LORAC PRO Metal Palette

LORAC PRO Metal Palette ($28.00 for 0.144 oz.) includes eight eyeshadows with all but one being very shimmery (Onyx is more of a satin). If you’re a big fan of shimmer, frost, or metallic finishes, you may enjoy this. The quality is there, and none of the shades were difficult to use, even on bare skin. They’re soft, pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing; they are less powdery compared to some of LORAC’s eyeshadows but seem in line with their more shimmery/metallic shades (like Unzipped and Unzipped Gold). The only downside is that all of the shades are dupable, so you may have several similar shades already in your stash.

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LORAC PRO Metal Palette
LORAC Pro Palette (8-Pan) PRO Metal
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9.5
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9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
93%
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Urban Decay Wende’s Contraband Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Wende’s Contraband Eyeshadow Palette ($34.00 for 0.21 oz.) includes six eyeshadows and one travel-sized eyeliner. The eyeshadows are 0.03 oz. each, whereas a full-sized Urban Decay eyeshadow is 0.05 oz. Four of the six shades are part of the permanent range, while the other two (Reign and Tornado) have been released previously so there are no truly new shades here. The formula is different from their regular range, and then different from both last year’s Shadow Box and Vice3/Vice LTD palettes. The press is firmer on all six shades, and it is only a detriment to one (Flash), while one other shade has a dryness to it that made it a pain to work with without a base (Tornado). The palette seems unnecessarily large, probably to accommodate the eyeliner, but it could be a lot slimmer and smaller and contain the eyeshadows still.

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Urban Decay Wende's Contraband Eyeshadow Palette

Viseart Paris Nude (06) Eyeshadow Palette

Viseart Paris Nude (06) Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00 for 0.84 oz.) is a set of twelve shades, and if you’ve ever longed for a palette of shimmery, mid-tones, this might be the one for you. Viseart’s philosophy is that the palettes are supposed to be mixed (and their roots are as a professional artistry brand that is gaining attention with its availability at Sephora), though you can certainly achieve looks with this palette alone, but if you like a variety in finish, you’ll need to add in your favorite mattes. The palette leans warm overall with a few shades more neutral-to-warm. The texture is soft and blendable with some shades feeling a little dry, dusty, and/or powdery, but these things didn’t translate into application, as they still adhered well to bare skin (no primer) and wore for eight hours or longer. I think they perform better in practice than just swatched, in general. I wish the pans were removable so you could create your own palette of finishes, as I do think that for travel, a set of twelve is a good number, but most will want a few darker and/or matte shades in their look.

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Viseart Paris Nude (06) Eyeshadow Palette
Viseart Eyeshadow Palette Paris Nude (06)
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9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
91%
Permanent
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Dior Ambre Nuit (746) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Ambre Nuit (746) Eyeshadow Palette ($62.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a set of warm-toned neutrals that ranges from frosted peach to deepened bronzy brown. The colors are dupable, and you can certainly find better-performing neutral palettes on the market given how many are available, but at least this did better than most of Dior’s palettes have in the last couple of years. The trouble showed up primarily during application, as the drier texture proved more difficult to work with for blending and getting color to adhere evenly and smoothly to bare skin. This one should work well enough over a primer if you typically wear one.

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Dior Ambre Nuit (746) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette Ambre Nuit (746)
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8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
83%
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Dior Contraste Horizon (556) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Contraste Horizon (556) Eyeshadow Palette ($62.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a brighter, more colorful set of shades for summer. You know me, despite having a fairly consistent negative experience with Dior’s palettes these days, that bluish-teal color drew me in, and shortly after receiving my order, I deeply regretted purchasing. The texture of the eyeshadows is drier overall, and they just performed poorly as far as wear and application went without some sort of helper (base or primer).

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Dior Contraste Horizon (556) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette Contraste Horizon (556)
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7
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
7
Application
4
Total
72%
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Viseart Neutral Matte (01) Eyeshadow Palette

Viseart Neutral Matte (01) Eyeshadow Palette
Viseart Neutral Matte (01) Eyeshadow Palette

Viseart Neutral Matte (01) Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00 for 0.84 oz.) contains twelve matte (well, mostly) neutral eyeshadows. When it comes to their eyeshadow palettes, the Neutral Matte palette is considered the “base” where this is the one you start with, and the other palettes build on this one, particularly the shimmery ones like Bridal Satin, Sultry Muse, and Paris Nude (though you can get looks out of them as is, but you have to love your shimmer). According to the brand, the formula is supposed to be pigmented, smooth, blendable, and long-wearing, and the palettes/eyeshadows are made in small batches (which is what is said to be the reason for why restocking can take awhile). All of the shades in the palette were very soft and silky to the touch, finely-milled, and fairly pigmented, though some shades were more semi-opaque and buildable, while others were quite pigmented from the get-go. A few of the shades are more semi-matte to satin-matte, where they lack the flatness of a truly matte eyeshadow but look like a “natural matte” finish applied, so even some of the lighter shades are less prone to looking dry or chalky on the skin. They all wore well for nine hours on me before fading (no primer). Its greatest strength to me is really that they adhere and apply to bare skin without the necessity of primer, and they tended to blend easily without turning patchy or uneven. It’s worth taking a look at if you’re in need of more matte, warm-toned neutrals in your stash, but if you’ve already stocked up on many a neutral palette in the last few years, these are dupable (182 dupes across the twelve shades).

