NARS Velvet Eyeliners (Part 1)

NARS Kaliste Velvet Liner ($24.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a deep, bluish-teal with cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had nice pigmentation in one stroke, which was buildable to totally opaque coverage with another pass. The texture was lightly creamy without moving around on the skin, but it didn’t tug or feel uncomfortably sharp on the lash line either. This shade stayed on well for eight hours before migrating to the outer corners noticeably. bareMinerals 1PM (LE, $15.00) is warmer (95% similar). Estee Lauder Dramatic Teal (LE, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Practice Makes Perfect (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Exotic Teal (LE, $35.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Mainline (P, $20.00) is less pigmented, cooler (90% similar). MAC Midnight Blues (DC, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Electric Teal (LE, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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NARS Kaliste Velvet Liner

BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes Eyeshadow Palette ($19.00 for 1.58 oz.) contains 28, metallic eyeshadows. I picked this up a couple of months ago, because it was getting a lot of buzz, and I’ve been really impressed by the quality overall. Only a few shades had issues, and they were fairly minor (slightly less pigmented, could apply better with primer or with a dampened brush). The majority of the eyeshadows were very pigmented, applied beautifully on bare skin, blended out easily, and lasted for seven to nine hours on me (without primer). As they are all shimmery, it may not work as well as an all-in-one-look palette, though. If you like your high-shimmer, metallic eyeshadows, it’s well worth checking out!

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BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes Eyeshadow Palette
BH Cosmetics 28 Color Eyeshadow Palette Foil Eyes
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
93%
Permanent
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MAC Chartreuse Pigment, Sun’s Out, Buns Out, Atlantic Blue Eyeshadows

MAC Chartreuse Pigment ($22.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a bright, light-medium chartreuse with strong, warm undertones. It’s been around for ages, but it is being repromoted in this launch and will be specially packaged for the Good Luck Trolls collection. I’ve always loved this shade as a base color underneath brighter blues, greens, and teals. The nice thing about MAC Pigments is that they bind well on their own, so you can use them just damp and get really smooth, even application, or you can use their Mixing Medium for additional hold, but you can also apply them dry and get them to adhere and wear well on the lid. Chartreuse was richly pigmented, applied well, blended easily, and wore for eight hours before creasing on me.

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MAC Chartreuse Pigment
MAC Pigment Chartreuse
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
93%
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MAC C’est Chic Eyeshadow x15 Palette

MAC Nordstrom C’est Chic Eyeshadow Palette ($65.00 for 0.68 oz.) is a set of 15 matte, neutral-hued eyeshadows in a large, plastic compact. Each eyeshadow is full-sized, but they’re not easily removed (they are glued in). I can see this palette being really useful for someone who likes MAC’s matte eyeshadow formula and needs neutrals in their stash. Overall, it’s a good palette, and like most MAC eyeshadows, they tend to perform better when I used them on my eyes than just on my arm. I didn’t have any major issues with any shades; the texture is firmer but soft, blendable, and the pigmentation varied from semi-opaque to opaque (most shades were buildable). The wear was eight to nine hours, without primer. There are three permanent shades in this palette: Soft Brown, Corduroy, and Embark.

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MAC Nordstrom C'est Chic Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Eyeshadow x15 Palette Nordstrom C'est Chic
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
88%
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Kat Von D Serpentina Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Serpentina Eyeshadow Palette ($45.00 for 0.37 oz.) includes eight eyeshadows and one loose eyeshadow. I think everything comes together decently on the lid, but there are four weaker shades in the palette, which is nearly half. The sheerer, more dusty nature of Bloodmilk and Venom seemed problematic when swatched, but they actually applied and built-up better in practice than I expected (particularly Venom), which is partially due to my lids being more normal in skin type, while my arm is dry. I was surprised that Hieroglyph was weak at all, because it’s rare that a brand misses on a copper-hued shade. In a way, these are replicated in the Metal Crush range, though not the same in formula or fully dupes, but they share the more jewel-toned nature of the Metal Crush range. I would spend my money there, rather than this palette, if you really want richly pigmented, long-wearing, and blendable eyeshadow.

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Kat Von D Serpentina Eyeshadow Palette
Kat Von D Fall 2016 Eyeshadow Palette Serpentina
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
82%
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NARS Fall 2016 Dual Intensity Eyeshadows

NARS Antares Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a bright, light pewter with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer coverage applied dry and mostly opaque coverage applied damp. The texture was blendable, a little dry to the touch, but it didn’t look dry or powdery on the skin. The wear was similar regardless of application method, but damp application lasted a half hour long, until eight hours. Urban Decay Vape (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Vex (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #19 (LE, $33.00) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Verve (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). Guerlain Two Stylish #1 (P) is darker (80% similar). Lancome Joie (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Dior Etoile (021) (P, $31.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #4 (LE) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). Clarins Silver Ivory (04) (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). Cle de Peau Pewter Veil #3 (LE) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Hourglass Graphite #5 (P) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Make Up For Ever D552 Crystalline Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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NARS Antares Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow