bareMinerals Degrees of Dazzling (Part 1)

bareMinerals Degrees of Dazzling ($79.00 for 20 x 0.01 oz.) contains twenty loose eyeshadows in four different finishes. There are five eyeshadows in each of these finishes: Velvet, High Shine, Glimmer, and Liner Shadow. If you’re someone who normally uses an eyeshadow primer or doesn’t mind using their loose eyeshadows with a damp brush, you’ll enjoy this set quite a bit. On the other hand, if you want the color to apply perfect with a dry application (and have no desire to use primer), then it’s decent to good, but it’s not outstanding. Some of the shades bind incredibly well together with just a brush and nothing else, but some require a damp brush and/or primer to allow the loose color to bind and smooth out. Generally, these wore between seven and nine hours for me, with the matte shades tending to wear a little shorter than the really rich, metallic shades.  Part two is here.

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bareMinerals Degrees of Dazzling
bareMinerals Eyecolor Set 2013 Degrees of Dazzling
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
86%
Limited Edition
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bareMinerals Crystallized Collection (Quick)

bareMinerals Crystallized Collection (was $54.00, now $38.00) is a holiday set that’s already on sale, so I guess the timing of this review still works out since now you can get it for even more of a steal than before! It contains eight products, and most of them are full-sized. Everything is in silver-hued packaging. The standsout in the kit are definitely the Eyeshadow Duo (but I’m such a huge fan of the formula, that’s not a surprise) and lipstick.

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bareMinerals Crystallized Collection
bareMinerals Full Face Collection 2013 Crystallized
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
89%
Limited Edition
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Too Faced The Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Too Faced The Chocolate Bar Eye Palette ($49.00 for 0.62 oz.) contains sixteen eyeshadows from pale beige to deep bronze, from matte to frost. The smaller eyeshadows are 0.03 oz. each, while the two larger ones are 0.10 oz. each. This palette will launch exclusively at Sephora on December 19th (though it is listed online now, but it is not in stock, and it was previously available for sale–I believe my mistake a couple of weeks ago). As far as I can tell, it’s permanent.  The entire palette smells like sweet cocoa when you open it. The quality varies from shade to shade, with some being beautifully rich in pigment and soft, buttery, and dense in texture, and then there are a couple of misses that are rather powdery, sheer, or a combination of the two. Overall, the palette is more of an adventure in darker, smokier neutrals with a couple of curve balls (pale pink, deep purple), so depending on your stash of neutral palettes, this may be superfluous.  Most of the eyeshadows wore well for around eight hours, with some of the powdery ones fading sooner.

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Too Faced The Chocolate Bar Eye Palette
Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Palette The Chocolate Bar (Original)
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
87%
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Tom Ford Seductive Rose Eye Color Quad

Tom Ford Seductive Rose Eye Color Quad ($78.00 for 0.35 oz.) consists of four shades–a light pink, medium pink, mauve, and darker plum.  Though at a glance, it seemed like a cool-toned palette, it almost leans somewhat warm.  I think it’s on the fence such that cooler undertones will find it leans cooler on them, and then someone with warmer undertones (like myself) will find their skin tone pulls the warmth out of some of the shades in this palette.  The colors complement each other, and there is some variety in finish, they all run on the shimmery side–there are no mattes here, which may be a deal-breaker for some.  All but the sparkly shade wore well for almost eight and a half hours, while the sparkly shade didn’t have fading or creasing either, it did have minor fall out.  It’s a nice offering, but it’s not perfect, and at this price point, there’s no reason it shouldn’t be.

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Tom Ford Seductive Rose Eye Color Quad
Tom Ford Beauty Eye Color Quad Seductive Rose
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
88%
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Bobbi Brown Smokey Cool Eye Palette (Quick)

Bobbi Brown Smokey Cool Eye Palette ($48.50 for 0.22 oz.) contains six eyeshadows with finishes that range from matte to sparkle.  Overall, it’s just a so-so palette.  If you like your colors sheerer, then you may still want to consider it.  If you’re looking for a more intense smoky eye palette, you’ll want to keep looking.

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Bobbi Brown Smokey Cool Eye Palette
Bobbi Brown Eye Palette Smokey Cool
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
84%
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Too Faced Jingle All the Way Palette (Quick)

Too Faced Jingle All the Way Makeup Palette ($25.00 for 0.40 oz.) includes eleven eyeshadows, one blush, one bronzer, and an iPhone 5 case.  It has a good mix of neutrals, pops of color, mattes and frosts, and it’s very self-contained. The price is right, and I could see it easily as a stocking stuffer, though the quality is just okay on the whole.  The iPhone case is a cute touch, though obviously the recipient would need an iPhone 5 to take advantage of it. This is a quick review, so I’ve provided dupes but haven’t gone into depth on a shade-by-shade basis. Overall, the quality is decent to good with most shades having fairly good payoff, soft and smooth textures, along with solid wear (eight hours for most).

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Too Faced Jingle All the Way Makeup Palette
Too Faced Holiday 2013 iPhone Palette Jingle All the Way
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
84%
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