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MAC Antonio Lopez 6 Eyes/Creative Copper Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Antonio Lopez 6 Eyes/Creative Copper Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Antonio Lopez 6 Eyes/Creative Copper Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Antonio Lopez 6 Eyes/Creative Copper Eyeshadow Palette ($43.50 for 0.19 oz.) is a new and limited edition palette that launches in-stores on September 12th. It contains six eyeshadows with a warm-toned theme.  This palette is decent to good, though it’s not perfect and at the price point, you can find better-performing products.  If these are the types of colors you’d wear often and see yourself really reaching for this palette often, I think you’d probably still enjoy it. For one or two shades, though, it is less likely to be worth it.  These shades performed well enough to be worn alone without too much issues–most of them made it to eight hours of wear with minimal fading, though the Lustres had some fall out, which is par for the course with that finish.

Easy Gesture is described as a “pale warm beige [with a Frost finish].” It’s a light peach with slight beige tones and a soft, frosted finish. It had good color payoff and was easy to blend out on the skin. LORAC Nude is more beige. LORAC Champagne is warmer, more beige. Urban Decay Skimp is less frosted. Urban Decay Sellout is warmer. MAC Orb is less frosted. See comparison swatches.

Artistic License is described as a “mid-tone frosty pink gold [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a warm, peachy-pink with a golden sheen. It had decent color payoff but is somewhat sheer. It could be softer, more buttery, for a Veluxe Pearl. Urban Decay X is similar. MAC Dynamic Duo 1 #1 has a less pronounced golden sheen. MAC Expensive Pink is more orange, darker. Chanel Intuition #1 is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Dear Cupcake is described as a “mid-tone coral pink [with a Satin finish].” It’s a light-mediu,, pink-coral with a mostly matte finish. It was powdery, and it had semi-opaque color payoff. It is a repromote. MAC Rose is pinker. MAC Free to Be and MAC Early Bird are both more coral, less pink. Chanel Rose Favorite is darker, pinker. See comparison swatches.

Creative Copper is described as a “sparkling true gold [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a medium-dark, brown-toned gold with copper sparkle. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but it had a Lustre finish, so it had chunky sparkle/glitter that sat on top and didn’t bind well with the underlying color. MAC Brownluxe #3 is more orange, less sparkly. theBalm Manic Maribel is slightly more coppery. Urban Decay Limelight is very similar. Urban Decay Penny Lane is more copper. MAC Retrospeck #2 is less sparkly, warmer. MAC Amber Lights is browner, less sparkly. MAC Up the Ante is browner, cream. See comparison swatches.

Golden Touch is described as a “tarnished taupe [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a golden sheen–but there’s a mutedness to it that I see as a “taupe” tint. It had good pigmentation, and it had a soft, blendable texture. Bobbi Brown Golden Bronze is darker, cream. Maybelline Downtown Brown is warmer. bareMinerals Schmooze is similar. Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #2 is also similar. Urban Decay Suspect is more taupe. MAC Cactus Thorn is similar. MAC Patina is more taupe. Benefit Thanks a Latte is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

Carbonized is described as a “deep warm brown [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a pearly sheen. It had nice color payoff and a soft, blendable texture. MAC Divine Decadence is lighter, warmer. LORAC Sable is more matte. Urban Decay West is more metallic. MAC Life’s Luxury is a cream product. MAC Make Your Mark is lighter. See comparison swatches.

MAC Eyeshadow Palette Antonio Lopez 6 Eyes/Creative Copper
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
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MAC Antonio Lopez 6 Eyes/Teal Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Antonio Lopez 6 Eyes/Teal Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Antonio Lopez 6 Eyes/Teal Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Antonio Lopez 6 Eyes/Teal Eyeshadow Palette ($43.50 for 0.19 oz.) is a new and limited edition palette that launches in-stores on September 12th. It contains six eyeshadows. Like a lot of MAC’s limited edition palettes, it’s a mixed bag. Some shades performed decent to well, others were more disappointing. These perform best over a primer, and I wouldn’t recommend wearing them without one for two reasons: 1) they don’t last well  (six hours), and 2) Colourful Life is prone to staining without a primer.  Even though four of the six shades are decent, one is an abysmal failure and the other is only slightly less worse.

Sex & Disco is described as a “sparkling cool silver [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a lavender-tinted gray with silver sparkle. This shade embodies a true Lustre finish, as it was powdery, glittery, and sheer–it’s the type of texture that doesn’t bind together, so you’re left with sparkle that gets everywhere but the lid. A lot of the fall out ended up underneath the eye during application, but there were still a few stray sparkles after wearing it all day. MAC Time to Tango is darker, purpler. MAC Amethyst is warmer. MAC Silverwear is less sparkly. See comparison swatches.

