Tarte Energy Noir Eye & Cheek Palette

Tarte Energy Noir Eye & Cheek Palette ($38.00 for 0.54 oz.) is a cooler-toned eyeshadow palette with one blush. The palette has some misses and a few nicer shades, but if you already have a few of Tarte’s palettes, you may want to check your stash–there were a lot of Tarte eyeshadows that I ended up pulling as similar shades across this palette. The mattes were on the powdery side, while the more frosted shades were more pigmented and applied better to bare skin.

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Tarte Energy Noir Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Fall 2015 Eye & Cheek Palette Energy Noir
C+
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
77%
Limited Edition
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Anastasia Shadow Couture Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Shadow Couture Eyeshadow Palette ($30.00 for 0.30 oz.) incldues twelve eyeshadows. Five of the twelve shades are available as individual shades from the brand’s permanent range of eyeshadows. They’re housed in slim cardboard with an interior mirror and dual-ended brush (which is okay, nothing amazing but usable). Some shades are good, some are so-so, and a few are misses. For the price point, you may find that using primer to solve at least half of the issues I experienced with some of the under-performing shades and make it still “worth it” as a result. The most troublesome shades were Heirloom (brings down the palette from B range to near C+ range!), Spoiled, and Chic.

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Anastasia Shadow Couture Eyeshadow Palette
Anastasia Eyeshadow Palette Shadow Couture
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
80%
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MAC Style Maven Face Kit

MAC Style Maven Face Kit ($49.50 for 0.43 oz.) includes six eyeshadows, two blushes, and two lipsticks. It’s a cooler-toned, more purple-based palette. The eyeshadows are disappointing, while the blushes were decent. The lipsticks are okay, but they have a thinner consistency that makes them feel clingier applied (and Girl About Town lost some of its depth). Over the last few years, MAC palettes like these have typically been bigger disappointments, and unfortunately, this year’s Nordstrom exclusives haven’t broken that cycle.

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MAC Style Maven Face Kit
MAC Face Kit Style Maven
C-
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6.5
Longevity
8
Application
4
Total
71%
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bareMinerals Work, Weekend, Wow Eyeshadow Palette

bareMinerals Work, Weekend, Wow Eyeshadow Palette ($26.00 for 0.17 oz.) includes seven eyeshadows from beige to navy blue. There are a few repeats: 500 Thread Count (Permanent, The Dream Sequence), Custom Made (Limited Edition), Rowdy (Permanent, The After Party). It’s a good palette, though a few shades are on the dupable side. I liked that it leaned a little cooler-toned overall, but I would have preferred more satin/pearl finishes to pair with the mattes rather than the more sparkly/ultra-frosted shades (like Custom Made and Starstruck), as I think they have a thicker/denser consistency that makes them harder to blend with the mattes as a whole.

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bareMinerals Work, Weekend, Wow Eyeshadow Palette
bareMinerals Fall 2015 Eyeshadow Palette Work, Weekend, Wow
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
90%
Limited Edition
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MAC Nordstrom’s Finest Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Nordstrom’s Finest Eyeshadow Palette ($85.00 for 0.68 oz.) includes fifteen eyeshadows, with each being full-sized (the palette is the same size as the empty 15-pan palettes MAC sells). Many of MAC’s pre-made palettes are misses, but I think that the larger 15-pan pre-made palettes (like this one) are better and decent to good. For the price of MAC, it’s not bad, but it is a decent amount to pay for a palette, even if there are 15 full-sized eyeshadows included in it. I do wish MAC would consider making the pans removable, as I think it would offer a lot more functionality as a user or to create smaller, travel-friendly quads for trips and the like. I think this palette is okay; there are three duds that really bring down the overall score significantly (e.g. Carbon), while the rest are more B to A- in ratings. The palette contains an assortment of permanent shades as well as limited edition/exclusive shades, though some of the shades in this palette that may seem new were released in the Gravitas palette, which was limited edition (Soft Brown, Luscious, Carbon, Persuade, Plummed are repeats). I believe only Chains of Love and Felt haven’t been released before (based on my log of MAC eyeshadows).

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MAC Nordstrom's Finest Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Eyeshadow x15 Palette Nordstrom's Finest
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
81%
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Laura Geller Love Me Dew Moisturizing Lip Crayon Trio

Laura Geller Love Me Dew Moisturizing Lip Crayon Trio ($25.00 for 0.30 oz.) includes three shades of jumbo-sized lip pencils that twist-up. The formula is supposed to be “ultra-hydrating” with “shiny color,” and it’s pretty much tinted lip balm. I believe this is the first time I’ve tried this formula, but I enjoyed them overall. They have sheer to semi-sheer that’s buildable, wears three to four hours, and is hydrating over time. I like that they twist-up, so you don’t have to worry about wasting product when sharpening. The texture is lightweight with moderate slip, so their biggest downfall is that they don’t always look perfectly even. The formula is vanilla-scented but the scent didn’t linger or translate into a taste for me. Dragon Fruit Sorbet and Mango Sorbet are both available as permanent singles, while I didn’t see Fig Prosecco on Laura Geller’s website, and they retail for $16 as a standalone formula (so the kit is worth $48).

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Laura Geller Love Me Dew Moisturizing Lip Crayon Trio
Laura Geller Love Me Dew Moisturizing Lip Crayon Trio Nordstrom Anniversary Exclusive (2015)
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
89%
Limited Edition
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