 (LE, ) is darker. Disney by Sephora Bazaar (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. MAC One to Watch (P, $21.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dream Girl #3 is a light-medium coral-orange with a pearly, golden sheen. It had so-so pigmentation with a dusty consistency that made it prone to sheering out when applied. It started to fade after seven hours of wear. MAC Paradisco (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. MAC Paradisco (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #6 (P, ) is darker, cooler. Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #2 (P, ) is darker, cooler. Urban Decay Freelove (P, $18.00) is cooler. Makeup Geek Cosmopolitan (P, $5.99) is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dream Girl #4 is a muted, medium-dark bluish-teal with a mostly matte finish. The texture was powdery and thin, which made this apply poorly on bare skin. It was better patted over another shade or else applied over an eyeshadow primer or white base. It showed signs of fading after six and a half hours on me. Makeup Geek Shark Bait (P, $5.99) is darker. theBalm C2 (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Inglot #338 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dream Girl #5 is a light-medium, golden copper with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had a really soft consistency that made it prone to thickening on the skin if you over-applied, so I highly recommend using less than you think you need, as it is quite pigmented with little product. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours. Makeup Geek Untamed (P, $9.99) is darker, brighter. Colour Pop KathleenLights (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Unleashed (P, ) is darker, warmer. Tarte Candlelit Dinner (LE, ) is darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Butterum (LE, ) is warmer. Make Up For Ever ME700 Amber (P, $21.00) is lighter. LORAC Nude #2 (LE, ) is darker. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #3 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Exquisite Ego #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Brownluxe #3 (P, ) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dream Girl #6 is a brightened, medium lavender purple with warm, pink undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. There was micro-glitter in this shade, so there was some fall out over time, though the underlying color lasted for eight hours.
Make Up For Ever D926 Blueberry (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. NARS Parallel Universe (Right) (LE, $24.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Dasher (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. Too Faced Live It Up (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. L’Oreal With a Twist (LE, $7.99) is darker. MAC Tropica (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler. MAC Cheers My Dear (LE, $21.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Light Violet (LE, $32.50) is lighter. MAC Butterfly Party (LE, $32.50) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dream Girl #7 is a softened, light-medium olive green with warm, golden pearl. It had decent color payoff, though it had a drier, thinner consistency that made it easily sheered out on the skin without a base. Makeup Geek Jester (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Kelp (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Poison Ivy (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, darker. MAC 2 Dozen and One Greyhounds (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler. Cle de Peau Stardust #2 (P, ) is darker. theBalm #16 (P, $6.50) is darker. Make Up For Ever I324 Bronze Khaki (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Tarina Tarantino Dandy Lion (LE, ) is darker. Gucci Beauty Mosaic (P, $37.00) is darker. Colour Pop Mirage (LE, $5.00) is lighter. Hourglass Color Field #4 (P, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dream Girl #8 is a dark bronzy brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had nice pigmentation with a soft, slightly dense texture that really needs to be pressed into the skin and must be laid down prior to any other shades. When I tried to blend it over a more satiny shade (from the palette), it applied as a crumbly brown and was harder to blend. The color wore well for eight hours. Zoeva Subtle Blend (P, ) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Aladdin’s Lamp (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Reign (LE, $18.00) is darker. Too Faced Cinnamon Sugar (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Snakebite (LE, $18.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Radar (P, $18.00) is cooler. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #3 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Le Metier de Beaute Autumn Rust (LE, $30.00) is darker. Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #4 (P, $30.00) is warmer. MAC Woodwinked (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Bronze (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Too Faced Brown Sugar (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Too Faced Haute Chocolate (LE, $16.00) is darker. bareMinerals Embellish (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dream Girl #9 is a brightened, subtly warm-toned white with a frosted sheen. It was very pigmented with a dense, buttery consistency that adhered well to bare skin and lasted for eight hours. Buxom Diamond Darling (P, $12.00) is less shimmery. MAC Smoky Black Friday #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Tarina Tarantino Dreamy #1 (P, ) is less shimmery. Too Faced Famous in a Small Town (P, $16.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Lunar Lights (P, ) is less shimmery, warmer. Too Faced La Croisette (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Viseart Yves (P, ) is more shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dream Girl #10 is a light peach with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had a softer, blendable texture that was a little dusty on the skin and faded after seven and a half hours of wear. theBalm D2 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Summer Honey (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #2 (P, ) is darker, warmer. theBalm #18 (P, $6.50) is warmer. theBalm #14 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker. Kat Von D Precious (LE, ) is darker. Chanel Tisse Venitien #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever I524 Pinky Beige (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Beige (P, ) is less shimmery, warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #2 (LE, ) is darker. Guerlain Les Precieux #2 (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Bouffant (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Cle de Peau Silver Eclipse #1 (P, ) is lighter, brighter. NARS Valhalla (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer. Tarte Champagne Bubble Bath (LE, ) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, June 8th, 2015

