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MAC Spellbinder Shadows (Part 1)

MAC Spellbinder Shadow
MAC Spellbinder Shadow

MAC Spellbinder Shadow ($22.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as “black, ionized pigments [that] are magnetically charged, fusing the loose powder together so it magically maintains its form and dimension” and will “cling to lids like pure velvet.” Per “usage,” MAC actually says they are “best” when used over their 24-Hour Primer, so the wear and application are rated as they performed over primer (I also tested without primer, as I was not sure what the claims were going to be, so you will still see that information below). It feels like velvet if you touch it with a fingertip, as the powder is finely-milled but “fuses” together, so there is less mess in the pot. They are supposed to be as pigmented and as intense as loose eyeshadows but in an easier-to-use format. They are less messy in the pot, as the pot seems to have a magnet within it, but I don’t find that it is particularly less messy during application as I still had some fall out while working with it; in some ways, it was harder to tap away excess as the product did seem more inclined to stick to itself on the brush initially. If you push the product too close to the rim of the jar, it will creep over the edge and is too far from the base to stay in. The powders do maintain their wavy pattern, even as you push and move the loose pigment around.

I am, personally, a big fan of MAC’s regular Pigments, as they have more to them that give them better binding and adhesion on the lids, so I find them easy to work with, pigmented, and longer-wearing. I liked the fineness and smoothness of the Spellbinder Shadows, but the black base made the harder to blend and diffuse on the lid. These worked best as lid colors, where one can use other products for crease/transition shades, blending around the edges, and so forth. I did not see anything in the press copy about using them damp, but as most loose pigments/eyeshadows can be used that way, I did try some of these with a damp brush, which I thought was useful for really bringing out the depth and sheen of the colors overall. They perform better over primer, as the fineness of the powder seemed to apply somewhat unevenly and was more prone to appearing patchy over bare skin, as some particles would adhere well but not diffuse.

They seemed quite pigmented, but the texture seemed more prone to sheering out when I applied it to dry lids; there was a faded, slightly translucent quality to the majority of the shades when applied to bare skin. The wear was average at seven to eight hours without primer and no signs of wear after nine and half hours of wear (I did not test further). Primer seemed to help primarily with getting more even, true-to-pot coverage, as the product didn’t sheer out as easily, and of course, the wear, but it did not help as much as was needed for blending out the colors. I think the deeper colors and the finer shimmer makes them worth checking out, but it’s a product where I could see just one or two shades being necessary. They will also come together better when mixed with other shades, as together, they can run together as they have a similar depth and base color.

As a note, it really does contain only 0.02 oz. of product, which is definitely on the low-end for loose eyeshadows, and it is particularly low when compared to MAC Pigments (0.10 oz. for the same price).

