Anastasia Maya Mia Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Maya Mia Eyeshadow Palette ($29.00 for 0.25 oz.) includes ten eyeshadows that range from light beige to deep brown to a pop of aqua and peach. Some shades are nice, other shades are a little powdery or dry, so it’s more of a mixed bag. There’s a dryness to a lot of Anastasia’s eyeshadows that keep them from feeling like a truly fantastic eyeshadow, but a good primer can help them go on more smoothly without having to really pack it on (to retain vibrancy). The Aqua shade was a total dud and shows up as a muddy mess on the lid without a sticky, white base. I am always surprised at how well they wear, despite the drier texture, though, even without primer (about eight hours for most shades). If you have a few of Anastasia’s palette, there tend to be a few repeats per palette.

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Anastasia Maya Mia Eyeshadow Palette
Anastasia Eyeshadow Palette Maya Mia
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
83%
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Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne Style Eye-Con No. 7 Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne Style Eye-Con No. 7 Palette ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a new, limited edition holiday palette that runs very cool-toned. It’s always nice to see a more cool-toned palette, since they’re not as common as you might think (and most, like this one, are limited edition). Overall, it’s a nice palette with cooler, smokier shades that run from deep gray to soft white. Two shades had slightly drier textures, but most shades had good color payoff, long-wear, and were blendable on the skin.

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Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne Style Eye-Con No. 7 Palette
Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con No. 7 The Parisienne
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
91%
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Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Set

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Set ($39.00 for 9 x 0.04 oz.) includes nine, mini-sized shades from the permanent range (all of them can be had individually, if desired). Overall, I didn’t find that the formula of the minis to be different from the full-sized shades I have. The formula is a drier, stiffer consistency that often drags and tugs on the lips. Some of the lighter shades look almost chalky on, while some of the more red-hued mattes seem to be least problematic. The shimmery shades are usually creamier, but they tend to be less pigmented. The brand claims that these will “comfortably coat lips with bold color for 10 hours” (they even claim “one swipe application). Wear time varies but tends to be longer than the average lipstick, though shorter than the 10-hour wear claim. I do not find the formula comfortable to wear, and it’s hard to apply color in “one swipe” since they drag a lot. Some shades are drying, some are neither drying nor hydrating, which is far from the brand’s claim that the formula will leave “lips feeling supple.” The caps of these come off very easily, so you may not want to carry them in your purse. Mine have just been sitting in a plastic bin, and I had problems with them coming off any time products shifted around at all (unusual–can’t say I specifically recall this being an issue with another brand, or the full-sized versions).

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Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Set
Kat Von D Lipstick Set Studded Kiss
C+
Product
7
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
7.5
Application
4
Total
77%
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Sephora Collection All Occasion Eye Ensemble

Sephora Collection All Occasion Eye Ensemble ($49.00 for 0.40 oz.) includes ten of Sephora’s Contour Eye Pencils. I really like Sephora’s eyeliner formula here, because they come in such a wide array of colors, have just enough creaminess/waxiness to glide on without tugging, fairly good color payoff, and wear for eight to ten hours. The only caveat is that they’re listed as having a 12-hour wear time, which I don’t quite get to. All but one of the shades in this set are part of the permanent range, and they’re all full-sized, so the set is a value of $100.

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Sephora Collection All Occasion Eye Ensemble
Sephora Contour Eye Pencil Set All Occasion Eye Ensemble
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
87%
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Too Faced La Belle Carousel

Too Faced La Belle Carousel ($49.00 for 1.45 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows, two bronzers, two blushes, and a travel-sized Better than Sex Mascara. What’s neat about this particular set is that the container holds five separate palettes and then the mascara in its own box. It’s perfect for giving and getting–a little for you, a little for a friend–or easily broken up and given as stocking stuffers. The back of each of the palettes actually have “to” and “from” lines, so they’re ready to gift. The set is a great value, and overall, it’s nice–not A+ territory, but it’s decent to good. The majority of the eyeshadows were nicely pigmented, wore for eight hours, and were easy to apply–there were a few (noted below) that had fall out due to more glittery textures or were lacking in pigmentation. The cheek products, except the matte bronzer, were rather frosted, so there was some emphasis of pores and skin imperfections.

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Too Faced La Belle Carousel
Too Faced Holiday 2014 Carousel Set La Belle Carousel
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
86%
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Chanel Poesie (234) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Chanel Poesie (234) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow ($61.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a limited edition palette that features a mix of bronze, beige, pink, and taupe. It sold out at most retailers quickly, but Macy’s continues to have it in stock. The colors work well to create a warm, smoky eye with hints if pink and plum in it. The palette performed well overall, and the formula was consistent with the other quads in the range.

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Chanel Poesie (234) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow
Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow Poesie (234)
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
96%
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