LORAC Pro Contour Palette
LORAC Pro Contour Palette

LORAC Pro Contour Palette ($45.00 for 0.74 oz.) includes three highlighters and three contouring powders. Five of the powders are matte, while one of the highlighters is frosted. The shimmery highlighter and medium contour powder are larger than the other four shades. It comes in a slim, cardboard packaging like the rest of the Pro palette range, plus a contouring brush, which is a nice, synthetic brush that doesn’t feel scratchy and blends fairly well. It seems to pick up a lot of product, even with a light hand, so those who prefer a subtler contour may want to choose another brush, while it doesn’t work as well for highlight placement. The powders are supposed to be “ultra-pigmented” and “blendable.” The texture of all of the powders is comparable to LORAC’s spring blush palette as well as their eyeshadows: very silky, finely-milled, and smooth but kicks up excess powder easily, so it can seem powdery.

It’s extremely similar to Kat Von D’s Shade + Light Contour PalettE, though these were even more matte (in general) and LORAC’s palette contains an overtly shimmery highlighter. Kat Von D’s palette doesn’t include a brush (though she has one designed for the palette) and is $45/0.72 oz., so they’re similarly sized, but you’ll find the six shades in Shade + Light are the same size.

Beige Highlight is a light beige with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky texture that was smooth but prone to kicking up excess powder, though it never looked powdery on the skin. From what I could tell (it doesn’t show up well on my skin tone), it lasted for eight hours. Too Faced Light Cocoa (P, ) is more shimmery, brighter. Kat Von D Lucid (P, ) is lighter, brighter. Dolce and Gabbana Eva (P, $51.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Light Contour is a light-medium brown with rosy, subtly warm undertones and a matte finish. It had excellent pigmentation with a really soft, smooth texture that was blendable on the skin and lasted for nine hours. Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P, ) is lighter, cooler. Kat Von D Sombre (P, ) is lighter, cooler. Inglot #504 (P, $15.00) is darker, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Yellow Highlight is a muted, light yellow with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, silky consistency that was blendable on the skin, but it did kick up a lot of excess powder in the pan, so use a very light touch to minimize waste. It wore well for eight hours on me. Dolce and Gabbana Eva (P, $51.00) is lighter, more muted. Kat Von D Levitation (P, ) is darker, warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Highlight (P, ) is darker, more pigmented, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Deep Contour is a subdued, dark brown with slight warm, reddish undertones and a mostly matte finish. The texture was soft to the touch with a silky, finely-milled feel that was slightly powdery if you weren’t careful, but it didn’t look powdery on the skin. I had a little trouble blending out this shade, which may have been the result of this one not adhering as well to bare skin as the other powders. I tried three different times, and I had to use a different brush (something more feathery) than the included brush in order to get a more blended out look. It wore well for nine hours on me. Kat Von D Subconscious (P, ) is warmer. Kevyn Aucoin Medium (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Coffee Walnut (LE, $20.00) is darker, glossier. Marc Jacobs Beauty Contour (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Medium (P, ) is lighter, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Shimmer Highlight is a pale, pink-tinged white with a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky texture that wasn’t too powdery to work with. It didn’t emphasize pores, though this one doesn’t smooth them out either. It’s more than just luminous, as you can see the shimmer particles. You can also mute the shimmer by dusting one of the more matte highlight powders on top. This shade lasted for eight hours on me. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is darker, warmer. Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder (LE, $72.00) is less shimmery. MAC Too Chic (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Luminous (P, $29.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Camelia de Plumes (LE, $76.00) is more shimmery, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Medium Contour is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation that went on smoothly and evenly, while the texture was silky and blendable. Like the other shades, the consistency is so soft that it is easy to kick up powder in the pan, but it didn’t look powdery or cakey applied to the skin. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on me. MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is cooler. Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P, ) is lighter. Kat Von D Shadowplay (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Kevyn Aucoin Medium (P, $44.00) is darker, cooler. Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Medium (P, ) is more shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty Contour (P, ) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette
Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette

Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette ($21.50 / €17.50 for 0.50 oz.) features ten eyeshadows in various warm-toned hues ranging from beige to plum to copper. Zoeva is a German brand, though they ship worldwide (but U.S. readers, there’s a $16 flat rate shipping fee) — the brand caught my eye with those rose gold brush sets they have, and a friend shared swatches of another one of their palettes (not this one) that made me particularly curious to try the brand when they sent their newest palette for possible review. The palette has a good mix of finishes, so you can play with shimmers or add depth with more matte shades. Most of the eyeshadows had good color payoff and were blendable on bare skin with good longevity (seven to nine hours). There were a few of shades that could have been better in texture (one was too soft and a little crumbly, two were firmer). The palette’s biggest downfall is that it is dupable, which is also an upside if you’ve been looking for dupes of higher-end warm-toned eyeshadows.

If you’ve tried Zoeva before, do let me know what you think I should try and add to my ever-growing order! I definitely want to try out some of their other palettes after trying this one.

