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Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

01/16

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Look | Look Details

Urban Decay Naked Heat Look | Look Details

Urban Decay Naked Heat Look | Look Details

Urban Decay Naked Heat Look | Look Details

Naked Heat

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette ($54.00 for 0.60 oz.) includes 12 eyeshadows with a mixture of shimmers and mattes in an array of warmer, more orange and red-based hues. The palette was good overall–not perfect–but a solid addition to the Naked range, and I suspect that for those who normally use primer, some of the issues I experienced would be resolved. The shimmers felt a little drier but thinner than the average shimmer eyeshadow from Urban Decay, while the mattes were dry but fairly pigmented, buildable, and blendable. It did not have the same luxurious, creamy consistency of the brand’s best mattes (I’m recalling something like Spike) but much more pigmented with more substantial texture (and therefore better application, even without primer) than the mattes in the Naked Smoky palette.

From a personal view, I did struggle to use this palette cohesively; I felt like I needed stronger shimmers or maybe a stronger yellow or lighter, brighter orange to add more contrast. The deeper browns ran together to the point where they could get lost next to each other in practice. The overall look and feel of the palette is a deeper, almost sultry warm smoky eye with more orange-brown and red-brown shades. It’s a lot less yellow and orange based compared to palettes like Viseart Warm Mattes and Natasha Denona Sunset, and it’s much darker and warmer than Anastasia Modern Renaissance. It actually reminded me of Too Faced Sweet Peach more than the aforementioned palettes.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palette Naked Heat
Naked Heat
Naked Heat
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
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Huda Beauty Golden Sand 3D Highlighter Palette

01/05

Huda Beauty Golden Sand 3D Highlighter Palette

Huda Beauty Golden Sand 3D Highlighter Palette

Huda Beauty Golden Sand 3D Highlighter Palette

Huda Beauty Golden Sand 3D Highlighter Palette

Huda Beauty Golden Sand 3D Highlighter Palette

Golden Sand

Huda Beauty Golden Sand 3D Highlighter Palette ($45.00 for 1.10 oz.) includes one cream highlighter and three powder highlighters housed in a slim, cardboard palette (no mirror). Each highlighter has quite a bit of product–it’s a substantial size for a cheek palette. The brand released two versions (the other is Pink Sand), though I was surprised they weren’t more dissimilar. The Pink Sand version is supposed to be lighter skin tones with the Golden Sand version for medium and dark skin tones.

The cream highlighter had more pigmentation than the average cream highlighter, but the formulation was incredibly dense, thick, and difficult to blend out or use; it was extremely challenging to use it over any base products as it caused it them to break down and move around a lot. The powder formula was smooth but dense, and they needed a heavier hand or a denser brush to get even coverage and color onto the skin.

The cream formula is described as a “pearlescent creamy formula” that will create a “flawless, lit-from-within canvas” and is ideal for layering with powders, though it can also be used “on its own for [a] dewy and natural” effect. The powder highlighters can be used alone or together and are merely described as “light-catching.” The palette is designed so you can build the level of luminosity from subtle to over-the-top. I felt like the cream highlighter definitely gave a more natural sheen, but the three powder highlighters were all quite frosted to metallic and layering any over the cream base made them just as shimmery, if not more so.

Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette Golden Sand
B-

Limited Edition

7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
80%
Total

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BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 Eyeshadow Palette

01/13

BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 28 Color Eyeshadow Palette

BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 28 Color Eyeshadow Palette

BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 28 Color Eyeshadow Palette

BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 28 Color Eyeshadow Palette

BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 28 Color Eyeshadow Palette

BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 28 Color Eyeshadow Palette

BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 28 Color Eyeshadow Palette

A Gold & Plum Eye | Look Details

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Foil Eyes 2

BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 Eyeshadow Palette ($12.50 for 1.60 oz.) includes 28 eyeshadows that are supposed to be “ultra-shimmer” in an array of “vivid jewel tones, richer neutrals, and more icy options” [compared to the original Foil Eyes palette]. The formula is described as having “intense pigmentation, buttery feel [with a] molten metal finish.”

Some of shades were incredibly pigmented with a creamier, dense consistency that adhered well to bare skin, blended along the edges easily, and lasted anywhere from seven and a half to nine hours on me (no primer). There were more than a few that were sheerer, less shimmery (not as in line with “Foil” as you’d expect), or felt a bit drier in the pan. For some, the lack of mattes will make this a complementary palette rather than an all-in-one, but I think it is obvious going in that this is all about the shimmer. One thing to note is that due to the high shimmer content in each shade, many look lighter applied compared to how they appear in the pan.

