Sneak Peek: Sephora + Pantone Universe Facets of Marsala Eye Palette Photos & Swatches

Sephora + Pantone Universe Facets of Marsala Eye Palette ($39.00 for 0.41 oz.) is a set of 24 eyeshadows to celebrate the color of the year: Marsala. Last year’s palette was larger in size and in amount ($48.00 for 1.53 oz.) with 24 eyeshadows and one blush. This year, there are still 24 eyeshadows (but no blush), and each eyeshadow is 0.017 oz. (compared to 0.059 oz. each) — just a heads up. As of this morning, it is already available for purchase from Sephora. I’m working through testing the shades, but there are quite a few here, so while I’m working as fast as I can, it may be three or four days before I have a review ready (possibly longer).

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Sephora + Pantone Universe Facets of Marsala Eye Palette

MAC Force of Nature & Natural Vigor Mineralize Eyeshadows

MAC Natural Vigor Mineralize Eyeshadow ($22.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “shimmery champagne peach.” MAC described the finish as “half pearl/half frost.” It seems less like a duo differentiated by finish and more like a traditional duo with one lighter and one darker shade, though they’re both in the same color family.

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MAC Force of Nature Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo Natural Vigor
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
89%
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NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette ($79.00 for 0.24 oz.) includes eight shades, seven of which are part of the permanent range (Ursa Major is, at this time, exclusive to the palette). The Dual-Intensity formula is supposed to give eight-hour, can be used wet or dry (dry for “sheer soft touch of sensual color” and wet for “high-impact finish”). They are sheerer applied dry, but I find them surprisingly buildable dry as well, so it takes two to three layers, and it doesn’t take real packing on, just going back for a little more product. They will be more intense right off the bat if applied with a damp brush, though, which is as described. The formula has a soft, finely-milled feel to it, and they’re very smooth and easily blended on the skin. The only downside is the wear varies anywhere from six to nine hours, and dry application seems to consistently wear between six and seven hours before creasing, whereas damp application lasts slightly longer with seven to nine hours of wear. The eyeshadows felt and performed very much in line with their permanent counterparts, but some of the under-performers from the original launch seemed improved in this palette, which is very rare to see.

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NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette
NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
90%
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Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Eye Palette ($49.00 for 0.53 oz.) contains sixteen eyeshadows, and it is described as a “deeper, warmer version” of the original Chocolate Bar palette. (Why couldn’t they have gone for a deeper, cooler-toned version instead? The first was certainly warm-toned!) The palette is decent overall with a few shades that could be better, but most had a soft, silky consistency that wasn’t too powdery but remained blendable. The formula here is thinner rather than really buttery or dense, but only a few felt dry and thin. I didn’t like the glittery shade included in this palette, as it didn’t adhere well to skin, resulted in fall out all over the place (both during application as well as during wear), and doesn’t layer well over the other eyeshadows so it seemed like a waste to me. If I take out Pink Sugar’s rating (and pretend it doesn’t exist), it boosts the palette’s grade to a higher B (not quite a B+).

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Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Eye Palette
Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Palette Semi-Sweet
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
84%
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Sneak Peek: Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Eye Palette Photos & Swatches

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Eye Palette ($49.00 for 0.53 oz.) contains sixteen eyeshadows. It’s currently available to VIB/VIB Rouges at Sephora, but it will launch for everyone on December 15th and be in-store in January. I tested about half of the shades yesterday and will be testing the other half today, with a review hopefully tomorrow 🙂

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Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Kat Von D Innerstellar Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Innerstellar Eyeshadow Palette ($46.00 for 0.60 oz.) is most notable as being a more cool-toned palette in what feels like a neverending sea of warm-toned palettes. It’s decent to good, but a few shades were troublesome to wear on bare skin as they didn’t adhere as well and tended to look faded and uneven. Some shades wore for six hours, others wore for a full eight. The texture of the eyeshadows, on the whole, was soft, finely-milled, and smooth. There were a couple that were a little powdery, but some were really easy to work with. For me, it was a bit of a mixed bag, and that always leaves me feeling lukewarm. I think if you use a white base or a good primer, it has potential, but it was a lot like Chrysalis in terms of how it felt and applied. I would have loved to see less mid-tone browns in this palette (perhaps a cool beige as one and a deeper brown).

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Kat Von D Innerstellar Eyeshadow Palette
Kat Von D Eyeshadow Palette Innerstellar
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
87%
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