Bitter Start is a light beige with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque coverage with a soft, silky texture that was blendable on the skin without looking chalky. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. By no means unique, this is a fairly typical beige, so there are plenty of dupes for this one! MAC Vanilla (P, $16.00) is brighter. MAC Vanilla (P, $16.00) is brighter. L’Oreal Endless Pearl (P, $7.99) is darker. Urban Decay Anonymous (LE, $18.00) is brighter. Laura Mercier Buttercream (P, $23.00) is brighter. Laura Mercier Buttercream (P, $23.00) is brighter. theBalm #24 (P, $6.50) is darker. Kat Von D Lifelike (P, ) is brighter. Too Faced Rockabilly (P, $16.00) is brighter. Too Faced Meow (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Too Faced Rockabilly (P, $16.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Righteous (LE, $18.00) is warmer. LORAC Nude #1 (LE, ) is warmer. MAC Light Study (LE, $16.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Baby Face (P, $5.99) is warmer. Note: First 15 dupes listed, view all dupes: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sweeter End is a heavily gold-shimmered peach with a hint of pink. The texture was so soft that it was powdery, almost crumbly, so I would recommend applying it in sheerer layers or with a flatter, firm synthetic brush, which will give you more control. It’s quite pigmented, and in practice, after tapping off the excess, it was fairly easy to work with. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. MAC Naked Lunch (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Jest (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #1 (P, ) is lighter, cooler. bareMinerals Future (P, ) is lighter, brighter. Kat Von D Killing Jar (P, ) is warmer. Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (P, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (P, $21.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Last Sin (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery. Hello Kitty Apple Pie (LE, ) is lighter. NARS Valhalla (P, $24.00) is lighter. Lancome My French #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Cle de Peau Baby Universe #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Makeup Geek Starry Eyed (P, $9.99) is warmer. Makeup Geek Starry Eyed (P, $9.99) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Warm Notes is a rich, brightened cranberry red with warm, copper brown undertones and a metallic finish. It was intensely pigmented with a really dense, almost thick-feeling, consistency that adhered well to the skin (lasted for nine hours!). Use less than you’d think, as over-application can cause it to thicken a little on the lid. MAC Cranberry (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Inglot #452 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker. NARS Desdemona (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, more muted, cooler. Make Up For Ever D826 Fig (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler. Urban Decay Alchemy (LE, $18.00) is brighter, cooler. Anastasia Sangria (P, $12.00) is less shimmery. MAC Plummed (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Showtime (P, $9.99) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #3 (LE, ) is more muted. Buxom Wild Nights (P, $12.00) is cooler. Anastasia Pink Sapphire (LE, $12.00) is darker, more muted, cooler. Urban Decay Last Call (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. MAC Heritage Rouge (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler. Makeup Geek Enchanted (P, $6.99) is less shimmery. Sleek MakeUP A Vow in Venice (LE, $9.99) is less shimmery, cooler. First 15 dupes listed, view all dupes: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Subtle Blend is a medium-dark, golden bronze brown with warm, yellow undertones and a pearly sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a soft, smooth, buttery consistency that was so easy to apply and blend out on the skin. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing slightly. MAC A Harvest of Greens #2 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, more muted, less pigmented. LORAC Nude #6 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever D640 Golden Snake (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. Make Up For Ever ME658 Golden Brown (P, $21.00) is darker. Tarte Keepsake Frame (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer. Makeup Geek Poker Face (P, $6.99) is brighter. Anastasia Topaz (P, $12.00) is lighter. LORAC Smokey Topaz (LE, ) is lighter, more muted, cooler. Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. Too Faced Biscotti (LE, $16.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Pretentious (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, darker. Burberry Gold #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Colour Pop Eve (LE, $5.00) is cooler. Too Faced Frosting (P, $16.00) is warmer. First 15 dupes listed, view all dupes: See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

