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MAC Phresh Out Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Phresh Out Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Phresh Out Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Phresh Out Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) contains five eyeshadows. If you’re not familiar with the newer Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palettes, they feature a newer eyeshadow formula that can be used wet or dry. The range tends to lean towards the more frosted, metallic, and glittery, though it technically can range from matte to glitter. This particular palette is the warmer-toned of the two and has two particularly glittery shades in it. If you are not a fan of shimmer or frost, you’ll want to stay clear of this one. If you love high-shine, shimmery, metallic finishes, then you may quite enjoy the formula.  Phresh Out has two shades that are particularly glittery, so wear was poor with fall out occurring throughout the wear and some fading with the first shade as well.

Phresh Out #1 is a pale, golden beige with a frosted finish. It had decent color payoff when applied dry, and it was smoother and slightly more pigmented when applied damp. Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE) is slightly yellower. Urban Decay Polyester Bride (P, $18.00) is similar. MAC Dazzlelight (P, $15.00) is less frosted. Inglot #395 (P, $6.00) is more beige, less frosted, more metallic. See comparison swatches.

Phresh Out #2 is a glittery, warm-toned copper with a golden sheen and copper micro-glitter/sparkle. It had a slightly dry, kind of chunky consistency that was best applied damp, as it yielded more color payoff and helped to bind the shadow together. Too Faced Prancer (LE) is darker. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #10 (P, $9.99) is similar. MAC Creative Copper (LE, $15.00) is more golden. Maybelline Breaking Bronze (P, $6.99) is more metallic. Disney by Sephora All Aglow (LE) is more muted. Disney by Sephora Cosmic (LE) is similar. theBalm Manic Maribel (LE, $16.00) is less glittery. Urban Decay Penny Lane (LE, $18.00) is similar but less glittery. See comparison swatches.

Phresh Out #3 is a pink-tinged beige with a glittery finish. Applied dry, it’s just a sheer glittery mess, but applied damp, it binds together better so there’s some color as well as glitter. LORAC Nude (P) is less glittery. MAC Love Connection #1 (P, $21.00) is a bit darker. MAC Light Touch (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Snow Season (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Star Crystal (LE, $32.50) is pinker. Dior Fairy Golds #1 (LE) is less glittery. See comparison swatches.

Phresh Out #4 is a taupe with a stronger gray/purple cast with subtle warm, rosy brown undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff both wet and dry, and the finish becomes more sheen-like when applied damp. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #1 (P) is similar. MAC Hypnotizing (LE, $15.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Stolen Moment (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Phresh Out #5 is a dark brown with subtle cool undertones and a satiny sheen. It had nice pigmentation both dry and wet, though applied damp had a richer, deeper color. LORAC Espresso (P) is darker, more matte. Dior Night Golds #3 (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Busted (LE, $18.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

The MAC x RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday Collection launches in December. I don’t have a specific date yet, and as soon as I do, you’ll see me update the collection’s official information post. Your best bet is to catch me on Twitter or Facebook, as I usually make a mention on social media first 🙂

MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette Phresh Out
Phresh Out
Phresh Out
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total
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NARS x Guy Bourdin Color & Gifting Collection Photos, Swatches + Commentary

NARS x Guy Bourdin Color Collection
NARS x Guy Bourdin Color Collection

Update:  I have added photos, swatches, and dupes for the products from the NARS x Guy Bourdin Gifting Collection.  The majority of the shades included in the Gifting collection are permanent to NARS’ color range. To ensure context, I’ve added them to the existing post, rather than make a separate post.  My goal is to raise awareness, open the channel for discussion (I highly recommend reading through readers’ comments and viewpoints), and to respect each reader’s autonomy and decision-making.  I strongly believe that we each must do our own research and come to the conclusion that feels right to us, whatever that may be.  Thank you for your continued support, respect, and understanding!

When the NARS x Guy Bourdin collaboration was first announced, I felt my readers’ excitement. I knew nothing about Bourdin, and having little interest in fashion photography, I didn’t look to learn any more than what was being widely reported. I’m here for the makeup, not the collaborators or inspiration or names, so when I see a new collection, I want to know what’s in it, what the colors are going to be, what the formulas and textures will feel like. It was not until I saw more and more readers comment on Bourdin and his emphasis on violence in his work, particularly of what seems to be best categorized as “high fashion crime scenes,” that I knew I needed to look a little further than the press release.

Warning:  This post contains discussion about violence against women, so please be warned that the discussion that follows and comments on the post may be a potentially triggering.