MAC Retrograde Spellbinder Shadow ($22.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a deep gray with cooler, bluish pearl. It had good color coverage with a soft, silky texture, but I noticed that some of the color would stick more readily to some areas, and then it would not want to diffuse much from there, so the end result was somewhat patchy. I had better luck when I used it over a primer getting more even intensity but did not experience easier blending. It started to crease after seven and a half hours of wear on bare lids, and it had no signs of wear with primer after nine and a half hours. MAC Deep Cravings (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #1 (LE) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Hourglass Graphite #4 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Asphalt (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Caviar (LE, $45.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Hint of Sapphire (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Silver Shoes (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Illamasqua Android (P, $25.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Ace (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #1 (P, $33.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NARS Give In Take II (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Occupy (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC A Sprinkle of Blues #4 (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Gunmetal (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Slate (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Silver (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Giorgio Armani #21 (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Flotsam (LE) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Aphrodisiatic Spellbinder Shadow ($22.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a deep, blackened navy blue with lighter medium blue pearl that gives is a more pearlized finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a fine, smooth consistency that was soft to the touch but had a tendency to sheer out a bit on the lid and look a bit uneven. I highly recommend using it over a primer as a result, which helped even out the coverage a lot. The color lasted for seven hours before creasing on me, and it had no signs of wear with primer after nine and a half hours. Bobbi Brown Blue Onyx (LE) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Estee Lauder Violet Underground #5 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Night Sky (Cream) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #2 (LE) is lighter, brighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC Blue Storm (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Thru the Night (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Climax (P) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (95% similar). Clinique Massively Midnight (P, $17.00) is brighter (95% similar). Sephora So Demure (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (90% similar). Chanel Apparition (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Baby T (LE, $5.00) is brighter (90% similar). Givenchy Bleu Soie (4) (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Burberry Midnight Blue (P, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Naval Blue (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Deep Truth (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Danger (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Goddess (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Entombed (P) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Technoir (P, $14.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Blue Karma Spellbinder Shadow ($22.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a medium-dark green-leaning teal with subtle, cool undertones and warmer green-gold and bluish-teal pearl. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied fairly evenly, but it had a translucency that made it appear faded and more subdued. The consistency was soft, felt velvety in the pot, and it blended out fairly well on the lid. It wore well for just over seven and a half hours, and it had no signs of wear with primer after nine and a half hours. Make Up For Ever I300 Pine Green (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Deep Sea (LE, $14.00) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Sea Mist (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Milani Mix It Up (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Smashbox Pacific (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Rain Drop (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Deep Pacific (03V) (P, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Sequin (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Deep Teal (19M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Junkie (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Fyrinnae Sleepy Hollow (P, $9.00) is brighter (90% similar). Cle de Peau Pewter Veil #1 (LE) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). The Estee Edit Wavy (LE) is darker (85% similar). Lancome My French #8 (LE) is cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Too Glam (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Tonight's the Night (LE, $22.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #5 (P) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Watt (LE, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Cosmic Clash Spellbinder Shadow ($22.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a blackened brown with cooler, emerald green pearl that gives it a slightly metallic finish overall. It had medium coverage, which was somewhat buildable, but I struggled to get true-to-pan intensity without using a damp brush or patting it on two to three layers over a primer. The color was harder to blend out evenly and tended to look patchy and dotty over bare skin as some product stuck and did not want to budge, and it was somewhat improved over primer but still finnicky. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me, and it had no signs of wear with primer after nine and a half hours. MAC Woodsmoke (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Clarity (LE, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Loaded (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Legendary Lure (P, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Gypsy (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Poison (P, $14.00) is brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Max Volume (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Very Wicked (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Envy (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Floss (LE, $19.00) is brighter (90% similar). NARS Snake Eyes (P, $25.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME302 Peacock (P, $21.00) is brighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Forest (P, $28.00) is brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Disco Ball (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Fyrinnae Jaguar (DC, $6.75) is brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Spellbinder Shadow Retrograde
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
89%
Total
MAC Spellbinder Shadow Aphrodisiatic
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
88%
Total
MAC Spellbinder Shadow Blue Karma
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
MAC Spellbinder Shadow Cosmic Clash
7
Product
7
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
80%
Total

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NARS Quai des Brumes Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Quai des Brumes Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Quai des Brumes Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Quai des Brumes Eyeshadow Duo ($35.00 for 0.14 oz.) consists of a medium, silvery purple and a matte, dark taupe. The two colors go together well, as the darker matte shade adds contrast but can also be layered over the more shimmery shade to mute and darken it but still let some shimmer peek through.

Quai des Brumes (Left) is amuted, medium, silvery purple with warmer undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had great pigmentation with a smooth, lightly creamy texture that wasn’t too dense or too soft, so it applied to bare skin well and stayed true-to-pan in its intensity. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before fading. Lancome Zip Me Up (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Romp (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Buxom Patent Leather (P, $12.00) is cooler (85% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Delicate Hummingbird (P, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). Cle de Peau Cosmic Aura #3 (P) is darker (85% similar). Clinique Lavish Lilac (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Flowers 1 #2 (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Guerlain Rose Barbare #2 (P) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). NARS Jardin Perdu (Right) (LE, $25.00) is darker (80% similar). Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #2 (P) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). MAC Grand Galaxy (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Quai des Brumes (Right) is a dark, smoky taupe with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. There were a few sparkles in the pan, but they did not translate swatched or applied to the lid. The consistency was very soft, almost velvety, with a tendency to sheer out to semi-opaque coverage on the skin, even though it was rather pigmented initially. It wore for six and a half hours before fading, so I would highly recommend using a primer with this one as my lids seemed to eat this one up! Make Up For Ever M106 Slate (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Smoke (LE) is darker (95% similar). theBalm #15 (P, $6.50) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Suspend (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Defy (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Dark Chocolate (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Earth (LE, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Atelier Natural Chestnut #5 (P) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Exhale (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Wild Horses (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Smokeshow (P) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Licorice Lane (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Milani Bella Taupe (05) (P, $4.49) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Stila Fog (LE, $18.00) is lighter (85% similar). Sugarpill Castle on the Hill (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Buxom Jetsetter (P, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). Smashbox Haze (P) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Concrete (P, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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BUXOM Fire & Frost Stone Cold Babe Eyeshadow Palette

BUXOM Fire & Frost Stone Cold Babe Eyeshadow Palette
BUXOM Fire & Frost Stone Cold Babe Eyeshadow Palette

BUXOM Fire & Frost Stone Cold Babe Eyeshadow Palette ($42.00 for 0.56 oz.) includes 12 eyeshadows split into six duos, plus a miniature sized Buxom Lash Mascara. (The eyeshadows are 0.03 oz., so the palette contains 0.36 oz. worth of eyeshadow specifically.) The palette itself is called “Fire & Frost.” The majority of shades in the palette are available individually, and the palette itself is the same size as the standard six-pan compacts that BUXOM sells for you to fill (you can pop these out and move them around). Some shades are nice, some shades are drier and harder to work with–most of them the new/exclusive shades–and overall, the palette didn’t seem as cohesive or as complementary as I would have expected. I found it difficult to do more than the same smoky eye over and over again with the way the shades looked on the skin. Three of the shades–Graphite Glam, Frosted Pewter, Sequin Sparkle–looked nearly the same when I applied them, partially due to the sheerer quality of them, but they were all this sort of sheer, medium/medium-dark gray.