The brand has been around for awhile as a more artistry/professional brand, but Sephora recently started to carry some of their products (four of their eyeshadow palettes specifically, but there are additional ones; I have personally shopped through Muse Beauty and bought three more through them, shipping was $10, but they shipped from SF so I got mine to what amounted as overnight delivery). I hope Sephora will start carrying the other palettes, though, to make it more and more accessible.

Cannelle is a muted, mediuum peachy-brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The texture was soft, smooth, blendable, and easy to work with, as it yielded mostly opaque color payoff and lasted for nine and a half hours on me. MAC Layin’ Low (P, $18.50) is less shimmery, lighter. Laura Mercier Ginger (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever M650 Cookie (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever M664 Fawn (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Satin Ochre (Right) (LE, ) is lighter. Make Up For Ever S706 Milk Toffee (P, $21.00) is darker. Too Faced Peanut Butter (P, $16.00) is darker. Kat Von D Ludwin (P, ) is lighter. Colour Pop Selfie (P, $5.00) is brighter. Colour Pop Just a Sip (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter. Urban Decay Riff (P, $18.00) is darker, brighter. Urban Decay Riff (P, $18.00) is darker, brighter. Too Faced Honey Butter (P, $16.00) is lighter. Buxom Invite Only (P, $12.00) is darker. First 15 dupes listed, please click the links to see additional dupes: Viseart Beige (P, ) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Beige is a light-medium, muted peach with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good color payoff that was buildable to opaque, but it wasn’t fully pigmented. The texture was soft and a little powdery, but it remained blendable and applied well to the lid in practice. On me, the color lasted for nine hours before fading. Viseart Cannelle (P, ) is lighter. Laura Mercier Ginger (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker. Viseart Cannelle (P, ) is darker. Kat Von D Ludwin (P, ) is darker. Tarte Peach Poppy (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler. bareMinerals Shhh… (P, ) is more shimmery. Colour Pop Just a Sip (LE, $5.00) is darker. Kat Von D Geek (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Bamboo (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Samoa Silk (DC, $16.00) is less shimmery, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sable is a light beige with warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation with a soft, smooth consistency that blended well on the skin without looking powdery or dry. It started to fade after nine hours of wear. Urban Decay Skimp (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Brule (P, $16.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Countess (LE, ) is darker. Urban Decay Bleach (LE, $18.00) is . MAC Her Mistress (LE, $16.00) is darker. Kat Von D Damned (LE, ) is lighter. Tarte Just Malt Away (LE, ) is more shimmery. Makeup Geek Vanilla Bean (P, $5.99) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #4 (P, ) is lighter. Hourglass Graphite #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Dior Sundeck #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery. theBalm #24 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery. Tarte Sand Out from the Crowd (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Kat Von D Laetus (P, ) is darker. Hourglass Color Field #1 (P, ) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Ivoire is a lightly, brightened white with neutral undertones and a matte finish. It was semi-opaque with a silky texture that was surprisingly soft without turning powdery. It lasted for nine hours before fading. Sugarpill Tako (P, $12.00) is cooler. Bobbi Brown White (LE, $22.00) is cooler. Inglot #373 (P, $6.00) is brighter, cooler. MAC Chill (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #10 (LE, $16.00) is warmer. LORAC White (P, ) is cooler. Hello Kitty Milk (LE, ) is brighter. Makeup Geek White Lies (P, $5.99) is darker. Kat Von D Banshee (LE, ) is brighter. Kat Von D Liberatus (P, ) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Chocolat is a muted, dark brown with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a satin finish. It had decent to good color payoff, but the texture was a little firmer compared to the other shades and wasn’t as easily blended in comparison. The color still wore well for nine hours, though. Inglot #327 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, warmer. MAC Brown Down (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Kat Von D Wolf (P, ) is cooler. Chanel Charming #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Guerlain Two Spicy #2 (P, ) is more shimmery. Tarte Multi-Tasker (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Kat Von D Leather (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Farah (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Hourglass Obscura #4 (P, ) is less shimmery. Colour Pop Fairfax (P, $5.00) is cooler. MAC Choco Cake (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Kat Von D Sytry (P, ) is less shimmery. Tarte Powerful (LE, ) is less shimmery. Becca Ombre Nudes #5 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. First 15 dupes listed, please click the links to see additional dupes: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Brique is a medium-dark, copper-brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It was richly pigmented, silky-smooth, and blendable on the lid and lasted for almost ten hours on me. MAC Body Conscious (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. MAC Saddle (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Cleopatra (P, ) is darker. Inglot #122R Middle (P, $6.00) is brighter. Anastasia Sienna (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. Zoeva Substitute for Love (P, ) is more muted. Sephora + Pantone Universe Chutney (LE, ) is less shimmery. Too Faced Peanut Butter (P, $16.00) is lighter. Anastasia Morocco (P, $12.00) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever S706 Milk Toffee (P, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever S604 Teak (P, $21.00) is cooler. Make Up For Ever S602 Cinnamon (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted, cooler. Make Up For Ever M704 Canyon (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. Kat Von D Wrath (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. LORAC Dream Girl #2 (LE, ) is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Taupe is a muted, medium-dark brown with warm, caramel undertones and a satin sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth consistency that was easy to work with on bare skin. The color started to fade after nine hours of wear. Inglot #360 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Texture (P, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Twice Baked (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker. Too Faced Semi-Sweet (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Laura Mercier Café au Lait (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Makeup Geek Hipster (P, $5.99) is warmer. Laura Mercier Café au Lait (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Sleek MakeUP Entwined (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, lighter. LORAC Unspoken (P, ) is less shimmery, warmer. Too Faced Truffled (P, $16.