Bourdin’s body of work is not solely centered around violence as he also explored other themes like surrealism and sexuality. There are shots of vibrant, thriving women in his work; it is not all dark but certainly a good deal of his work is, and more to the point, many of his more controversial shots are more famous (which is not a surprise). I suggest visiting his website and browsing through his portfolio of photos–beware that some are more graphic than others–and in particular, the “Beauty” section showcases a different side of his work. There is no question that Bourdin was an artist, and he is legendary in his sphere.

I fully respect NARS’ decision to collaborate with someone who has influenced Francois Nars not just today but for years; that Bourdin was his inspiration for becoming a makeup artist is just how telling of the type and scope of impact Bourdin had on the industry as a whole. I don’t just see in black and white, which is not always a comforting thing, and I enjoy challenging people’s opinions and playing devil’s advocate. It has always been important to me to avoid mixing my personal beliefs (on such hot topics as sex, politics, religion, etc.) with the blog, because Temptalia is not just your escape but mine. This is the first time where how I feel has put me in such a quandary as to how to react.  First and foremost, I am abstaining from reviewing the NARS and Guy Bourdin collection, because I cannot fully dissociate how I feel about Bourdin’s art from a collection intended to pay tribute to him.

The idea that an advertisement or runway photoshoot that features dead women in designer clothing and shoes is used to sell to people is hard for me to wrap my head around. I am particularly sensitive to the concept of glamorizing violence, against women or men, because I worry it normalizes it in a way that makes us react less to a very real and prevalent issue not just in the U.S. but globally. Bourdin has passed away for some time now, so all of the visuals that showcase Bourdin’s work are images he previously shot, so none of them were originally intended to sell NARS’ makeup specifically (or possibly makeup at all, but you’d have to really go back through and figure out where each photo originated from). Many of the selected images for the NARS collaboration are not controversial or violent but some are certainly up for interpretation.

There’s an informative interview with Susan B. Carbon, Director of the U.S. DOJ’s Office, Violence Against Women, which also includes sobering statistics about the level of violence women experience (with sources cited). It speaks on and illuminates as to why violence against women is a real issue that we should be talking about, understanding, researching, and creating the resources, community, and culture that both prevents and reduces the violence that occurs (and we can do more than just prevent/reduce violence against women but all people). We, as a society, have made strides towards these goals, but we can do more and we should do more–and we need to remember to think globally on behalf of all women.

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I have spent the past week and a half soul-searching and doing as much as I can to learn more about Bourdin, not just from those that feel similarly to me, but those who have assessed his work from an artistic point of view, to determine if I was still going to post photos/swatches. My focus was on his work, not him as a person.  We all want to be taken as the sum of our parts, not merely one part out of many, which is why I really wanted to take time to assess, digest, and react. I found this essay about the evolution of the “crime scene photograph” into news, fashion, and art a very good read. I understand that not everyone who views Bourdin’s work feels he glamorized violence against women or even if taken as true, is able to find other qualities of his work (lighting, colors, angles, composition, etc.) admirable as an artist or perhaps argue it is a statement on our own curiosity for the morbid or even the fashion industry and its consumptive nature. I have read various reactions, arguments for and against, from both outside sources as well as from readers in our community.

To that end, I respect each reader’s opinion, whether for or against.  So in a show of respect for a broad range of opinions, while I will not review or otherwise recommend the collection personally, you will find full photos and swatches of the products featured in the color collection for those who wanted to see them, and for those who did not want to purchase, I have included dupes for each shade that you may want to consider purchasing from instead.   From me to you, I wanted to use this time to also say, “Let’s not forget about what we can do to reduce violence against women.” In our consumption of controversial images, let’s not forget about the very real issues that real people face that the art seeks to recreate or transform.

I hope that you understand my decisions and know that they come from the heart after a lot of reflection, research, and reading. I urge you to do your own research and come to your own conclusions. All I want is us to ask questions and challenge what we’re seeing and being told (or sold) and go from there.

Update: Thank you SO, SO much from the bottom of my heart for the outpouring of support & understanding!  I am still reading through and responding to the incredible stories and comments that you have all left on this post, but I wanted to make sure everyone knows how meaningful your feedback and response has been! Thank you!