Colourful Life is described as a “dark teal [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a rich, jewel-toned teal that leans green and has a satiny sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, but it has a slightly dry, stiffer texture (doesn’t feel like a Veluxe Pearl). This shade is very prone to staining so I recommend wearing an opaque base underneath to prevent staining the lid (and washing brushes immediately after use). Fyrinnae Gender Bent is bluer. Milani Teal the Truth is bluer. Maybelline Edgy Emerald is lighter. MAC Surf USA is darker, slightly greener. Sugarpill Darling is warmer. Make Up For Ever #168 is greener. See comparison swatches.

Freshwater is described as a “mid-tone sparkling blue with blue pearl [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a medium blue with a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, though thinner/not as dense as my permanent pan of Freshwater. This shade is available individually as a permanent product. Disney Royal is more matte. CoverGirl Sapphire Flare is similar, slightly sparkly. Sugarpill Afterparty is brighter. NYX Kiss in Casablanca is darker. See comparison swatches.

Nighttrain is described as a “charcoal grey with crystalline frost [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a blackened gray with silver shimmer and a frosted finish. It had fairly good color payoff, was just slightly dry, and blended out decently. It felt more like a frost than a Lustre finish. It is also a repromote. MAC Deep Cravings is less shimmery. LORAC Slate is bluer. Urban Decay Asphalt is similar. Urban Decay Ace is slightly cooler-toned. Urban Decay Gunmetal is grayer. See comparison swatches.

Sketchbook is described as a “glittery blackened olive [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a dark, warm-toned olive brown with dirty gold sparkle and shimmer. It had a very stiff, dry texture that resulted in sheer, uneven color payoff. With a fluffy brush, I was able to get some color and blendability, but it’s a rather poor shade when all was said and done. It does have a Lustre finish, so the sheerer color payoff isn’t unexpected, but the dry, uneven application was. Dior Bonne Etoile #3 is less sparkly. MAC Gilt by Association is darker. Giorgio Armani #6 is less sparkly. See comparison swatches.

Fashion Legend is described as a “black with pink pearl [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a cool-toned, sooty black with very fine blue, violet, and pink shimmers (which you can’t really discern once applied–just looks like a soft black). It was a little dry but had semi-opaque color. The texture seemed more like a velvet than a lustre. Marc Jacobs The Mod #2 is slightly darker. bareMinerals Lights Down isn’t as cool-toned. See comparison swatches.

MAC Eyeshadow Palette Antonio Lopez 6 Eyes/Teal
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
79%
Total
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Sketchbook

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Fashion Legend

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Wet ‘n’ Wild A Regular at the Factory Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet 'n' Wild A Regular at the Factory Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio
Wet ‘n’ Wild A Regular at the Factory Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild A Regular at the Factory Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a limited edition palette for summer, so you’ll have to hunt around your local drugstores for this one (I’ve yet to spot any of the Pop Art displays in my area, which means it hasn’t arrived yet or it has already sold out!). This was one of the “better” trios I tested, though it was still underwhelming, due to the incredible powderiness across the shades. These absolutely need to be worn over a primer, because they are prone to fading and creasing–they lasted a mere four hours before fading significantly without a primer–and even over primer, they didn’t last beyond eight hours.  They’re powdery, easily sheered out (but harder to build up), prone to fading, and really do not show why Color Icon eyeshadows were so coveted when they first debuted. (And Color Icon is a formula touted as highly pigmented and long-wearing.)

A Regular at the Factory #1 is a muted, light-medium yellow with a mostly matte finish. This shade was powdery, slightly chalky, so it was prone to sheering out when applied. It’s best to pat and pack it on and only blend the very edges as necessary. NARS Misfit #1 is less yellow. Make Up For Ever #102 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

A Regular at the Factory #2 is a medium, cyan blue with a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff as it was powdery, so the color didn’t bind well together, which gave it a slightly uneven appearance. Again, pat and pack on the eyeshadow to maximize the color and minimize the fall out–and if you have a slightly tacky base, even better. NARS Mad, Mad World #1 is darker. Milani Olympian Blue is much darker. MAC Electric Eel is slightly darker. Make Up For Ever #72 is similar. Make Up For Ever #118 is lighter. Inglot #371 is very similar. See comparison swatches.

A Regular at the Factory #3 is a brightened, medium orange with yellow undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and it was the least powdery of the three. Fyrinnae Pyromantic Erotica is more shimmery. Disney Rajah is darker. Illamasqua Vulgar is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches.

Wet 'n' Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio A Regular at the Factory
6.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6
Longevity
3.5
Application
71%
Total
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Chanel Apparition Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow

Chanel Apparition Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow
Chanel Apparition Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow

Chanel Apparition Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a deepened, yet muted, navy blue with blue and purple shimmer for a slightly frosted sheen. NARS Ubangi is bluer. MAC Bleuluxe #4 is darker. Tom Ford Cobalt Rush #2 is similar, slightly lighter, powder. Le Metier de Beaute Sapphire is purpler, powder. MAC Thru the Night is brighter, powder. MAC Naval Blue is lighter, powder. See comparison swatches.

