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Kat Von D Smoke Shade + Light Quad

Kat Von D Smoke Shadow + Light Quad
Kat Von D Smoke Shadow + Light Quad

Kat Von D Smoke 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. If you couldn’t guess from the title, this is your traditional “smoky eye” pairing, though I think the more taupe-y gray gives it something more interesting than standard silver.

Smoke (Base) is a medium, taupe-gray with cool undertones and a matte finish. It was lightly powdery, but it didn’t seem to impact application, as it applied with good color coverage and blended out easily. The color started to fade after eight hours. MAC Copperplate (P, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). Guerlain Two VIP #2 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). theBalm #25 (P, $6.50) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Hard Currency (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Friend Zone (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Silent Mary (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Deep Taupe (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #10 (P, ) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 11 (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Smoked Cocoa #2 (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Energetic (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Stila Fog (LE, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). Buxom Jetsetter (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Zoeva Gallery (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Stone (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Haze (P, ) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Harley (P, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Too Faced Guilt-Free (LE, $16.00) is lighter (80% similar). Sephora Violet Gray (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Smoke (Define) is a dark, gray-black with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, but the texture wasn’t powdery–it was actually a little firm and thin. It wasn’t a total surprise that it was harder to blend out and diffuse the edges when used on the eye. I still managed to get eight hours of wear out of this shade.
Kat Von D Stone (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Laura Mercier Noir (P, $23.00) is darker (95% similar). City Color Black Widow (P, $6.99) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Claudia (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Noir (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). L'Oreal Noir C'est Noir (P, $5.99) is darker (90% similar). Milani Pitch Black (P, $5.99) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Black Metal (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Russian Blue (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Misfits (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Cast Iron (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Beg For It (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Lancome It list (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Blackout (P, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Sugarpill Bulletproof (P, $12.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Smoke (Contour) is a muted, light-medium gray with cool, bluish undertones and a matte finish. It was very blendable on the skin, but it was also moderately powdery, so getting the color to stay opaque was difficult (even though it was quite pigmented!). The color wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. L'Oreal Meet Me in Paris (P, $5.99) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M110 Cement (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Cloud (LE, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Dagger (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 14 (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Inglot #387 (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Sephora Fog (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Lovey Dovey (LE, $5.00)(85% similar). LORAC Our Guest (LE, $19.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Smoke (Highlight) is a bright white with a semi-matte finish and neutral-leaning-warm undertones. It had good color payoff with a lightly dusty texture that sheered out slightly applied. It had light fall out (even after tapping excess off), and the strong white base does seem to lighten anything in its path so take care if you apply it above the crease or brow bone so it doesn’t mess up your lid shades! It wore well for eight hours on me. L'Oreal Paris Beach (P, $5.99) is lighter (95% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #1 (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC White (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Linen (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown White (LE, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Coconut Cream (LE, $16.00) is brighter (95% similar). Sephora Swan Song (P, $10.00) is cooler (95% similar). Inglot #318 (P, $6.00) is brighter, cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Bump (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Liberatus (P, ) is more muted, warmer (95% similar). Sephora Starlight (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Inglot #373 (P, $6.00) is brighter, cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Frosty Nog (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Viseart Ivoire (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Sugarpill Tako (P, $12.00) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Matte-y (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Me Me Me (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Skull (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | The quads contain the Shade + Light Eyeshadow formula, which 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.

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad Smoke
Smoke
Smoke
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
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Kat Von D Sage Shade + Light Quad

Kat Von D Sage Shadow + Light Quad
Kat Von D Sage Shadow + Light Quad

Kat Von D Sage 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. It features one solidly green shade, one more olive/dirty brown color, and then two lighter neutrals.

