YSL Avant Garde (8) Couture Palette

YSL Avant Garde (8) Couture Palette ($60.00 for 0.18 oz.) is an earthy, green-themed set of five eyeshadows with mostly shimmery finishes. The texture of the eyeshadows is soft and feels almost like a cream product, but a couple of shades can be a little powdery, so the color payoff isn’t always as intense or as true-to-pan as marketed. The wear is also short of the 12-hour wear time claimed; I find this formula wears a bit shorter on me than many other powder eyeshadows, though not significantly shorter–wear time varies between seven and eight hours, but I get noticeable fading and occasional creasing (this depends on the shade). The texture is really compelling, but I would recommend wearing an eyeshadow base/primer if this is something you’ve been considering; if you’re a no primer kind of person, I would skip.

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YSL Avant Garde (8) Couture Palette

YSL Saharienne (4) Couture Palette

YSL Saharienne (4) Couture Palette ($60.00 for 0.18 oz.) includes five shades of eyeshadow with a variety of textures. According to YSL, the formula has “intense color” and is “long-wearing, crease-proof” with “crease-resistant … 12-hour hold.” There was noticeable fading with some shades between seven and eight hours, and a couple had actual creasing after eight hours of wear. The texture of the formula is what sells the palette, I think, as it is incredibly soft, finely-milled, and buttery without being too dense–it feels almost like a cream formula, though it is definitely powder. The palette had fairly good color payoff with some shades being more or less pigmented, but these blend like a dream and have a very flattering shimmer finish on the skin.

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YSL Saharienne (4) Couture Palette

LORAC Pro Palette 2 Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Pro Palette 2 Eyeshadow Palette ($42.00 for 16 x 0.02 oz.; 1 x 0.19 oz.) contains sixteen eyeshadows, plus a miniature-sized eye primer. Overall, it’s a nice palette with a mix of colors, neutrals, mattes, and shimmers, so you can do a variety of looks with different finishes and levels of depth. The palette leans somewhat on the warmer side, and it is also heavy on medium-dark to dark shades. I would have loved to see one or two lighter, cooler-toned shades to play off of some of the cooler-mattes. It would have also been nice to have one or two shimmery shades that were cooler-toned, too. In general, the pigmentation was good across the board with one or two misses, and the eyeshadows were blendable, long-wearing, and had softer textures.

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LORAC Pro Palette 2 Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC 16-Pan Eyeshadow Palette Pro Palette 2
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
90%
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LORAC Unzipped Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Unzipped Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.58 oz.) is described as a “universally flattering nude eyeshadow palette.” It includes ten eyeshadows (0.39 oz. in total, or 0.039 oz. each) and a miniature-sized Behind the Scenes Eye Primer (0.19 oz.). Overall, it’s a good palette with ten shades and no major issues. Most of the eyeshadows had good color payoff, soft, blendable textures, and the formula wears quite consistency–almost every shade lasted for eight hours on me (no primer). With LORAC’s primer, results are closer to ten to eleven hours. The palette is very warm-toned, so I wouldn’t describe it was “universally flattering” (which, in general, is a difficult task for any shade, let alone multiple shades!), but otherwise, it’s a nice neutral palette to consider if you haven’t yet had your fill.

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LORAC Unzipped Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette Unzipped
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
90%
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bareMinerals The Glass Beach Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals The Glass Beach Eyeshadow Quad ($30.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a new, limited edition set of shades for summer. I came across this on QVC when I bought The Nude Beach palette. According to bareMinerals, it was inspired by the coast of Northern California. All four shades had a muted quality to them, which made them appear more muddied applied to the lid than anticipated, and the somewhat powdery texture of the shades seemed to compound this problem. It’s an interesting set of shades, but the texture of these really needs the help of a primer, which would help the color adhere better to the skin. I packed and packed Sea Glass on like no tomorrow but really couldn’t get it to appear as it does in the pan. bareMinerals’ Ready formula is one of my favorites, because it is very, very pigmented, applies beautifully without primer, and wears long without fading or creasing, but this quad fell so short compared to other palettes and quads.

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bareMinerals The Glass Beach Eyeshadow Quad
bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow Quad The Glass Beach
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Product
8
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
84%
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