Formula Overview

BUXOM Eyeshadow ($12.00 each or $40 for six) is a powder eyeshadow that is available as a customizable palette system, where you can purchase a single shade and an individual compact for $12 or purchase a six-pan palette, plus six eyeshadows to go inside of it, for $40. Each eyeshadow is held inside a metal pan that is (presumably) glued into a plastic pan that snaps into the compact/palette. The eyeshadows are easily lifted in and out of the palette, so you can rearrange them or create a new combination if you have more than one set of six. They will fit into a Z-palette, but you’ll need to add a magnet to keep it in place. The eyeshadow formula is one that works better in action than swatched, as several of the mattes seemed on the thinner, more powdery side, but then they would blend exceptionally well while adhering to bare skin–and they wouldn’t fade any faster than the more shimmery eyeshadows. The more shimmery shades tended to outperform the matte shades with better color payoff. These eyeshadows seem to have a slightly firmer press to them (more in the style of your average MAC eyeshadow), and they feel quite different compared to bareMinerals’ Ready line, as those have a thicker, denser consistency.

Value

  • Eyeshadow: $12.00 for 0.05 oz. or $240.00/oz.
  • Mascara: $20.00 for 0.37 oz. or $54.05/oz.
  • Set: $86.40 worth of eyeshadow, $10.81 worth of mascara
  • Total Value: $97.21

* When you purchase six shades and a six-pan palette, the cost is $40. The palette is $2 more, but you get a miniature mascara; plus, you get 12 shades instead of six, so you may derive more value in terms of per-shade cost if you are not someone who typically pans your eyeshadow.

