Dior Sundeck (564) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Sundeck (564) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette ($61.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a new and limited edition, warm-toned set of five eyeshadows. Overall, the palette was nicely pigmented, wore well (about eight hours across the board), and blended easily. The darkest brown was the only troublesome shade, and it was on the drier side, but if you use a soft, fluffy brush, you won’t notice the deficiencies much.

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Dior Sundeck (564) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette
Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette Sundeck (564)
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
90%
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Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren (210) Style Eye-Con No.7 Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren (210) Style Eye-Con No.7 Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) contains seven eyeshadows that range from bright white to deep teal. It’s a new and limited edition palette for summer. The quality of the palette was very good, with only the blue being slightly powdery and a bit sheerer, but by no means was it even bad. Even though the palette is a rainbow of colors, they’re all noticeably muted–they’re not bright, neon, in-your-face colors, but rather a softer variation of a rainbow theme. For those who prefer more matte finishes, you’ll want to look elsewhere, as all seven shades are more frosted. All seven shades wore at least as long as eight hours with some lasting well after nine hours.

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Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren (210) Style Eye-Con No.7 Eyeshadow Palette
Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con No. 7 The Siren (210)
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Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
94%
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MAC Maleficent Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Maleficent Eyeshadow Quad ($44.00 for 4 x 0.05 oz.) has four, permanent shades of eyeshadows and is housed in a specially-packaged quad with the collection’s design on the palette’s lid. All four shades were fairly good with decent to good color payoff, mostly blendable, and all lasted eight hours on me. he eyeshadow quad contains four permanent shades, so you could purchase these shades right now for $10 per pan, plus the empty quad for $8, which would run you $48, so you would save $4 if you went with the Maleficent quad, and it would come with special packaging. However, if you purchased everything separately, you would be able to remove the shades from the quad at your leisure, whereas the pre-made quad will come with the shades glued in. If, perhaps, you didn’t love all four shades, you could also substitute another shade from the permanent range that would suit your needs better.

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MAC Maleficent Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Eyeshadow Quad Maleficent
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
88%
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Kat Von D Monarch Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Monarch Eyeshadow Palette ($46.00 for 0.73 oz.) is a warm-toned eyeshadow palette that features twelve shades ranging from warm beiges to dark black to gold to brown. There is a variety of finishes as well, so there’s a lot of versatility in combinations within the palette. The larger eyeshadows are 0.095 oz. each, while the smaller eyeshadows are 0.049 oz. each, which brings the cost of the eyeshadows to $63.36/oz. The 8-pan eyeshadow palettes are $36.00 for 0.40 oz. (also includes a mini Autograph eyeliner, though, which would add 0.028 oz.), which is a cost of $90/oz. It’s a good quality palette overall, though Kat Von D’s eyeshadow formula tends to be particularly soft, which makes for easier blending, but some shades can sheer out a bit, and the texture can also be powdery at times. If you use an eyeshadow primer, some of the powderiness is minimized and will not be as noticeable. The eyeshadows wore well from eight to nine hours, depending on the shade (wear time noted by each shade below). The palette is on the larger size (physically), though it’s slim and its cardboard packaging will absorb impact, so it should still work for travel.

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Kat Von D Monarch Eyeshadow Palette
Kat Von D Eyeshadow Palette Monarch
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Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
93%
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Kat Von D Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette ($46.00 for 0.73 oz.) is a cool-toned eyeshadow palette that features twelve shades ranging from soft beige to purple to deep navy blue. There is a variety of finishes as well, so there’s a lot of versatility in combinations within the palette. The larger eyeshadows are 0.095 oz. each, while the smaller eyeshadows are 0.049 oz. each, which brings the cost of the eyeshadows to $63.36/oz. The 8-pan eyeshadow palettes are $36.00 for 0.40 oz. (also includes a mini Autograph eyeliner, though, which would add 0.028 oz.), which is a cost of $90/oz. It’s a good quality palette overall, though Kat Von D’s eyeshadow formula tends to be particularly soft, which makes for easier blending, but some shades can sheer out a bit, and the texture can also be powdery at times. If you use an eyeshadow primer, some of the powderiness is minimized and will not be as noticeable. The eyeshadows wore well from seven to nine hours, depending on the shade (wear time noted by each shade below). The palette is on the larger size (physically), though it’s slim and its cardboard packaging will absorb impact, so it should still work for travel.

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Kat Von D Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette
Kat Von D Eyeshadow Palette Chrysalis
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
88%
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Round-up: MAC Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows Overview & Thoughts

MAC Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a new and limited edition formula that has eight variations. Each is a trio that features two shades designed as eyeshadows and one shade as an eyeliner. They can be used wet or dry, but nearly all of them needed to be used with a dampened brush and/or over a tacky or creamy base to get decent pigmentation out of them, let alone ensure that the application of each color was smooth and even. The eyeshadows tended to be on the powdery side, while the eyeliner shade is so dry and stiff that the brush has to be truly wet, not just damp, to get any color out of it, but it dries and sets so quickly that managing even, smooth color is a challenge if you want to use it as an eyeliner. (Honestly, using the eyeshadow shades as eyeliners is easier!) I don’t recommend the formula at all; MAC has put out better eyeshadows in the past, and they have better eyeshadows in their permanent range, if you’re really hunting for a new MAC eyeshadow.

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MAC Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows