Make Up For Ever Artist Palette

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette ($42.00 for 0.24 oz.) contains an assortment of eyeshadows from peach to blue-teal to purple. There are eight eyeshadows (each is 0.03 oz.) in the brand’s new Artist Shadow formula. The Artist Shadow retails for $21.00/0.08 oz. ($262.50/oz.), so this palette contains a total of $63 worth of eyeshadow, but what’s particularly nice is you get to try eight shades for the price of two full-sized ones. Make Up For Ever’s eyeshadows are larger than the average eyeshadow (which is usually 0.05 oz.). The quality of the shades in the palette is very good, but you have to love your shimmer finishes, as all but one is rather shimmery/frosted. They wore well on me–eight hours or longer–and had good color payoff and soft, smooth textures. All eight shades part of the permanent range, so you could also purchase them individually. The included brushes are lower quality than Make Up For Ever’s full-sized brushes (not as soft, less dense, overly springy).

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Make Up For Ever Artist Palette
Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Artist Palette (Original)
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
94%
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MAC A Novel Romance Eyeshadow Quad

MAC A Novel Romance Eyeshadow Quad ($40.00 for 0.19 oz.) is a mix of cool neutrals ranging from a green-gold to a dark brown. This quad was more consistent in quality across the board with most shades being decent to good. For those who often find warmer-toned neutrals to be difficult to work with, you may enjoy these murkier, more subdued ones. It will launch with the rest of the collection on August 14th online, August 21st in-stores.

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MAC A Novel Romance Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Eyeshadow Quad A Novel Romance
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
89%
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MAC A Passionate Quest Eyeshadow Quad

MAC A Passionate Quest Eyeshadow Quad ($40.00 for 0.19 oz.) is a mix of cool pink and purple. Three of the four shades were quite good, with the very last shade being somewhat of a miss (not a total miss, but it could be better). They work well together, and there is a good mix of finishes and contrast in the palette so there are several looks that could be created from it. It will launch with the rest of the collection on August 14th online, August 21st in-stores.

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MAC A Passionate Quest Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Eyeshadow Quad A Passionate Quest
A-
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
92%
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MAC An Amorous Adventure Eyeshadow Quad

MAC An Amorous Adventure Eyeshadow Quad ($40.00 for 0.19 oz.) contains a mix of smoky shades from teal to brown to black. Two of the four shades are part of the permanent range, and one is a repromote (so check your stash if you’re a long-time collector!). I was pleased to find that the quality was fairly good overall. It also reminded me a bit of the color combination from YSL’s Fetiche palette, though they aren’t dupes (just similar “at a glance”)

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MAC An Amorous Adventure Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Eyeshadow Quad An Amorous Adventure
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
89%
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Round-up: Chanel Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quads (Fall 2014) Overview & Thoughts

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Mutli Effect Eyeshadow Palette ($61.00 for 0.07 oz.) is the newest eyeshadow formula and launch from the brand for fall. They’ve introduced eight quads–all are new and joining the permanent line-up–plus one limited edition variation (Poesie, which I do not have). The quality is consistent across the board; no quad scored below A- (two A-s, six As), which was very impressive. It is a huge improvement over the traditional baked formula of past Chanel quads, and it is more consistent than Chanel’s regular (U.S.) eyeshadow formula. The eyeshadows are soft and blendable, which makes them pretty easy to use and apply.

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Chanel Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quads

Sleek Makeup Arabian Nights i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette

Sleek Makeup Arabian Nights i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette ($11.99 for 0.36 oz.) is a limited edition set of twelve eyeshadows in shades of “deep tones of green, blue and gold.” The i-Divine Eyeshadow formula is supposed to be “super-pigmented [and] long-lasting.” I think this is a worthwhile palette at this price point; there are a few misses, but there are enough hits to make it compelling. If you typically use primer, I think some of the misses will be more manageable. When Sleek nails it, they REALLY nail it, but when they miss, it’s usually by a fair amount, and I usually find their satin/matte shades to be a bit drier, which results in sheerer color payoff compared to their more shimmery shades that are usually amazing.

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Sleek Makeup Arabian Nights i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette
Sleek MakeUP i-Divine Palette Arabian Nights
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
89%
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