Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette ($34.00 for 0.40 oz.) includes eight eyeshadows in neutral tones with some warmer, some cooler-toned shades. It features a new eyeshadow formula, which Tarte describes as a “cream powder” that is “pigmented” and “blendable.” It’s a much denser, richer formula that is smooth but firmer in the pan (but not in a stiff way) that goes on better–it is similar to formulas like Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow and Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadow. I am all for this new formula, because it performs well without primer, which has always been an area where Tarte’s powder eyeshadows have been more hit or miss. These are pigmented, blendable, and adhere to bare skin without primer–and I still get good wear (8 hours across the board), which you can obviously extend or insure if you wear primer normally. The biggest thing is really this formula is far easier to blend out and nothing turned patchy or uneven.

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Palette Rainforest of the Sea
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
94%
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Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette

Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette ($42.00 for 0.20 oz.) features two shimmery highlighters and one setting powder (center shade). According to Tarte, that setting powder is a “universal matte sand that brightens and corrects any darkness under the eyes.” I doubt that it is universally workable, as it is a pretty light shade. As I mentioned in the sneak peek, I had tremendous issues with the consistency of the center shade to the point where even I–a skeptic–think that there’s a manufacturing error in its creation, because when I try swatching it, it sounds like sandpaper as it is so dry. It just seems like someone forgot an ingredient or double-salted the batch; I don’t know if I’ve ever had a powder feel like this one does. Short of jabbing at it with a metal spatula, not much product comes off the surface. At $42, a center shade that is faulty at best, horrible at worst is just difficult to justify.

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Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette
Tarte Lighting Palette Skin Twinkle
D
Product
6
Pigmentation
6
Texture
5.5
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
Total
64%
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Chanel Tisse Beverly Hills (262) Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Tisse Beverly Hills (262) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad ($61.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a new palette that was released with the spring collection. It wasn’t originally available when I purchased pieces to review from the launch, but I saw it a couple of weeks ago when they released Les Sautoirs de Coco. It’s a fairly brighter, more colorful set of hues for Chanel, and if you tend to like your colors really bold and rich, I would look elsewhere. I have had better luck with the newer Chanel quads, but this was a miss for me, and it seemed to wear and crease faster than usual, too, which was unexpected.

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Chanel Tisse Beverly Hills (262) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow Tisse Beverly Hills (262)
D+
Product
6
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6.5
Longevity
7
Application
4
Total
68%
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ColourPop KaePop Super Shock Shadow Set

ColourPop KaePop Super Shock Shadow Set ($20.00 for 4 x 0.07 oz.) includes four full-sized cream eyeshadows. ColourPop split up the set again, so if you only like one or two shades, you can pick them up individually (there’s no price discount for buying all four, but it’ll come in a square, cardboard box when purchased as a set). The wear across all four shades was great–over ten hours strong–and I only had some application issues with Beverly, which was less pigmented and prone to becoming patchy if I wasn’t careful (it is easier to work with layered over one of the other shades as a result).

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ColourPop KaePop Super Shock Shadow Set
Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Quad KaePop
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
92%
Limited Edition
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MAC Eye Z You Eyeshadow Palette (Zac Posen)

MAC Eye Z You Eyeshadow Palette ($43.50 for 0.19 oz.) is a pink and plum-hued palette with a subdued gray in the mix. There are six shades, and two appear to be totally new-to-me, while three are repromotes from past releases (two are from larger permanent palettes) and one is permanent as a single (Phloof!). It’s decent, and I was able to use all six shades on their own with some success, but some of the shades are drier to work with.

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MAC Eye Z You Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Eyeshadow x 6 Palette Eye Z You
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
84%
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MAC x Zac Posen Haute Contour Powder Blush Duo

MAC Haute Contour Powder Blush Duo ($29.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a split-pan product with one shade being more of your traditional bronzer and the other being a pink-coral. Neither shade performed well, but the more blush-like shade had a really firm, hard press that required jabbing at the powder’s surface to get decent color out of it. This is at least the third time in recent memory that MAC has released a mid-tone brown/pink-coral blush duo, and I wonder why they haven’t been able to jump out of the box–it’s becoming like NARS Laguna/Orgasm over here.

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MAC Haute Contour Powder Blush Duo
MAC Zac Posen Powder Blush Duo Haute Contour
F
Product
5
Pigmentation
6
Texture
4.5
Longevity
7
Application
4
Total
59%
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