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MAC x Brooke Shields Gravitas Eyeshadow Palette

MAC x Brooke Shields Gravitas Eyeshadow Palette
MAC x Brooke Shields Gravitas Eyeshadow Palette

MAC x Brooke Shields Gravitas Eyeshadow Palette ($85.00 for 0.68 oz.) includes fifteen eyeshadows that range from pale, white-beige to plum to matte black. The palette contains some permanent shades as well as some new shades. It was quick to sell out on launch day, but the palette is currently available at Nordstrom. It should be available at other retailers like Dillard’s, Bloomingdale’s, and Macy’s. Overall, I think it’s a good palette with only one major miss (Carbon), but the majority were fairly pigmented, blendable, and easy to work with. They pair well together, and there are a lot of different combinations to be made. It is a warmer-toned palette, and there are only a few more colorful shades, so it is primarily a neutral palette–which there are numerous options out there (past and present), so it’s not necessarily a must-have, but that’ll depend more on what palettes you already have.

It has 15 full-sized eyeshadows (0.05 oz. usually, though Veluxe Pearl eyeshadows are 0.04 oz.), so if you bought them individually, it would contain $240 worth of eyeshadows; and if you could buy them in pan-form only to build your own palette, it would contain $150 worth of eyeshadows, plus the cost of an empty 15-pan eyeshadow ($2 for the insert, $8 for the empty palette, so $10 in total). Either way, it is a fantastic value as far as MAC eyeshadows and palettes go, though there are certainly many mid-to-high-end palettes to choose at this price point. The pans are not removable, and they appear to be glued in like the other 15-pan pre-made palettes (I tried to remove six, but they weren’t budging).

Pretty is described as a “sofot golden peach beige [with a Satin finish].” It’s a warm-toned beige with a pearly sheen. It had decent color payoff and applied smoothly, though it could have been more pigmented. It wore well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Soft Brown is described as a “soft golden peach brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a warm-toned, medium reddish-orange brown with a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation and applied smoothly without being powdery. The color didn’t start to fade until after eight and a half hours of wear. This shade is permanent. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Expensive Pink is described as a “pink with duochrome [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a copper-shimmered coral with a frosted finish. This shade is permanent. It had good color payoff, though the texture wasn’t quite as buttery as my permanent single, and it didn’t seem as shimmery (which made it appear darker). The color wore well for eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Clove is described as a “mid-tone golden brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark brown with subtle, yellow undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had nice color payoff with a soft, finely-milled texture that wasn’t powdery and was blendable. The color wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Satin Taupe #2 is described as a “taupe with silver shimmer [with a Frost finish].” It’s a light-medium taupe-brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. This shade is permanent, but it is so much lighter than the permanent version I have. It seemed to have decent color payoff, but it wasn’t consistent in color to past iterations of the shade. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Canter is described as a “soft neutral gold [with a Frost finish].” It’s a brightened, pale yellow gold with a metallic sheen. It had great color payoff that went on smoothly, while it had a buttery consistency that was easy to work with. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Luscious is described as a “neutral bronze [with a Frost finish].” It’s a coppery orange with a frosted shimmer. It had so-so pigmentation with a thinner, slightly dry, consistency–at least it wasn’t stiff to work with. The color lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Antiqued is described as an “ash brown with bronze [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s medium-dark, reddish brown with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had nice color payoff with a soft, smooth consistency that was easy to apply. It wore well for eight and a half hours. This shade is permanent. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Psyche is described as a “shimmering golden olive [with a Frost finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark olive brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation that went on smoothly and evenly. The color stayed on well for eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Carbon is described as an “intense black [with a Matte finish].” It’s medium-dark black with a matte finish, but there’s no real surprise that it looks splotchy, uneven, and is hard to work with as the texture is difficult to blend and the color payoff is weak. I actually feel like Carbon is too stark in this palette, and it would been great to have Typographic in its place (which is a better eyeshadow as well, but the softer quality to it would have worked nicely with the palette’s shades). This shade is permanent. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Shroom is described as a “soft beige with shimmer [with a Satin finish].” It’s a light beige with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that wore well for eight and a half hours. This actually had better pigmentation than the permanent single I have. This shade is permanent. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Persuade is described as a “mid-tone cool grey brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark taupe brown with cool, gray undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff, though it was at least buildable to opaque color with two to three layers, and the texture was soft and only a smidgen powdery. It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Plummed is described as a “shimmering dark plum [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a medium-dark plum-berry with warm, reddish undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation, and it applied evenly and blended well. This shade showed signs of fading after eight and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lofty is described as a “cool blackened brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark, taupe brown with cool, gray undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, finely-milled texture that was just a little powdery. The color wore well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pepper is described as a “dark charcoal [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a deep, dark purplish-gray with almost neutral undertones–like the undertones seem slightly warm, but there’s a lot of darkness and gray that it appears almost cool-toned. It had nice pigmentation, and it applied very smoothly, while the consistency of the powder was very finely-milled and blendable. It stayed on well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Eyeshadow x15 Palette Gravitas
Gravitas
Gravitas
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
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Sneak Peek: Hello Kitty Pop-Up Party Eyeshadow Palette Photos & Swatches

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 that range from beige to gold to blue to coral. I’ve tested about half of the palette, and obviously swatched through all the shades, and it’s a huge disappointment thus far as the shades are ridiculously powdery and crumbly and much of what I’ve tested thus far fades easily and doesn’t build up well. The formula for the majority of the eyeshadows is so powdery that some shades feel chalky and just… cheap. If it’s something on your list, I would bring out the big guns and use a slightly tacky, cream eyeshadow/base (like NYX Milk) and make sure to do eyes first, face makeup last.

