Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Tom Ford She Wolf Ombre Eye Color Trio Palette
Tom Ford She Wolf Ombre Eye Color Trio Palette

Tom Ford She Wolf Ombre Eye Color Trio Palette ($60.00) is described as “deep black/brown, light charcoal, and silver lead.” It’s a limited edition palette that contains three eyeshadows; mine came in sample packaging (no official labels or boxes), so I’m not sure of the amount of product in each, but the pans don’t look small. Tom Ford’s fall collection has started popping up at local counters but not yet online, though I’m sure it will be soon as the official launch is September. This is a nice, fairly neutral palette–except it does have a sparkly kick–that I could see some using near-daily and really enjoying. For others, it’s too basic, and I’m sure many of us have similar shades in our stashes.

I was actually quite surprised (pleasantly!) that the sparkly shade didn’t have as much fall out as I’ve seen with other Tom Ford palettes (there is some, but I’d describe it as minor–room for improvement, not disastrous). I wore all three shades together, and I didn’t have any issues with the colors fading or creasing over an eight-hour period (no primer) but some faint signs of fading as we neared nine hours (and then it continued to fade).  Tom Ford actually released an eye primer with this collection (I don’t have it), but I’m certainly curious how it would perform with his sparkly shades (it purports to deliver 15-hour wear). The texture of the palette is incredible, as the two less shimmery shades were unbelievably silky, and then the sparkly shade felt more like a cream than a powder.

She Wolf #1 is a dark brown with neutral to cool undertones. It has a matte finish, and it had good color payoff. The texture was very, very soft–incredibly finely-milled, and you don’t need a lot of pressure to get product on the brush. If you use a lot of pressure, it can get a little powdery. Dior Night Golds #3 is sparkly. bareMInerals Apropos is cooler-toned. MAC Showstopper is similar. LORAC Espresso is slightly darker. bareMinerals Boardroom is a touch warmer. theBalm Matt Ramirez is similar. See comparison swatches.

She Wolf #2 is a dark, gray-tinged brown with reddish-orange tones. It appears to be warm-toned, but the surface has a gray cast to it. It had great color payoff, and the texture felt silky-smooth! Urban Decay Barlust is darker. MAC Aloha is lighter. Guerlain Turandot #4 is warmer. See comparison swatches.

She Wolf #3 is a sparkly, medium brown with slight yellow undertones. It feels almost wet in the pan, and it yields good color payoff (surprisingly!) that was both color and sparkle. Applied, there was some fall out (and I patted it on with a flat, firm brush–MAC’s 242) during application, but very minimal additional fall out while worn. I noticed a few sparkles after eight hours of wear, but the majority had somehow managed to stick to the lid. (I have always had fairly bad luck with Tom Ford’s sparkly shades.)   Disney Sultana is less sparkly. MAC Romantico is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches.

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She Wolf

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This is a nice, fairly neutral palette--except it does have a sparkly kick--that I could see some using near-daily and really enjoying. For others, it's too basic, and I'm sure many of us have similar shades in our stashes. I was actually quite surprised (pleasantly!) that the sparkly shade didn't have as much fall out as I've dealt with in other Tom Ford palettes.

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Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Mod (112) Style Eye-Con No. 3 Palette
Marc Jacobs Beauty The Mod (112) Style Eye-Con No. 3 Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Mod (112) Style Eye-Con No. 3 Palette ($42.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a trio of eyeshadows with a smoky, monochromatic vibe. The formula in these is supposed to “allow true, instant color payoff and long-lasting, plush performance.” The three eyeshadows vary in size, with the lightest being the largest and the darkest being the smallest. The white eyeshadow is the best performer, as it is pigmented and had a good texture, while the other two were less impressive and required some extra work/patience to get to work just right. I think the palette is a rather basic set of shades, so it’s a real shame this didn’t knock it out of the park–because a good smoky eye palette is always a nice color combination for a permanent range.

The Mod #1 is described as an “eggshell white.” It’s a neutral-toned white with a satin finish; it’s not a stark, bright white, but it’s not so warm that it looks more ivory than white. It had really nice color payoff, though the texture was just slightly powdery (but it was easy to blend). MAC This or That #1 is warmer. theBalm Metal-ica is more shimmery. Urban Decay Venus is more ivory-colored. Giorgio Armani Open is similar. See comparison swatches.