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MAC Cockiness & Pisces Persuasion Superslick Eyeliners

MAC Cockiness Superslick Eyeliner
MAC Cockiness Superslick Eyeliner

MAC Cockiness Superslick Eyeliner ($20.50 for 0.06 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmery rose gold [with a Frost finish].” It’s more like a brightened, medium copper with barely-there pink, gold, and copper shimmer. I tried to look at it several different lighting situations to see if it turned more rose gold, but it always looked rather coppery. It had mostly opaque color coverage and seemed quite pigmented in a single stroke. There are actually not that bad coppery eyeliners–this post compares a few here but none really compare favorably. MAC Rich Ground (P, $16.00) is much darker and browner. Giorgio Armani Copper (05) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

MAC Pisces Persuasion Superslick Eyeliner ($20.50 for 0.06 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmery white [with a Frost finish].” It’s a milky white with neutral to slightly cool undertones and a white shimmer. This one was a little more translucent; it applied evenly but the milky white wasn’t fully opaque in one go. I think this might be better layered over something else. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this; I only could think of two eyeliners that were white but both were totally matte.

Neither of these eyeliners are going to be going anywhere once they’ve dried down and set.  They were easy to remove with a cleansing oil (I used shu’s), but I would opt for whatever your go-to remover is for anything super long-wearing or hard to remove, because a lot of lightweight makeup removers will struggle to remove these.  They are definitely waterproof and smudge-proof once dried.  The consistency, however, is watery initially, and because I applied to my lower lash line, I noticed that the first go-round, Pisces Persuasion actually pooled downward as it was setting–so just be careful where and how you apply it.

The MAC x RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday Collection launches in December. I don’t have a specific date yet, and as soon as I do, you’ll see me update the collection’s official information post. Your best bet is to catch me on Twitter or Facebook, as I usually make a mention on social media first 🙂

MAC Superslick Liquid Eyeliner Cockiness
Cockiness
Cockiness
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total
MAC Superslick Liquid Eyeliner Pisces Persuasion
8
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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Tarina Tarantino Floriculture Eyeshadow Palette

Tarina Tarantino Floriculture Eyeshadow Palette
Tarina Tarantino Floriculture Eyeshadow Palette

Tarina Tarantino Floriculture Eyeshadow Palette ($48.00 for 0.72 oz.) contains eight eyeshadows inspired by flowers. Each eyeshadow contains 0.09 oz., which is almost double the size of the average full-sized eyeshadow (at 0.05 oz.). The shades can be used wet or dry, though the pigmentation is very good across all the shades, so it didn’t seem necessary to use any of these with a damp brush. Overall, the eyeshadows are soft, finely-milled, long-wearing, nicely pigmented, and easy to use. It’s been awhile since I’ve played with the brand’s eyeshadows, but testing this reminded me of just how amazing the brand’s powder products are–the texture really sells them.  Even without a primer, all of the shades wore for nine full hours without creasing or fading.

Hollyhock is described as a “pearlized brown.” It’s a medium brown with a satin finish and neutral-warm undertones–there’s an almost gray overcast to the shade, but it read slightly warm on my skin tone. It had nice color payoff and the texture was soft and smooth. Too Faced Woolen Mittens (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Nevermind (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery. MAC Patina (P, $15.00) is lighter. Dior Golden Savannah #1 (LE) is warmer. Burberry Pale Nude #1 (P) is warmer, lighter. Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #3 (P, $30.00) is more shimmery. Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige #2 (LE) is similar. Bobbi Brown Chino (LE, $29.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Trumpette is described as a “golden apricot.” It’s a brightened, light-medium orange peach with golden orange shimmer and a pearly finish. It had fantastic color payoff with an incredibly silky smooth texture. Fyrinnae Pyromantic Erotica (P, $6.80) is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights #5 (LE) is more matte. Maybelline Fierce & Tangy (P, $6.99) is a cream product, more orange. MAC Chessa (LE, $15.00) is slightly darker. Chanel Pearl River #4 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Night Hopper is described as a “pearlized taupe.” It’s a medium taupe–a mix of brown and gray–with warm, reddish undertones and a pearly sheen. It had excellent pigmentation and applied smoothly and evenly. theBalm C4 (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Le Metier de Beaute Champagne Shimmer (P, $28.00) is a cream product/ CoverGirl Melted Caramel (330) (P, $4.99) is similar. CoverGirl Scorching Cocoa (355) (P, $4.99) is darker. Disney by Sephora Chateau (LE) is darker. Clinique Ample Amber (P, $16.00) is a cream product. Tom Ford Beauty Platinum (LE, $40.00) is darker, cream product. MAC Romantico (LE, $15.00) is browner. NARS Flowers 3 #3 (LE, $24.00) is similar. MAC Aurora (LE, $21.00) is browner. See comparison swatches.