Sage (Base) is a light-medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, lightly powdery texture that was easily blended but didn’t lose its intensity when applied either. On me, the color wore well for eight hours. Viseart Warm Mattes #5 (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). Viseart Warm Mattes #3 (P, ) is brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Honey Butter (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Lancome Woody Bar (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Tawny (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Frappe (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Werk It (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Tiki Hut (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Zoeva Urban Culture (P, ) is darker (85% similar). MAC Mumu (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Kat Von D Noble (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Glasswing (P, ) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Dimmer (LE, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Persona Charming (P, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M660 Speculous (P, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). Viseart Beige (P, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Downfall (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Marina (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Sephora Sandcastle (P, $10.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Flutes (LE, $5.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sage (Define) is a deep, muted green with subtle, warmer undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a light-to-moderate powderiness. Despite feeling smooth and finely-milled to the touch, it was harder to blend out on the skin than I expected (which was really the case with most of the “Define” shades). It is easier to use the lighter shades layered on top rather than really trying to diffuse the green itself. The color lasted for eight hours. Marc Jacobs Beauty Enviously (P, )(100% similar). Morphe Enchanted (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Femme Noir (DC, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Enchanted Forest (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Blackout (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Forest (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Untamed (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Team Captain (LE, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Bottle Green (DC, $16.00) is cooler (85% similar). LORAC Menace (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sage (Contour) is a muted, medium olive brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff with a lightly dusty consistency that was prone to sheering out, so it was hard to layer/build up to get opaque coverage. The texture was very blendable and forgiving on the skin, though. On me, it started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. Smashbox Taupe (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Dover (LE, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M540 Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Zoeva Lost in Thoughts (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Coquette (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Soleil, So Lovely (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Sandstone (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Primal (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). theBalm Flawless (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Omega (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Brown (LE, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #15 (LE, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). LORAC Unwind (P, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). bareMinerals Trench Coat (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sage (Highlight) is a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had a moderately powdery texture, despite the consistency having a very silky, finely-milled feel otherwise. It didn’t do any favors to my normal-to-dry lids (emphasized dryness)–I originally was going to wear on the inner lid, but I ended up removing and wearing it on the brow bone instead for the eye look in the post. There is a fair amount of fall out, and the stronger white-base lightens anything it touches, so I would recommend using a very dense brush, lightly tapping the pan of product, then tapping excess off, and then patting onto the area you want. If you are using it on the brow bone, you might consider applying it prior to lid shades and only touching up/lightly blending afterwards. It lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Smashbox Vanilla (P, )(100% similar). Zoeva Make It Last (P, )(100% similar). Too Faced Rock Candy (LE, $16.00) is brighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Take a Memo (P, ) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Sand (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Heaven (P, $16.00) is brighter (95% similar). Tarte Base Coat (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Porcelain (LE, $19.00) is brighter (95% similar). Zoeva Nighthawks (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek So Pale (LE, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Hourglass Atmosphere #1 (P, ) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Blanc (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Pacific Sands (LE, ) is lighter, more muted (95% similar). Guerlain Coque d'Or #1 (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Big Baby (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Full-Zip (LE, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #1 (LE, $25.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Righteous (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Crepe (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Creamed Honey (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | The quads contain the Shade + Light Eyeshadow formula, which 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.

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad Sage
Sage
Sage
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
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Sephora x Disney | Minnie’s World in Color Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora x Disney | Minnie's World in Color Eyeshadow Palette
Sephora x Disney | Minnie’s World in Color Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora x Disney | Minnie’s World in Color Eyeshadow Palette ($45.00 for 0.58 oz.) includes 20 eyeshadows ranging from neutrals to pops of color. The formula is described as “creamy” and “super pigmented.” Both the mirror and the eyeshadows pop out so that the packaging can be used as a clutch. There are some nice shades in the palette, but there are quite a few misses–particularly brighter pops of color with more satin to pearl finishes. The best shades tended to be very shimmery or metallic.

