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NARS Wildfire (Spring 2017) Velvet Shadow Sticks

01/04

NARS Belle-Ile Velvet Shadow Stick

NARS Belle-Ile Velvet Shadow Stick

NARS Belle-Ile Velvet Shadow Stick

NARS Belle-Ile Velvet Shadow Stick

Belle-Ile

NARS Belle-Ile Velvet Shadow Stick ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a brighter, medium copper with warm, orange undertones and a golden, pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer coverage, which I was able to build to nearly full coverage with three layers of product. The texture was smooth, slightly creamy but not quite as emollient as most shades in the range. There was some unevenness in the texture as I layered the color, though it did not appear patchy. I noticed creasing after six hours of wear.

NARS Velvet Shadow Stick Belle-Ile
Belle-Ile

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ColourPop Pressed Powder Shadows (Part 1)

01/04

Colour Pop Hear Me Out Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Hear Me Out Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Hear Me Out Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Hear Me Out Pressed Powder Shadow

Hear Me Out

ColourPop Hear Me Out Pressed Shadow ($5.00 for 0.035 oz.) is a light beige with a satin finish. The new Pressed Powder Shadow formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented” with an “ultra-velvety and silky” texture that is “long-wearing” and “adheres easily to the eyes.” It had intense pigmentation with a very smooth, cream-like texture that was a bit powdery on the skin when I started to blend it out–where the powder dropped below the brow bone and had a tendency to lighten whatever it was on. I would recommend using a lot less than you think you might need and adding more if necessary to get a good feel for the pigmentation and texture. It started to fade after seven hours on me.

Colour Pop Pressed Powder Shadow Hear Me Out
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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ColourPop Lo-Key Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

01/05

Colour Pop Lo-Key Pressed Powder Shadow Collection

Colour Pop Lo-Key Pressed Powder Shadow Collection

Colour Pop Lo-Key Pressed Powder Shadow Collection

Colour Pop Lo-Key Pressed Powder Shadow Collection

Colour Pop Lo-Key Pressed Powder Shadow Collection

Lo-Key

ColourPop Lo-Key Pressed Powder Shadow Palette ($18.00 for 0.20 oz.) includes four eyeshadows (that can be removed) in a slim, cardboard palette. The eyeshadows can also be purchased individually for $5 each. This palette performed quite well, even the mattes, and the eyeshadows coordinated with each other but also would be good shades for a growing collection.

The new Pressed Powder Shadow formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented” with an “ultra-velvety and silky” texture that is “long-wearing” and “adheres easily to the eyes.” For me, the new eyeshadow formula has been hit or miss with the more shimmery shades tending to perform better than the mattes, as their major downside was the lack of pigmentation, but they were buildable, so that made them workable. I felt like, on average, ColourPop’s powder formula wore shorter than most formulas on me with more noticeable fading. Primer definitely helped but still seemed to be shorter than other brands (over the same primer).

Colour Pop Pressed Powder Shadow Collection Lo-Key
Lo-Key
Lo-Key
A-

Limited Edition

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

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MAC Cracked Emerald, Holy Holy, Overnight Sensation, Win Paints

01/04

MAC Cracked Emerald Paint

MAC Cracked Emerald Paint

MAC Cracked Emerald Paint

MAC Cracked Emerald Paint

Cracked Emerald

MAC Cracked Emerald Paint ($22.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a vibrant, medium emerald green with subtle, warm undertones and cooler, green-teal pearl. It was smooth, creamy without being too wet, and easy to work with; the coverage was easily opaque but just as easily sheered out for a softer, sheerer look. It dried down and set, so it actually lasted for a solid nine hours on me before creasing faintly.

The Paint formula is supposed to be a cream eyeshadow that dries to a “powdery finish in just ten seconds” that is “long-wearing” and can be applied from “sheer to full.” Many years ago, I remember this formula being one of the must-have primers/bases for making eyeshadows pop, and MAC has discontinued all but two shades at this point, so it was a real surprise (and treat) to see four new, limited edition shades released recently. I highly recommend un-crimping the tube once or twice, which alleviated issues I had with the tube squirting out more products than I wanted.

MAC Paint Cracked Emerald
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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Zoeva Matte Eyeshadow Palette

01/09

Zoeva Matte Eyeshadow Palette

Zoeva Matte Eyeshadow Palette

Zoeva Matte Eyeshadow Palette

Zoeva Matte Eyeshadow Palette

Zoeva Matte Eyeshadow Palette

Zoeva Matte Eyeshadow Palette

Zoeva Matte Eyeshadow Palette

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Zoeva Matte Palette Look | Look Breakdown

Matte

Zoeva Matte Eyeshadow Palette ($26.50 for 0.50 oz.) includes ten warm-toned, matte eyeshadows housed in a slim, cardboard palette. The eyeshadow formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented” and “easy to blend.” Overall, the eyeshadow formula was pigmented, silky, blendable, and long-wearing. It was an easy palette to apply, use, and wear, and the shades coordinated with each other well. It is going to work best for someone who likes richer, warmer shades along with matte finishes; it would also work as a complementary palette to a more shimmer-heavy palette to add more versatile transition and crease shades. There were two shades that could have applied better and been less powdery, though they were workable and if you normally use primer, the shortcomings were even less apparent.

Zoeva Eyeshadow Palette Matte
Matte
Matte
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

ColourPop Hi-Maintenance Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

01/06

Colour Pop Hi-Maintenance Pressed Powder Shadow Collection

Colour Pop Hi-Maintenance Pressed Powder Shadow Collection

Colour Pop Hi-Maintenance Pressed Powder Shadow Collection

Colour Pop Hi-Maintenance Pressed Powder Shadow Collection

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Hi-Maintenance

ColourPop Hi-Maintenance Pressed Powder Shadow Palette ($18.00 for 0.20 oz.) includes four eyeshadows (that can be removed) in a slim, cardboard palette. The eyeshadows can also be purchased individually for $5 each. This palette was a miss for me, as the two matte shades were rather powdery and under-pigmented.

The new Pressed Powder Shadow formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented” with an “ultra-velvety and silky” texture that is “long-wearing” and “adheres easily to the eyes.” For me, the new eyeshadow formula has been hit or miss with the more shimmery shades tending to perform better than the mattes, as their major downside was the lack of pigmentation, but they were buildable, so that made them workable. I felt like, on average, ColourPop’s powder formula wore shorter than most formulas on me with more noticeable fading. Primer definitely helped but still seemed to be shorter than other brands (over the same primer).

Colour Pop Pressed Powder Shadow Collection Hi-Maintenance
B-

Limited Edition

8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total

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