I liked this palette, and at $12.50, I’d purchase it again in a heartbeat, but it was not quite as impressive as the original Foil Eyes. Foil Eyes 2 had too many sheerer shades, and the texture was not consistent throughout. The wear was still good, and the majority of the eyeshadows were blendable and easy to use, so some of the deficiencies weren’t as noticeable in practice. I also felt like there were a surprising number of shades that were more satin-to-pearl than genuinely metallic or foil-like in finish.

BH Cosmetics 28 Color Eyeshadow Palette Foil Eyes 2
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
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Milani Coral Beams Color Harmony Blush Palette

01/06

Milani Coral Beams Color Harmony Blush Palette

Milani Coral Beams Color Harmony Blush Palette

Milani Coral Beams Color Harmony Blush Palette

Milani Coral Beams Color Harmony Blush Palette

Milani Coral Beams Color Harmony Blush Palette

Milani Coral Beams Color Harmony Blush Palette

Coral Beams

Milani Coral Beams Harmony Blush Palette ($13.00 for 0.30 oz.) is supposed to be a “high-impact, buildable blush” that “blends easily” but simultaneously has “richly pigmented shades” that can be used alone or together. The top three sections are larger, but only the top section (the one that often has more shimmer) is truly large enough to accommodate the average blush brush. I think it would be more practical to use two or three shades at a time, rather than only one.

The quality of the powder varied a lot from shade to shade, palette to palette, with some shades being softer and more pliable and others being more firmly pressed and yielded sheerer coverage. The way they are described on Milani’s website is contradictory (at least, in the order/way they said it), but on the back of the compact itself, it says “four pigment-rich and ultra blendable blush tones” and so I am holding the blushes to that: “pigment-rich.” The coverage varied from medium to opaque with most shades within the palettes being blendable. A few shades darkened on me a few minutes after initial application (which was the point where I took photos, so you could see the result). The wear ranged from seven to eight and a half hours on me.

Coral Beams swirled together to create a brighter, medium coppery orange hue with a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation that applied easily and blended out without issue. When I used all the shades together, the blush color stayed on well for seven and a half hours before fading on my cheeks.

Milani Color Harmony Blush Palette Coral Beams
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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Huda Beauty Pink Sand 3D Highlighter Palette

01/05

Huda Beauty Pink Sand 3D Highlighter Palette

Huda Beauty Pink Sand 3D Highlighter Palette

Huda Beauty Pink Sand 3D Highlighter Palette

Huda Beauty Pink Sand 3D Highlighter Palette

Huda Beauty Pink Sand 3D Highlighter Palette

Pink Sand

Huda Beauty Pink Sand 3D Highlighter Palette ($45.00 for 1.10 oz.) includes one cream highlighter and three powder highlighters housed in a slim, cardboard palette (no mirror). Each highlighter has quite a bit of product–it’s a substantial size for a cheek palette. The brand released two versions (the other is Golden Sand), though I was surprised they weren’t more dissimilar. The Pink Sand version is supposed to be lighter skin tones with the Golden Sand version for medium and dark skin tones.

The cream highlighter had more pigmentation than the average cream highlighter, but the formulation was incredibly dense, thick, and difficult to blend out or use; it was extremely challenging to use it over any base products as it caused it them to break down and move around a lot. The powder formula was smooth but dense, and they needed a heavier hand or a denser brush to get even coverage and color onto the skin.

The cream formula is described as a “pearlescent creamy formula” that will create a “flawless, lit-from-within canvas” and is ideal for layering with powders, though it can also be used “on its own for [a] dewy and natural” effect. The powder highlighters can be used alone or together and are merely described as “light-catching.” The palette is designed so you can build the level of luminosity from subtle to over-the-top. I felt like the cream highlighter definitely gave a more natural sheen, but the three powder highlighters were all quite frosted to metallic and layering any over the cream base made them just as shimmery, if not more so.

Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette Pink Sand
Pink Sand
Pink Sand
B-

Limited Edition

7.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
81%
Total

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Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter Palette

01/08

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter Palette

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter Palette

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter Palette

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter Palette

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter Palette

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter Palette

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter Palette

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter Palette

Afterglow

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter Palette ($34.00 for 0.64 oz.) is a four-pan highlighter palette exclusively available at Ulta. It features four new shades in the brand’s Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter formula, which is supposed to be buildable, lightweight, and will give the “perfect glow.” A full-size Afterglow Highlighter retails for $26 and contains 0.23 oz. or costs $113.04/oz. The palette contains $72.35 worth of product (or comparatively, the palette costs $53.13/oz.).

I really enjoyed the quality of the products in the palette: the only “downside” was that they were more pigmented so if you’re someone who really hoped for sheer highlighters, these might be too much for you.

Urban Decay Highlighter Palette Afterglow
Afterglow
Afterglow
9
Product
8
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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