Flirt in a Skirt is muted, medium-dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a lightly dusty texture that was prone to sheering out. It lasted for seven hours on me. Urban Decay Anaheim (LE, $19.00)(100% similar). Kat Von D Samael (P, ) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Cobblestone (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Becca Ombre Nudes #3 (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Brown (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Fifi (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). MAC Cork (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Lancome Sante (P, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Fix (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Tan-gled Up in You (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Wedge (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Social Butterfly #2 (P, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Downfall (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 2 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cocoa Mirage #2 (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Dune (LE, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). Buxom Gimme Gorgeous (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Undeniable (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Maya Bay (LE, $25.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Stila Warm Honey (LE, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hello Mickey! is a medium, fuchsia pink with lavender shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage paired with a powdery texture, which was really hard to pat in place without it sheering out almost immediately. I would recommend using a tacky, white base to get this one to show up better. The color started to fade after six hours of wear. Urban Decay Backlash (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Fishnet (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Pink Rebel (P, $6.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Buxom Party Girl (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Infra-violet (LE, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Put a Bow On It is a light beige with warm, yellow tones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a lightly dusty, but very smooth, consistency that applied well and blended out easily. It wore well for seven hours. Makeup Atelier Nude #1 (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Glaze (LE, $16.00) is brighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M530 Eggshell (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Give In Take IV (LE, $29.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Frosty Nog (LE, $16.00) is brighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Bone (LE, ) is brighter (95% similar). Viseart Petit Pro #1 (LE, ) is brighter (95% similar). Tarte Compassionate (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M500 Ivory (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Vanilla (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Blanc Type (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Dior Golden Reflections #4 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Pretty Vulgar Nocturnal (P, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). L'Oreal Paris Beach (P, $5.99) is brighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Daisy’s My BFF is a bright white with cool, blue undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had a lightly dusty consistency, but it was still fairly pigmented and easy to work with. This shade wore for seven hours before fading. NYX Milk (P, $4.50) is more muted, warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M126 Chalk (P, $21.00) is more muted (95% similar). Sephora Porcelain (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown White (LE, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Banshee (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Peppermint Cream (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). Inglot #318 (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). Viseart Bright Editorial #1 (P, ) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Kat Von D Linen (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Inglot #373 (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). Viseart Chroma #1 (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Flat White (LE, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sephora Starlight (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I’m All Ears is a dark black with cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. There are very subtle sparkles apparent in the pan, but they really don’t translate onto the lid. This shade had mostly opaque pigmentation, though it was a little dusty. It was fairly easy to blend as well. On me, it started to fade after eight hours of wear. Too Faced Cookies and Cream (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Caviar (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Black Leather (LE, $14.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Premier Regard #4 (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Noir (P, $23.00) is darker (95% similar). Estee Lauder Black Chrome #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Serious (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Three's a Party #3 (LE, $2.29) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Obscur (816) (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Coloured Raine Black Moon (P, $6.99) is darker, warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Yoo-Hoo! is a medium green with warm undertones and a pearly shimmer. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a very powdery texture, which made the product prone to sheering out and more difficult to apply to bare skin. It would be better over a tacky base. The color had faded noticeably after six hours of wear. Make Up For Ever I332 Meadow Green (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Guacamole (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Feeling Fresh (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S314 Nile Green (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Apple Squishee (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Fyrinnae Electric Stardust (P, $6.80) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Evergreen (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #27 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Kush (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Smashbox Zoom (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ex-boyfriend is a light pink with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t powdery and adhered well to bare skin. The color lasted well at eight hours. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #2 (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Touch of Lilac (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I528 Pearl (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Delightful (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Dior Blazing Gold #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Sugar Coated (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #8 (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Lily (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Rose Quartz (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Poodle (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Diamond Pink (LE, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Illusion (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Some Like It Dot is a bright, medium-dark orange-copper with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It was richly pigmented with a really soft, smooth, and dense texture that applied well and wore for eight hours. City Color Cleo (P, $6.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Friendspiration (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #13 (P, ) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Adorn (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Amber (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Ciate Shine Bright (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Natasha Denona Cool Bronze (31M) (P, $29.