Taurella is described as a “creamy vanilla.” It’s a pale white gold with a frosted, slightly metallic, sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and easy to blend, though this shade wasn’t quite as pigmented as the other shades in the palette. theBalm C1 (LE, $16.00) is less metallic. Chanel Mystere #2 (LE) is less metallic. Disney by Sephora Charming (LE) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Sand in the Glass (LE) is similar. Make Up For Ever #101 (P, $20.00) is more golden. MAC Short Shorts (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Nylon (P, $15.00) is slightly yellower. Guerlain Calligraphy #1 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Secret Pond is described as a “mossy green.” It’s a light-medium, golden green with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted finish. It had great pigmentation and applied smoothly with a soft, blendable consistency. Too Faced Very Merry (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Jealous #2 (LE, $18.00) is similar. Chanel Metamorphose (44) #3 (LE) is cooler-toned. MAC Golden Olive (LE, $21.00) is darker. bareMinerals Wicked (P) is cooler-toned. Inglot #412 (P, $6.00) See comparison swatches.

Deep Dahlia is described as a “deep purple.” It’s a cool-toned, deep plum with strong purple and red tones and a satin finish. It’s actually really, really pigmented, but the texture is a little dry, so it tended to sheer out, but when I was applying it, a little goes a long, long way. bareMinerals Nightcap (P) is similar. MAC Hyperviolet (LE, $18.00) is a cream product. MAC Palace Pedigreed (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Fig. 1 (P, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Poppycock is described as a “shimmery bright purple.” It’s a medium, cool-toned purple with soft, lavender-pink tones and a soft, frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft and smooth. theBalm A2 (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Dior Lilas Mitzah (176) (P, $29.00) is similar. Urban Decay Omen (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned. Sugarpill Hysteric (P, $12.00) is more frosted. See comparison swatches.

Tiny Pansie is described as a “pearlized dusty rose.” It’s a light, pink-tinged peach with a soft, pearly sheen. It had really nice color payoff, though it is similar to my skin tone so it may look otherwise, with a soft, smooth consistency. Too Faced Whiskers on Kittens (LE) is less pearly. Too Faced Spike the Punch (LE) is less pearly. MAC Perky (P, $18.50) is a cream product. MAC Bare Minimum (LE, $15.00) is darker. bareMinerals Peace (P) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Tarina Tarantino 8-Pan Eyeshadow Palette Floriculture
Floriculture
Floriculture
A

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9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
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MAC Stroke of Midnight/Warm Face Palette

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Warm Face Palette
MAC Stroke of Midnight/Warm Face Palette

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Warm Face Palette ($49.50 for 0.295 oz.) is a warm-toned palette with products for eyes, lips, and face. It contains three eyeshadows (0.028 oz. each), two lipsticks (0.024 oz. each), one iridescent powder (0.176 oz.), and one eye pencil (0.015 oz.). The products represent a a total value of $44.09 –$16.80 worth of eyeshadows, $7.20 worth of lipsticks, $15.09 worth of iridescent powder, and $5 worth of eyeliner. Over time, as more and more brands churn out mega palettes for the holidays all around $50 or so, and I wish MAC would step-up the value (or reduce the cost) of their holiday sets and kits.  Golden and Showstopper were the major misses here, as neither performed well; while Myself wears away quickly and Coffee is uncomfortable to use.

Golden is described as a “muted golden tan-beige with shimmer.” It’s a softened, medium orange-brown with golden shimmer. The texture of this was strangely dry and almost crumbly/chunky. It flaked away and didn’t bind together well. The color payoff was so-so but it tended to sheer out/blend away as the product didn’t stick to the skin well. What did apply lasted six and a half hours. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is browner. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is similar. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is more golden.MAC Soft Sand (LE, $25.00) is darker, browner. See comparison swatches.

Myself is described as a “light dirty mauve with traveling pearl [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a pale, muted pink with neutral undertones and a golden sheen. On lips, it lightens the natural color and has semi-opaque color coverage. It wore for two hours. MAC Sublime Pleasure (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Flair for Finery (LE, $15.00) is also similar. MAC Feed the Senses (LE, $15.00) is darker. Revlon Pink Lemonade (P, $7.49) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Love Talk is described as a “mid-tone cool nude [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a plummy brown with neutral-cool undertones and a luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage and wore for four hours. It was a smidgen drying–but this is typical of Cremesheen finishes for me, though I know others do not have any issues with this finish! Bobbi Brown Soft Nude (P, $24.00) has more plum in it. MAC Viva Glam VI (P, $15.00) is more frosted, less brown. Guerlain Chant d’Aromes (P, $35.00) is more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Uber Suede (P, $24.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Tenderly is described as a “soft warm pink with frost [with a frost finish].” Though it has pink tones, it translated to more like a neutral-cool pale beige with a warmer, golden sheen. It had so-so color payoff. NARS Mississippi Mermaid (LE, $24.00) is similar. Disney by Sephora Scuttle (LE) is warmer. MAC Dew (LE, $15.00) is similar. Dior Fairy Golds #1 (LE) is also similar. See comparison swatches.

