Kat Von D Plum Shade + Light Quad

Kat Von D Plum Shadow + Light Quad ($26.00 for 0.21 oz.) contains four shades designed to work together and are named to help guide application–Base, Define, Contour, and Highlight–though you can obviously go wherever your creativity takes you. The Shade + Light Eyeshadow formula is supposed to have “high pigment” with a “silky and blendable” consistency and long-wearing. I think if you enjoyed Kat Von D’s recent eyeshadow palettes, I think you’ll like these; they are very soft and smooth with a finely-milled, velvety texture that can kick up an excess amount of powder any time something touches the pan’s surface. I notice an abundance of fall out (surprisingly!) when working with the eyeshadows, but a very smooth base is critical to maximize adhesion to the skin without getting unevenness/darkening due to the looser nature of the powder paired with the more matte finishes. The lighter shades seem chalky on my skin tone and have strong white bases. The darkest shades blend better when mixed with one of the lighter shades rather than alone, and I actually tried blending them over primer to see if that helped, but it was marginally better–patience and multiple tools (clean brushes are key for blending these out), while the light and mid-tone shades were easy to blend out. The wear varied between seven and a half and eight hours for me, which is consistent with my past experiences using this formula.

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Kat Von D Plum Shadow + Light Quad
Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad Plum
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
88%
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MAC Dark Energy Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Dark Energy Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad ($46.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a bluish take on a smoky eye–a mix of silvery white, pale blue, light-medium blue, and black. The first three shades were decent, while the last shade was a pain to work with for a myriad of reasons. The Mineralize Eyeshadow formula is wet/dry, and it is designed to have sheerer coverage applied dry while stronger color payoff requires working with the product using a damp brush; this isn’t always an extra step everyone wants to do, but it’s absolutely necessary with this palette if you want opaque coverage, so keep that in mind!

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MAC Dark Energy Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad Dark Energy
C+
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
Total
78%
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MAC Full Orbit Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Full Orbit Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad ($46.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a subdued mix of taupes and pewters–it’s an interesting set of shades, though two of them are fairly similar to each other in practice, so more contrast would have been great between the two darker shades in the palette. It is one of three limited edition quads releasing with Future MAC collection, which launches online on March 31st.

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MAC Full Orbit Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad Full Orbit
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
86%
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Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette ($49.00 for 0.54 oz.) includes 18 eyeshadows inspired by peach (the fruit!). There are winners and losers in the palette; most of the mattes were soft enough that they kicked up a lot of excess and sheered out on the lid, while the more matte shades with sparkle didn’t have much sparkle translate. There were two major duds in the palettes (both purples–wasn’t totally surprised), and then in general, Too Faced eyeshadow formula is one that really requires a primer for pigmentation, blendability, and longevity. If you use primer and don’t already have a slew of go-to warm neutrals to go to, you might still consider it. It has a sweet, peachy scent that I can smell with the palette closed (but in the same room), but I don’t notice any lingering scent when the eyeshadows are applied.

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Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced Summer 2016 Eyeshadow Palette Sweet Peach
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
81%
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Tom Ford The Afternooner Soleil Contouring Compact

Tom Ford The Afternooner Soleil Contouring Compact ($108.00 for 0.70 oz.) is a mega-sized compact that features three products: a highlighter, blush, and bronzer. It’s limited edition for summer and features the brand’s signature white packaging they often used for the summer collections. I was dismayed at the price point when pre-ordering, but it is massive; it is the size of their large-sized bronzing compacts, but the content weight is really the equivalent of three full-sized cheek colors. Though I’m not sure about ever hitting pan on something like this, the upside is that each shade is contained inside its own well and each well is large enough to use the shades individually. Small to medium brushes worked best; large brushes were too big for individual use. The brand states that the compact can be used individually or together for “sheer to medium coverage” and “both matte and radiant.” All three shades were smooth, while the blush and bronzer were a little firmer in the pan, fairly blendable, had medium coverage, and lasted for at least eight hours. The colors are more dupable, and the pigmentation is medium–which is as described–but may not be what you’re looking for.

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Tom Ford The Afternooner Soleil Contouring Compact
Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Contouring Compact The Afternooner
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
91%
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MAC Nano Nude Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Nano Nude Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad ($46.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a warm-toned, neutral set of shades. The Mineralize Eyeshadow formula is supposed to have “silky-smooth, buildable coverage.” When applied dry, you’ll get “low to medium coverage” while wet application will yield “more intense coverage and colour.” This is one of three quads that will be available in the Future MAC collection, which debuts online on March 31st. It is limited edition.

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MAC Nano Nude Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad Nano Nude
C+
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
Total
77%
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