The Mod #2 is described as a “black with iridescent shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark matte black with silver and teal iridescent shimmer. The color payoff was good, but the texture was slightly dry and stiffer to work with than many of the other Marc Jacobs’ eyeshadows I’ve played with, so it does take extra work to blend it out on the lid. theBalm Guilty Gwen is more frosted. NARS Night Breed is more matte. Lancome The New Black is similar. Illamasqua Zeitgeist is also similar. Chanel Mirifique is more sparkly, cream. Sugarpill Stella is very similar. See comparison swatches.

The Mod #3 is described as a “light grayish taupe.” It’s a pale, cool-toned gray with hints of purple and a satiny sheen. It had decent color payoff, but this shade was somewhat powdery and slightly dry, so it was difficult to achieve opaque, lasting color. This one was prone to fading after six hours of wear. NARS Namibia is matte. Disney What’s It is lighter. MAC Silver Gull is sparkly. Giorgio Armani Moonlight White #2 is similar. See comparison swatches.

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The Mod (112)

B
I think the palette is a rather basic set of shades, so it's a real shame this didn't knock it out of the park--because a good smoky eye palette is always a nice color combination for a permanent range.

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Monday, August 12th, 2013

Giorgio Armani Scarabeo Face & Eye Palette
Giorgio Armani Scarabeo Face & Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani Scarabeo Face & Eye Palette ($88.00 for 0.44 oz.) is a new and limited edition palette for fall. Overall, I found the pigmentation of this palette to vary from decent to good, but the texture was on the dry side (except for the blush, which had a very lovely consistency) and somewhat powdery. The colors didn’t blend as easily on the lid as other Giorgio Armani eyeshadows have for me (many of them blend effortlessly). If you have drier eyelids, I would definitely stay away from this palette. When I wore the three eyeshadows, they looked noticeably faded after seven hours, and they had almost disappeared by ten hours (no primer); with a primer, they lasted slightly longer until eight and a half hours before starting to fade. The blush lasted well for eight hours and showed slight signs of fading after nine hours. It’s not a terrible palette–it’s decent, but at $88, it should be much better than that.

Light Pink Blush is a rosy plum with a frosted finish. It had fantastic color payoff and a soft, finely-milled texture that applied evenly and was easy to blend out on the skin. The finish is rather shimmery, so it does emphasize pores ever-so-slightly. NARS Oasis is pinker. NARS Lovejoy is darker. Chanel Plum Attraction is darker, less warm. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Copper Wood is a cool-toned, dark brown with green and bronze flecks of shimmer. It had fairly good color payoff, but the texture was somewhat dry and powdery–and I felt like this translated on the lid, too. Chanel Mystere #4 is more matte, lighter. theBalm Sophisticated is similar. Dior Golden Savannah 5 is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Iridescent Jade is a cool-toned, medium-dark green with a pale gold shimmer-sheen. This shade has an overlay, so it appears like a springy green in the pan, but it is much darker underneath. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was a little dry. Sephora Walk on the Wild Side is warmer, greener. Tom Ford Emerald Lust #2 is lighter, more metallic. Chanel Metamorphose #1 is lighter. MAC Shimmermoss is lighter, bluer. MAC Aquadisiac is lighter, less shimmery. MAC Spruced is bluer. Make Up For Ever #302 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Sea Green is a muted, smoky green with cool undertones and a bluish tint. It had a soft, frosted finish. The color payoff was decent, but the texture was a little dry here, too. Giorgio Armani Black Pearl #3 is bluer. Dior Garden Pastels #5 is slightly greener. Make Up For Ever #302 is brighter. See comparison swatches.

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Scarabeo

B-

The quality of the blush really helped to keep the overall rating from sinking below a B-, as it had a lovely texture and wore well (though it emphasized pores slightly). The eyeshadows were disappointing, as they had a drier, powdery texture that didn't lie well on the skin.