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever M630 Sweet Chestnut (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, cooler. MAC Clove (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Dior Cuir Cannage #3 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer. MAC Clove (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Dior Cuir Cannage #3 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer. First 15 dupes listed, please click the links to see additional dupes: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Cafe is a medium, taupe brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had excellent pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency that sat well on the skin. On me, the color started to fade after nine hours of wear. Make Up For Ever M540 Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Vanish (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever M540 Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever M558 Dark Taupe (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Primal (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever M630 Sweet Chestnut (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Too Faced Fawned of You (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. Stila Being (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Tarte Merci You Later (LE, ) is lighter. LORAC Brown (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer. Laura Mercier Stone Taupe (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. Tarte Taupe of the World (LE, ) is darker. Urban Decay Dare (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Fix (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Too Faced Puddin’ (P, $16.00) is darker. First 15 dupes listed, please click the links to see additional dupes: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Charbon is a medium-dark black with a satin finish. This shade had the most sheen out of the entire palette, but it seemed to make it more blendable than some matte black eyeshadows are, so perhaps that’s the reason for that slight sheen. The texture was soft, smooth, and had a slightly firmer press compared to other shades. I started to see fading after nine hours of wear. MAC Dark Dare (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. Sugarpill Bulletproof (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. Anastasia Coal (LE, $12.00) is . Giorgio Armani Obsidian (01) (P, $38.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Perversion (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Rêve d’Orient #4 (LE, ) is darker. Make Up For Ever M100 Black (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever S102 Onyx (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Caviar (LE, ) is less shimmery. Chanel Tisse Riviera #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. NARS Sycorax (P, $29.00) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek Corrupt (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, darker. Viseart Tuxedo (P, ) is more shimmery. Milani Bella Black (12) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Souris is a muted, dark gray with a “warmer” leaning though it still seemed cool-toned overall with a matte finish. I thought this was the worst performer of the palette, as it was prone to sheering out and didn’t adhere as evenly as other shades. The texture felt soft but somewhat powdery. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. MAC All Woman (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Graphic Nature (P, ) is darker. LORAC Charcoal (P, ) is darker. MAC Smoked Cocoa #4 (LE, $16.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Velvet Charcoal (P, $14.00) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Cendre is a softened, medium-dark taupe with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had decent to good color payoff but wasn’t as pigmented as other shades. The eyeshadow had a slightly firmer press, and it wasn’t as blendable as the other shades. It stayed on well for eight and a half hours. Urban Decay Rewind (LE, $18.00) is warmer. MAC Brains & Brawn (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Slate (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer. bareMinerals Head Over Heels (LE, ) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Eyeshadow #2 (LE, ) is warmer. Urban Decay Undone (LE, $18.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever M558 Dark Taupe (P, $21.00) is warmer. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, warmer. Too Faced Risque (P, $16.00) is warmer. Colour Pop Adios (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Laura Mercier Stone Taupe (LE, $23.00) is warmer. Tarte Power Player (LE, ) is warmer. theBalm Dig It (LE, $16.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Tabac is a medium-dark brown with warmer undertones and a subtle gray tint paired with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation that applied smoothly and evenly to the skin, and it was easily blended and diffused. On me, the color wore well for nine hours. NARS Bali (P, $24.00) is darker. MAC Deep Brown (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Brun (P, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Rewind (LE, $18.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Get Ahead (LE, ) is warmer. Make Up For Ever M630 Sweet Chestnut (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever M558 Dark Taupe (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Noble Spirit (LE, $16.00) is less pigmented, lower quality. MAC Lofty (LE, $16.00) is darker. Tarte Eiffel for You (LE, ) is darker. Urban Decay Undone (LE, $18.00) is darker, cooler. MAC Aromatic (P, $16.00) is warmer. Rouge Bunny Rouge Umber Fire Finch (P, $19.00) is more shimmery. Buxom Big Spender (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer. Tarte Espresso Yourself (LE, ) is lighter. First 15 dupes listed, please click the links to see additional dupes: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Viseart Eyeshadow Palette Neutral Matte (01)
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
92%
Permanent
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