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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%
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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
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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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MAC x Brooke Shields Mortal Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Mortal Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Mortal Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Mortal Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a warm-toned mix of coral and bronze. If you’re unfamiliar with the formula, it’s supposed to be a “hybrid formula” that can be applied dry for sheer color, wet for opaque color with supreme blendability. In the past, many of these palettes have been incredibly shimmery and sparkly, but this one is a little toned down–more frosted than sparkle/glitter–so there is less concern for fall out. I get good wear out of the eyeshadows once they’re on, but they always look a bit faded applied. This palette could use more contrast, as the colors run together due to most of them being light-medium or medium in color. I’d also love one or two satin/matte finishes to add more variety.

Mortal #1 is a golden beige with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It was semi-sheer both dry and wet, though it was more metallic when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was soft but not powdery, while it lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches of similar shades / view side-by-side swatches on the Dupe List.

Mortal #2 is a golden orange with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff applied dry, and it was more opaque when applied with a dampened brush. The consistency was slightly powdery but very soft. On the eye, the color wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches of similar shades / view side-by-side swatches on the Dupe List.

Mortal #3 is a brightened, medium coral-pink with warm undertones and a frosted, golden shimmer finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation when applied dry, and it was fully opaque when applied damp. The texture felt finely-milled and soft, though it was a bit powdery to work with. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches of similar shades / view side-by-side swatches on the Dupe List.

Mortal #4 is a medium-dark, golden bronze with warm, orange undertones and a frosted, metallic sheen. Applied dry, it was mostly opaque but not as metallic as when it was applied damp. The texture was soft, smooth, and not powdery (which is a big deal for this formula). The color didn’t start to fade until after eight and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches of similar shades / view side-by-side swatches on the Dupe List.

Mortal #5 is a warm-toned bronze with a slight gray/taupe vibe. Applied dry, it was more copper-bronze, and then applied damp, it had a stronger gray cast but still ran quite warm. The texture was soft and smooth, but the damp application didn’t yield full color coverage. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches of similar shades / view side-by-side swatches on the Dupe List.

MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette Mortal
Mortal
Mortal
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
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Mortal #1

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Mortal #2

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Mortal #3

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Mortal #4

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Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette

Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette
Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette

Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette ($42.00 for 0.79 oz.) includes five shades of blush ranging from brown to peach to plum. Each blush is 0.158 oz. and a full-sized blush is 0.20 oz. for $26. The palette contains $102.70 worth of blush, and more subjectively, for less than the price of two full-sized blushes, you’ll get to try five shades. I liked that there was a variety of finishes, and a decent spectrum of shades from beige to plum to coral. Tarte’s blushes don’t wear as long as twelve hours on me, which is a claim that is repeated over and over again for the formula. The texture of a few of these leaned powdery, and it seemed like the wear time was less than I’ve had with other Tarte shades as a result. If I set aside the 12-hour wear time claim, then the rating would bump up to B+.

Breathless is described as a “pinky beige.” It’s a rosy beige with subtle, warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. There’s a smidgen of “glow” the more you buff and blend out the powder on the skin, but it’s primarily a matte finish. It wore well for eight and a half hours (which is significantly short of 12!). The powder was soft once applied to the skin, but it was a little stiffer in the pan and not quite as pigmented as the other shades. Too Faced Papa Don’t Peach (LE) is darker, more shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) (P, $30.00) is warmer. MAC Corol #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is warmer. Estee Lauder Sensuous Rose (LE, $28.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Embraced is described as a “plummy rose.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned berry pink with a frosted finish. It had great color payoff, though the texture of the powder was slightly powdery. The more shimmery finish did emphasize pores. The color lasted for eight and a half hours before fading. Clinique Plum Pop (04) (P, $21.00) is brighter, less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $55.00) is darker. NYX English Rose (P, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Pink Tea (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. MAC Divine Desire (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Subtle Breeze (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, not quite as cool-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Whimsy is described as a “light pink.” It’s a cool-toned, light-medium pink with a semi-matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft but powdery texture. The blush wore well for eight hours before fading on me. Makeup Geek Rendezvous (P, $9.99) is darker. Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (P, $9.99) is lighter. MAC Young at Heart (LE, $20.00) is darker, brighter. Urban Decay Blush (P) is similar. Tarte Flush (P, $26.00) is a touch lighter. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $20.00) is similar. theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is warmer. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is similar. MAC Lovecloud (P, $21.00) is warmer, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bashful is described as a “rosy peach.” It’s a medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a soft, golden shimmer-sheen. It had nice color payoff that sat well on the skin, and it was the only shade in the palette that wasn’t powdery–well-balanced between soft, pigmented, and blendable. It wore well for nine hours before fading. Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is lighter. Surratt Beauty Ponceau (P, $32.00) is brighter, warmer. Guerlain Coral Blush (LE) is darker. IT Cosmetics Pretty in Peony (P, $24.00) is brighter, darker. MAC Petal Power (LE, $27.00) is lighter. Clinique Peach Pop (02) (P, $21.00) is darker. Tarte True Love (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Tarte Crave (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is similar. Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is less sihmmery. NARS Realm of the Senses (Together) (LE, $29.00) is darker. theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is less shimmery. NYX Pinched (P, $5.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Irreplaceable is described as a “mauve rose.” It’s a medium-dark, rosy pink with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. Applied to my skin, it does take on a warmer look overall, though it is a cool-toned shade that I think will show up more plum-like on cooler complexions. It had great color payoff, and the texture was just a smidgen powdery but fairly blendable. This shade wore well for almost nine hours. Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is warmer, more shimmery. MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $30.00) is cooler-toned. NARS 413 BLKR (P, $29.00) is darker. Milani Tea Rose (08) (LE, $7.99) is similar. Tarte Fearless (P, $26.00) is lighter. NYX Desert Rose (P, $5.00) is brighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette

B
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Breathless
Breathless
Breathless
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Embraced
Embraced
Embraced
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Whimsy
Whimsy
Whimsy
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
83%
Total
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Bashful
Bashful
Bashful
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Irreplaceable
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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