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Sneak Peek: LORAC Mega Pro Palette Photos & Swatches

LORAC Mega Pro Palette
LORAC Mega Pro Palette

LORAC Mega Pro Palette ($59.00 for 0.62 oz.) includes 32 eyeshadows–16 matte, 16 shimmer from white to black to plum to teal. It is a limited edition palette. My order just arrived this afternoon, so I’ll start testing it, but there weren’t too many obvious “that’s going to be a problem” eyeshadows and most felt like the eyeshadows from the previous Pro palettes–soft, silky (but sometimes powdery) mattes, more consistent shimmery shades (less likely to be powdery). It launches tomorrow, exclusively at Amazon and LORAC, so I figured that swatches might be helpful as it’ll take awhile to test 32 shades!

And perhaps, if you’re trying to figure out whether you already have dupes or not, you might try browsing the swatches in the Swatch Gallery, as I have added them there 🙂

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MAC Keepsakes/Plum Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Keepsakes/Plum Eyes Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Keepsakes/Plum Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Keepsakes/Plum Eyes Eyeshadow Palette ($39.50 for 0.112 oz.) is one of three, 8-pan eyeshadow palettes for the holidays. Each eyeshadow is 0.014 oz., and even though there are eight of them, it’s noticeably less than past holiday palettes. In 2012 and 2013, they were 0.14 oz., and in 2011, they contained 0.21 oz. while pricing has stayed about the same. This year’s holiday packaging is very plastic-feeling, and the “pearls” that wrap around the palette lift a bit, so I don’t know if this is going to be particularly travel-friendly as far as durability goes. Since they put eight shades into the palette, each pan is on the smaller side, though it fits a MAC 239 and 217 brush comfortably. I do not find the quality of the holiday eyeshadow palettes to be on par with the average full-sized eyeshadow. This palette is all right; it works decently on the skin, but it takes some layering and packing on to make it all work.

Sensibility is described as a “pale frosty pink [with a Frost finish].” It’s a semi-sheer, light pink with subtle warm undertones and a satin finish. The texture was somewhat stiff. It lasted for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Taupeless is described as an “icy pink with silver sparkle [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned pink with silver sparkle. Lustre finishes are supposed to be sheerer shades, which this is, though the texture is also chunky and a little stiff. It lasted for eight hours, but there was fall out during wear. This shade has been out in a couple of holiday palettes previously. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Plum Grand is described as a “dirty frosty lavender [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a medium-dark, purple plum with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, but dry, consistency. It lasted for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Nocturnelle is described as a “pinked-up chrome purple [with a Frost finish].” It’s a brightened, medium-dark purple with cool, pink undertones and a satiny sheen. It had fully opaque color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft and blendable. This shade stayed on well for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Fashion Beat is described as a “dirty violet grey [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a muted, golden beige with a hint of gray and subtle, warm undertones. It had a more frosted finish, and it didn’t really have the sparkle content that you’d expect from a Lustre finish. It was also mostly opaque, which is more payoff than Lustres have. It lasted for eight hours on me. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Subtly Elegant is described as a “light grey lilac [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light-medium, gray-leaning taupe with subtle warm undertones and matte finish. It had really nice color payoff with a silky, velvety texture that was just a smidgen powdery. The color wore well for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Shadowy Lady is described as a “blackened plum [with a Matte finish].” It’s a blackened purple-plum with a matte finish. This version seemed darker, slightly cooler-toned, than my permanent version (which is older). It had decent color payoff, but the texture was on the stiffer side, which made it harder to blend on the lid. It lasted for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Magic Moor is described as a “rich blackened plum with pearl [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a blackened, plummy taupe with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was fairly soft. This shade started to fade after eight hours of wear. a href=”http://www.temptalia.com/swatch-gallery?sg=159293,144423,142943,109619,109567,108086,105593,105101,142526″>See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Keepsakes Eyeshadow Palette Plum Eyes
Plum Eyes
Plum Eyes
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
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Gucci Fume Magnetic Color Shadow Duo

Gucci Fumé Magnetic Color Shadow Duo
Gucci Fumé Magnetic Color Shadow Duo

Gucci Fumé Magnetic Color Shadow Duo ($49.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a nice pairing of colors, though it’s not knock-your-socks-off quality, and at this price point, you should love what you’re buying. The formula is described as “saturated with pigment,” but then, they later say “buildable color” yet it is “pretreated and primed for high-color impact.” (Under the monos, they only say “intensely pigmented,” while the quads say “saturated with color for a high-impact, buildable finish.”) Neither shade was perfect, and the right shade had a drier consistency that made it less blendable. I wish Gucci gave more product per pan or knocked down the price, because it seems overpriced relative to the other products in Gucci’s range (which are more comparable to Chanel and Dior pricing)–it would still be a luxury item either way, though, to be sure.

