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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Gucci Malachite Magnetic Color Shadow Duo

Gucci Malachite Magnetic Color Shadow Duo ($49.00 for 0.09 oz.) features the Magnetic Color Shadow formula, which is supposed to be “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.”) Both of these shades were quite pigmented, and the texture was soft and smooth, though the right shade had a little dryness to it while the left shade was fantastic.

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Gucci Malachite Magnetic Color Shadow Duo
Gucci Beauty Magnetic Color Shadow Duo Malachite
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
93%
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Hello Kitty Pop-Up Party Eyeshadow Palette (Quick)

Hello Kitty Pop-Up Party Eyeshadow Palette ($52.00 for 0.70 oz.) includes twenty eyeshadows in an array of colors and neutrals with a variety of finishes. I love the concept–colors, neutrals, mattes, satins, shimmers–but I think the quality is missing. Often, you’ll see collaborations or non-beauty brands put out makeup, and the first thought is, “This is going to suck, it’s just a gimmick.” Sometimes you’re surprised, and sometimes, you’re not at all. The eyeshadow formula used here feels cheap, because they’re loaded with fillers that make these powdery, chalky, prone to fading, and under-pigmented. There’s no reason this shouldn’t perform at least decently–the price tag certainly leaves plenty of room to use quality ingredients and formulas. It is packaged similarly to Urban Decay’s Book of Shadows with a bulky, cardboard container with a pull-out drawer. The drawer doesn’t extend fully, so the top row of eyeshadows sits a little underneath the lip of the exterior cover.

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Hello Kitty Pop-Up Party Eyeshadow Palette
Hello Kitty Eyeshadow Palette Pop-Up Party
C-
Product
7
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
7
Application
4
Total
71%
Limited Edition
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