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8/10

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9/10

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8/10

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Light Rose

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Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Guerlain Two Spicy Eyeshadow Duo
Guerlain Two Spicy Eyeshadow Duo

Guerlain Two Spicy Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Duo ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as “spicy coral” and “ebony brown.” The coral shade is the “luminous veil,” whereas the brown shade is the “pure color shadow,” with the former being somewhat sheer and the latter being intensely pigmented. I was incredibly surprised–happily, though–that despite the amount of sparkle in the coral shade that there was very little fall out during wear. I had some when I initially applied the color to the lid, but little and then maybe one or two flecks were visible eight hours later (and no creasing or fading for either shade to report). The brown applied beautifully and was very easy to blend out on the lid. Overall, the colors work well with each other, but there is such a dramatic difference in texture that I’m not totally sold on the pairing, and I wish the coral shade was more flattering applied.

Two Spicy #1 is a medium orange with warm, reddish undertones and copper and gold sparkle. It had semi-opaque color payoff. It had a very unusual consistency, as it felt almost wet and like a cream product, though it is supposed to be a powder. It even pushes and dents in a little, as if it were a drier cream. It looked noticeably frosted and sometimes bunched up on itself on the lid, looking like chunks of sparkle on the lid. Applied with a fluffier brush, you would eliminate this issue but would get more of a wash of color. MAC Hot Paprika is similar but less sparkly. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #3 is pinker–more coral. See comparison swatches.

Two Spicy #2 is a dark, chocolate brown with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a mostly matte finish. It was nicely opaque and easy to apply–soft, finely-milled, and blendable. Bobbi Brown Chocolate is more shimmery. Urban Decay Snakebite is warmer, lighter. MAC Cross-Cultural is similar. MAC Brown Down is more matte. See comparison swatches.

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Two Spicy (08)

A-
Overall, the colors work well with each other, but there is such a dramatic difference in texture that I'm not totally sold on the pairing, and I wish the coral shade was more flattering applied.

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9.5/10

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B+
It had a very unusual consistency, as it felt almost wet and like a cream product, though it is supposed to be a powder. It even pushes and dents in a little, as if it were a drier cream.

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8.5/10

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Two Spicy #2

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It is a dark, chocolate brown with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a mostly matte finish. It was nicely opaque and easy to apply--soft, finely-milled, and blendable.

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10/10

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10/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

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Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Guerlain Two Stylish (02) Eyeshadow Duo / Ecrin 2 Coueleurs
Guerlain Two Stylish (02) Eyeshadow Duo / Ecrin 2 Coueleurs

Guerlain Two Stylish (02) Eyeshadow Duo / Ecrin 2 Coueleurs ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “deep blue” and “metallic grey.” The duo comes in a narrow compact with two full-sized eyeshadows (actually, at 0.07 oz. a pop, they’re a bit larger than average, which is usually around 0.05 oz.) and a dual-ended sponge-tip applicator. Under the lid, a mirror spans the full length of it. I think I might of preferred a more square-shaped compact and left out the applicator, though the narrowness of the palette gives it a sleeker look. Guerlain describes the duos as having “one a pure color and one a luminous veil.” The more matte shade is supposed to be that “pure color” with “intense” color payoff, while the other is “a veil, a sparkly, or metallic texture that can add a layer of dazzling radiance.”

Two Stylish #1 is a cool-toned pewter–a little mix of gray and gold that comes out more gray than gold with a frosted, metallic finish. This is the “luminous veil” shade, and it had semi-opaque to mostly opaque color. It can be used with a lighter hand to achieve a more veil-like sheerness, but it’s fairly pigmented, which you may consider a happy accident or disappointment, depending on your preferences. The texture was soft, buttery, and very-nearly creamy. If you know me, you know I’m all for shades of pewter, and there are certainly a number of similar shades. Dior Constellation #2 is warmer. Tom Ford Emerald Lust #1 is lighter. MAC Vex has a violet duochrome. MAC Misty is lighter. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #4 is similar. Giorgio Armani #19 is slightly warmer. Dior Garden Roses #4 is darker. See comparison swatches.

Two Stylish #2 looks midnight blue in the pan, but it had a surprisingly greenish-yellow undertone that made it appear more like a blue-teal (but with stronger blue coloring) when swatched. I think it may be bluer with less teal influence on cooler complexions. The finish is mostly matte–there seemed to be a very faint satin sheen when you looked at it closely, but it was primarily matte in appearance from afar. It had decent color payoff, but I wouldn’t describe it as intense. The texture was somewhat dry, which may have been what interfered with getting really rich, true-to-pan pigmentation. On the lid, I applied it with a fluffy crease brush, which helped to loosen more product and get better payoff on the lid, and it helped blend the product out without trouble. Disney Lapis is brighter. MAC Pre-Packaged is more shimmery. Illamasqua Burst is brighter, less blue. See comparison swatches.

