Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour Quartet

Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour Quartet ($38.00 for 0.12 oz.) includes four, miniature cream eyeshadow pencils. The quartet is/was exclusive to Sephora, and they’re completely sold out online (but it’s possible it’s still available in stores), but just about every other retailer that carries the brand has a six-piece set available. The six-piece set has all four of these shades, plus Copper and Khaki. I really regret not getting the six set now! Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks normally retail for $28/0.05 oz. (or $560/oz.), so the four-piece set is a total value of $67.20, and the six-piece set is a total value of $100.80 (each of these is 0.03 oz.). The formula is touted as “long-wearing, transfer- and crease-resistant” with “rich color payoff.” I really liked this set of four; they worked really well together, but they were creamy, opaque, blendable, and long-wearing. I could actually wear them together as a look, which isn’t always easily achieved with jumbo pencils like these (they often dry down too quickly or work better as sheer washes or eyeshadow bases). All four shades wore well for nine hours before creasing slightly. The only downside is that the kit is pretty warm, and the colors are similar enough that while they blend seamlessly into each other, there isn’t a lot of contrast.

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Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour Quartet
Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour Quartet Holiday 2014 Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colours Set
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
99%
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Dior Cuir Cannage (796) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Cuir Cannage (796) Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a set of darker neutrals with warm undertones that range from light beige to burgundy-brown. I think it’s one of those palettes that performs better in practice as you apply and layer and blend them together than it swatches. It could use more pigmentation across the board (only one shade really nailed pigmentation), but for the most part, the eyeshadows were blendable and fairly easy to apply.

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Dior Cuir Cannage (796) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette Cuir Cannage (796)
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
84%
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MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Face Palette

MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Face Palette ($49.50 for 0.287 oz.) contains three eyeshadows, two cheek products, and two lip colors housed in a medium-large sized ivory-hued palette with a strand of “pearls” along the exterior edge of the palette. It has a mirror on the interior and a plastic flap that covers the three cream products and protects them from getting powdery bits mixed in them. I wasn’t wowed by any of the products in this particular set, unfortunately. The pearls feel flimsy–I greatly worry about them lifting while traveling (same goes for all of the compacts like this in the collection). The palette includes: $18 worth of eyeshadow, $5.44 worth of lipstick, $15.40 worth of Cream Colour Base, and $8.63 worth of Iridescent Pressed Powder (best estimate based on last price/oz. I have, since this isn’t a formula MAC has released in a long time individually). There is also a double-ended 275/316 brush included, which adds some value. The value of the color products is $47.47 plus the brush. MAC’s pre-made face palettes always seem to be the least value-packed.

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MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Face Palette
MAC Keepsakes Face Palette Smoky
C+
Product
7
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
78%
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MAC Keepsakes/Plum Eye Bag

MAC Keepsakes/Plum Eye Bag ($39.50 for 0.62 oz.) is a cool-toned set of shades in iridescent lavender and deep plum with a cool purple eyeliner. Both of the eyeshadows are repromotes, while the eyeliner is permanent. The eyeliner was disappointing, as it was sheer and drier. It includes an Extra Dimension eyeshadow duo (0.14 oz.), In Extreme Dimension Lash Mascara (0.44 fl. oz.), and a Powerpoint Eye Pencil (0.04 oz.). Everything in the set is full-sized, and it all fits into a small, glittery, zippered bag. In May, MAC released smaller-sized Extra Dimensions eyeshadows at $19.50/0.04 oz., whereas the duo contains 0.14 oz. in total, so there is a value of $68.25 there, plus $22 for the mascara and $16 for the eyeliner, for a total value of $106.25–so it is an excellent deal if they’re products you would use. Even if you just liked the eyeshadow duo, it is almost the same as what you would have paid on two singles (and you’ll get more–I have no idea how they managed to get more product into the compact, given they’re visually the same size as the singles).

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MAC Keepsakes/Plum Eye Bag
MAC Keepsakes Eye Bag Plum Eye
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9.5
Application
4.5
Total
86%
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MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Eye Bag

MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Eye Bag ($39.50 for 0.62 oz.) is a cool-toned set of shades in silver and gray paired with a black eyeliner. The two work together well, though the gray-black is the more unique shade of the two. It includes an Extra Dimension eyeshadow duo (0.14 oz.), In Extreme Dimension Lash Mascara (0.44 fl. oz.), and a Powerpoint Eye Pencil (0.04 oz.). Everything in the set is full-sized, and it all fits into a small, glittery, zippered bag. In May, MAC released smaller-sized Extra Dimensions eyeshadows at $19.50/0.04 oz., whereas the duo contains 0.14 oz. in total, so there is a value of $68.25 there, plus $22 for the mascara and $16 for the eyeliner, for a total value of $106.25–so it is an excellent deal if they’re products you would use. Even if you just liked the eyeshadow duo, it is almost the same as what you would have paid on two singles (and you’ll get more–I have no idea how they managed to get more product into the compact, given they’re visually the same size as the singles).

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MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Eye Bag
MAC Keepsakes Eye Bag Smoky Eye
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9.5
Application
4.5
Total
89%
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MAC Keepsakes/Brown Eye Bag

MAC Keepsakes/Brown Eye Bag ($39.50 for 0.62 oz.) is a nice set for anyone who’s a fan of the Extra Dimension eyeshadow formula. The duo performed well, and the included eyeliner is nice (not revolutionary, not bad)–I would have loved to see a smokier, more taupe-hued eyeliner to pair with this, though. The set includes an Extra Dimension eyeshadow duo (0.14 oz.), In Extreme Dimension Lash Mascara (0.44 fl. oz.), and a Powerpoint Eye Pencil (0.04 oz.). Everything in the set is full-sized, and it all fits into a small, glittery, zippered bag. In May, MAC released smaller-sized Extra Dimensions eyeshadows at $19.50/0.04 oz., whereas the duo contains 0.14 oz. in total, so there is a value of $68.25 there, plus $22 for the mascara and $16 for the eyeliner, for a total value of $106.25–so it is an excellent deal if they’re products you would use. Even if you just liked the eyeshadow duo, it is almost the same as what you would have paid on two singles (and you’ll get more–I have no idea how they managed to get more product into the compact, given they’re visually the same size as the singles!). As a FYI, I didn’t review (or include a rating for) the mascara.

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MAC Keepsakes/Brown Eye Bag
MAC Keepsakes Eye Bag Brown Eye
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
92%
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