Tom Ford Beauty Ripe Plum Eye Color Duo

Tom Ford Beauty Ripe Plum Eye Color Duo ($60.00 for 0.13 oz.) consists of a iridescent opal and deeper burgundy-brown. I like the concept, and the two colors work well off of each other, as when you blend them together, they create a lighter, iridescent plum shade, but they both have room for improvement.

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Tom Ford Beauty Ripe Plum Eye Color Duo
Tom Ford Beauty Eye Color Duo Ripe Plum
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
9.5
Application
4.5
Total
86%
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Tom Ford Beauty Raw Jade Eye Color Duo

Tom Ford Beauty Raw Jade Eye Color Duo ($60.00 for 0.13 oz.) consists of a brighter, iridescent green-tinged white and a deeper, olive green. The formula can be used wet or dry, with dry application for a “sleek and soft finish” or “wet for a bold and chromatic finish.” It is similar to products like MAC In Extra Dimension, NARS Dual Intensity, Estee Lauder Gelee, and so forth.

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Tom Ford Beauty Raw Jade Eye Color Duo
Tom Ford Beauty Eye Color Duo Raw Jade
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
92%
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MAC x Cinderella Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 for 0.25 oz.) includes six eyeshadows with a neutral theme. Five of the six eyeshadows are part of the permanent range, which may be a deal-breaker for long-time MAC fans. On the bright side, those five permanent eyeshadows are as good in the palette as they are individually. The only shade I had real trouble with was the limited edition color.

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MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette
MAC 6-Pan Eyeshadow Palette Stroke of Midnight
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
91%
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NARS St-Paul-de-Vence Eyeshadow Duo

NARS St-Paul-de-Vence Eyeshadow Duo ($35.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a mix of orange and medium brown, both warm-toned shades. These actually applied with more pigmentation when pressed onto the skin with a fingertip, as brushes seemed to make them apply more sheerly with a muted quality to them, but the satiny brown goes on unevenly with that type of application, so you might opt for sponge-tipped applicators or use a slightly tacky base. The duo goes together, though there isn’t a lot of contrast, so it may be too subtle together for some.

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NARS St-Paul-de-Vence Eyeshadow Duo

Round-up: Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes Overview & Thoughts

Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes ($58.00 for 0.175 oz. each) debuted this spring as a new formula from the brand. There are seven variations, and each palette has five different shades. I didn’t like any of them, and I would never use any of these again personally, because they’re just far too time-consuming to work with. I’m a fan of Hourglass, and I loved their previous eyeshadow duos (some of the best eyeshadows on the market), so I was incredibly surprised to have such a poor experience with their newest formula.

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Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes

Hourglass Obscura Modernist Eyeshadow Palette

Hourglass Obscura Modernist Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.17 oz.) is supposed to be a mix of “earth tones.” It’s consistent with the other palettes I’ve reviewed: disappointing. The texture of the eyeshadows is absolutely soft and finely-milled, but those positive characteristics are outweighed by how dusty and powdery the end result is. These are frustrating to use; they are not effortless, and half of the time, despite being so soft, they don’t go on smoothly, tend to look uneven, and require some elbow grease to blend. I also noticed that this particular palette seemed to have more overlap with the other palettes (but it could just be that it is last to be reviewed).

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Hourglass Obscura Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette Obscura
C+
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
79%
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