Beans are White is a blackened brown with neutral-to-cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. This was the biggest miss in the palette, as it had a much firmer press and was harder to get color payoff out of it. I also found it harder to blend on bare skin, but if you use primer, it will be less noticeable. It lasted for eight hours before fading. Inglot #329 (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Dance in the Dark (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Midnight Flurry (LE, $16.00) is darker. NARS Coconut Grove (P, $24.00) is warmer. theBalm Matt Ramirez (LE, $16.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Boardroom (LE, ) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty She Wolf #1 (LE, ) is warmer. Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick #4 (P, ) is lighter. Laura Mercier Espresso (LE, $23.00) is brighter, warmer. LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, ) is more muted. Anastasia Deep Brown (P, $12.00) is darker. Tarte Wind Down Brown (LE, ) is brighter. Tarte Dim the Lights (LE, ) is cooler. Tarte Ice Cream Cone (LE, ) is warmer. Too Faced Sexpresso (P, $16.00) is warmer. First 15 dupes listed, view all dupes: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Pure Ganache is a light-medium, golden copper with warm, orange undertones and a metallic sheen. It had fantastic color payoff with a really smooth, soft-to-the-touch feel that translated to easy-to-apply, blendable color on the skin. This shade stayed on well for eight and a half hours. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #10 (P, $9.99) is lighter. MAC Exquisite Ego #2 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. theBalm #21 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, lighter. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #7 (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #3 (LE, ) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #5 (LE, ) is warmer. Hourglass Graphite #2 (P, ) is lighter, brighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Butterum (LE, ) is lighter, brighter, warmer. Sephora + Pantone Universe Toasted Nut (LE, ) is lighter, brighter, warmer. Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is warmer. Ardency Inn Copper (P, $21.00) is darker. LORAC Nude #2 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. Make Up For Ever ME728 Copper Red (P, $21.00) is brighter. Too Faced Bon Bon #2 (P, $16.00) is lighter. Too Faced Caramel (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. First 15 dupes listed, view all dupes: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Substitute for Love is a medium-dark, orange-brown with a mostly matte finish and a dusting of what appears to be gold shimmer that really seems to be invisible whether swatched on the arm or applied to the eye. The texture was soft, silky, and blendable without being powdery on the skin. It wore well for eight hours on me. bareMinerals Fire (P, ) is more shimmery. MAC Saddle (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Inglot #122R Middle (P, $6.00) is brighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild To Muse and Carouse #2 (LE, $2.29) is darker. Makeup Geek Creme Brulee (P, $5.99) is lighter, more muted. Makeup Geek Latte (P, $5.99) is more muted. Make Up For Ever M664 Fawn (P, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever M650 Cookie (P, $21.00) is lighter. Anastasia Bengal (P, $12.00) is lighter. Anastasia Caramel (P, $12.00) is lighter. Too Faced Peanut Butter (P, $16.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Riff (P, $18.00) is lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Chutney (LE, ) is brighter. Too Faced Honey Butter (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Too Faced Chocolate Cookie (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Freshly Toasted is a muted, medium-dark reddish brown with warm, orange-red undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation with a soft, silky texture that was a smidgen on the powdery side, but it was very blendable on the skin and still adhered well to bare lids evenly. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. MAC Brown Script (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Soft Brown (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. Sleek MakeUP Propose in Prague (LE, $9.99) is lighter. Laura Mercier Truffle (P, $23.00) is darker, more muted. Too Faced Semi-Sweet (P, $16.00) is darker, more muted. Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear (P, $5.99) is warmer. Make Up For Ever M600 Pink Brown (P, $21.00) is more muted. Make Up For Ever M656 Chestnut (P, $21.00) is warmer. Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #4 (P, ) is darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Hot Chocolate (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Infusion is a blackened brown with subtle, warm undertones and a golden satin finish. There were little bits of gold shimmer that were visible on the lid (they weren’t quite large enough to be sparkles, so I think that’s why they combined better). The texture was a little firm in the pan, but it wasn’t too difficult to blend on the lid. MAC Rising Passions (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Night Whisper (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Amberluxe #5 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Pepper, Please (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Anastasia Black Diamond (P, $12.00) is darker. MAC Well Put Together (LE, $16.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Delicate Acidity is a medium-dark, taupe brown with warm undertones and an almost plum-like leaning. It had a more pearly sheen with good color payoff that applied evenly and smoothly to the skin. It lasted for eight and a half hours before fading. Dior House of Pinks #4 (LE, ) is lighter. Tarte Steel the Scene (LE, ) is lighter. Makeup Geek Prom Night (P, $5.99) is cooler. Anastasia Custom (P, $12.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever I544 Pink Granite (P, $21.00) is lighter, more muted. Illamasqua Mystify (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Illamasqua Mystify (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Fall in Lust (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Smokey Grey (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler. Sleek MakeUP Paradise on Earth (P, $9.99) is warmer. Urban Decay Mugshot (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Phresh Out #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler. Urban Decay Bust (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo (P, $18.00) is darker. Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna #2 (P, ) is lighter. First 15 dupes listed, view all dupes: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette ($54.00 for 0.60 oz.) is a set of cooler-toned shades ranging from beige to black with a definite slant towards grayish tones. The eyeshadows are arranged by finish from most shimmery to least shimmery. The formula feels different than previous Urban Decay releases; it feels noticeably drier and almost chalky to me, especially in the more satin/matte shades, and the press feels firmer. In a way, they remind me of the dryness I felt in the holiday palettes of last year, but the firmer press resulted in less excess powder kicked up all over the place when used and less fall out during application. They almost feel more like Too Faced or LORAC eyeshadows, though LORAC has a silkier feel overall. This texture made it particularly difficult to use them without primer, and I’ve been able to use the prior releases reasonably well (some better than others) without primer (and in general, I can do so with the majority of Urban Decay’s eyeshadows from the permanent line). For summer, the brand added several new brightly-colored eyeshadows that I was easily able to use without primer (see this post), but this was not workable on bare skin. The texture of these is nothing like the individual shades launched for summer and don’t really feel like any past iteration of their formula. Whether or not it is accurate, the texture and performance feels like a cheapening of the Urban Decay eyeshadow formula on the whole but at the very least, I’ve lost a lot of faith in their ability to put together a high-quality, high-value palette based on the recent palette releases.

