NARS NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Eyeshadow ($79.00 for 15 x 0.03 oz. or 0.45 oz.) includes fifteen eyeshadows. NARS’ eyeshadows are supposed to be “highly pigmented, longwearing, and crease resistant” while the “color glides on smoothly, evenly, and blends effortlessly.” Some of the issues I had with this palette are issues that I have found to occur with several NARS eyeshadows I’ve tried in the past. There are some NARS eyeshadows I absolutely love, but there are a lot that leave me wanting more. In general, if you always use an eyeshadow primer, then this palette is workable, but if you don’t, some of the shades have trouble adhering to dry skin–if you have slightly oily lids, then that should help the powders stick better as well. The texture of the eyeshadows in the palette are all a little harder/firmer than corresponding singles/duos (I don’t have them all, but comparing to the ones I did have in their original single/duo form, it held true). Wear varied between seven and nine hours, depending on the shade. All of the eyeshadows are from existing singles or duos (and all of them are currently available, I believe, though a couple are considered Vintage, and one is limited edition), so if you only love one or two, you might consider buying them individually.

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NARS NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette
NARS NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette NARSissist Eye
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
84%
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MAC Eyeshadow x 15/Cool Neutral Palette

MAC Eyeshadow x 15/Cool Neutral Palette ($100.00 for 0.68 oz.) contains fifteen eyeshadows with a cool-toned theme. Aside from some of the quality issues, one of the things I noticed as I used this palette was that it wasn’t that cool-toned. Not only is it labeled a cool palette, but it is the counterpart to the Warm Neutral palette, which was very warm-toned. I thought the pigmentation was weaker in this palette overall, and there were some shades with texture issues (most of them Lustres, though). In general, these shades wore well for eight hours without fading or creasing, but one of the Lustres did have noticeable fall out during wear. This palette also contained a few of repromotes/permanent shades: Blackberry, Brun, and Black Tied are part of the permanent range, while After Dusk, Deception, and Silver Fog were repromotes. I thought Cumulus was a repromote, but it’s a totally different shade than the past limited edition release (from several years ago).

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MAC Eyeshadow x 15/Cool Neutral Palette
MAC Eyeshadow x15 Palette Cool Neutral
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
86%
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MAC Eyeshadow x 15/Warm Neutral Palette

MAC Eyeshadow x 15/Warm Neutral Palette ($100.00 for 0.68 oz.) contains fifteen, warm-toned eyeshadows. It has four permanent shades and four repromoted shades (ones that have been released previously as limited edition shades). This is actually one of MAC’s better pre-made palettes, which is even more impressive give there are 15 shades in the palette. Vanilla Extract and Honey Lust were the worst performers, but there were a lot of nicely pigmented, easy to use and blend shades overall. The palette could have used one or two additional medium-dark to dark shades for more contrast, as a lot of them were in the light-medium and medium range. All of the shades wore just around eight hours on me before fading, with a couple of shades that had some fall out (noted below). If you’re curious about pricing and value, consider checking out my lengthy discussion/thoughts after the review.

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MAC Eyeshadow x 15/Warm Neutral Palette
MAC Eyeshadow x15 Palette Warm Neutral
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
91%
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Wet ‘n’ Wild Naked Truth Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild Naked Truth Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette ($3.99 for 0.21 oz.) consists of five eyeshadows. These are new–and permanent–beginning January. I found mine at Walgreens about a week ago. The formula is suposed to be “long-lasting, highly pigmented … satiny-smooth for crease resistant wear.” There are five of the 5-pan palettes being added to the permanent range. Recently, I’ve been rather disappointed with Wet ‘n’ Wild’s eyeshadow palettes, so I thought I would start with this neutral-themed one, as neutrals tend to easier to do than bright, bold colors. All five shades are on the softer side and can be powdery, so you’ll want to use a light touch when grabbing color and then pat, rather than sweep, on. I would recommend using an eyeshadow primer underneath these, as alone, they are noticeably faded after six to seven hours.

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Wet 'n' Wild Naked Truth Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette
Wet 'n' Wild Color Icon 5-Pan Eyeshadow Palette Naked Truth
C+
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
Total
77%
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MAC A Waft of Grey Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad

MAC A Waft of Grey Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad ($44.00 for 0.05 oz.) is the smoky eye quad–a mix of silver-shot white, silver, gray, and black.  I had fall out during wear with the silver and gray shades, as both were quite sparkly, but the colors themselves wore between six and eight hours.  Because it is a smoky eye quad, the colors are rather dupeable, so I would recommend looking elsewhere if you’re in the market for a silver/gray/black palette.

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MAC A Waft of Grey Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad A Waft of Grey
C
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
Total
74%
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MAC A Sprinkle of Blues Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad

MAC A Sprinkle of Blues Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad ($44.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a cool-toned mix centered around blue. It contained a white with a blue sheen, muted navy blue, medium-dark blue, and a blackened navy. This quad was horrifying across the board–dry, stiff, difficult to blend, splotchy application, fast to fade, and utter garbage. I’ve worked with all six of the quads released in the collection, and none were as frustrating as this one–this performed so much worse than the others; it didn’t even apply halfway decently. It cannot be used damp; the only hope it has is being applied over a slightly tacky, white base. I don’t know why this quad differed so greatly compared to the others, which, with work and a particular technique, I could apply and it would look fine on.

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MAC A Sprinkle of Blues Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad A Sprinkle of Blues
F
Product
5.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
5.5
Longevity
5
Application
2.5
Total
58%
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