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MAC By Request Eyeshadows (2013 Edition)

MAC Eyeshadow
MAC By Request (2013) Eyeshadows

MAC Ashbury Eyeshadow is described as a “matte taupe grey [with a Matte finish].” It’s a cool-toned, gray-brown with a hint of green (at least on my warmer complexion; I think it will be less apparent on cooler skin tones) and a matte finish. It had good color payoff and had a soft, smooth feel. Urban Decay Pistol is shimmery. NARS Bali is darker. MAC Legendary Black is darker, shimmery. MAC Concrete is darker. Inglot #348 is much darker. See comparison swatches.

MAC Butterscotch Eyeshadow is described as a “matte warm beige [with a Matte finish].” It’s a warm-toned, muted yellow with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was very soft though slightly powdery. Bobbi Brown Banana is very similar. NARS Misfit #1 is lighter. Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes #1 is lighter, shimmery. See comparison swatches.

MAC Chill Eyeshadow is described as a “soft white with shimmer [with a Satin finish].” It’s a brightened, cool-toned white with a seemingly matte finish (I really didn’t see any shimmer!). It had decent to good color payoff, and it was fairly smooth and not too powdery. Sugarpill Tako is matte. MAC How to Marry is more shimmery. MAC Vellum is cooler-toned, shimmery. MAC Crystal Avalanche is shimmery. bareMinerals Five Star is more shimmery. Inglot #373 is matte. Bobbi Brown White is matte. See comparison swatches.

MAC Diesel Eyeshadow is described as a “cool grey frost [with a Frost finish].” It’s a medium-dark gray with a frosted finish. It had decent to good pigmentation but the texture was just a bit dry. Giorgio Armani #21 is very similar. Urban Decay Asphalt is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Gunmetal is darker. See comparison swatches.

MAC Fiction Eyeshadow is described as a “muted green with shimmer [with a Frost finish].” It’s a warm, olive green with a fine gold and olive green shimmer. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and just a smidgen dry. It seemed better than my original Fiction, though. Clinique Whopping Willow is warmer. Urban Decay Jealous is greener. theBalm Lead Zeppelin is less green. Urban Decay Mildew is warmer. NARS Taiga #2 is darker. MAC Greensmoke is greener. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 is warmer. bareMinerals Eureka is warmer. Inglot #419 is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

I wore these shades together, and they were very true-to-form for MAC eyeshadows.  They lasted well for seven to eight hours with some slight fading after eight to nine hours–the mattes tended to fade a bit faster than the more shimmery shades. Voting begins later today on MAC’s Facebook.

MAC Eyeshadow Ashbury
Ashbury
Ashbury
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
MAC Eyeshadow Butterscotch
Butterscotch
Butterscotch
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
MAC Eyeshadow Chill
Chill
Chill
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
MAC Eyeshadow Diesel
Diesel
Diesel
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
MAC Eyeshadow Fiction
Fiction
Fiction
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

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Fyrinnae Alchemist’s Curse, Pyromantic Erotica, & Superstar Eyeshadows

Fyrinnae Arcane Magic: Alchemist's Curse Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Arcane Magic: Alchemist’s Curse Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Alchemist’s Curse Arcane Magic Eyeshadow ($6.80 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “pink shimmer and sparkle on black.” It’s a deep, blackened purple with pink shimmer. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and smooths out whether applied damp or patted over Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy. This one was supposed to shift to a “golden green” when closer to light or held at a different angle, but no matter how I maneuvered my arm, I only saw it go from purpled-black to black with pink sparkle. I even tried using a mirror to see the effect so I could stand further away but no luck. Nevertheless, the way this sparkles as it catches the light (with movement) reminds me of Swarovski crystals–it’s very sparkly and shimmering. It was fully pigmented with both applications. Disney Wonder by Wonder is less shimmery. Urban Decay Tornado is lighter. MAC Young Punk has larger shimmer. Bobbi Brown Black Violet is lighter, cream. See comparison swatches.

Pyromantic Erotica Arcane Magic Eyeshadow ($6.80 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep orange with an obvious chartreuse highlight.” It’s a bright tangerine orange with a golden shimmer-sheen. It was smooth, even, and richly pigmented both applied damp and over Pixie Epoxy. At a certain angle, it looks like a deeper orange, and in person, the shimmer almost looks green-ish at certain angles. Maybelline Fierce & Tangy is a cream product, less shimmery. Illamasqua Vulgar is darker, matte. Chanel Pearl River #4 is lighter. OCC Mimosa is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Superstar Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “very bright hot pink, graced with a subtle blue highlight.” It’s a bold, brightened medium pink with an icy shimmer that gives it a satiny finish. It had a very finely-milled texture that allowed it to be applied smoothly and evenly. It was richly pigmented, and it looked near to glowing applied. Sugarpill Dollipop is darker, matte. Urban Decay Noise is more muted. Milani Shocking Pink is bluer-based and matte. MAC Infra-violet is slightly more muted and a cream product. Sugarpill Birthday Girl is darker. Inglot #362 is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Something I’ve noticed with Fyrinnae’s eyeshadows is that though they advocate using both Pixie Epoxy as well as a true eyeshadow primer (as Pixie Epoxy is for help getting the shimmer and sparkle to adhere, while also giving a “foiled” look without using the product wet, not to actually prolong wear or prevent creasing/fading), all of the shades lasted nine hours on me without fading or creasing.  This is true whether I’ve just applied the shades to bare skin or applied over Pixie Epoxy. The only difference I noticed was that when I used them on bare lids, Alchemist’s Curse gave me some minor fall out after a full day of wear, and when worn over Pixie Epoxy there was almost no fall out visible, but I was still rather impressed by how minimal the fall out was even without any type of base or adhesive help.