This shade originally launched last fall in the Bleu Illusion de Chanel collection, and by the time I received mine and had tested it, the product was sold out. So it’s sat in my “to review” folder since, and I hoped it might make a reappearance–and sure enough, it finally has. Part of a very small release Jeux de Regard, it’s being repromoted (along with Convoitise), plus two new eyeshadow quads, Fascination and Seduction, and an eyeliner, Bleu Exquis (I don’t have any of the new products). The products are available now at Nordstrom.

Apparition has fairly good color payoff in a single layer, and when it is sheered out, it appears darker, almost sooty. It’s buildable to opaque color. The consistency is like a gel-mousse hybrid, and it feels sponge-like in the container. It’s soft, lightly creamy, and spreads and blends well on the lid. This shade lasted eight hours well on me but showed slight creasing and some noticeable fading around the edges by the ninth hour of wear.

Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow Apparition
Apparition
Apparition
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

Tom Ford Deeper (01) Eye Defining Pencil Pen

Tom Ford Deeper (01) Eye Defining Pencil Pen
Tom Ford Deeper (01) Eye Defining Pencil Pen

Tom Ford Deeper (01) Eye Defining Pencil Pen ($55.00) is a double-ended liquid eyeliner with a calligraphy brush on one end and a squatter, thicker felt-tip on the other. It’s a very deep black (and frustratingly, I still can’t get my black liquid eyeliners to really photograph as black as they are–they always turn brown-ish), but I can assure it is an incredibly rich, deep dark black.

The calligraphy brush is amazing; it makes applying liquid eyeliner a breeze, and you can achieve such thin, precise lines with hardly any pressure. The brush is nicely saturated, so it doesn’t skip or drag while applying, so you can get crisp, opaque line. The calligraphy brush is capable of thicker lines, but it excels at the thin lines in particular.  The formula is very wet, and it takes a few seconds to dry down and set.

The felt-tip side can create thicker lines while still applying with continuous flow across the skin–no dragging or skipping. In the swatch, you can see the eyeliner bled outside the original line, compared with the calligraphy brush as an applicator, which delivered an equally thick line but no bleeding. Sometimes, this can occur when swatched, but the actual performance on the eyelid is better, which was the case here (same thing happened with Hourglass Jett).  The actual liquid eyeliner, regardless of which applicator is used, lasted ten hours on me without flaking or smudging. It removed easily with my shu uemura cleansing oil.

I haven’t tried it myself, but I have heard good things about Jesse’s Girl Liquid Eyeliner, which has an applicator that looks incredibly similar to the calligraphy brush end to this, so I’m definitely going to keep an eye out for that in stores and see how it compares, because I know that this price point is difficult to swallow. (And there are many stellar black liquid eyeliners on the market.)

Tom Ford Beauty Eye Defining Pencil Pen Deeper (01)
Deeper (01)
Deeper (01)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

NYX Milk Jumbo Eye Pencil

NYX Milk Jumbo Eye Pencil
NYX Milk Jumbo Eye Pencil

NYX Milk Jumbo Eye Pencil ($4.49 for 0.18 oz.) is a stark, cool-toned white with a matte finish. Maybelline Too Cool is shimmery. Buxom Sheep Dog is shimmery, less cool-toned. Make Up For Ever #32E is shimmery, warm-toned. Make Up For Ever #4 is shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Milk is fairly creamy, slightly thick, and applies with mostly opaque color in a single pass. It layers and builds up well, so you can get a crisp, opaque white all-over the lid, which is why it boosts the color of any product with weak pigmentation. The pencils come in a whole slew of shades, too, but the white hue works well to amplify color without muting or really altering the color of any product you layer over it.  It doesn’t set immediately, so it’s a good idea to lightly blend the color across the lid, which helps to even out the application and ensure it’s not too thick and settles into creases while setting.

If NYX’s Jumbo Eye Pencils wear well on you, Milk can be a life-saver, as it instantly boosts the performance of even terrible products. If you’ve tried them and they have a tendency to crease on you, then it won’t be as useful as a product for you. I know that readers have long reported both excellent and dismal wear. I’m in the camp where these wear quite well on me without fading or creasing for eight hours (but show faint signs of creasing after nine hours), and if layered with powder, perform even better.  NYX also gives you quite a bit of product–0.18 oz. as compared to the more typical 0.10 oz. (Urban Decay, Clinique) or. 0.14 oz. (MUFE, NARS) found in these jumbo-sized pencils. Now, the only downside is that it requires sharpening, and because of how creamy it is, there is waste–which is common across this type of product, not just with NYX.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil Milk
Milk
Milk
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total

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