MAC x Ellie Goulding Halcyon Nights Palette

MAC Halcyon Nights Face Kit ($44.00 for 0.36 oz.) includes four powder eyeshadows and one Cream Colour Base (cream product), with the cream product housed underneath the powders, so you shouldn’t get too much cross-contamination from the powders. I liked it overall, though it is, of course, more dupable given it is a set of neutral shades. I think it would be an easier to sell if it was a quad of powder eyeshadows (it would also be more streamlined, as it wouldn’t have a second level to it) with the Cream Colour Base sold separately. It is priced pretty similarly to most limited edition, specially-packaged eyeshadow quads (which contain the same amount of powder product), so it’s almost like getting the CCB for free.

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MAC Halcyon Nights Face Kit
MAC Ellie Goulding Face Kit Halcyon Nights
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
83%
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Dior Eternal Gold (576) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Eternal Gold (576) Eyeshadow Palette ($63.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a limited edition palette for the holidays. It was less impressive than Blazing Gold, but it wasn’t the worst Dior palette I’ve tried either, so I guess there’s that. I like the color concept (which is the norm for Dior!), but I wish these were less dusty/dry overall.

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Dior Eternal Gold (576) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior State of Gold Eyeshadow Palette (Holiday 2015) Eternal Gold (576)
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
81%
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ColourPop Puppy, Stomper, Overboard Creme Gel Liner & Colours

ColourPop Puppy Creme Gel Liner ($5.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “vibrant warm orange.” It’s a bright, medium-dark orange with warm, orange-red undertones and a matte finish. It was richly pigmented in one stroke, and the consistency was creamy without being too slippery. This shade is “not recommended for the eye area,” so I tested it as a lip pencil, and it was less comfortable to apply than their actual lip liners but not too difficult. As a lip liner, it was still going strong after six hours. Colour Pop Puppy (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Cocorange (LE, $29.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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ColourPop Puppy Creme Gel Liner
Colour Pop Crème Gel Liner Puppy
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
94%
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Dior Blazing Gold (886) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Blazing Gold (886) Eyeshadow Palette ($63.00 for 0.25 oz.) is one of two, limited edition holiday quints available this year. The formula looked like it might be comparable to my beloved Bonne Etoile, but alas, it was not so. I think it ended up being better than some of the recent Dior palettes, but it isn’t without its issues. It seemed like a wet/dry formula when I was trying it, but I couldn’t find anything on Dior’s site about wearing it damp/wet, so the ratings reflect dry application only.

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Dior Blazing Gold (886) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior State of Gold Eyeshadow Palette (Holiday 2015) Blazing Gold (886)
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
86%
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ColourPop Kicker, Timber, Swerve Creme Gel Liner & Colours

ColourPop Kicker Creme Gel Liner ($5.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “bright true silver.” It’s a bright, light silver with a metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in one pass, and it was buildable to mostly opaque coverage in two to three layers. The consistency was soft, smooth, and creamy, so it glided on well and never tugged on the lash line. I was able to get eight hours of wear out of this shade. Colour Pop Kicker (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Chrome (LE, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Certainly Sterling (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Chrome (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal Silver Sky (290) (P, $8.99) is darker (90% similar). MAC Sterling Silver (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Cuff (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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ColourPop Kicker Creme Gel Liner
Colour Pop Crème Gel Liner Kicker
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
86%
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Too Faced La Petite Maison Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced La Petite Maison Eyeshadow Palette ($39.00 for 0.47 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows in mostly neutral shades, but there is a pop of lavender and purple. It’s exclusive to Ulta, and of course, limited edition. I think it’s one of the better offerings from Too Faced this year, but it’s not my favorite that they’ve done.

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Too Faced La Petite Maison Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced Holiday 2015 La Petite Maison Palette La Petite Maison
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
84%
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