Fumé (Left) is a muted, medium khaki brown with gold flecks of sparkle and shimmer–a melange of gold, green, and brown with warm undertones. It had good color payoff, though it could have been truer-to-pan and more opaque from the get-go. The consistency was soft, smooth, and blendable. This shade wore well for eight hours on me with a little bit of fall out. theBalm Kawabunga (LE, $16.00) is slightly greener. bareMinerals Flicker (P) is lighter. MAC Sea Worship (LE, $19.50) is more golden. MAC Olive Blend #3 (LE) is lighter. Urban Decay Stash (LE, $18.00) is darker. Urban Decay Mildew (P, $18.00) is greener. MAC Fiction (DC, $15.00) is similar. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 (LE) is brighter. bareMinerals Spectacular (P) is more metallic. Inglot #419 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fumé (Right) is a muted, dark burgundy brown with subtle, warm undertones and a lighter burgundy satin sheen. It had decent pigmentation, but the texture was drier, so the edges can look rougher, not as smooth/diffused when applied. I felt like it took some extra effort to blend on the skin. Once on, the color lasted for eight and a half hours before fading slightly. Tarte Lavender Bubble Bath (LE) is darker. Dior Trafalgar #5 (P) is lighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever ME614 Graphite Brown (P, $21.00) is warmer, browner. MAC Cocktail Black (LE, $15.00) is lighter. LORAC Cocoa (P) is lighter. NARS Subra (P, $29.00) is more shimmery. MAC Carbonized (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Inglot #423 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Gucci Beauty Magnetic Color Shadow Duo Fumé
Fumé
Fumé
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
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Gucci Malachite Magnetic Color Shadow Duo

Gucci Malachite Magnetic Color Shadow Duo
Gucci Malachite Magnetic Color Shadow Duo

Gucci Malachite Magnetic Color Shadow Duo ($49.00 for 0.09 oz.) features the Magnetic Color Shadow formula, which is supposed to be “saturated with pigment,” but then, they later say “buildable color” yet it is “pretreated and primed for high-color impact.” (Under the monos, they only say “intensely pigmented,” while the quads say “saturated with color for a high-impact, buildable finish.”) Both of these shades were quite pigmented, and the texture was soft and smooth, though the right shade had a little dryness to it while the left shade was fantastic.

You might be wondering what is the most “cost-effective” way to try Gucci’s eyeshadows. Their singles are $528.57/oz., duos are $544.44/oz., and quads are $382.35/oz., so quads are significantly more for your money, both when you crunch the numbers and because you can try four shades for the price of two singles. I’m not sure where Gucci is trying to price themselves, because some of their products are comparable to Chanel, Dior, etc., others more like Tom Ford but slightly less. The single and duo shadows seem over-priced relative to the much of the range.

Malachite (Left) is a rich, grassy green with warm undertones and a soft, frosted sheen. It had excellent color payoff with a really smooth–almost creamy–consistency that blended well on the skin. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly. Anastasia Emerald (LE) is darker, more muted. Sephora Collection Rolling in the Grass (10) is more shimmery, cooler-toned. (P, $13.00) NARS Night Porter (LE, $24.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Humid (P, $15.00) is slightly lighter. L’Oreal Golden Emerald (P, $7.99) is more shimmery. Sugarpill Junebug (P, $12.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #310 (DC, $20.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Inglot #418 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Malachite (Right) is a deepened, muted navy blue with a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation, and while it was blendable and smooth applied, the texture had a slight dryness to it (but it wasn’t stiff). The color didn’t show signs of fading until after eight and a half hours of wear. Dior Pied de Poule #1 (P) is less shimmery, darker. Sleek MakeUP Black Magic (LE, $9.99) is darker. NARS Giove (P, $29.00) is similar. Too Faced Heavy Metal (P, $16.00) is darker. Illamasqua Android (P, $25.50) is more shimmery. Giorgio Armani #20 (LE, $33.00) is similar. bareMinerals Controversy (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Gucci Beauty Magnetic Color Shadow Duo Malachite
Malachite
Malachite
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
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Hello Kitty Pop-Up Party Eyeshadow Palette (Quick)

Hello Kitty Pop-Up Party Eyeshadow Palette
Hello Kitty Pop-Up Party Eyeshadow Palette

Hello Kitty Pop-Up Party Eyeshadow Palette ($52.00 for 0.70 oz.) includes twenty eyeshadows in an array of colors and neutrals with a variety of finishes. I love the concept–colors, neutrals, mattes, satins, shimmers–but I think the quality is missing. Often, you’ll see collaborations or non-beauty brands put out makeup, and the first thought is, “This is going to suck, it’s just a gimmick.” Sometimes you’re surprised, and sometimes, you’re not at all. The eyeshadow formula used here feels cheap, because they’re loaded with fillers that make these powdery, chalky, prone to fading, and under-pigmented. There’s no reason this shouldn’t perform at least decently–the price tag certainly leaves plenty of room to use quality ingredients and formulas. It is packaged similarly to Urban Decay’s Book of Shadows with a bulky, cardboard container with a pull-out drawer. The drawer doesn’t extend fully, so the top row of eyeshadows sits a little underneath the lip of the exterior cover.