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Tarte Jewel (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Snakebite (LE, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Natasha Denona Atria (107M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Bonjour (LE, $16.00)(90% similar). Viseart Petit Pro #6 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Minx #4 (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Penny (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Half Baked (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 12 Copper (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Aubade (126K) (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME700 Amber (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Showgirl (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Vintage (P, $14.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mickey’s Squeeze is a medium lavender purple with subtle, cool undertones and a dusting of white sparkle. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage with a moderately dusty texture. Again, it’s another shade that needs a tacky base (not just primer) to look true-to-pan. This shade started to fade after six hours. Colour Pop Dasher (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). CoverGirl Blazing Purple (340) (P, $4.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sephora 1980's (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Babe (DC, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Flashback (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Sexy PB&J (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Too Faced Follow Me (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). NARS Parallel Universe (Right) (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Buxom La-La-Lavish (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #15 (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (80% similar). MAC Satellite Dreams (P, $16.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Blue Rhythm is a light blue with cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had sheer color payoff, which seemed partially due to the very powdery texture, so the product sheered out and didn’t stick well to the skin. I would use this over a tacky, white base to maximize color payoff and evenness. It lasted for five hours on me. Sephora + Pantone Universe Citadel (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 10 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Sky (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Dark Energy #3 (LE, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Iced Blue (LE, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Blue Moon (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Blue Ice (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Puppy Love is a muted, light-medium yellow with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation with a lightly dusty texture, but it was also thinner overall. This shade wore for six hours on me. Anastasia Buttery (LE, $12.00)(100% similar). Urban Decay Pre-Game (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Custard (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Free Spirit (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Buxom Mix & Mingle (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cocoa Mirage #1 (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Entomology (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Moulder (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Real Fantasy (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Whitewashed (P, $10.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M510 Vanilla (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Social Butterfly #1 (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Breakfast in Bed (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #1 (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Glamour Light (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 4 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Zoeva Across the Street (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Vanilla (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Summer Breeze (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Hope (P, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Starlets is a medium, rosy pink with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth texture that wasn’t too soft or too firm. This eyeshadow wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. Anastasia Blushing (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Bubbly (P, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Pinkluxe #2 (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Marshmallow (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Je t'aime (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Love Power (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Kindness is Free (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Kimber (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Da Bling (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Fast-Ball (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Real You (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Love (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 10 Peach (P, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Scratch (P, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Bunny Nose (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop On the Fence (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Red Carpet Arrival is a light, yellowed gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. This shade had nice color payoff with a creamy, smooth, and buttery texture that was easy to blend out and apply to bare skin. It lasted for eight hours on me. Disney by Sephora Charming (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Buxom Born Glam (LE, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Viseart Nuance #1 (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Cashmere (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Artemis (LE, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Moonlight (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel RĂªve d'Orient #2 (LE, ) is brighter (95% similar). Sephora Minx (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Best Makeup (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop High Tide (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Eyeshadow #2 (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). LORAC Mother of Pearl (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Milani Bella Chiffon (28) (P, $4.49) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Ombre de Lune #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Storm (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Newbury Street (LE, $25.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Juicy Apple (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Dazzlelight (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Girlish Appeal is a muted, medium-dark plum with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It was slightly dry and dusty to work with, so if you have drier lids, I would recommend laying down primer first to ensure this doesn’t emphasize dryness. It had decent pigmentation and lasted for eight hours. Natasha Denona Smoky Plum (23P) (P, $29.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Remix (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Dior Capital of Light #5 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Underhand (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Twilight (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Lace #1 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Rose Barbare #4 (P, ) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #4 (P, ) is darker, more pigmented, warmer (85% similar). Stila Sangria (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC A Medley of Mauves #3 (P, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Dark Lullaby (LE, $23.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Tarte Show Plum Love (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Dior Olympe (871) (LE, $31.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Anastasia Rosette (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Sea Urchin (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