Diamond Darling is a bright, warm white with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had good pigmentation with a fairly soft, smooth, denser texture that wore well for eight hours on me. LORAC Dream Girl #9 (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Rainbow (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Smoky Black Friday #1 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Skulls (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Dior Jardin #2 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Yves (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Envious Erin (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Lancome Blanc Scintillant (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Vanilla (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #1 (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Inglot #395 (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Thunderstruck (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I514 Pink Ivory (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #1 (P) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Paris #2 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Velvet Snow is a bright, light white with subtle, cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a slightly stiffer, firmer texture that blended out okay, but it was harder to get pigmentation out of it. This shade lasted for eight hours. Make Up For Ever ME122 Snow (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Ice Queen (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Dark Energy #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Zoeva Spun Pearl (P) is cooler (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Midnight Hour #1 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Clarins Garden Escape #1 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D200 Crystalline Mauve Turquoise (P, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Jazz #2 (LE)(95% similar). MAC Crystal Avalanche (DC, $16.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Tassel (P, $5.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Sassy (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Blue Garden #2 (LE) is brighter (95% similar). MAC White (P, $21.00) is brighter (95% similar). Dior Precious Embroidery #2 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Nutcracker (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Snowball (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Champagne Buzz is a light-medium peachy brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. The pigmentation was great, while the consistency was soft, smooth, blendable, and very easy to work with. It wore well for eight hours on me. Urban Decay Sin (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Hollywood (17) (LE, $39.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Koosh (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Stila Kitten (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Ombre de Lune #3 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Baby (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Terre (Left) (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Peony (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Starry Eyed (P, $9.99) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Arc de Triomphe (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Vendome #2 (P) is lighter (90% similar). City Color Bubble Bath (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Last Sin (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Fabulous Three #2 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #7 (P) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Sweet Sovereign (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Zoeva Handmade (P) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #1 (P) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Summer Haze (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mink Magnet is a medium-dark bronze with hints of gray on top paired with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, though not fully opaque, that applied nicely to bare skin, though the texture was a bit looser and drier to the touch. The color wore well for eight hours on me before fading. This shade was actually better than the single I have. Too Faced Rum Raisin (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Cle de Peau Satin Moon #3 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #2 (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Quintessential (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Platinum (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D562 Taupe Platinum (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Superwatt (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I550 Olive Gray (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Bohemian Waxwing (P, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Underground (DC, $18.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Tarte Charged Up (LE) is darker (85% similar). MAC Force of Nature #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Urban Decay Resist (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Viseart Cashmere #5 (P) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Rocker (P) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Burberry Pale Barley (102) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Ska (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Giorgio Armani #09 (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). Makeup Geek Mesmerized (P, $9.99) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Trendsetter is a light-medium taupe with stronger gray tones and a neutral-to-cool undertone overall. It had a matte finish. It had semi-sheer coverage that tended to sheer out quickly as the consistency was thinner and dustier. I did not have better luck using it over a primer; it was just a dismal shade. The color started to fade after five hours. Kat Von D Lazarus (P) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Graceful (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Brains & Brawn (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Frisk (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Haute Couture is a dark, bronzy brown with warm, coppery undertones and a frosted sheen. It had intense pigmentation with a really smooth, lightly buttery texture that felt creamy going on and blended out beautifully. The color lasted just over eight and a half hours on me. MAC Collective Chic #2 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Embellish (LE) is darker (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Bracken (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Bao Bao's Jewels #4 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Mademoiselle #4 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Inglot #409 (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Ritzy (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Brownluxe #4 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME614 Graphite Brown (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Chanel Topkapi #1 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Mona Lisa (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Graphite (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Burberry Gold #1 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Abu (LE) is darker (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Aladdin's Lamp (LE, $9.99) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #6 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Brownie (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Lust in LA (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Mooning (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Autumn Rust (LE, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sequin Sparkle is a light-medium gray-leaning taupe with warmer, copper sparkle that sat over a satin finish. The sparkle was looser, so it didn’t bind with the underlying color (little made it to the lid as a result), while the texture was firmer and difficult to work with. It had decent pigmentation, but it did not blend easily. This shade wore well for just over seven and a half hours. MAC Posh Pedigree #2 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Buxom Frosted Pewter (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Variation #2 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Stroke My Ego (P, $18.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Slate Bells Ring (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Lancome Tenacity (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Rocker (P) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Bounce Around (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). theBalm #19 (P, $6.50) is warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Angel (LE, $19.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Jetsetter is a medium-dark taupe that leans quite gray with cooler undertones and a matte finish. It was semi-sheer, dusty, and difficult to build the color on the lid, even over primer. It was a real disappointment given how much better the individual version I have is (so much more pigmented!). It lasted for five hours before fading on me. Stila Fog (LE, $18.00) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Two VIP #2 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Password (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Stone (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Priceless (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Deep Taupe (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Concrete Jungle (P, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #10 (P) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). theBalm #25 (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). Sugarpill Castle on the Hill (P) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Exhale (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Haze (P) is darker, brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Smoked Cocoa #2 (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Smoke (Base) (P) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M106 Slate (P, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Quai des Brumes (Right) (LE, $25.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Brains & Brawn (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Zoeva Old Master (P) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Bedrock (P, $6.00) is less pigmented, cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Friend Zone (P, $6.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Frosted Pewter appeared as a deep, smoldering gray with warmer undertones in the pan, but it was more like a subdued, medium gray with warm undertones applied. It lost a lot of its intensity from pan to skin, probably due to the lack of pigmentation and generally firm, stiff, and trouble-making texture. It tended to apply where it initially landed and not want to diffuse or budge from there. It lasted for seven and a half hours. Urban Decay Mushroom (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Buxom Sequin Sparkle (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Kill Joy (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Variation #2 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Minimalism (P, $29.50) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Robbery (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Armor (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Platinum Bling (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Rockstar (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Cheers (V2) (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Rocker (P) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Tarte Slate Bells Ring (LE) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Graphite Glam is a dark gray with neutral undertones and a pearly finish. It appeared much, much richer and darker in the pan than swatched, where it was semi-sheer, faded, and dry. The texture was firm in the pan, which made it hard to apply evenly and blend it out with any semblance of soft, diffused edges. It lasted for seven hours on me. MAC Twelve Chimes (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Palatable (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #8 (P) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Graphite (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC A Waft of Grey #3 (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Uninhibited #2 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Plum Darling (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Chimney (LE, $16.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Stormy Sunset (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

LBD is a dark black with neutral undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a lightly dusty, thinner texture that wasn’t as blendable as it could have been. It is workable, but it’ll take extra effort and was best applied in sheerer layers, then built up. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Giorgio Armani #01 (P, $32.00) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Noir (P, $23.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia LBD (LE, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Ebony (LE) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Sin City (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Pandora (P) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Smashbox Blackout (P) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Tarte Don't Stand Black (LE) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Black Coffee (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Coal (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Smoke & Mirrors (LE) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). LORAC Black (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Jet Black (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Shax (P) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Platonic (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Carbon (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Tails & Top Hats #5 (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Divergent Dauntless Ink (LE) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M100 Black (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Black Tie is a deep, inky black with neutral-to-warm undertones and a cooler, teal and silver pearl. It had good color payoff with a fairly smooth texture, though it ran a touch dry and the edges looked draggy when I worked with them. With a little extra maneuvering, I was able to diffuse the edges to my satisfaction. It wore well for eight hours on me. Lancome My French #9 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). City Color Oh So Naughty (P, $6.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Eternal Gold #5 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Estee Lauder Burnt Anise (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Raven (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Estee Lauder Black Myrrh (LE, $45.00) is cooler (95% similar). Anastasia Midnight (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Black Sands (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Dark Soul (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Shameless (P, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Volcano Fairy Wren (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Black Tied (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sugarpill Stella (P, $13.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Buxom Stone Cold Babe Eyeshadow Palette Fire & Frost
C+