One of the brand’s best matte eyeshadows (to me), Tyranny, was in the Urban Decay’s Pulp Fiction Palette, as it was smooth, velvety, and incredibly blendable with little work, while still retaining their color payoff over bare skin (no primer) — and the more recently added Beware and Riff were much easier to use. The mattes here tended to turn patchy when I applied to them in my crease, and they were harder to blend out as they applied unevenly and wouldn’t really go anywhere from there. The satins and mattes were prone to fading and fall out just sitting there; I put Dagger on the middle of my lid, went to apply color to the outer lid/crease, and it had gone from a deeper, bluish-gray to a faded, light-medium gray within twenty minutes. Really packing it on with a flat, synthetic brush (I used MAC’s 242) seemed to intensify it and keep it there a bit longer, but it just seems to settle into a more faded presence within a few minutes, and that’s the state it is in for the next several hours. The more shimmery shades were easier to use (shimmery finishes seem to have better or more binding agents in them that help them in the quest to apply to bare skin), but two of them have micro-glitter and the drier formula seemed to result in a greater amount of glitter fall out over time. I had the best luck applying everything with a flatter, firmer brush (I used the 242) and really pressing the eyeshadows onto the skin and gently lifting it away and doing blending towards the end with a very light hand. However, I think that using an eyeshadow primer is a must-have; it took 45 minutes per look to even get it to be that blended (and it’s not blended–both looks using this palette without primer are disappointing) and only 20 minutes over primer (and infinitely less frustrating).

Occasionally, I am asked why I don’t test eyeshadows with primer, and the reason is that many brands promise the moon and deliver a sliver of the moon instead. Take Urban Decay’s description of their eyeshadow formula as an example: “Every shade features our Pigment Infusion System™, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives each shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blendability.” All of those things are often the reason to use primer (make it easier to use an eyeshadow, improve color payoff and longevity), and you can easily take a pretty poor-performing eyeshadow, slap it over a white, tacky base and make it look beautiful–but an eyeshadow that can do it without primer doesn’t benefit as greatly from it (there is less room for improvement–if it is already totally opaque, it’s not going to get more opaque, you know?). My approach is to tell you how it works relative to the brand’s promises, knowing that you can always use primer, a white base, glitter adhesive, or even a colored base to improve the performance of a particular product or to really lock your makeup on for 16-hour days (which is why the scores are broken out so even at a glance, you can see where a product fell short and determine whether that’s an issue for you as well, because we each of our own styles, routines, and deal-breakers!).

It is packaged in a hard, plastic case that is slightly translucent and holds together with a magnetic closure. It’s sturdy, streamlined, and doesn’t feel like it is too bulky. The dual-ended brush is usable, though I think a shading brush would have been more useful (something to pack on color). I think the palette could use one more mid-tone transition shade to suit a greater spectrum of skin tones (perhaps ditch Slanted or Dagger, they are more similar than not, especially as they sheer out).

The palette releases on UrbanDecay.com on July 8th, with retailers like Sephora, ULTA, Beauty.com, and Macy’s to follow. ULTA has given July 12th for online, July 16th for in-stores, and the others have a “mid-July” date per Urban Decay. The palette is permanent.

High is described as a “champagne shimmer with micro-glitter.” It’s a light, peachy-beige with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic sheen paired with coppery micro-glitter. The texture is slightly dry but still yields good color payoff and adheres to the lid fairly well–you get a smoother, almost metallic finish when applied. Some of the glitter just gets trapped in the brush, but the glitter drops over time while worn. It lasted for eight hours. Urban Decay Last Sin (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. LORAC Champagne (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler. Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, warmer. MAC Fabulous Three #2 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. MAC Jest (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Summer Honey (LE, $21.00) is lighter, cooler. Urban Decay Sin (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Snatch (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, cooler. bareMinerals Custom Made (LE, ) is less shimmery. MAC Love Connection #1 (P, $21.00) is cooler. MAC Sweet Heat (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. Urban Decay Sellout (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Milani Champagne Toast (P, $6.49) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. Makeup Geek Starry Eyed (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dirtysweet is described as a “medium bronze.” It’s a light-medium, golden brown with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. It had nice color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that felt a little dry and thinner compared to most of the brand’s more metallic eyeshadows. It wore well for eight hours before fading. LORAC Smokey Topaz (LE, ) is darker. Tarte No Champagne, No Gain (LE, ) is darker. MAC English Gilt (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, brighter. Tarte Dare to Be Gold (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Too Faced Nutmeg (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Nephilim (LE, ) is darker. Hourglass Exposure #3 (P, ) is cooler. MAC Natural Vigor #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, cooler. Hourglass Exposure #3 (P, ) is cooler. Hourglass Obscura #3 (P, ) is brighter, warmer. Giorgio Armani Cold Copper (09) (P, $38.00) is darker, cooler. Dior Golden Flower #4 (LE, ) is darker. MAC Tempting (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Urban Decay Chase (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer. Makeup Geek Bleached Blonde (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Radar is described as a “metallic taupe with iridescent micro-glitter.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, yellowed undertones and lighter gold sparkle over a frosted sheen. It was a lot firmer and less glittery compared to the version that was in the Vice 2 palette, which is good, but the color also appears less intense and lighter. Urban Decay Deeper (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, brighter. Urban Decay Snakebite (LE, $18.00) is warmer. NARS Ursa Major (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery, cooler. Hourglass Color Field #3 (P, ) is less shimmery. Hourglass Obscura #5 (P, ) is warmer. Guerlain Les Precieux #4 (LE, ) is cooler. MAC Permanent Press #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Nillionaire (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Nillionaire (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Reign (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. Burberry Gold #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Mooning (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. Burberry Gold #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Stun (LE, $18.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever D640 Golden Snake (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer.See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Armor is described as a “metallic silver-taupe with tonal sparkle.” It’s a dark, taupe gray with a frosted, lightly sparkly finish. It had nice color payoff and was the densest shade with respect to texture in the palette, though it felt more prone to crumbling compared to the version that was in the Vice palette. It wore well for eight and a half hours with a tiny amount of fall out, but it was easy to use. Make Up For Ever #2 (P, $23.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Illusoire (P, $36.00) is darker. MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is lighter, brighter, cooler. Chanel Illusoire (P, $36.00) is darker. Chanel Illusoire (P, $36.00) is darker. MAC Electroplate (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #4 (P, $33.00) is darker, warmer. Giorgio Armani Organica (Left) (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Giorgio Armani Organica (Left) (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Kat Von D Darkstar (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Surratt Beauty Patine (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, cooler. MAC Keep Your Cool (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery, glossier. MAC Stolen Moment (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter, more pigmented, glossier, cooler. MAC Trusted Instinct #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Stormy Sunset (LE, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Slanted is described as a “light metallic gray.” It’s a muted, medium gray with cool, bluish undertones and a pearly sheen. It had so-so color payoff with a powdery, almost chalky texture that was prone to fading on the lid and going on unevenly. It started to fade after six and a half hours. Estee Lauder Modern Mercury #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Ace (LE, $18.00) is darker. CoverGirl Charcoal (335) (P, $4.99) is lighter. MAC Smokeluxe #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Thunder and Rain #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Showgirl (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Too Faced Chimney (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Graphic Style (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Kat Von D Piaf (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. Tarina Tarantino Silver Shoes (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter. Milani Bella Gray (10) (P, $4.49) is lighter. Kat Von D Dios (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #2 (P, ) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #2 (P, ) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dagger is described as a “medium charcoal with micro-shimmer.” It’s a dark gray with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. It had a soft, blendable texture, but it was thin, dry, and powdery–this is a shade that I would pat on, then work on another color, and it would look like I had hardly applied it. The color was significantly faded after five and a half hours of wear. Bobbi Brown Gunmetal (LE, $21.00) is darker, brighter. theBalm Matt McDonald (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Ace (LE, $18.00) is darker. Disney by Sephora Flotsam (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Thunder and Rain #1 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Chanel Fascination #3 (P, ) is more shimmery. theBalm #26 (P, $6.50) is darker. Givenchy Gris Organza (7) (P, $23.00) is less shimmery. MAC Plumluxe #5 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. Hourglass Graphite #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Black Market is described as a “jet black satin.” It’s a deepened black with cool undertones and a satiny sheen. It had decent pigmentation and wasn’t too powdery, but it was difficult to blend on bare skin as the texture was thinner and drier. It lasted for six and a half hours before fading. This shade was originally seen in the Vice palette. Estee Lauder Violet Underground #4 (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Smokeluxe #5 (P, ) is darker. MAC A Waft of Grey #4 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. MAC Fashion Legend (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. LORAC Caviar (LE, ) is warmer. Giorgio Armani Obsidian (01) (P, $38.00) is darker. Le Metier de Beaute Genre (LE, $30.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Smolder is described as a “deep plum-taupe.” It’s a blackened plummy purple with subtle, warmer undertones in its base (but the sheen looks almost cool-toned). It had good pigmentation, while the texture was soft but a little dry, which made blending more challenging than I would have expected from this shade. It lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. MAC Pinkluxe #5 (P, ) is brighter. LORAC Deep Purple (P, ) is more shimmery. Too Faced Jungle Love (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, cooler. Make Up For Ever ME930 Black Purple (P, $21.00) is brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #7 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Hourglass Exposure #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #7 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Hourglass Exposure #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, brighter. Hourglass Exposure #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, brighter. Hourglass Exposure #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, brighter. MAC Black Slip (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. L’Oreal Smoldering Plum (P, $7.99) is less shimmery, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Password is described as a “cool taupe matte.” It’s a muted, medium-dark taupe with cool undertones and a matte finish. The texture was very soft, smooth, but on the drier side, and so this shade was prone to sheering out as it was quite powdery. I found it to be rather blendable, but it was just so sheer on bare skin. It lasted for six and a half hours on me. LORAC Stone (LE, ) is lighter. Make Up For Ever M106 Slate (P, $21.00) is darker. LORAC Cool Gray (P, ) is warmer. Guerlain Two VIP #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Smoked Cocoa #2 (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Buxom Jetsetter (P, $12.00) is warmer. Sephora + Pantone Universe Deep Taupe (LE, ) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Whiskey is described as a “rich brown matte.” It’s a muted, dark brown with subtle, warm reddish undertones and a matte finish. The texture was dry and thin, and the firmness is really felt with these matte shades in the palette. It had semi-opaque color payoff and felt dusty in use, but it eventually “melted” on the skin and didn’t looked caked on after a few minutes. It was fairly blendable, and it wore for six and a half hours before fading. MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Chanel Charming #4 (LE, ) is darker. MAC Ground Brown (P, $16.00) is darker. Inglot #360 (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer. Inglot #327 (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer. Tarte Powerful (LE, ) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #4 (P, ) is darker. Kat Von D Solas (P, ) is warmer. Kat Von D Sytry (P, ) is darker. MAC Choco Cake (LE, $16.00) is . Tarte Picnic Basket (LE, ) is warmer. Kat Von D Leather (LE, ) is brighter, warmer. Tarte Multi-Tasker (LE, ) is darker. Kat Von D Shadow Box (P, ) is darker. Make Up For Ever M630 Sweet Chestnut (P, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Combust is described as a “soft pink-taupe.” It’s a dirty, muted, light beige with a subtle, pink-ish tone that gives it a more cool-toned appearance. It had good pigmentation and was blendable on bare skin. The texture was softer and smoother with this shade, but it was prone to kicking up a lot of excess powder when you put the brush to it. On me, it lasted for seven hours before fading. Bobbi Brown Truffle (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer. Anastasia Nude (P, $12.00) is brighter. Kat Von D South (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Cozy Grey (P, $16.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Habit (LE, $18.00) is lighter, warmer. Inglot #390 (P, $6.00) is lighter. MAC Bisque (DC, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Thirteen is described as a “light beige satin.” It’s a brightened, subdued white-beige with a mostly matte finish. There is a little sheen that becomes apparent when blended out on the skin, but it is slight. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and a little powdery but very blendable on the skin. It started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. This is a shade that I’d make sure to tap your brush off to minimize fall out during application. Kat Von D Lifelike (P, ) is darker, warmer. Bobbi Brown Ivory (P, $22.00) is warmer. MAC Pick Me Up (P, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #10 (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Kinky (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Blanc Type (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. bareMinerals Chance (P, ) is warmer. Inglot #353 (P, $6.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Liberatus (P, ) is lighter. Makeup Geek White Lies (P, $5.99) is cooler. Too Faced Meringue (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Too Faced Meow (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Too Faced Rockabilly (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Givenchy Inattendue Prisme Quatuour / Eyeshadow Quad
Givenchy Inattendue Prisme Quatuour / Eyeshadow Quad