So Demure is a blackened navy blue with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had medium coverage with a firmer, thin texture that was harder to blend out and work with on the skin. The color faded after eight hours of wear. Cle de Peau Serenity (Left) (P, ) is darker (95% similar). MAC Aphrodisiatic (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). MAC Imaginary (P, $18.50) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Burberry Midnight Blue (P, $29.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Nautical Navy (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Daring (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Blk-ish (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Giove (P, $29.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Miss Minnie is a vibrant, medium-dark red with warm, orange undertones and a frosted sheen. The color payoff was fantastic, while the texture was soft, smooth, finely-milled, and blendable on the skin. It wore well for eight hours on me. Viseart Boheme Dream #9 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Supersonic (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I824 Ocher Pink (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #8 (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Viseart Nuance #6 (P, ) is darker (95% similar). Morphe Cranapple (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Milani I Heart You (P, $6.99) is warmer (90% similar). Milani Primary #2 (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Drift (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Anarchy (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Sunrise (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Swoon (Better Together) (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Salazen Grum (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Pomegranate (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Jouer Rouge (P, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Flowers 1 #4 (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Sugarpill Asylum (P, $13.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Sephora Brick (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Quartz Fusion (LE, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Big Shoes to Fill is a light-medium yellow with warm undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was slightly dusty and thinner, so it was hard to retain that intensity without a strong base/primer underneath. It lasted for seven hours on me. Makeup Geek Yellow Brick Road (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Sunny Outlook (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Heat (DC, $5.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Gus Gus (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Tiki (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, brighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Lemon Drop (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). NARS Flowers 1 #5 (LE, $25.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). MAC Waking Dawn (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pick Me Up at 8 is a dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a lightly dusty, thin texture that was fairly blendable overall. This shade started to fade after eight hours. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Social Butterfly #6 (P, ) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Belle Femme (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Ground Brown (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Lancome Couture (P, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Shadow Box (P, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Knock Out (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Solas (P, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Cool Complement (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Malted (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Powerful (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Chocolate (P, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Multi-Tasker (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Naturally Fabulous (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced La Femme (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Sytry (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Embark (P, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Ash Brown (P, $12.00)(85% similar). Smashbox Java (P, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Sephora #tbt (P, $10.00) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Whoopee Party is a medium-dark, cobalt blue with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had seemingly good pigmentation, but it was incredibly soft and powdery, which resulted in the color getting everywhere and little of it applying evenly. Even over a tacky, white base it proved to be troublesome, as the color tended to apply more heavily to some areas and less to others, resulting in some unevenness. It lasted for seven hours for me. MAC Dynamic Duo 2 #2 (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Inglot #388 (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Starflyer (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Illamasqua Sadist (P, ) is warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Neptune (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Dope (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Atlantic Blue (P, $16.00) is lighter (80% similar). Makeup Geek Boo Berry (P, $6.00) is warmer (80% similar). MAC Heroine (LE, $16.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Be My Bow is a soft, medium gray with cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had decent color payoff with a lightly dusty texture that wasn’t too difficult to work with on the lid. This shade lasted for seven hours before fading. Make Up For Ever I112 Chrome (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Frozen Blue (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). CoverGirl Charcoal (335) (P, $4.99) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Showgirl (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Natasha Denona Quick Silver (09M) (P, $29.00) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Piaf (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Cyber (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME108 Steel (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Buxom Cool Caviar (P, $12.00) is darker (80% similar). Lancome Nuit (P, $19.00) is darker (80% similar). Makeup Geek Tin Man (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sephora Minne Beauty Eyeshadow Palette Minnie's World in Color
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total
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Kat Von D Rust Shade + Light Quad

