theBalm Balm Voyage Makeup Palette (Part 1)

theBalm Balm Voyage Makeup Palette ($42.50 for 1.21 oz.) includes sixteen eyeshadows and three lip/cheek stains. The nice thing that theBalm does with their palettes is that there are two flaps, so you can keep the cream products protected from any excess dust and powder from the eyeshadows. The palette is slim with little wasted space, and it is housed in thick cardboard packaging. The eyeshadows wore between seven and nine hours on me, with the shades that were particularly powdery wearing shorter. To be fair, the majority of shades that felt somewhat powdery were also very soft, fairly pigmented, and the powderiness wasn’t a major issue, but it was something I noticed as a point of difference compared to past palettes that has more buttery, denser textures. Overall, all the products had good to great color payoffs with a couple slightly weaker, with some eyeshadows having drier, powdery textures and others had very soft, buttery finishes. The lip/cheek products can be drying on lips without a little balm beforehand, but they wear well on cheeks.

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theBalm Balm Voyage Makeup Palette
theBalm Makeup Palette Balm Voyage
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
87%
Limited Edition
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Chanel Seduction (42) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Seduction (42) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a mix of burgundy, beige, rose gold, and brown. It’s a really nice palette of wearable shades, and the quality is good overall. I think Chanel fans will be pleased, and any one who tends to find pigmentation lacking in them will find this a surprise. The texture is incredibly soft and finely-milled, and as a result, some shades can feel almost powdery as the powder loosens from the solid pan very easily. It doesn’t look powdery on the skin, and of course, that ultra soft texture means these blend like a dream. Luckily, that softness didn’t mean that the shades sheered out when applied/blended, and it didn’t result in shorter wear. I wore all four shades yesterday, and they lasted eight hours without fading or creasing (no primer).

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Chanel Seduction (42) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad Seduction (42)
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Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
94%
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Sleek Makeup Sunset i-Divine Palette (Quick)

Sleek Makeup Sunset i-Divine Palette ($12.99 for 0.36 oz.) consists of twelve eyeshadows that are supposed to be intensely pigmented and long-wearing. All twelve shades are, in fact, richly pigmented, wear well, blend beautifully, and are all-around fantastic eyeshadows. To get the same vibrancy as seen in the pan, no primer is needed; I had no trouble applying these to bare lids to get bright, true-to-pan color. Even better, they lasted well for a full eight hours. There was some faint signs of fading with some shades (as noted) after nine hours of wear but very little. The texture of these is very soft, dense, and buttery, and at times, they’re almost so soft that they can crumble, but once you’re using a makeup brush and a light hand, you’re unlikely to encounter any issues. The only thing I’d have loved to see were actual shade names (that desire had no impact on rating, though).

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Sleek Makeup Sunset i-Divine Palette
Sleek MakeUP i-Divine Palette Sunset
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
96%
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Wet ‘n’ Wild I Don’t Do Camouflage Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild I Don’t Do Camouflage Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.12 oz.) is one of four new–and limited edition–Color Icon Eyeshadow Trios for fall. According to the brand, each trio features “highly pigmented shades” with a variety of finishes and pre-packaged with a tube of Mega Protein Mascara as a bonus. The trio will be available at local drugstores (not online as far as I know), though I haven’t spotted any displays near me yet (but I never seem to catch them!). I’m afraid that this trio is a major miss for me, once again. I had fingers and toes crossed for a return to pigmentation, but all three shades were lacking in quality. The eyelid shade had promising pigmentation, but the powdery texture was worrisome and ultimately was its downfall. I tried these on bare lids (about two to three hours of wear), with eyeshadow primer (NARS and Urban Decay) (four to five hours of wear), and then over NYX’s Milk (creamy white) and nothing was working. Even over what is typically the saving grace of most pitiful eyeshadows, it was faded, patchy, and uneven within three hours (and then almost gone entirely by the sixth hour).

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Wet 'n' Wild I Don't Do Camouflage Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio
Wet 'n' Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio I Don't Do Camouflage
F
Product
4.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
6
Longevity
3.5
Application
3
Total
52%
Limited Edition
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Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna (02) Eyes to Kill Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna (02) Eyes to Kill Eye Palette
Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna (02) Eyes to Kill Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna (02) Eyes to Kill Eye Palette ($59.00 for 0.21 oz.) contains four eyeshadows in neutral shades that range from light to dark, frost to matte.  The brand touts their newer eyeshadow formula has richly pigmented, long-wearing, and crease-proof.  All four shades had good or better pigmentation, with the two matte shades falling a little short of full pigmentation–they did perform better with a soft, fluffy makeup brush when applied to the lid than merely swatched on the arm.  All four shades wore well, though, and lasted almost nine hours without any fading or creasing (no primer).  The texture of the last matte shade was a bit dry so it wasn’t as easy to blend as the other shades.

Terra Sienna #1 is a lightly silvered champagne beige with a frosted finish. The texture felt like butter and silk; incredibly dense and smooth with excellent color payoff. This shade worked well for brightening the eye as well as a highlighter (but I liked to mix it with a matte beige to tone down the finish). MAC Smoked Cocoa #1 is warmer. Urban Decay Missionary is a bit darker. MAC Snow Season is pinker. MAC Star Crystal is also slightly pinker. Urban Decay Verve is darker. See comparison swatches.

Terra Sienna #2 is a light-medium brown with a very subtle gray tinge to it. The finish is fairly frosted and shimmery, and there is a slight warmth to the undertone but it is almost neutral. It had great pigmentation, and the texture felt so soft and smooth when applied to the skin. LORAC Pewter is darker, less frosted. Bobbi Brown Sandy Rose is pinker. Urban Decay Wreckage is darker. Chanel Gri-Gri is similar but less frosted. MAC Vintage Selection is warmer, cream. See comparison swatches.

Terra Sienna #3 is a medium-dark, lightly warm-toned brown with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and it was definitely a shade that is best applied with a soft, fluffy brush, as it catches and applies the most pigment. The texture was quite soft, and it was easy to blend out on the lid. bareMinerals Get Ahead is lighter. Kat Von D Wolf is a bit darker. Inglot #360 is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Terra Sienna #4 is a dark, neutral-warm brown with a matte finish. It had good color payoff overall, but the texture was slightly dry so it wasn’t as blendable as the other shades in the palette. Tom Ford She Wolf #1 is a touch lighter. bareMinerals Boardroom is similar. theBalm Matt Ramirez is warmer. MAC Dance in the Dark is cooler-toned. MAC Showstopper is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Eyeshadow Palette Terra Sienna (02)
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
91%
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MAC Smoked Cocoa Eyeshadow Quad (RiRi Hearts MAC)

MAC Smoked Cocoa Eyeshadow Quad ($44.00 for 0.19 oz.) is a new and limited edition palette from the upcoming RiRi Hearts MAC (Fall Edition) that launches at MAC stores on September 26th, online on September 30th, and counters and international locations on October 3rd.

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MAC Smoked Cocoa Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Eyeshadow Quad Smoked Cocoa
F
Product
5
Pigmentation
5
Texture
5.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
3.5
Total
59%
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