Too Faced Love Palette

Too Faced Love Palette ($49.00 for 0.50 oz.) contains fifteen eyeshadows split into three combinations. It utilizes a new formula with “slurry powder technology,” which ultimately gives them a slightly drier, dustier consistency that is harder to apply on bare skin. The formula is one that definitely needs to be used damp (and I think most shades could probably be used with a damp brush with no ill effect, but I haven’t tried it with all of the shades) or with an eyeshadow primer, preferably one with a little tack or thickness to it. The more sparkly shades create a lot of sparkle fall out while applying as well as during wear, as the sparkle tended to separate from the base color. The eyeshadows lasted for seven to eight hours on average with semi-opaque color payoff. I think a brown eyeliner might have been a better fit with these, as they run more faded/softer applied, and the black can be harsh–it’s certainly a dramatic choice.

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Too Faced Love Palette
Too Faced Passionately Pretty Eye Shadow Collection Love
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
84%
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NYX Highlight & Contour Palette

NYX Highlight & Contour Palette ($25.00 for 0.72 oz.) is a set of four highlight powders and four contour powders. All of the shades included in the palette can be purchased individually, and the palette is refillable, so shades can be removed or rearranged. The only downside is that they don’t sell the palette empty, and there are two additional highlight powder shades (Bone, Soft Peach) and two additional contour powder shades (Sienna, Saddle) available as singles (each single is $5.00). I liked that two of the four highlighters had some shimmer to them, so for those who like a little sheen to their highlight, you’ll have those options, and you can always tamp down the satiny sheen by dusting one of the more matte highlight powders on top to stretch out the others if you like less shimmer. The contours all had a semi-matte to satin finish, so none were totally matte, and they looked natural on the skin without looking too shimmery or too flat. I had some trouble blending out the contour shades at times, and I had the best luck by applying with a more feathery brush to lay down the general outline of the contour, and then going back to darken as needed. The highlight shades are soft and smooth but powdery.

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NYX Highlight & Contour Palette

LORAC PRO Matte Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC PRO Matte Eyeshadow Palette ($28.00 for 0.144 oz.) contains eight matte eyeshadows in neutral shades ranging from white to brown to black. I think if you have all of the PRO palettes released, you probably have neutrals close enough to these. It’s a good palette, and it applied fairly well over bare skin, which isn’t always the case for LORAC’s eyeshadows, but it is very dupable. I would have liked to see one or two more mid-tone shades, as the overall look of the palette is quite dark and smoky.

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LORAC PRO Matte Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Pro Palette (8-Pan) PRO Matte
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
89%
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Viseart Bridal Satin (03) Eyeshadow Palette

Viseart Bridal Satin (03) Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00 for 0.84 oz.) contains twelve shimmery shades ranging from buttery yellow to violet to satiny black. You know you’re onto something when the lower scoring product is a B+ and its the lone B+ at that. The formula on these is incredibly buttery, dense, and richly pigmented, which made them easy to apply to bare lids and get long, extended wear (nine to ten hours). The ingredient list on this palette is actually quite different than the other two shimmery palettes I bought this year (I got this one last year), and I wonder if that accounts for the creamier, smoother texture of this palette, whereas Paris Nudes was a little softer and more powdery (to a small degree), as this felt noticeably different in texture, though performance was more comparable.

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Viseart Bridal Satin (03) Eyeshadow Palette
Viseart Eyeshadow Palette Bridal Satin (03)
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
97%
Permanent
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Viseart Dark Matte (04) Eyeshadow Palette

Viseart Dark Matte (04) Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00 for 0.84 oz.) is a mix of darker, more satin to matte shades that range from brown to blue to plum. There were a few eyeshadows that were just average, while there were a few that were exceptionally lovely to work with. The eyeshadows that I had trouble with were workable, even on bare skin, and typically the less pigmented shades were buildable in practice. I was still a little disappointed to see issues in the palette, though, at this price point. The palette can be used to create looks using just the contents, but it does work better when paired with Viseart’s other palettes to bring in more light and mid-tone shades (which is how the palette system is designed to be used).

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Viseart Dark Matte (04) Eyeshadow Palette

Smashbox #SHAPEMATTERS Palette

Smashbox #SHAPEMATTERS Palette ($65.00 for 1.06 oz.) includes a brow wax, two brow powders, four face powders, nine eyeshadows, and a double-ended brush. The palette is neutral-to-warm in tone overall, with the contour powder leaning neutral, almost cool in tone. All of the products in the palette had fairly soft, finely-milled textures that were blendable and easy enough to use. The eyeshadows can be a little powdery to work with when applying without a primer for the powder to adhere to, so that would be my bit of advice when working with them: use a primer, though they are workable on bare skin. The more matte highlight shade may look chalky on medium and darker skin tones, and the more shimmery highlight powder has a strong white base and can be stark when not buffed out.

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Smashbox #SHAPEMATTERS Palette
Smashbox Eye & Contour Palette #SHAPEMATTERS
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
87%
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