Guerlain Petrouchka Eye & Blush Palette

Guerlain Petrouchka Eye & Blush Palette ($90.00 for 0.42 oz.) includes five eyeshadows and four blushes. When you open the palette, you’ll see a tray of eyeshadows, and when you lift the tray, you’ll see four blushes–two as larger squares, two as smaller, rectangles. The colors chosen for the palette all work together very well, including the blushes. It is an incredibly warm-toned palette, and all of the eyeshadows have more frosted finishes (I would have loved to see two of them be more satiny with a lower sheen). The eyeshadows are extremely dupable, and two of the blushes are sheerer, slightly powdery/dry. Guerlain’s blush formula is interesting, because it’s not a formula that seems to swatch well, yet it looks far better applied to cheeks. They’re more buildable, and they don’t look dry applied nor are they difficult to blend out. I wish they had only done two blushes (or maybe even just one illuminating powder), because I had to use eyeshadow brushes to get the color out of the pan due to each pan being so small. The compact is a slightly mattified gold, and the red bow is an elastic that slides off (Guerlain had an image on its booklet that showed it being used as a hair tie).

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Guerlain Petrouchka Eye & Blush Palette
Guerlain A Night at the Opera Eye & Blush Palette Petrouchka
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
84%
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LORAC Mega Pro Palette

LORAC Mega Pro Palette ($59.00 for 0.62 oz.) includes 32 eyeshadows–16 matte, 16 shimmer from white to black to plum to teal. The palette is very warm-toned–only a handful of shades are neutral to cool–and it is a more light to mid-tone palette, but a lot of the shades run together. I don’t think the color composition is as good as it could be. Overall, the formula used in these eyeshadows had a very soft, silky feel, but it was soft enough that it is powdery and lots of excess product gets kicked up in the palette but also drops below the lid if you aren’t careful.

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LORAC Mega Pro Palette
LORAC Holiday 2014 Pro Palette Mega Pro
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
83%
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MAC Objects of Affection/Pink + Plum Lipglass (Quick)

MAC Objects of Affection/Pink + Plum Lipglass ($35.00 for 0.32 fl. oz.) includes three Cremesheen Glasses and one Dazzleglass. I’ve reviewed these shades in the past, so this is just a quick overview with photos and swatches.

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MAC Objects of Affection/Pink + Plum Lipglass
MAC Objects of Affection Lipglass Set Pink + Plum
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
6.5
Application
4.5
Total
81%
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Sneak Peek: LORAC Mega Pro Palette Photos & Swatches

LORAC Mega Pro Palette ($59.00 for 0.62 oz.) includes 32 eyeshadows–16 matte, 16 shimmer from white to black to plum to teal. It is a limited edition palette. My order just arrived this afternoon, so I’ll start testing it, but there weren’t too many obvious “that’s going to be a problem” eyeshadows and most felt like the eyeshadows from the previous Pro palettes–soft, silky (but sometimes powdery) mattes, more consistent shimmery shades (less likely to be powdery). It launches tomorrow, exclusively at Amazon and LORAC, so I figured that swatches might be helpful as it’ll take awhile to test 32 shades!

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LORAC Mega Pro Palette

MAC Keepsakes/Plum Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Keepsakes/Plum Eyes Eyeshadow Palette ($39.50 for 0.112 oz.) is one of three, 8-pan eyeshadow palettes for the holidays. Each eyeshadow is 0.014 oz., and even though there are eight of them, it’s noticeably less than past holiday palettes. In 2012 and 2013, they were 0.14 oz., and in 2011, they contained 0.21 oz. while pricing has stayed about the same. This year’s holiday packaging is very plastic-feeling, and the “pearls” that wrap around the palette lift a bit, so I don’t know if this is going to be particularly travel-friendly as far as durability goes. Since they put eight shades into the palette, each pan is on the smaller side, though it fits a MAC 239 and 217 brush comfortably. I do not find the quality of the holiday eyeshadow palettes to be on par with the average full-sized eyeshadow. This palette is all right; it works decently on the skin, but it takes some layering and packing on to make it all work.

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MAC Keepsakes/Plum Eyes Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Keepsakes Eyeshadow Palette Plum Eyes
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
82%
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Gucci Fume Magnetic Color Shadow Duo

Gucci Fumé Magnetic Color Shadow Duo ($49.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a nice pairing of colors, though it’s not knock-your-socks-off quality, and at this price point, you should love what you’re buying. The formula is described as “saturated with pigment,” but then, they later say “buildable color” yet it is “pretreated and primed for high-color impact.” (Under the monos, they only say “intensely pigmented,” while the quads say “saturated with color for a high-impact, buildable finish.”) Neither shade was perfect, and the right shade had a drier consistency that made it less blendable. I wish Gucci gave more product per pan or knocked down the price, because it seems overpriced relative to the other products in Gucci’s range (which are more comparable to Chanel and Dior pricing)–it would still be a luxury item either way, though, to be sure.

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Gucci Fumé Magnetic Color Shadow Duo
Gucci Beauty Magnetic Color Shadow Duo Fumé
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
86%
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