Limited Edition

7
Product
8
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
77%
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NARS Indes Galantes Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Indes Galantes Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Indes Galantes Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Indes Galantes Eyeshadow Duo ($35.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a dark, smoky duo of shades featuring a shimmery gray and matte burgundy. I wasn’t a fan of either shades, as they were both harder to apply and blend out. It is an interesting combo of shades, though, so there is that!

Indes Galantes (Left) is a dark gray with neutral-to-warm undertones and a frosted finish. The consistency was looser and a bit drier, so the shimmer separated more from the base color and felt gritty to a degree. It had decent pigmentation, though not fully opaque, and it blended out fairly well but needed extra effort around the edges. The eyeshadow started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. MAC Diesel (LE, $16.00)(100% similar). MAC Lapisluxe #3 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Starry Night #3 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Silver Shoes (LE) is cooler (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #18 (P) is cooler (95% similar). Makeup Geek Galaxy (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Nighttrain (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Bad Behaviour (LE, $24.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Double Feature #2 #2 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Obsidian (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Asphalt (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Santeria (LE) is darker (95% similar). Dior Smoky Sequins #4 (LE) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Paris #4 (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Deep Cravings (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Stila Black Diamond (P) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Give In Take II (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Diane (P) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Fleur de Pierre (106) (P, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Synergy (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Indes Galantes (Right) is a muted, dark burgundy with warm, reddish undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer, somewhat buildable coverage. The texture was soft, finely-milled, but dusty and thin, which made it harder to apply on bare skin as it would sheer out and become patchy. Even over a primer, it was finicky and tended to look uneven. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. Kat Von D Velvet (LE) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Tarte Drama (P) is darker, cooler (95% similar). LORAC Eggplant (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Stained Glass (LE) is warmer (95% similar). MAC I'm Into It (P, $16.00) is brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Double Tap (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Kir Royal (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Deep Damson (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Cherry Cola (P, $6.00) is warmer (85% similar). LORAC Burgundy (P, $19.00) is warmer (80% similar). Makeup Geek Bitten (P, $6.00) is warmer (80% similar). Too Faced Bordeaux (P, $16.00) is warmer (80% similar). MAC Everyone's Darling (LE, $16.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Anastasia Master Palette by Mario

Anastasia Master Palette by Mario Eyeshadow Palette
Anastasia Master Palette by Mario Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Master Palette by Mario Eyeshadow Palette ($45.00 for 0.30 oz.) contains twelve eyeshadows housed in a fairly slim, cardboard palette with a mirror on the interior of the lid. The formula in the palette seemed softer, more velvety than past iterations I’ve tried from Anastasia (even newer released singles), so the palette has more powder kickup and can be messier if you use rougher or denser brushes with it, but the shades are rather pigmented so you don’t need to use a lot of pressure to get enough product for application either. That softness didn’t result in the eyeshadow sheering out too easily, rather that the eyeshadows blended well together and seamlessly. In some ways, I felt like it could be a little muddied, as some of the tones and depths of shades were nearer to each other, but it will all be in the pairing, I think. The eyeshadows lasted for seven to eight and a half hours on me, which was good wear, and obviously, a primer should help extend wear further.

It is a warmer, more earthy set of neutrals; the colors are more in the mid-tone range with a few deeper shades but no really light shades. If you want an all-in-one palette, you may find this is missing a brow bone and/or transition shade (depending on your skin tone). I wish there was more of a difference between Hollywood and 5th Ave shades and between NYC and Muse, though. I think they could have been lighter/darker respectively and given added versatility to the color combinations here or even substituting one of the gold shades for a taupe or purple-leaning plum.

Each eyeshadow is 0.025 oz., which is the same as last year’s Self-Made palette, but the price point is $10.00 more for this year’s palette (Self-Made was $35.00). I understand that this is a collaboration between Anastasia and makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic, but it’s certainly a steep increase, even accepting that there is some additional price built-in to pay the collaborator. It is “worth it” with respect to the overall quality and amount of product you get, but I’m not keen on that drastic difference in price. As another example, Modern Renaissance palette is only $42 and includes two more eyeshadows, so I hope that this price point isn’t a preview of more price hikes to come!