Please let me know if you’re interested in a full, in-depth review, and I’ll put it on the list, but I’m thinking a quick review for this one will be in order! As much as I’d love to review every single holiday set/palette in full, based on many past holiday seasons, I know that’s not a possibility, so this year I’m working on getting out sneak peek swatches first, then writing up a full review or a quick/condensed review based on what readers are interested in seeing. 🙂

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MAC x Rocky Horror Picture Show Riff-Raff Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Riff-Raff Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Riff-Raff Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Riff-Raff Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 for 0.25 oz.) contains six eyeshadows. Two shades are part of the permanent range, one was permanent at a time but is presently discontinued, one is a repromote, and two are new. It’s a cooler-toned set of shades overall, and there are a few looks that could be created with this palette. The eyeshadows ranged from decent to good, with one being a miss and one being more standout.

Oh, Rocky! is described as a “soft muted white with pearl [with a Frost finish].” It’s a light, white-beige with subtle neutral-to-warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had good color payoff, while the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. The color stayed on well for eight hours. theBalm High Tide (LE, $16.00) is lighter. theBalm Wipe Out (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Apricot Blend #1 (LE) is similar. Guerlain Les Tendres #1 (LE) is slightly pinker. bareMinerals Celebrate (LE) is a touch darker. Chanel Seduction #2 (LE) is similar. MAC Smoked Cocoa #1 (LE, $15.00) is brighter. LORAC Nude (P) is warmer. MAC Smokeluxe #1 (P) is more shimmery. theBalm Promiscuous Pearl (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Phloof! (P, $15.00) is slightly pinker. Dior Fairy Golds #1 (LE) is similar. bareMinerals Serendipitous (P) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Crystal is described as a “violet duochrome with pearl [with a Frost finish].” It’s a light-medium lavender with cool undertones and a pink-ish iridescent, frosted sheen. It had so-so color payoff with a thin, slightly dry, consistency that was still blendable on the skin. The color wore well for eight hours on me. bareMinerals Skinny Dip (LE) is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. Dior Rosee (141) (LE, $30.00) is a cream product. Fyrinnae Unicorn (P, $8.25) is similar. MAC Fresh Ice (LE, $21.00) is more muted, less pink. MAC Silverwear (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Digit (P, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Ready to Party (LE, $19.50) is more shimmery. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Datura (P, $14.00) is similar. Inglot #440 (P, $6.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Blackberry is described as a “muted burgundy plum brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, neutral-to-warm-toned plummy brown with a matte finish. It had a soft texture that was a little dusty, but it was fairly blendable on the skin. It’s the type of matte that will work better used over primer than on bare skin. The color didn’t show signs of fading until after eight hours of wear. Anastasia Deep Plum (LE) s darker, richer. Sleek MakeUP Stallion (LE, $9.99) is cooler-toned. LORAC Plum (P) is purpler. theBalm #13 (P, $6.50) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #4 (P) is similar. Tarte Plums Up (LE) is a touch brighter. Kat Von D Fur Elise (P) is cooler-toned. theBalm Sexy (P, $16.00) is darker. theBalm Moderato (P, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Graphic Style is described as a “deep silver [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a medium-dark gray with a frosted finish and cool, bluish undertones. It had good pigmentation that went on smoothly and evenly, while it was easy to work with. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly. NARS Jardin Perdu (Left) (LE, $24.00) is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Lovely #3 (P) is darker. bareMinerals Abracadabra (LE) is warmer. Makeup Geek Galaxy (P, $5.99) Makeup Geek Prince Charming (P, $6.99) is darker, warmer. Kat Von D Piaf (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Showgirl (LE, $15.00) is slightly bluer. MAC Frozen Blue (LE, $21.00) is bluer, lighter. MAC Cyber (LE) is more silver. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Heavy, Black and Pendulous is described as a “grayish blue with pearl [with a Frost finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark blue with a gray cast and frosted finish. It had nice color payoff, and the texture was soft, slightly buttery, and very blendable on the skin. I was able to get eight and a half hours of wear out of this shade. theBalm Pipeline (LE, $16.00) is brighter, more shimmery. Make Up For Ever I112 Chrome (P, $21.00) is lighter. Divergent Erudite Sapphire (LE) is similar. Makeup Geek Ocean Breeze (P, $5.99) is warmer. Makeup Geek Nautica (P, $5.99) is similar. Chanel Apparition (LE, $36.00) is a cream product, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Carbon is described as an “intense black [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium black with a matte finish, which has been often promoted in various palettes from MAC and is part of the permanent range. Its performance varies from nightmarish to fairly good, depending on the release. Here, it’s middling at best. With a fluffy brush, it functions decently for darkening other shades on the lid, but it’s not great for a really intense, opaque, all-over black eyeshadow. The texture seemed soft but less blendable on the lid. It lasted for eight hours on me. I’ll never understand why MAC doesn’t promote a shade like Typographic, which isn’t quite as dark as Carbon, but it is more pigmented and easier to blend. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC 6-Pan Eyeshadow Palette Riff-Raff
Riff-Raff
Riff-Raff
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
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Oh, Rocky!

