MAC Cinder Eyeshadow Duo (Prabal Gurung)

MAC Cinder Eyeshadow Duo ($40.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a smoky duo with one more frosted, taupe shade and a more satiny, charcoal gray. The quality is decent but not excellent, and at this increased price point, they really ought to be top notch. The packaging is hefty and substantial, and you can certainly feel as if your money is going towards it.

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MAC Cinder Eyeshadow Duo
MAC Eyeshadow Duo (Prabal Gurung) Cinder
C+
Product
7
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
78%
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Burberry Gold No. 25 Complete Eye Palette

Burberry Gold No. 25 Complete Eye Palette ($60.00 for 0.19 oz.) includes a dark brown, khaki gold, antique gold, and pewter beige. After a season of many disappointments, it is always refreshing to discover something as well-done as this palette. The quality is consistently high across all four eyeshadows: richly pigmented, soft and silky textures, and long-wear. I’m digging Burberry’s take on gold, as there is no true, yellow gold here, only variations on the theme, which is nice while still being more traditional yet not the same ol’, same ol’. It is a warmer-toned set of shades, all are shimmery, and more dupable, so it may not work for everyone. If you tend to like your warm, shimmery shades with a gold twist, you may fall in love. I personally hope they’ll consider adding it to their core range down the line. These were just the type of eyeshadows that felt like they applied and blended themselves–no fuss at all.

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Burberry Gold No. 25 Complete Eye Palette
Burberry Complete Eye Palette Gold No. 25
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
97%
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MAC Terre Eyeshadow Duo

MAC Terre Eyeshadow Duo ($40.00 for 0.06 oz.) consists of a beige and brown, both with warmer undertones. They work well together, and both shades had good color payoff, soft textures, and wore for eight and a half hours before fading. I really liked the duo from a quality standpoint, and the packaging is very similar to the bronzer/blush–metal compact that feels substantial in the hand. I was disappointed to see that the compact contains a mere 0.06 oz. total, when a full-sized MAC eyeshadow is 0.05 oz. It’s a nice duo (though dupable for sure), but I wish it had at least the equivalent of two full-sized eyeshadows in it (the pans don’t seem that small!).

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MAC Terre Eyeshadow Duo
MAC Eyeshadow Duo (Prabal Gurung) Terre
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
96%
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Guerlain Cygne Blanc (11) Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Duo

Guerlain Cygne Blanc (11) Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette ($49.00 for 0.14 oz.) includes a light warm pink paired with a warm, metallic white. Neither shade was great; they weren’t total misses, but they should be more pigmented and smoother in consistency. They apply and look better on the lid in practice than merely swatched, which is always nice, but they’re still a little disappointing.

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Guerlain Cygne Blanc (11) Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette
Guerlain Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Duo Cygne Blanc (11)
B-
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
80%
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Guerlain Cygne Noir (10) Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Duo

Guerlain Cygne Noir (10) Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette ($49.00 for 0.14 oz.) pairs a shimmery black with a deepened burgundy purple. It’s a very dark, smoky color combination. I liked it better combined with other products for greater contrast, but the two can definitely be worn together. It could be better performing, particularly at this price, I’d rather not see a so-so shade like the shimmery black.

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Guerlain Cygne Noir (10) Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette
Guerlain Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Duo Cygne Noir (10)
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
87%
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Tarte Sweet Indulgences Holiday Gift Set

Tarte Sweet Indulgences Holiday Gift Set ($59.97 for 2.60 oz.) is a three-piece set, where there are three, slim square boxes that are designed to be given as gifts. You can keep them all for yourself, break the set up, or gift the entire thing. One box contains two blushes and three lip colors, another with three eyeliners and two mascaras, and a third with two eyeshadow palettes (eight shades in each). Overall, I think the Lip Cremes and the Eyeshadows are the stars, but the rest leaves me unimpressed: one blush was a complete miss (worst product in the set), while the three eyeliners were rougher, drier formula. Some of the eyeshadows are very nice, others are sheerer and don’t perform as well. I noticed the eyeshadow formula seemed thinner in this palette across the board, which made a lot of shades seem less powdery, but some were under-pigmented. There’s plenty of “value” to the set, but I think it just depends on what you wanted most.

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Tarte Sweet Indulgences Holiday Gift Set
Tarte 3-in-1 Holiday Gift Collection (2014) Sweet Indulgences
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
81%
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