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.