After Dusk is described as a “mid-tone rosy pink with pearl [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a rosy plum with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and smooth. theBalm Just This Once Jamie (P, $16.00) is browner. MAC Performance Art (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Universal Appeal (LE, $21.00) is less warm-toned. MAC Trax (P, $15.00) is purpler. MAC Star Violet (P, $15.00) is darker. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #3 (LE) is less metallic. See comparison swatches.

Showstopper is described as a “deep blackened brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a cool-toned, deep dark brown with a matte finish. The only problem is it doesn’t look like much applied, because it had such poor color payoff and a really stiff, dry texture that made it difficult to apply and blend. Too Faced Dark Chocolate (LE) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty She Wolf #1 (LE) is similar. bareMinerals Boardroom (LE) is similar. MAC Set to Dance (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Midnight Flurry (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Diamond Dove (LE, $15.00) is similar. Inglot #329 (P, $6.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Coffee is described as an “intense bronze.” It’s a chocolate brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was a bit dry. It was uncomfortable to apply to the lash line, as it tended to skip and tug. The color wore well for almost eight hours with minimal fading. Bobbi Brown Chocolate (LE, $24.00) is similar. Urban Decay Demolition (P, $19.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Rich Experience (P, $20.00) is more neutral-toned. See comparison swatches.

MAC Stroke of Midnight Face Palette Stroke of Midnight/Warm
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
76%
Total
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Love Talk

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Showstopper

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Coffee

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MAC Stroke of Midnight/Smoky Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Smoky Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Stroke of Midnight/Smoky Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Smoky Eyeshadow Palette ($39.50 for 0.14 oz.) features five shades in a mix of cool and warm tones to create a smoky eye. Worth noting, Retrospeck and Carbon are both part of the permanent range, so if you like either of those, you can find them individually as well. Chillproof and Gaelic Gold have been released previously as limited edition shades.  Carbon was quite impressive, given it’s horrid texture and payoff in palettes over the years, so that was a surprise.  Well Put Together was the big miss, though, as it was sheer, stiff, and dry–so a pain to work with and apply.  Retrospeck had some fall out during wear as well as during application, and the texture was a little chunky.  Gaelic Gold and Chillproof were pretty good and were the standouts of the palette.

Chillproof is described as a “frosty white [with a Frost finish].” It’s a brightened, neutral white–not too stark or cool-toned with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. Dior Lune (001) (P, $30.00) is a cream product. Disney by Sephora Midnight Hour #1 (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Zephyr (LE, $18.00) is yellower. NARS Flowers 1 #1 (LE, $24.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Retrospeck is described as a “beached blonde [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a muted, orange-gold with a frosted finish and champagne and gold glitter. It has a chunkier consistency, so it feels a little dry and loose when used. MAC Until Dawn #2 (LE, $21.00) is smoother. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is similar. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is yellower. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #1 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Gaelic Gold is described as a “metallic gold [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a deeper, more molten yellow gold with a frosted, partially metallic finish. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft and applied smoothly for the most part. Too Faced Twinkle (LE) is darker. NARS Iskandar (P, $25.00) is a cream product. Too Faced Instigator (LE) is similar. Sephora Collection Girls Night Out (03) (P, $13.00) is similar. NARS Paramaribo #1 is cooler-toned. MAC Goldmine (P, $15.00) is lighter, yellower. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych (P, $14.00) is brighter. Inglot #430 (P, $6.00) is yellower. See comparison swatches.

Well Put Together is described as a “black with gold frost [with a Velvet finish].” It appears as a blackened brown with a faint dusting of copper and gold micro-shimmer in the pan, but it swatches lighter–it’s like a dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a satin finish. The texture was dry and stiff, so the resulting color payoff was weak. MAC Carbonized (LE, $15.00) is lighter, warmer. Bobbi Brown Cocoa Berry (LE, $21.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Carbon is described as an “intense black [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark black with neutral to warm undertones and a matte finish. This is likely the best version of Carbon I’ve seen in years; it actually swatches and applies surprisingly nicely and with good color payoff. You can see how it stacks up to a myriad of matte blacks in these swatch comparisons.

MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette Stroke of Midnight/Smoky
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
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Chillproof

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Gaelic Gold

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Well Put Together

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Carbon

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