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NARS Rue Allent Velvet Duo Eyehadow

01/09

NARS Rue Allent Velvet Duo Eyehadow

NARS Rue Allent Velvet Duo Eyehadow

NARS Rue Allent Velvet Duo Eyehadow

NARS Rue Allent Velvet Duo Eyehadow

NARS Rue Allent Velvet Duo Eyehadow

NARS Rue Allent Velvet Duo Eyehadow

NARS Rue Allent Velvet Duo Eyehadow

NARS Rue Allent Velvet Duo Eyehadow

NARS Rue Allent Velvet Duo Eyehadow

Rue Allent

NARS Rue Allent Velvet Duo Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a new, limited edition duo (and formula) that launches April 15th online. The compact is the same size as other NARS’ eyeshadow duos, but the actual quantity is slightly less at 0.10 oz. (compared to 0.14 oz.). The formula felt less powdery and thin compared to most of NARS’ eyeshadows, which I found to be an upgrade overall. This particular duo featured a soft, warm white and a smoldering, smoky green-tinged brown.

NARS Velvet Duo Eyehadow Rue Allent

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B+

Rue Allent (Left)

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Stila Ballet Baby & Bronzed Bell Magnificent Metals Liquid Eye Shadows

01/08

Stila Ballet Baby Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Stila Ballet Baby Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Stila Ballet Baby Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Stila Ballet Baby Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Stila Ballet Baby Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Stila Ballet Baby Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Neutral Eye with Pop of Color | Look Breakdown

Neutral Eye with Pop of Color | Look Breakdown

Ballet Baby

Stila Magnificent Ballet Baby Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow ($24.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) is a soft, light pink with subtle, warm undertones and cooler, silver and pink glitter/shimmer. It had semi-sheer to medium coverage that went on fairly evenly. The lighter color made it a little easier to buff and blend out to wear as a wash of shimmer on the lid (on its own), but I think it tended to look its best patted on the inner corner (no swiping maximizes the payoff) or patted over a more opaque eyeshadow or base. Once it dried down, it lasted fairly well for eight hours with minimal fallout.

Stila says that it’s supposed to be a “long-wearing, sparkle eye shadow” in a “water-infused texture” that “dries down smoothly” with “minimal fallout.” There’s a lot to be impressed by with the formula, but there was some inconsistency in opacity and overall wateriness between shades so not all shades were equally impressive. When they’re good, they were pigmented, dried down evenly without creasing, and were long-wearing with minimal fallout. When they’re less impressive, they are more watery, semi-sheer to semi-opaque, prone to creasing as they dry down, though the wear is similar across all shades.

I felt like there was less fallout with the less blending done with them, e.g. applying directly to lid and only minimally working along the edges yielded the least fallout compared to diffusing and blending out the color with a brush. If I accidentally rubbed an eye, it seemed to interfere with the integrity of the wear completely–it was like a downhill avalanche of glitter that could not be stopped. They were easiest to use as the last step in a look, patted over eyeshadow with fingertip or swiped on with the sponge applicator for more of a “cut crease” kind of effect, or used along the lash line as eyeliner (I liked using a thin, liquid eyeliner brush to get a thinner line). They removed fairly well, but it was hard to get every last bit of glitter off the skin, though it was never painful or uncomfortable to remove them.

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Ballet Baby
8.5
Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total

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Stila Into the Blue, Sea Siren, Sunset Cove Magnificent Metals Liquid Eye Shadows

01/11

Stila Into the Blue Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Stila Into the Blue Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Stila Into the Blue Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Stila Into the Blue Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Stila Into the Blue Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Stila Into the Blue Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Neutral Eye with Pop of Color | Look Breakdown

Neutral Eye with Pop of Color | Look Breakdown

Smoldering Gold, Copper, & Blue | Look Breakdown

Smoldering Gold, Copper, & Blue | Look Breakdown

Smoldering Gold, Copper, & Blue | Look Breakdown

Into the Blue

Stila Magnificent Into the Blue Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow ($24.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark purpled blue with iridescent shimmer and micro-glitter that shifts from cooler blue to brighter violet. The particles used in this shade seemed finer than the average shade in the formula, though it was quite sparkly and reflective. It had a more watery consistency that made it harder to build up, so it tended to have medium coverage at best. The shift was more visible when the product was layered over something more opaque. It wore well for eight hours with minimal fallout.

Stila says that it’s supposed to be a “long-wearing, sparkle eye shadow” in a “water-infused texture” that “dries down smoothly” with “minimal fallout.” There’s a lot to be impressed by with the formula, but there was some inconsistency in opacity and overall wateriness between shades so not all shades were equally impressive. When they’re good, they were pigmented, dried down evenly without creasing, and were long-wearing with minimal fallout. When they’re less impressive, they are more watery, semi-sheer to semi-opaque, prone to creasing as they dry down, though the wear is similar across all shades.

I felt like there was less fallout with the less blending done with them, e.g. applying directly to lid and only minimally working along the edges yielded the least fallout compared to diffusing and blending out the color with a brush. If I accidentally rubbed an eye, it seemed to interfere with the integrity of the wear completely–it was like a downhill avalanche of glitter that could not be stopped. They were easiest to use as the last step in a look, patted over eyeshadow with fingertip or swiped on with the sponge applicator for more of a “cut crease” kind of effect, or used along the lash line as eyeliner (I liked using a thin, liquid eyeliner brush to get a thinner line). They removed fairly well, but it was hard to get every last bit of glitter off the skin, though it was never painful or uncomfortable to remove them.

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Into the Blue
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

01/08

Stila Sea Siren Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Stila Sea Siren Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Stila Sea Siren Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Stila Sea Siren Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Stila Sea Siren Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Stila Sea Siren Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Neutral Eye with Pop of Color | Look Breakdown

Neutral Eye with Pop of Color | Look Breakdown

Sea Siren

Stila Sea Siren Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow ($24.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) is a medium, pink lavender with flecks of greenish-gold, icy lavender, and pink pearl and glitter. It had medium, buildable pigmentation–to about semi-opaque coverage–that applied fairly evenly. When I used a very small, flat brush, I was able to get nearly semi-opaque coverage in one press, but I had to be careful not to blend it out as the texture was a little thin and watery so it sheered out too quickly. This shade shifted to a greenish-gold finish. Once it dried down, the color stayed in place well for eight hours and had slight fallout.

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Sea Siren
Sea Siren
Sea Siren
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

01/08

Stila Sunset Cove Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Stila Sunset Cove Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Stila Sunset Cove Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Stila Sunset Cove Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Stila Sunset Cove Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Stila Sunset Cove Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Anastasia Aurora Glow Kit | Look Breakdown

Anastasia Aurora Glow Kit | Look Breakdown

Sunset Cove

Stila Sunset Cove Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow ($24.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) is a brighter, medium pinky lavender with warmer pink undertones and a mix of cooler pink, lavender, and violet pearl. It had a more metallic sheen than overtly glittery finish, but it was quite reflective. It had medium, buildable coverage (to semi-opaque coverage) that applied fairly evenly. There was a shift from brighter pink to a cooler lavender that was more prominent when layered over another product. The color lasted for eight and a half hours with slight fallout over time.

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Sunset Cove
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
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Cle de Peau 104 Purity Eye Color Duo

01/03

Cle de Peau 104 Purity Eye Color Duo (Refill)

Cle de Peau 104 Purity Eye Color Duo (Refill)

Cle de Peau 104 Purity Eye Color Duo (Refill)

104 Purity

Cle de Peau 104 Purity Eye Color Duo ($55.00 for 0.15 oz.) contains a muted, medium-dark mauvey purple paired with a very light pink. The two worked well together for a soft eye look, and there was enough contrast between the two that they could be used as a standalone look. I

The formula is supposed to have a “silky” feel, be moisturizing on the lids (though it is a powder formula), long-wearing, and have true-to-pan color. I like the effect of Cle de Peau’s eyeshadows on the lid; I think that “moisturizing” aspect of them makes them sit well on the lid as time passes, where they meld well to bare skin. I find that they can be semi-opaque to opaque, more buildable and very easy to wear as a wash of color, if desired. The eyeshadows are rose-scented, though I only just noticed the scent with the compact open but not applied.

As a FYI, Cle de Peau sells the duos as a pan-only, which is not magnetized but you could stick a magnet to it so it would adhere to most freestyle palettes, or purchase their case for $25.

Cle de Peau Eye Color Duo (Refill) 104 Purity
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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MAC x Min Liu Fortune Eyeshadow Duo

01/06

MAC Fortune Min Liu Eyeshadow Duo

MAC Fortune Min Liu Eyeshadow Duo

MAC Fortune Min Liu Eyeshadow Duo

MAC Fortune Min Liu Eyeshadow Duo

MAC Fortune Min Liu Eyeshadow Duo

MAC Fortune Min Liu Eyeshadow Duo

Fortune

MAC x Min Liu Fortune Eyeshadow Duo ($29.50 for 0.08 oz.) contains a light pewter and a matte medium pink housed in a slim compact. It’s a more unique color combination, but it was harder to work with the two shades alone as the matte was thinner and the pewter was more sparkly and had less base color.

MAC Min Liu Eyeshadow Duo Fortune
Fortune
Fortune
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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B

Platinum Shadow

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Lotus Pink

Limited Edition
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ColourPop Belle of the Ball Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

01/04

Colour Pop Belle of the Ball Pressed Powder Shadow Collection

Colour Pop Belle of the Ball Pressed Powder Shadow Collection

Colour Pop Belle of the Ball Pressed Powder Shadow Collection

Colour Pop Belle of the Ball Pressed Powder Shadow Collection

Belle of the Ball

ColourPop Belle of the Ball Pressed Powder Shadow Palette ($18.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a pink-themed set of shades with two warmer, pinky-coral shades and then a deep, cooler pink and a light, frosty pink. The four shades worked well together–even the more shimmery shade layered well with the more matte shades in the palette–and performed nicely.

Colour Pop Pressed Powder Shadow Collection Belle of the Ball
A-

Limited Edition

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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B

Secrets

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Soft Core

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Fair Play

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On the Fence

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