Kat Von D Rust Shadow + Light Quad
Kat Von D Rust Shadow + Light Quad

Kat Von D Rust 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. This is a warmer, richer take on neutrals, because of the inclusion of the more darker orange shade.

Rust (Base) is a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff but was moderately powdery, so it did sheer out and was hard to apply at full intensity without a tacky base (to give it something to really stick to) — traditional primers were not enough. On me, the color lasted for seven and a half hours before fading slightly. bareMinerals Fortune (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Lancome My French #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Sorbet (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #4 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Frisco (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Pink Sands (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Chanel Rose de Mai (P, $29.50) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rust (Define) is a muted, dark brown with warm, red undertones and a matte finish. It had very nearly opaque pigmentation that applied without losing intensity. The texture was a smidgen powdery, though it was very smooth. Of all the “Define” shades, this one was the easiest to use and most blendable; it still required some extra work, but it wasn’t frustrating to use overall. It lasted for eight hours before showing signs of fading. LORAC Bark (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Smashbox Angles (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Corduroy (P, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Sippy Sippy (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Fudge (P, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). Laura Mercier Hot Chocolate (LE, $23.00) is cooler (90% similar). Inglot #327 (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Violeta (LE, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Ganache (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Truffle (P, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Coloured Raine Chocolate (P, $6.99) is cooler (90% similar). Natasha Denona Arizona (88V) (P, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Hot Chocolate (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M600 Pink Brown (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Charmed, I'm Sure (P, $16.00) is more muted, cooler (85% similar). MAC Choco Cake (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Cloud Nine (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Whiskey (P, $19.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Espresso (P, $16.00) is more muted, warmer (85% similar). Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #4 (P, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rust (Contour) is a muted, medium-dark rusty orange with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation with a really smooth, finely-milled texture that was just a smidgen powdery but was one of the least powdery shades across the four quads. I didn’t have any issues with the color blending and diffusing, and it wore for eight hours on me. Sephora Terracotta (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop GNO (LE, $5.00) is cooler (95% similar). Natasha Denona Sinai (121CM) (LE, ) is brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Bunny Fu-Fu (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Adobe (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Tangerine (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Zoeva Chat Late at Night (P, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Viseart Brique (P, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Criss Cross (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Isabel (LE, $12.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Kat Von D Cleopatra (P, ) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Elixir (LE, $5.00) is darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Morocco (P, $6.00) is brighter (85% similar). Too Faced Nuts About U (LE, $16.00) is darker (80% similar). Urban Decay Bitter (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). MAC Rule (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Kat Von D Wrath (P, ) is darker, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rust (Highlight) is a light beige with warm undertones and a satin finish. There is very, very subtle micro-shimmer that gives it a less-than-matte finish, but it isn’t overtly shimmery or frosty on. It had fairly good pigmentation with a soft, lightly powdery texture that was smooth and finely-milled to the touch. The eyeshadow blended out well on the skin and lasted for eight hours. Dior Golden Reflections #4 (LE, )(100% similar). Anastasia Vanilla (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Queen Bee (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Mylar (DC, $16.00) is brighter (95% similar). theBalm Fearless (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Givenchy Delicate #4 (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Laura Mercier Buttercream (P, $23.00) is brighter (95% similar). Guerlain Beaugrenelle #3 (P, ) is darker, warmer (95% similar). MAC Vanilla (P, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Compassionate (LE, ) is brighter (95% similar). Ulta Bone (P, $10.00) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Linen (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Lancome Chouquette (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Anonymous (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Zoeva Bitter Start (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Righteous (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Alabaster (P, ) is darker (95% similar). Smashbox Vanilla (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Inglot #355 (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Beige (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | The quads contain the Shade + Light Eyeshadow formula, which 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.

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad Rust
Rust
Rust
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
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Kat Von D Plum Shade + Light Quad

Kat Von D Plum Shadow + Light Quad
Kat Von D Plum Shadow + 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.

I have seen some mention that the larger Shade + Light palette is a better buy due to price/size, though it seems like it should come down to which one presents the better color combination/most usable amount of shades. The quads cost $123.81/oz., while the larger palette costs $76.67/oz. — it is pretty common for a quad to cost more (per ounce) compared to a much larger palette, and the pricing doesn’t seem really off the mark to me. The quads are housed in a thicker, plastic component, whereas the larger palette is a slimmer, cardboard-based product.