The two colors work well together, and I can certainly see why someone might love it, but I can also see why someone wouldn’t find it worth the expense.  I think it’s decent to good, but the blue shade needs more intensity to really live up to Guerlain’s description.  It would create and enable more dimension, depth, and make it a more versatile duo if that were the case.   I wore the palette over bare lids, and they wore well for eight hours with some minor fading of the blue shade becoming noticeable after nine hours of wear.  Over primer (I used NARS’ Smudge Proof), I didn’t see any signs of wear after nine hours.

The palette is permanent and will be available across all Guerlain retailers this August.

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The two colors work well together, and I can certainly see why someone might love it, but I can also see why someone wouldn't find it worth the expense. I think it's decent to good, but the blue shade needs more intensity to really live up to Guerlain's description. It would create and enable more dimension, depth, and make it a more versatile duo if that were the case.

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8/10

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8.5/10

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9/10

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This is the "luminous veil" shade, and it had semi-opaque to mostly opaque color. It can be used with a lighter hand to achieve a more veil-like sheerness, but it's fairly pigmented, which you may consider a happy accident or disappointment, depending on your preferences.

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9/10

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8.5/10

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Two Stylish #2

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It had decent color payoff, but I wouldn't describe it as intense. The texture was somewhat dry, which may have been what interfered with getting really rich, true-to-pan pigmentation.

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8/10

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8/10

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8/10

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Monday, July 29th, 2013

LORAC Pro Palette
LORAC Pro Palette

LORAC Pro Palette ($42.00 for 16 x 0.02 oz.; 1 x 0.19 oz.) consists of sixteen eyeshadows (half are shimmery, half are matte), plus a travel-sized Behind the Scenes Eye Primer, which comes in a squeeze-tube. The eyeshadows are supposed to be “ultra-pigmented” and can be applied wet or dry. What I like is that they’ve included the primer so you can get “stay-true color that lasts,” rather than tout the eyeshadows as forever-wearing on their own. Overall, the palette has good pigmentation, soft and smooth textures, and has a good mix of finishes (mattes and shimmers) in a neutral spectrum of colors–though there are a few bolder/richer shades included so it’s not merely a mix of beige and brown. When I wore the eyeshadows over LORAC’s primer, they lasted for ten hours without creasing or fading. When I wore them alone (and this is for reference and did not impact the rating, since it wasn’t a claim LORAC does make the claim that their eyeshadow formula, generally, is “long-lasting”), they lasted eight hours well and showed some light fading after nine hours of wear.

White is a crisp, slightly cool-toned white with a matte finish. The texture is soft, a bit powdery, and does look a little chalky against my skin tone (but blended out, with other shades–I used it mixed with Cream–or on paler skin tones, it should be fine). Sugarpill Tako is similar. bareMinerals Cumulus is cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever #00 is similar. Inglot #373 is also similar. Inglot #318 is a touch cooler. Bobbi Brown White is similar as well. See comparison swatches.

Cream is a pale beige with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It was the least pigmented shadow of the sixteen; the texture was a little stiff and dry, so it was a bit hard to get good color payoff. theBalm Adagio is very similar. Urban Decay Kinky is cooler-toned, lighter. Urban Decay Anonymous is comparable. Urban Decay Walk of Shame is slightly cooler-toned. NARS Biarritz is warmer. MAC Sahara Dust is more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Ivory is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Taupe is a warm-toned, medium-dark brown with a hint of gray and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. Urban Decay Beware is warmer. theBalm Allegro is lighter. NARS Flowers 3 #3 is more shimmery. MAC Caramel Sundae is more shimmery. MAC Aurora is more shimmery. Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes #4 is darker. Inglot #360 is slightly darker. Inglot #337 is a touch lighter and warmer. See comparison swatches.

Light Pink is a pale, light pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, but it was slightly powdery. theBalm Matt Chung is lighter. NARS Bouthan #1 is warmer. MAC Young Venus is more shimmery. Chanel Variation #1 is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Mauve is a muted, pink-plum with a matte finish. It had really nice color payoff, and the texture was very soft but a touch powdery. NARS Charade #1 is warmer, more shimmery. Illamasqua Forgiveness is darker. Inglot #344 is warmer. Bobbi Brown Dusty Lilac is similar. Le Metier de Beaute Icon is similar. See comparison swatches.

