Hourglass Graphite Modernist Eyeshadow Palette

Hourglass Graphite Modernist Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.175 oz.) is an interesting mix of neutrals with two pops of bolder color–a coppery-orange and a bluish-teal. The new formula is supposed to be long-wearing, “crease-resistant,” and “richly-pigmented.” Though I am a fan of Hourglass and often think they put out excellent products, I wasn’t too impressed by this eyeshadow palette. The matte shades, while incredibly soft and finely-milled, are extremely powdery to work with. There is an excessive amount of powder kicked up just touching the brush to the surface, and even after tapping that excess off the brush, there is still fall out during application. The mattes didn’t wear well, and they were harder to blend on the skin for me.

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Hourglass Graphite Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette Graphite
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Product
7
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
76%
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Guerlain Les Nuees (18) Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Les Nuees (18) Eyeshadow Palette ($65.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a new, limited edition cooler-toned set of shades. I felt like the color combination really needed another mid-tone or medium-dark shade, because the three lighter shades tended to muddy together, while the navy blue was almost too dark and harsh in comparison. The color payoff varied from shade to shade, and none of the shades wore particularly well on me as most were prone to fading.

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Guerlain Les Nuees (18) Eyeshadow Palette
Guerlain L’Ecrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette Les Nuees (18)
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Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
79%
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Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma (216) EyeShadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma (216) Style Eye-Con No.7 Plush Shadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) is mix of pinks and neutrals with most shades running slightly warm, though two are cooler-toned. There are two mattes, while the other five are more frosted/metallic. I liked them individually more than I liked them together, personally (I think there are perhaps too many mid-tones for my liking), and I felt like they worked better if one only used two or three shades at a time. There were no duds in the palette at all, and that is always an impressive feat for a palette that goes over four or five shades. I had no issues getting good pigmentation to show up on bare skin, even with the more matte shades, which made it easy to use.

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Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma (216) Style Eye-Con No.7 Plush Shadow Palette
Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con No. 7 The Enigma (216)
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Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
93%
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LORAC Unzipped Gold Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Unzipped Gold Eyeshadow Palette ($42.00 for 0.58 oz.) is new palette for spring that includes ten eyeshadows and a mini Behind The Scenes Eye Primer. It’s new and permanent with an official release date of January 15th. It’s the same size (but in terms of the palette itself and amount of product you get) as the original, which is always nice to see. On the back of the packaging, it states that the “Shimmer Eye Shadows can be used wet,” whereas I think LORAC typically describes their eyeshadow formula (as a whole) is as a wet/dry one. I actually appreciate the distinction as many matte formulas don’t play well with water (the surface will harden). The really metallic shades definitely apply more smoothly with a dampened brush, but there’s a delicate balance in application with them due to their really soft, dense consistencies. If you over-apply damp, it can look almost wrinkled on the skin, and when you apply dry, the metallic shades almost crumble at times if you try to apply like a regular eyeshadow–use less than you think you need.

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LORAC Unzipped Gold Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette Unzipped Gold
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
91%
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LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette & Alter Ego Set

LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette & Alter Ego Set ($30.00 for 0.54 oz.) includes a palette of four blushes (each is 0.105 oz.) and a full-sized lipstick (0.12 oz.). The blushes had good color payoff with soft, silky consistencies–the mattes could be a little dusty to work with but didn’t look powdery on the skin–and lasted between eight and nine hours on me. They layer and mix well with each other, so you can adjust the warmth/coolness of your look as well as the shimmer level. This is a limited edition, ULTA exclusive for spring (I don’t have an exact release date yet).

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LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette
LORAC Spring 2015 Cheek & Lip Set Unzipped Cheek Palette & Alter Ego Set
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Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
91%
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Cle de Peau Silver Eclipse (306) Eye Color Quad

Cle de Peau Silver Eclipse (306) Eye Color Quad ($55.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a set of peach, plum, silver, and black. It reminded me of New Year’s Eve for some reason (maybe it’s the mixture of black and silver with an overall metallic sheen). I think the colors work really well together, but I wasn’t as impressed with the pigmentation or the texture of two of the shades. At this price point, I would expect perfection, particularly with respect to being soft, smooth, and blendable. It did apply better than I think it swatched, which was a nice surprise, but it could have been better. (Note, the price is for just the pan of four shades, if you want the official compact to house them, that will run you an additional $25. I keep all of mine in a Z-palette.)

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Cle de Peau Silver Eclipse (306) Eye Color Quad
Cle de Peau Eyeshadow Quad Silver Eclipse (306)
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Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
86%
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