Value

  • Eyeshadow: $12.00 for 0.06 oz. or $200.00/oz.
  • Total Value: $60.00

Hollywood is a medium gold with warm, orange undertones and a soft, pearly shimmer. It had good color payoff with a smooth, lightly dusty texture that had a bit of fall out during application as some of the shimmer separated from the base when blended. The color wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Urban Decay Blunt (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Intuition #2 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC A Glimmer of Gold #1 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #2 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Baked Cowboy (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #1 (P) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Hussy (LE, $14.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #3 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Gilded Night #2 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Hollywoodland (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Surreal (P) is brighter (90% similar). Dior Sundeck #2 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Milani Bella Sand (02) (P, $4.49) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Lithe (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Maybelline Beige-ing Beauty (85) (LE, $6.99) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Viseart Ceska (P) is lighter (85% similar). Gucci Beauty Oro (P, $37.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NYC is a muted, smoldering reddish-brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had excellent pigmentation with a smooth, velvety texture that wasn’t too soft or too firm in the pan. The color applied well to bare skin without losing its intensity when blended. I noticed fading after eight hours of wear. Tarte Speakeasy (LE, $14.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Stila Metallic Bronze (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Buckwheat (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Twinks (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Peach Pit (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). LORAC Sequoia (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Fresh Brewed Coffee (LE) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Pink Sensibilities #4 (LE, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). YSL Rosy Glow #5 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Senso (10) (P, $39.00) is darker (90% similar). Natasha Denona Umber (78M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Smokeluxe #3 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Baby Universe #4 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Dreamlight (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Maroon (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Tout Suite (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Ebloui (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Lucky Penny (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Chateau (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Kim is a medium brown with warm, orange undertones and lighter, golden shimmer. The pigmentation was great, while the texture had a very silky, finely-milled feel to it that was a touch dusty and prone to kicking up an excessive amount of product in the pan. On the upside, the eyeshadow was easy to blend and apply to the skin, and while dustiness often translates into sheer or patchy color, this shade applied with good, even coverage. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. Clinique Ample Amber (P, $17.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Caramelized (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I634 Praline (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Stila Peace (P) is lighter (95% similar). Natasha Denona Skin (75S) (P, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Sable Riche (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Clarins The Essentials #6 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #3 (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). CoverGirl Melted Caramel (330) (P, $4.99) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Cedar (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Unattainable (P, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Hot & Cold (LE, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cocoa Mirage #3 (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). theBalm #6 (P, $6.50) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Desire (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Her Cocoa #3 (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #22E (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Cuir Cannage #4 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Rum Cake (LE, $12.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Cuivre (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Muse is a muted, medium-dark reddish brown with a hint of warmer, copper in its undertone paired with a metallic sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a smooth, velvety, and slightly denser texture that applied beautifully to bare skin. A little went a long way with this shade, so use less than you think you need, but it was easy to work with and lasted for eight and a half hours on me. Tarte Fireside Chat (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Lancome Brune Glace (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Clarins The Essentials #9 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Rose to the Top (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Lucky Penny (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Baby Universe #4 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Minx #6 (P) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Comfort (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Amaretto (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). City Color Yas! (P, $6.99) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Twinks (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Mythical (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). CoverGirl Scorching Cocoa (355) (P, $4.99) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Winter Pursuit (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). L'Oreal Amber Rush (P, $7.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Age #1 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Disco Dust #3 (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Oxide (63M) (P, $29.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC In the Sun (LE, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Muse #4 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Marina is a light-medium, peachy copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The color payoff was fantastic–totally opaque with little product needed–and had a silky, smooth, and lightly creamy texture that was forgiving and easy to blend out on the skin. This shade wore well for eight hours before fading noticeably. Sephora Fall Leaves (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Bubbles (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #2 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Muse #1 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Dame (LE, $14.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 06 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Medium (LE) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Unbelievable (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Rose (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Champagne Toast (LE) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Bare Skin (LE) is lighter (85% similar). LORAC Rose Gold (LE, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Wanderin' Free (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Lucky Charm (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Muse #4 (LE) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Claudia is a muted, dark gray with cool, bluish undertones and fine teal micro-shimmer over a mostly matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and it was the weakest shade with respect to coverage in the palette. It was soft, finely-milled, and a touch dusty, and it had a tendency to sheer out when blended–which worked for darkening other shades but was harder to work with if trying to use it on its own. The color wore well for seven hours on me. Chanel Gris Exquis (LE, $29.50) is lighter (95% similar). theBalm #26 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Smoke (Define) (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Panorama (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Chanel Fascination #3 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Typographic (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). theBalm A4 (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #4 (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Steel (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Inglot #376 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Dagger (P, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Soot (DC, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Deep Fog (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Amnesia (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Mandchourie #2 (P, $25.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Nehru (DC, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Graphic Nature (P) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Lula is a muted, medium-dark taupe brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was fully opaque, while the texture was smooth, not too thin, and it wasn’t too firm or too soft in the pan, which made it the type of matte that was easy to apply and blend out while still getting true-to-pan coverage out of it. It wore for just over eight hours on me. Tarte Profesh (P) is cooler (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Slate (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Stone (LE, $22.00) is darker, less pigmented, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Atelier Natural Brown #3 (P) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Clay (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Vow (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Becca Cognac (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Eyeshadow #2 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Mocha (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Atelier Natural Chestnut #4 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Bandwagon (P, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Camel Smoke (23) (P, $39.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Warm Taupe (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Sophia (P, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Taupe Notch (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Merci You Later (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Power Player (LE) is more muted, warmer (85% similar). Inglot #360 (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Clarins Brown #2 (P) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Cool Complement (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Isabel is a muted, medium-dark orange with hints of brown and a matte finish. The color payoff was fully opaque and true-to-pan. It had a smooth, velvety texture that was finely-milled and effortless to blend on the skin. I had no trouble applying, blending, and using this shade on bare skin, which is often where matte eyeshadows go wrong. I noticed the color started to fade at the eight-hour mark. MAC Brown Script (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever S604 Teak (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Bitter (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Chutney (LE) is brighter (90% similar). NARS Self Portrait 3 #2 (LE, $25.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Bunny Fu-Fu (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Makeup Atelier Red Ochre #4 (P) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Realgar (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Burnt Orange (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Morocco (P, $12.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S602 Cinnamon (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). LORAC Sepia (LE, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Summer Yum (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Kat Von D Rust (Contour) (P) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Inglot #122R Middle (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Riff (P, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Make Up For Ever S706 Milk Toffee (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Violeta is a dark, reddish brown with subtle, warmer undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, which was buildable to opaque coverage after two to three layers. The texture was soft, lightly dusty, and fairly easy to blend, but it was the “hardest” to use within the palette as it did take a bit of work to soften the edges as it seemed to melt a bit more on bare skin. If you used a primer, I do not think it would be an issue. On me, it lasted for eight and a half hours before creasing. Ciate Queen Bee (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Leader (P) is darker, more muted, cooler (95% similar). Makeup Geek Cabin Fever (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Ganache (LE, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Bark (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Makeup & Chill (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #4 (P) is darker (90% similar). Tarte A Beautiful Degas (LE) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Look Closer III (LE, $25.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Naturally Fabulous (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Huda Beauty Coco (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Rust (Define) (P) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Hot Chocolate (P, $12.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Brown Down (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes #4 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Fudge (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Sippy Sippy (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