Sable is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a matte finish. It had very nice pigmentation and applied evenly and smoothly. NARS Surabaya #2 is more shimmery, warmer. NARS Flowers 3 #4 is more shimmery. MAC Take Root is more shimmery, cream product. Guerlain Turandot #4 is more shimmery. Estee Lauder Violet Underground #2 is more shimmery. Inglot #327 is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Espresso is a deep, dark taupe–a cool-toned, gray cast overwhelms the very dark brown base. It has a mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff, but the texture was slightly stiff. MAC Diamond Dove is warmer. bareMinerals Foreshadow is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches.

Black is medium-dark black with a matte finish. It had decent to good color payoff, and it is best applied by patting on, then blending, to maximize the intensity. theBalm Serious,  MAC Carbon, and Estee Lauder Violet Underground #4 are all similar.  See comparison swatches.

Nude is a warm, champagne beige with a frosted finish. It had nice color payoff and applied smoothly. MAC Smokeluxe #1 is warmer. theBalm Promiscuous Pearl is similar. Urban Decay Skimp is less shimmery. MAC Shroom is more beige. Illamasqua Slink is similar. Dior Fairy Golds #1 is similar. Chanel Raffinement is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Champagne is slightly rose-tinted and champagne-colored. Between this and Nude, there isn’t much of a noticeable difference–at least on my skin tone. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. Urban Decay Skimp is less shimmery. MAC Call Me Bubbles is less shimmery. Illamasqua Slink is similar. Chanel Raffinement is similar. See comparison swatches.

Gold is a rich, medium-dark copper with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. The color payoff was excellent, and the texture was soft and buttery. Marc Jacobs The Starlet #4 is more orange. Guerlain Cuivre Ora is darker. Urban Decay Penny Lane is lighter. NARS Isolde #1 is similar. MAC Campfire is more metallic, lighter. Guerlain Calligraphy #2 is less frosted, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Light Bronze is a warm-toned peach with yellow undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was very soft but a smidgen powdery. Disney Splendid is lighter. MAC Summer Haze is darker. MAC All That Glitters is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Pewter is a medium-dark brown with mostly neutral undertones–the top layer seems almost cool-toned, but the undertone seems slightly golden. It had good color payoff, and the texture felt soft and buttery, though a tiny bit powdery. Marc Jacobs The Starlet #3 is very similar. Dior Fairy Golds #5 is less shimmery. MAC Havana is warmer. Urban Decay Snakebite is darker, yellower. MAC Friendly is warmer, redder. Le Metier de Beaute Autumn Rust is more golden. Urban Decay Bewitch is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Garnet is a medium-dark, muted copper with reddish-brown undertones and a metallic sheen. It had fantastic pigmentation and applied evenly and smoothly. theBalm Racy Kacy is similar. NARS California is also similar–slightly redder. MAC In the Sun is redder. MAC Rusty is a cream product. MAC Deep Fixation is less shimmery, warmer. MAC Ever Elegant is darker. Burberry Dark Spice #3 is browner. See comparison swatches.

Deep Purple is a blackened purple with subtle, warm brown undertones and a dusting of plum micro-shimmer. It had a very pearly sheen–not quite a frost but more than a satin. It had nice color payoff, and it applied smoothly. Disney Wonder by Wonder is lighter. Illamasqua Queen of the Night is lighter. MAC Spellcaster is more matte. Giorgio Armani #3 is more metallic. See comparison swatches.

Slate is a deepened, cool-toned charcoal gray with flecks of teal micro-shimmer. It had good color payoff and had a smooth, buttery texture. Disney Flotsam is lighter. Urban Decay Ace isn’t as cool-toned. Make Up For Ever #1 is a cream product. Bobbi Brown Gunmetal is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

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Pro Palette

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Overall, the palette has good pigmentation, soft and smooth textures, and has a good mix of finishes (mattes and shimmers) in a neutral spectrum of colors--though there are a few bolder/richer shades included so it's not merely a mix of beige and brown.

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

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White

B+

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8.5/10

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9/10

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9/10

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B+

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8.5/10

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9/10

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9/10

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9/10

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