Givenchy Inattendue Prisme Quatuour / Eyeshadow Quad ($58.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a sparkling mix of shades with warmer undertones. This was the more pigmented of the three quads I bought from the range, but it wasn’t worth the price tag due to lower color payoff, fall out, and generally uneven color application. It was more frustrating to use than anything else. I give Givenchy credit for coming up with a more interesting color combination that you don’t often see in a set of four shades (though it is harder to combine as a result). I think you’d need to use a glitter adhesive and possibly sponge-tip/fingertips for applicators to manage this one.

Inattendue #1 is a medium, golden brown with warm, yellow undertones and a golden bronze sparkle. It had the least sparkly finish of the four shades, and it was the easiest to work with, as it applied with better color coverage and went on evenly. It had a small amount of fall out but creased after seven hours of wear. YSL Aquatic Copper (07) (P, $30.00) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop On the Rocks (P, $5.00) is less shimmery. Colour Pop Deluxe (P, $5.00) is less shimmery. Anastasia Gilded (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever I634 Praline (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Tisse Vendome #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Anastasia Truffle (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. Le Metier de Beaute Axiom (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery. MAC Mulch (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Inattendue #2 is a medium-dark black with silver glitter. It had a drier texture that was prone to applying unevenly, and the color payoff was weak. There was so much fall out during wear, as well as some when initially applied, that by the end of six hours, it had creased and turned into more of a satin finish eyeshadow! Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacklight (306) (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Moonspoon (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Scorpio (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Friskie (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. Guerlain Cygne Noir #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Raven (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Inattendue #3 is a sparkling, medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and pink and white glitter. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a drier consistency where the sparkle often came loose. There was a lot of fall out during application as well as during wear, and the base color was quick to crease (six hours). Sephora Collection Star-Crossed Lovers (103) (P, $13.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever D862 Fairly Pink (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Inattendue #4 is a muted, blackened plum with warm, brown undertones and lighter silver and plum sparkle and glitter that gives it a very high-shine finish. It had good color payoff with a gritty, glittery texture where the glitter adhered initially but easily dislodged from the base color as soon as you went to blend it out at all. The color lasted for seven hours but had a lot of fall out over time. Chanel Diapason (92) (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, warmer. MAC Modern Majesty (LE, $19.50) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, June 1st, 2015

