MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Eyes Eyeshadow Palette ($39.50 for 0.112 oz.) is a mix of beige, brown, and black. It’s more of a neutral palette than a monochromatic mix of silver, gray, and black. This one is also heavy on the permanent shades–five of the eight are part of the permanent range. After the last few years of disappointing holiday palettes from MAC, it’s not a surprise to see this one perform so dismally. This one is a real skip, I would say, and even the permanent shades in it are nowhere near the performance of their full-sized, standalone versions.

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MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Eyes Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Keepsakes Eyeshadow Palette Smoky Eyes
C
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
73%
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MAC Keepsakes/Nude Lip Bag

MAC Keepsakes/Nude Lip Bag ($39.50 for 0.31 oz.) includes three, full-sized peach-hued lip products, plus a glittery bag to put them in. The set launches October 17th online and will head in stores on the 23rd (see full details here. The set contains $47 worth of products (plus the bag).

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MAC Keepsakes/Nude Lip Bag
MAC Keepsakes/Lip Bag Nude Lip
B+
Product
8
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
87%
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MAC Keepsakes/Red Lip Bag

MAC Keepsakes/Red Lip Bag ($39.50 for 0.31 oz.) includes three, full-sized red-hued lip products, plus a glittery bag to put them in. The set launches October 17th online and will head in stores on the 23rd (see full details here. The set contains $47 worth of products (plus the bag). Though I love the color of Ruby Woo (a very classic red), it is drying on me over time, so you may want to carefully prep lips and be aware that you may need a little balm beforehand. Topping with the gloss helps to mitigate some of the drying qualities of the lipstick, but it had a tendency to feather after a few hours (which I don’t usually experience).

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MAC Keepsakes/Red Lip Bag
MAC Keepsakes/Lip Bag Red Lip
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
9.5
Application
4.5
Total
84%
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Make Up For Ever Studio Case Eyeshadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Studio Case Eyeshadow Palette ($59.50 for 0.298 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows and an eyeliner. The eyeshadows all had good color payoff or better with soft, blendable textures that were easy to use. When the weakest performers come in at B+, you’re in good shape. I’m a big fan of the Artist Shadow formula, and in general, only the mattes have any issues (some are lovely, some could use improvement). They can be so soft that they turn powdery, which makes them harder to apply on bare skin or the color payoff is just weaker, but many of them are good, just not perfect. That was the case with the two mattes here–good but not great–and the rest were quite nice. Most of the shades wore between eight and nine hours.

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Make Up For Ever Studio Case Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever Holiday 2014 Eye Kit Studio Case
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
93%
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Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00 for 0.26 oz.) contains five shades that range from a gradiant that goes from white to black with a pop of gold thrown in. It was so close to being a really cool-toned palette, so I wish they hadn’t included a gold. I also think it is harder to incorporate the gold shade with the others for two reasons: the tone and vibrancy is out of sync with the other four, but the texture is denser/thicker, while the others were thinner, so they didn’t blend together well. The palette has a very soft consistency that is powdery, and with the thinner texture, it also feels almost dry at times, which makes it problematic to apply to the skin without something extra (like a primer or tacky base). For the price point, I expected something stellar, and instead, I was pretty disappointed.

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Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel Les 5 Ombres de Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit
C+
Product
7
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
78%
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NARS Tech Fashion Lipgloss Set

NARS Tech Fashion Lipgloss Set ($49.00 for 0.48 fl. oz.) includes four lipglosses from peach to red. They’re all pretty sheer shades, so it’s possible that you have similar products in your stash already. Each gloss contains about half the amount of a full-sized gloss. They’re lightly tacky, wear two to four hours, and are a little hydrating. I didn’t notice any scent or taste while wearing them. The sheerer shades were shorter-wearing, while the more pigmented ones seemed to last a little longer. Two shades described as “sheer” were more pigmented than that, while one shade not described as sheer was sheer, so the ratings were impacted by this.

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NARS Tech Fashion Lipgloss Set
NARS Holiday 2014 Lip Gloss Coffret Tech Fashion
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
84%
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