Tom Ford Softcore Contouring Cheek Color Duo

Tom Ford Softcore Contouring Cheek Color Duo ($77.00 for 0.70 oz.) contains a highlighter and blush. Though pricey, as far as Tom Ford goes, the duo is actually a bit of a steal–it contains 0.70 oz. of product, which is over double the amount of product contained in a Cheek Color single (0.28 oz.), and those retail for $55. There was some confusion in regards to which duo was named what, but I purchased one of each direct from the Tom Ford Chicago boutique, and Softcore (featured in this post) is the darker, plummier shade, and Stroked is the lighter, more coral shade. I wish Softcore’s blush color was cooler-toned–more berry than plum–and its highlighter shade pink-toned so that the duos would be more distinct. (I also like the idea of giving a cool and warm-toned option for better coverage of the spectrum of skin tones.) The quality of both shades was nice, long-wearing, and blendable.

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Tom Ford Softcore Contouring Cheek Color Duo
Tom Ford Beauty Contouring Cheek Color Duo Softcore
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
97%
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Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette

Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette ($88.00 for 0.177 oz.) is a set of two shades, so more of a duo than a palette. It contains almost the equivalent of four, average-sized full-sized eyeshadows. I wish I could figure out why Giorgio Armani’s compacts are so pricey, because their single eyeshadows, lipsticks, blushes, etc. are all in line with other designer brands (Chanel, Dior, and so on), but their eyeshadow palettes are totally out of step price-wise.

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Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette
Giorgio Armani Fall 2014 Eyeshadow Palette Organica
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
10
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
89%
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MAC That Trillion Dollar Look Eyeshadow Quad

MAC That Trillion Dollar Look Eyeshadow Quad ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a mix of greens, more or less. There are four shades housed in a metal compact all in a row. The pans seem the same size as full-sized eyeshadows, but the quantity is actually smaller. The usual pre-made eyeshadow quads contain 0.19 oz. (almost always have one Veluxe Pearl, which are 0.04 oz. in full-size, individual pans, whereas other finishes are 0.05 oz.), so you are getting a bit less here. A few shades in this palette were on the powdery side, which made them more difficult to use and prone to fading/sheering out during application, so I think using a good primer underneath these is a real must.

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MAC That Trillion Dollar Look Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Eyeshadow Quad That Trillion Dollar Look
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
84%
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MAC Marge’s Extra Ingredients Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Marge’s Extra Ingredients Eyeshadow Quad ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) includes four shades held in a metal, horizontal compact. The pans seem the same size as full-sized eyeshadows, but the quantity is actually smaller. The usual pre-made eyeshadow quads contain 0.19 oz. (almost always have one Veluxe Pearl, which are 0.04 oz. in full-size, individual pans, whereas other finishes are 0.05 oz.), so you are getting a bit less here. It’s not bad, not great–decent–but they’re more dupable shades than not. I’m really bummed that the only bit o’ blue in the collection wasn’t bang-on, knock-your-socks off intense.

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MAC Marge's Extra Ingredients Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Eyeshadow Quad Marge's Extra Ingredients
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
86%
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Tarte Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette V2

Tarte Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette V2 ($38.00 for 1.12 oz.) includes sixteen, full-sized eyeshadows in various earthy hues ranging from beige to plum to deep bronze. Each eyeshadow is 0.07 oz., which is a bit larger than the average full-sized eyeshadow (typically 0.05 oz.). Tarte has a few refills sold for $17/0.06 oz., which would make the value of this palette $317.33. Fifteen of the sixteen were really nice with only one being more of a miss. A lot of the colors are more dupable than not, and the palette runs warm-toned with a fair amount of shimmer, though I felt like there was a decent variety of matte, satin/pearl, and frost.

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Tarte Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette V2
Tarte Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette V2
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
92%
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Stila Soul Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette

Stila Soul Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette ($49.00 for 0.51 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows in an assortment of a slightly earthy set of more neutral shades. The eyeshadow formula is described as “luxe,” “long-lasting,” and “high-intensity” that “deliver rich color with a luxurious satin finish.” They can be used wet or dry, but I wouldn’t use the majority with a damp brush, because it creates a stiffer, hardened surface on the top that you’ll have to remove if you want to use the eyeshadow again. I was able to use the more frosted shades with a damp brush without issues later on. The frosts, in general, perform better than the other shades, as they have a denser texture, but they still tend to be powdery. The mattes have a thinner, drier consistency that feels soft in the pan but just doesn’t translate as intensely on the skin. It is a huge improvement from Body, but there’s still a lot of powdery shades with hit or miss pigmentation. I feel like it’s a palette that absolutely requires a primer to do the heavy-lifting and/or a damp application (in the case of the frosts) to be workable. At this price point, though, there are too many misses.

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Stila Soul Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette
Stila Eyes are the Windows Eyeshadow Palette Soul
C+
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
79%
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