bareMinerals The Magic Act Eye & Cheek Palette

bareMinerals The Magic Act Eye & Cheek Palette ($39.00 for 0.63 oz.) contains six eyeshadows, one highlighter, and three blushes in a fold-up palette. Each eyeshadow is 0.04 oz., while the Luminizer is 0.09 oz. and each blush is 0.10 oz. It’s a nice palette for someone who’s looking for a range of warm-toned neutrals in a variety of finishes paired with blush. There are a lot of neutral-themed palettes out there now, so this might not be a must-have, but at least this one is high quality and the added pairing of blushes makes it slightly different. If you’re a regular Ready fan, you may find this contains too many shades you already have as there are a few from previous holiday sets and/or permanent range.

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bareMinerals The Magic Act Eye & Cheek Palette
bareMinerals Eye & Cheek Palette (Holiday 2014) The Magic Act
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
93%
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bareMinerals I Love the Night Life Eyeliner Set

bareMinerals I Love the Night Life Eyeliner Set ($29.00 for 0.06 oz.) includes five shades of the brand’s Lasting Line Long-Wearing Eye Liner. As was the case with Afternoon Delights, it’s a frustrating formula to use, as the consistency is very dry and stiff. It drags and pulls at the skin, so the pigmentation suffers a lot, and even when you attempt to layer, the color is often uneven.

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bareMinerals I Love the Night Life Eyeliner Set
bareMinerals Lasting Line Long-Wearing Eye Liner Set I Love the Nightlife
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Product
4.5
Pigmentation
4
Texture
4.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
3
Total
52%
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Laura Mercier Holiday 2014 Artist Palette for Eyes & Cheeks

Laura Mercier Holiday 2014 Artist Palette for Eyes & Cheeks ($58.00 for 0.48 oz.) includes eight eyeshadows and one cheek color. The eyeshadows lean slightly cool-toned overall, but the cheek color is really warm, and I felt like it didn’t complement the eyeshadows well. Nearly all of the eyeshadows in the palette were slightly powdery, with the more shimmery shades having a dry, powdery consistency, whereas the mattes were silky and soft and a wee bit powdery (but better than stiff). Most of the eyeshadows lasted for eight hours, while the blush wore well for seven and a half hours on me. This palette is exclusive to Sephora.

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Laura Mercier Holiday 2014 Artist Palette for Eyes & Cheeks
Laura Mercier Artist Palette for Eyes & Cheeks Holiday 2014
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Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
87%
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Anastasia Tamanna Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Tamanna Eyeshadow Palette ($29.00 for 0.25 oz.) includes ten eyeshadows that range from warm beige to bluish-teal to cranberry to taupe. This is one of the better Anastasia palettes I’ve come across, as the eyeshadows were more consistent in texture and payoff–they weren’t as dry as past palettes I’ve tried from the brand. All except one shade wore well for eight hours, and there was really only shade that was a bit of a let-down (but not a total miss).

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Anastasia Tamanna Eyeshadow Palette
Anastasia Eyeshadow Palette Tamanna
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9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
90%
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Anastasia Maya Mia Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Maya Mia Eyeshadow Palette ($29.00 for 0.25 oz.) includes ten eyeshadows that range from light beige to deep brown to a pop of aqua and peach. Some shades are nice, other shades are a little powdery or dry, so it’s more of a mixed bag. There’s a dryness to a lot of Anastasia’s eyeshadows that keep them from feeling like a truly fantastic eyeshadow, but a good primer can help them go on more smoothly without having to really pack it on (to retain vibrancy). The Aqua shade was a total dud and shows up as a muddy mess on the lid without a sticky, white base. I am always surprised at how well they wear, despite the drier texture, though, even without primer (about eight hours for most shades). If you have a few of Anastasia’s palette, there tend to be a few repeats per palette.

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Anastasia Maya Mia Eyeshadow Palette
Anastasia Eyeshadow Palette Maya Mia
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
83%
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Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne Style Eye-Con No. 7 Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne Style Eye-Con No. 7 Palette ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a new, limited edition holiday palette that runs very cool-toned. It’s always nice to see a more cool-toned palette, since they’re not as common as you might think (and most, like this one, are limited edition). Overall, it’s a nice palette with cooler, smokier shades that run from deep gray to soft white. Two shades had slightly drier textures, but most shades had good color payoff, long-wear, and were blendable on the skin.

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Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne Style Eye-Con No. 7 Palette
Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con No. 7 The Parisienne
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
91%
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