This is a quick review. In this instance, I have only tested twelve of the twenty shades for wear, and I have used an average wear time for the remaining shades. In an effort to cover more products during the holiday season, some palettes and sets will be given quick reviews. I’m still doing full reviews of products throughout the holiday season, but instead of having 20 palettes/sets photographed, swatched, and half-tested but never written up come January, my goal is to share photos and swatches and shorter reviews where it makes sense to. I use your reactions as a community to prioritize what gets fully tested and what may get a shorter review.

Happy is a medium, pink lavender with cool undertones and a subtle sparkle. It was powdery, prone to fading, excessive fall out, wears six hours. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Playdate is a muted, medium-dark gray with subtle neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. Powdery, semi-sheer, faded after five and a half hours of wear. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Dear Daniel is a brightened, medium-dark periwinkle blue with an aqua micro-shimmer over a matte finish. It was powdery, sheer, dry, chalky, prone to fading after five and a half hours of wear. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Milk is a cool-toned white with a satin finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, lightly powdery, seven hours of wear. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Celebrate is a medium-dark, burgundy-brown with warm, reddish undertones and a pearly finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff, lasted for seven and a half hours, and was a touch powdery. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Supercute is a medium-dark, cool-toned purple with a soft, pearly sheen. It had a very dusty, dry consistency that was prone to fading along with semi-sheer color coverage. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Friendship is an iridescent, peachy-pink with a frosted sheen. It had so-color payoff, some powderiness to the texture. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Kitty-Chan is a dark, navy blue with a metallic sheen and copper sparkle. The copper sparkle made it more unique, but it didn’t bind and just fell underneath the lid during application. The consistency wasn’t powdery. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Apple Pie is a light, peach with a hint of beige, warm undertones, and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff and was easy to blend, but it was somewhat powdery. One of the better shades in the palette, though. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Bow is a medium-dark, coral-red with warm, orange undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation but was very powdery, so it adhered poorly to the skin and immediately looked faded applied to bare skin. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

1974 is a medium-dark gray with subtle, neutral undertones (almost looks warm on my skin tone) and a satin finish. It was dry, powdery, and semi-sheer. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Kawaii is a cool-toned, light-medium aqua-teal with a metallic sheen. It had decent pigmentation and was only a little dry. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

The Original is a deep brown with olive undertones and a soft, bronze shimmer. It had great color payoff, though the texture was still on the powdery side. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Hot Cocoa is a muted, medium-dark brown with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It was drier, powdery, and somewhat chalky with semi-sheer color payoff. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Bright is a brightened, metallic white gold with warm, yellow undertones. It had good pigmentation but was still a little powdery and dusty to work with. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Three Apples is a muted, cool-toned emerald green with a subtle golden overlay. It had good color payoff with only a slight powderiness, but it wore better than a lot of the other shades. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Anniversary is a blackened navy blue with lighter blue sparkle over a matte finish. It had great color payoff, and it was only a little powdery. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Cookie is an ultra frosted, pewter gold with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It was very crumbly and powdery, though the pigmentation was good (it just didn’t stick). See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Mimmy is a muted, light-medium butter yellow with a soft, frosted finish. It was crumbly and powdery, a little chalky, and difficult to get to stick to the skin. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Chocolate Chip is a rich, golden bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It was a soft, smooth shade that wasn’t powdery and was nicely pigmented. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Hello Kitty Eyeshadow Palette Pop-Up Party
Pop-Up Party
Pop-Up Party
C-

Limited Edition

7
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
71%
Total
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Sneak Peek: Kat Von D Star Studded Eyeshadow Book Photos & Swatches

Kat Von D Star Studded Eyeshadow Book
Kat Von D Star Studded Eyeshadow Book

Kat Von D Star Studded Eyeshadow Book ($55.00 for 1.20 oz.) includes 24 eyeshadows from matte to frost. I hope to review this palette in full, though what I can say about right now is that after wearing half the eyeshadows (and of course, swatching through all of them), I’m not optimistic about the quality of it. There are a few truly problematic shades (see the swatch for Gothica, which looks and feels like loose sand; how powdery Starflyer is), but many of the shades lean on the powdery side. None of them were stiff in the pan, but it was difficult to achieve true intensity on bare skin (certainly not the “color-packed pigment in one sweep”) due to the soft, powdery quality of many shades. We’ll see how it shakes out in the end.

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