5th Ave is a light-medium, yellow gold with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had great pigmentation with a very smooth, velvety texture that was soft enough that it was also dusty to the touch and kicked up the product in the pan easily. That softness did translate into good blendability, and it seemed to soften on the lid and looked a little “lived in” where the shimmer has a more luminous, glowing look to it. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Ardency Inn Sunday (P, $21.00)(100% similar). Dior Night Golds #4 (LE) is more muted (95% similar). Colour Pop Jinxie (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (100% similar). Dior Sundeck #2 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles #3 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Lithe (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Champagne (P) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Blunt (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Ciate Vaycay (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Magic Act (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter, warmer (95% similar). NARS Hollywoodland (P, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). Maybelline Beige-ing Beauty (85) (LE, $6.99) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Primavera (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Until Dawn #2 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Empreinte du Desert #2 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Uninhibited (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Honey Pot (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Lily White (2014) (LE, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Milani Drenched in Gold (P, $6.99) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Butter Pecan (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bronx is a dark, olive green with warm undertones and fine, golden shimmer. It had good color coverage with a soft, smooth consistency that felt a bit firmer compared to other shades, but it didn’t have the kickup that others had, so it was easier and more forgiving if you over-applied the color to your brush. This shade wore for just over eight hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Raw Jade (Right) (LE) is lighter (95% similar). YSL Scandal #1 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Green Clean #3 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Fiction (DC, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Chains (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Jealous #1 (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Stash (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Inglot #419 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Speaker Box (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). theBalm #30 (P, $6.50) is darker (95% similar). Smashbox Safari (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Eureka (LE) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Veruschka (P, $32.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D320 Golden Khaki (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Dandy Lion (LE) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Cosmic Deco #2 (P) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Clinique Whopping Willow (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Dusty Olive (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Givenchy Kaki Brocart (6) (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Paris is a dark, bronzy brown with warm, copper undertones and a golden, frosted finish. The pigmentation was fully opaque, while the texture was soft, smooth, and lightly creamy without being too dusty in the pan. The texture was a better balance between soft and blendable, firm and intense. When I tested this shade for wear, the color wore for eight and a half hours. Too Faced Biscotti (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #4 (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Coque d'Or #4 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Golden Bronze (P, $28.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Tempting (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Deeper (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Museum Bronze (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Gingerbread Mansion (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #2 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Firecracker (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Gangsta (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Cinnamon (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Stila Cinnamon (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Golden Hours #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Softened Up (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Bronze (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Enchanted Forest (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Mulch (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Golden Petals Scattering (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Anastasia Eyeshadow Palette Master Palette by Mario
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
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Dior Precious Embroidery (776) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Precious Embroidery (776) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Precious Embroidery (776) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Precious Embroidery (776) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette ($63.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a new, limited edition five-pan eyeshadow palette that features a mauve, pinky-white, golden beige, deep brown, and blackened plum. The formula feels like last year’s holiday eyeshadow formula, which was a little easier to use and better performing than some of Dior’s other eyeshadow palettes in recent times. It is described as being “ultra-pigmented” with ” no powdery effect.” Overall, the palette had good pigmentation with a slightly drier, lightly dusty consistency that was blendable but more prone to sheering out when working with it on the lid. They would perform better with a primer, which would give them a better base to adhere to as well as extend the wear.

