MAC Nocturnals/Black & Gold Pigment & Glitter Set

MAC Nocturnals/Black & Gold Set ($32.50 for 0.55 oz.) contains three pigments and two glitters. Each pigment contains 0.09 oz. of product, while each glitter vial contains 0.14 oz. of product. None of MAC’s glitters are listed as eye safe, and these two glitters are listed as “not safe for the eye or lip area.” This set contains $37.80 worth of pigments and $39.20 worth of glitters for a total value of $77.00. You could try using the glitters in nail polish, in the hair, and on the body. These are loose glitters, so you will need some sort of adhesive base or mix to have them stick to skin.  I applied the glitters over Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy for swatches. I wish MAC would test or use a grade of glitter that was eye safe, especially if they’re going to include them in consumer kits like this.

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MAC Nocturnals/Black & Gold Set
MAC Pigment & Glitter Set Nocturnals/Black & Gold Set
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
89%
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MAC 2x Dare Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC 2x Dare Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) contains five eyeshadows. If you’re not familiar with the newer Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palettes, they feature a newer eyeshadow formula that can be used wet or dry. The range tends to lean towards the more frosted, metallic, and glittery, though it technically can range from matte to glitter. This particular palette is the cooler-toned of the two, though I wouldn’t say it’s all that cool-toned overall. It is also very, very frosted–if you are not a fan of shimmer or frost, you’ll want to stay clear of this one. If you love high-shine, shimmery, metallic finishes, then you may quite enjoy the formula.  2x Dare was one of the better palettes I’ve tried in this formula, though it wasn’t without its share of flaws–some light fading before the eight-hour mark, some fall out with the second shade, but there were no total misses in this palette.

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MAC 2x Dare Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette 2x Dare
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
81%
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MAC Phresh Out Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Phresh Out Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) contains five eyeshadows. If you’re not familiar with the newer Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palettes, they feature a newer eyeshadow formula that can be used wet or dry. The range tends to lean towards the more frosted, metallic, and glittery, though it technically can range from matte to glitter. This particular palette is the warmer-toned of the two and has two particularly glittery shades in it. If you are not a fan of shimmer or frost, you’ll want to stay clear of this one. If you love high-shine, shimmery, metallic finishes, then you may quite enjoy the formula.  Phresh Out has two shades that are particularly glittery, so wear was poor with fall out occurring throughout the wear and some fading with the first shade as well.

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MAC Phresh Out Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette Phresh Out
B-
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
80%
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Tarina Tarantino Floriculture Eyeshadow Palette

Tarina Tarantino Floriculture Eyeshadow Palette ($48.00 for 0.72 oz.) contains eight eyeshadows inspired by flowers. Each eyeshadow contains 0.09 oz., which is almost double the size of the average full-sized eyeshadow (at 0.05 oz.). The shades can be used wet or dry, though the pigmentation is very good across all the shades, so it didn’t seem necessary to use any of these with a damp brush. Overall, the eyeshadows are soft, finely-milled, long-wearing, nicely pigmented, and easy to use. It’s been awhile since I’ve played with the brand’s eyeshadows, but testing this reminded me of just how amazing the brand’s powder products are–the texture really sells them.  Even without a primer, all of the shades wore for nine full hours without creasing or fading.

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Tarina Tarantino Floriculture Eyeshadow Palette
Tarina Tarantino 8-Pan Eyeshadow Palette Floriculture
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
97%
Limited Edition
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MAC Stroke of Midnight/Warm Face Palette

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Warm Face Palette ($49.50 for 0.295 oz.) is a warm-toned palette with products for eyes, lips, and face. It contains three eyeshadows (0.028 oz. each), two lipsticks (0.024 oz. each), one iridescent powder (0.176 oz.), and one eye pencil (0.015 oz.). The products represent a a total value of $44.09 –$16.80 worth of eyeshadows, $7.20 worth of lipsticks, $15.09 worth of iridescent powder, and $5 worth of eyeliner. Over time, as more and more brands churn out mega palettes for the holidays all around $50 or so, and I wish MAC would step-up the value (or reduce the cost) of their holiday sets and kits.  Golden and Showstopper were the major misses here, as neither performed well; while Myself wears away quickly and Coffee is uncomfortable to use.

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MAC Stroke of Midnight/Warm Face Palette
MAC Stroke of Midnight Face Palette Stroke of Midnight/Warm
C
Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
7.5
Application
4
Total
76%
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MAC Stroke of Midnight/Smoky Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Smoky Eyeshadow Palette ($39.50 for 0.14 oz.) features five shades in a mix of cool and warm tones to create a smoky eye. Worth noting, Retrospeck and Carbon are both part of the permanent range, so if you like either of those, you can find them individually as well. Chillproof and Gaelic Gold have been released previously as limited edition shades.  Carbon was quite impressive, given it’s horrid texture and payoff in palettes over the years, so that was a surprise.  Well Put Together was the big miss, though, as it was sheer, stiff, and dry–so a pain to work with and apply.  Retrospeck had some fall out during wear as well as during application, and the texture was a little chunky.  Gaelic Gold and Chillproof were pretty good and were the standouts of the palette.

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MAC Stroke of Midnight/Smoky Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette Stroke of Midnight/Smoky
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
83%
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