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Crystal

Discontinued
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Graphic Style

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Carbon

Permanent
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Sneak Peek: Tarte Bon Voyage Collector’s Set Photos & Swatches

Tarte Bon Voyage Collector's Set
Tarte Bon Voyage Collector’s Set

Here’s a first look at Tarte’s ultra-massive holiday gift set, the Bon Voyage Collector’s Set ($59.00 for 2.05 oz.), which contains an eyeshadow palette plus several deluxe-sized products and two lip products. Enjoy this sneak peek…

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Sneak Peek: MAC x Brooke Shields Gravitas Eyeshadow Palette Photos & Swatches

MAC x Brooke Shields Gravitas Eyeshadow Palette
MAC x Brooke Shields Gravitas Eyeshadow Palette

Just received my order earlier this afternoon, so I’m still in the process of working through the eyeshadows for wear, but I hope you’ll enjoy this quick look featuring a couple of photos and lots of swatches. The MAC x Brooke Shields Gravitas Eyeshadow Palette ($85.00 for 0.68 oz.) was quick to sell out on launch day, but the collection will also launch at other retailers like Nordstrom, Dillard’s, Bloomingdale’s, and Macy’s. I”ll have a full review, photos, swatches, thoughts, etc. soon, so sit tight and hold any questions for that post! I appreciate it 🙂

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Marc Jacobs Beauty The Sky-Liner Petite Highliner Collection

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Sky-Liner Petite Highliner Collection
Marc Jacobs Beauty The Sky-Liner Petite Highliner Collection

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Sky-Liner Petite Highliner Collection ($45.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a set of seven, travel-sized Highliner Gel Crayons, which is a pencil eyeliner that twists up (no sharpening required). The formula is supposed to be waterproof, intensely pigmented, and smooth. I have a love/hate relationship with these, because some of the colors in the range are rather unique, but often, they’re not as creamy or as pigmented as expected. They are, in general, all very long-wearing and waterproof. Two shades–Midnight in Paris and Sunset–are exclusive to this set.

This set seems to be an excellent way to try the formula, though, without investing $25 each. In the set, each pencil contains 0.37g/0.01 oz. while the full-sized eyeliners are 0.5g/0.01 oz. When I convert grams to ounces (using Google), 0.37g is really 0.0131 oz. and 0.5g is really 0.0176 oz. So this set contains 0.0917 oz. worth of eyeliner, or $130.26 worth of eyeliner. Or, if you’re not apt to finish products, for less than the cost of two shades, you get to try seven. I didn’t have any issues with my set, but some readers have received deluxe/travel-versions as samples and have found that sometimes the pencil loosens inside, so that’s just a heads up!

Midnight in Paris is described as an “inky indigo blue.” It’s a blackened navy blue with a shimmery sheen and slight sparkle. It had semi-opaque color coverage in one stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color in two passes. It was lightly creamy and didn’t tug, but it’s not as creamy as the best in the range. It wore well for nine hours before thinning slightly. NARS Night Flight (P, $24.00) is darker. Buxom Pick Me Up (P, $17.00) is lighter. Urban Decay LSD (P, $19.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Industrial (P, $15.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sunset is described as a “golden bronze shimmer.” It’s a coppery orange with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in one pass, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. The consistency was moderately creamy and glided along the lash line without pulling. It wore well for nine and a half hours on me. MAC Copperthorn (LE, $$16.00) is a gel eyeliner, more glittery. MAC Cockiness (LE) is a liquid eyeliner. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Blacquer is described as a “black.” It’s a deep, dark, inky black with a soft sheen. It was intensely pigmented in one stroke, and the consistency was creamy and glided on like silk. It definitely represents when the formula is at its best. On me, this shade lasted for ten hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

You can browse through reviews of the other shades in this set here. Or view them individually: (Plum)age, Th(ink), (Brown)out, and O(vert). I swatched all the ones in the set to see how they compared in color payoff and texture to my full-sized versions, and (Plum)age seemed to have less of a sheen, was a touch darker but similar color payoff, while O(vert) seemed more pigmented in this set with a creamier consistency. Blacquer, Th(ink), and (Brown)out were consistent.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Petite Highliner Collection The Sky-Liner
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total
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