Clarins Garden Escape Eyeshadow Palette
Clarins Garden Escape Eyeshadow Palette

Clarins Garden Escape Eyeshadow Palette ($45.00 for oz.) is a six-pan eyeshadow palette that ranges from white gold to taupe brown. The formula in the palette is supposed to be a wet and dry one, so you can use it “dry for a soft nuance of color” or “wet for sophisticated elegance.” The texture was on the drier, more powdery side, which made dry application more difficult and messy, as the colors didn’t stick as well to the skin, tended to sheer out, and a lot of product fell underneath the eye when applied. The dampened application made it easier to get more opaque, even color to adhere to the lid, but it seemed to make blending a little harder. Overall, it was okay; not horrible, not great. Also worth mentioning is that the palette contains 0.10 oz. worth of product, which is less than 0.02 oz. per eyeshadow.

Garden Escape #1 is a brightened, medium white with subtle neutral-to-cool undertones and a frosted sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage dry and slightly more opaque coverage damp. The texture was soft but not powdery, and it lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Make Up For Ever D124 Crystalline White (P, $21.00) is cooler. Chanel Tisse Camelia #2 (P, ) is less shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #1 (LE, ) is warmer. Too Faced Famous in a Small Town (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. theBalm #11 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Lunar Lights (P, ) is darker. Disney by Sephora Ball Gown (LE, ) is cooler. theBalm Envious Erin (P, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Chillproof (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Inglot #453 (P, $6.00) is brighter. Guerlain Les Nuees #2 (LE, ) is cooler. MAC Smoky Black Friday #1 (LE, ) is lighter. Colour Pop Tassel (P, $5.00) is cooler. Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Stila Moonstone (P, ) is darker, warmer.See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Garden Escape #2 is a muted, medium-dark green with cool undertones and a frosted sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation applied dry, which intensified to fully opaque coverage when applied wet. The texture was a little dry, and it started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. Urban Decay Damaged (LE, $18.00) is darker, brighter. Tarina Tarantino Very Wicked (LE, ) is lighter, more muted. MAC My Next Indulgence (LE, $16.50) is warmer. Inglot #414 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Garden Escape #3 is a mute,d light-medium olive green with warm undertones and a soft, frosted shimmer. It had semi-sheer coverage both wet and dry, though the damp application seemed to bring out the green tones in it. It lasted for seven and a half hours but had a texture that was on the powdery side. Chanel Tisse Fantaisie #3 (LE, ) is darker. theBalm Kawabunga (LE, $16.00) is darker, brighter, warmer. MAC Olive Blend #3 (LE, ) is warmer. Ulta Sage (P, $10.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Cakeshop (LE, ) is more shimmery. MAC Unsurpassable (LE, $21.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Garden Escape #4 is a light-medium, strawberry pink with warm, yellow undertones and a golden, frosted shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation both wet and dry, while the wet application made it appear slightly darker. The texture was slightly powdery, and the color stayed on well for seven and a half hours.
Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #6 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, brighter. Surratt Beauty Ingenue (P, $20.00) is darker. Colour Pop Bubbly (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. Too Faced Kindness is Free (LE, $16.00) is cooler. MAC Pink Sensibilities #3 (LE, $21.00) is cooler. bareMinerals Page Six (P, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Garden Escape #5 is a light, warm-toned pink with a pearly sheen. It’s a lighter version of the previous pink, but I was surprised to see both in this palette. It was semi-opaque both wet and dry, and the texture wasn’t too powdery so it applied a bit more easily, though it only lasted for seven and a half hours of wear. MAC Eggplant Blend #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Ulta Pink (P, $10.00) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Instaglam (LE, ) is lighter. bareMinerals Glitterati (LE, ) is warmer. MAC Invincible Light (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. Giorgio Armani #29 (LE, $33.00) is darker. Guerlain Cygne Blanc #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Dior House of Pinks #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery. LORAC Blush (LE, ) is darker. Stila Pink Diamond (P, ) is darker, warmer. Dior Trafalgar #1 (P, ) is warmer.See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Garden Escape #6 is a medium brown with a hint of gray and a frosted finish. Depending on what it is paired with, the gray tones were more or less apparent. The texture was soft and blendable, while the color payoff was the same–mostly opaque–both wet and dry, but it applied more easily damp. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. Make Up For Ever I538 Pearly Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Quintessential (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. LORAC Sienna (LE, ) is more shimmery. theBalm Tubular (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Laura Mercier Topaz (P, ) is lighter. Cle de Peau Stardust #3 (P, ) is lighter. Burberry Pale Barley (102) (P, $29.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani Rose Ashes (11) (P, $38.00) is lighter, brighter. Hourglass Color Field #3 (P, ) is darker. MAC Force of Nature #1 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, cooler. NARS Ursa Major (LE, $29.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Garden Escape

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Garden Escape #1

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