Precious Embroidery #1 is a muted, medium-dark mauve with warmer undertones and a frosted finish. The texture was drier, so it sheered out a bit when applied to bare skin, despite having good color payoff initially. This shade ended up appearing warmer on me as a result, but I think it would look more neutral on those with cooler undertones. It wore well for seven hours before fading on me. Clarins Rosewood #3 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Exposure #5 (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora Free Hug (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cool (Winter 2016) Eyeshadow #3 (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Poker Face (LE, $14.00) is warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Silver Eclipse #2 (P) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Precious Embroidery #2 is a bright white with cooler, bluish frosted shimmer. It appeared warmer in the pan, but it had a stronger, cooler sheen to it that gave it an overall, cooler appearance. The consistency was soft, just a touch dusty but smooth, easy to blend out, and did not sheer out immediately like the mauve shade did. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours. Dior Smoky Sequins #2 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Snow (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC Crystal Avalanche (DC, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D200 Crystalline Mauve Turquoise (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Sephora Early Frost (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). L'Oreal Petite Perle (P, $5.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Midnight Hour #1 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Nutcracker (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC Flawless Figure (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 10 (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Jazz #2 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Dior Blue Garden #2 (LE) is brighter (95% similar). MAC White Frost (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Burberry Optic White (000) (P, $29.00) is warmer (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #1 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Buxom Velvet Snow (LE, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Zoeva Spun Pearl (P) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Skulls (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME122 Snow (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Vapor (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Precious Embroidery #3 is a slightly muted, medium gold with warm, orange undertones and a frosted, almost metallic, finish. It had nice pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and blendable consistency that wasn’t too firm ot too soft in the pan. The color applied well and wore for seven and a half hours before fading. Tarina Tarantino Taurella (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Butter Pecan (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Champagne (P) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Chanel Pearl River #2 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Empreinte du Desert #2 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Convoitise (90) (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tarte Vivacious (LE) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Kitties (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Sand (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Uninhibited (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Glam (P) is darker (90% similar). NARS Hollywoodland (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Lily White (2014) (LE, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Lancome Filigree (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Magic Act (P, $9.99) is darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles #3 (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Party (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Fortune (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Dior Fairy Golds #2 (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Night Golds #4 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Precious Embroidery #4 is a muted, dark brown with warm undertones and a soft, pearly shimmer. It had good color payoff, though it was not as intense or as rich in practice as it appeared in the pan. The texture was soft, smooth, and just a touch dry and dusty. I found it easy to blend and diffuse the color in the crease, but it had a tendency to sheer out as soon as I worked with it, so I had to build it up to retain depth. It lasted for seven hours before fading. Lancome Audacious (P, $19.00)(100% similar). Dior Exuberante #5 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay West (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). theBalm Fine (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Parisian Sky #5 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Social Butterfly #5 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Eyeshadow #4 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Sinful (LE, $14.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Too Faced Dark Truffle (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Busted (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Burberry Gold #1 (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). YSL Rosy Glow #3 (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Ithaca (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty AW '16 (Right) (LE) is darker (90% similar). Clarins Brown #4 (P) is lighter (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Fatal #1 (P) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Precious Embroidery #5 is a blackened plum with subtle, warmer undertones and a frosted sheen. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, while the texture was soft, lightly dusty, but it blended out fairly well. The color did not apply as well to bare skin, so it would be best used with a primer or else it sheered out and looked a somewhat patchy. Too Faced Amorous (P) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). NARS Subra (P, $29.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit #3 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dior Eclectic #5 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Smolder (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Straight Trippin' (LE, $5.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Sugar Plum (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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