Plum (Base) is a light-medium, rosy pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, lightly powdery texture that was very smooth and blendable. It wore well for eight hours on me. bareMinerals Beautiful (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Missing My Baby (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #8 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Inglot #341 (P, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Monochrome #3 (P, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Dreamboat (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Rose de Mai (P, $29.50) is lighter (90% similar). MAC You're Bluffing (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Huda Beauty Shy (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Tan (LE, $19.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Pink Sands (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Nutrelle (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Nectar (P, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC For Your Pleasure (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Frisco (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more muted, cooler (80% similar). IT Cosmetics Desire (P, ) is cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Plum (Define) is a dark plum with soft, warmer undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation with a fairly soft, smooth texture that kicked up some excess in the pan but didn’t seem to have real fall out during application. The color could have been easier to work with, though, as it was harder to blend it on on its own. It was doable when using some of the other lighter shades in the palette to layer and soften the edges, and this was true even over primer. MAC Snappy Style (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Smashbox Editor (P, ) is more muted (95% similar). LORAC Plum (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Two Much (LE, $5.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Ciate Day Dream (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Lethal (P, $19.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Clarins Rosewood #4 (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Mancat (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Razy (LE, $5.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Still Life (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Worthy (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Getty Up & Go (LE, ) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Power Plum (LE, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). LORAC Cabernet (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Punk (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Colour Pop Damsel (LE, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Plum (Contour) is a muted, medium-dark smoky plum with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture that ran powdery–it was the “loosest” in the palette, so it sheered out easily. The color still lasted for eight hours before fading. bareMinerals Flash (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Mulberry (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Dreams (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Plum Smoke (P, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Misty Mauve (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Inglot #358 (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Benefit Rain Check (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Buon Fresco (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Wisteria (LE, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Vintage (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Best Friend (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Be You (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Rendezvous (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Stormy Pink (P, $18.50) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Too Faced Blackberry (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). LORAC Violet Gray (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Plum (Highlight) is a very light, pinky-lavender with cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation, though the texture was rather powdery and tended to drop a lot of excess product when applied. I was using it as a brow bone highlighter, and even after tapping prior to applying, there was still enough that required me to have to reapply/blend out colors on my lid. The color lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Anastasia Baby Cakes (P, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Flounce (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Bonfire (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Jelly Donut (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Candy Cane (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Velvet Lavender (LE, $14.00) is cooler (95% similar). Sephora Ballet (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Stila Pale Pink (LE, $18.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty With Style (P, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #1 (LE, ) is brighter (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Rose Quartz (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Dior Celeste (121) (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). L'Oreal Mademoiselle Pink (P, $5.99) is brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Kitten (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Dior Contraste Horizon #3 (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). bareMinerals Aaah (LE, ) is brighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 1 (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Colour Me Spoiled (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Wrapped Up (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M870 Yogurt (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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

MAC Dark Energy Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad
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!

Dark Energy #1 is a bright, silvery white with cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque coverage both dry and damp; the only difference seemed to be that the finish became more metallic when applied damp. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. The color lasted for six and a half hours dry, seven hours damp. Buxom Velvet Snow (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). NARS Rue Allent (Left) (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Treasure Me (LE, $20.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Holy, Holy (LE, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). Guerlain Cygne Blanc #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Letty Lynton (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME122 Snow (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles #8 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Clarins Garden Escape #1 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Jazz #2 (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). MAC A Party of Pastels #1 (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Tassel (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Antique White (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Les Nuees #2 (LE, ) is brighter (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #14 (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME202 Iceberg Blue (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). NYX Frostbite (P, $6.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dark Energy #2 is a muted, light cloudy blue with subtle, cool undertones and a frosted sheen. Applied dry, it had sheer coverage and looked more white than blue; it also wore for six hours before fading. Applied damp, it had mostly opaque coverage with a stronger blue tint, and it started to fade after seven hours of wear. Dior Blue Garden #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Iced Blue (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Parisian Sky #4 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Promesse #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). theBalm #34 (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Rondelle (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Smashbox Sky (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Sephora Sweet Dreams (17) (P, $10.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Starry Night #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Maybelline Cool Crush (LE, $6.99) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). Makeup Geek Atlantis (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). MAC Water & Ice #1 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). Anastasia Icy (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dark Energy #3 is a light-medium blue with cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation and six-hour wear when applied dry. Applying the eyeshadow damp yielded more opaque coverage with a stronger sheen, and it stayed on better at seven hours of wear. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. Sephora Blue Rhythm (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #22 (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Blue Moon (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Sky (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Citadel (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Sephora Sweet Dreams (17) (P, $10.00) is warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Iced Blue (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Inglot #429 (P, $6.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). MAC Bright Moon (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). MAC Water & Ice #1 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). CoverGirl Ice Flame (345) (P, $7.99) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Milani Bella Sky (08) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dark Energy #4 is a sooty black with cool undertones and a satin finish. Unfortunately, while the rest of the palette was decent, this one was a major let-down due to a very dusty, thin texture that was hard to apply and blend out on the skin, as it would adhere to some places but not others. MAC Nutcracker (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Black Velvet (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Black Tie Beauty (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Black (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Jazz #4 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Lancome It list (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad Dark Energy
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
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