Fyrinnae Arcane Magic Eyeshadow Alchemist's Curse
A

Permanent

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Fyrinnae Arcane Magic Eyeshadow Pyromantic Erotica
A+

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
Fyrinnae Eyeshadow Superstar
Superstar
Superstar
A+

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

NARS Bavaria, Kamchatka, Namibia, Yamal Eyeshadows

NARS Bavaria Eyeshadow
NARS Bavaria Eyeshadow

NARS Bavaria Eyeshadow ($24.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “deep sea blue.” It’s a muted, bluish-teal with a pale gold shimmer-sheen. It had decent color payoff, but it definitely needs to be patted on and built up on the lid. The texture was slightly stiff to work and didn’t blend easily with the other matte shades in this launch. theBalm Open to Offers Olwen is more intense, brighter. MAC Sky is similar. MAC Rain Drop is darker, greener. L’Oreal Endless Sea is very comparable. Guerlain Les Aquas #2 is lighter. Dior Blue Lagoon #4 is similar. Inglot #413 is more metallic, brighter. See comparison swatches.

Kamchatka Eyeshadow ($24.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “navy smoke.” It’s a muted, purplish navy blue with a matte finish. The texture was soft, blendable, but a little powdery so it had a tendency to sheer out quickly. I found the best payoff occurred by placing the color with pats and very, very lightly blending only the edges. I tried it over NARS’ Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Primer, and it still didn’t want to take well. theBalm The Stroke is darker, more shimmery. Le Metier de Beaute Sapphire is bluer, more shimmery. Urban Decay Half Truth is purpler. NARS Demon Lover #1 is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Naval is similar. OCC Technoir is bluer and shimmery. Inglot #332 is bluer, bolder. Inglot #321 is bluer, much darker. See comparison swatches.

Namibia Eyeshadow ($24.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “grey moon.” It’s a light-medium, neutral gray with a matte finish. It had decent color payoff, and the texture was soft and blendable though very slightly powdery. MAC Fabulous Fit is darker. MAC Silver Gull has slight sparkle. MAC Courtly Grey is a touch darker. Giorgio Armani Moonlight White #2 is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Yamal Eyeshadow ($24.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “maple sugar.” It’s a medium brown with very subtle warm undertones–a little caramel-like but it’s not overly warm–and a matte finish. The color payoff was decent, and it was the easiest of the four to apply and use. I applied this in the crease and above the crease, and it didn’t sheer out like Kamchatka did. theBalm Allegro is warmer. MAC Caramel Sundae is warmer, shimmery. MAC Moleskin is warmer. bareMinerals Namaste is darker. Inglot #342 is much darker. Bobbi Brown Stone is darker. Urban Decay Naked is very similar. See comparison swatches.

If you tend to like your colors semi-sheer and matte, you may enjoy the shades in this launch, as they all lend themselves to a softer application overall.  If you’re really determined to get really rich, dense pigmentation, you might be disappointed.  When I wore them yesterday, I had noticeable fading–even over NARS’ primer (!)–after seven hours.  I actually thought it looked better applied over bare skin, because the natural oils (though I have normal-to-dry lids) took down the powderiness of Kamchatka.  Originally, I tried layering Kamchatka over Yamal (I used this shade all over the crease and blended almost halfway to the brow bone as a fading color, as I intended to use Kamchatka to darken the inner portion of the crease), and it really didn’t want to blend with Yamal.  They can be blended with each other side-by-side, but they didn’t do well with more overlap as Kamchatka really needs every bit of help to stick to the lid, so when another powder eyeshadow is already underneath, it doesn’t adhere well.

NARS Eyeshadow Bavaria
Bavaria
NARS Eyeshadow Kamchatka
Kamchatka
NARS Eyeshadow Namibia
Namibia
NARS Eyeshadow Yamal
Yamal

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NARS Las Ramblas & Via de Martelli Larger Than Life Eyeliners

NARS Las Ramblas Larger Than Life Eyeliner
NARS Las Ramblas Larger Than Life Eyeliner

NARS Las Ramblas Larger Than Life Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “yellow gold.” It’s a warm, yellow gold with a pearly sheen. It had so-so color payoff in a single stroke and was buildable to semi-opaque color coverage on the lash line, though it wasn’t totally even so it does need to be smudged and blended a bit after applied to get the best results. The consistency could have been somewhat creamier/easier to glide on. It wore well for seven hours but has noticeably thinned out after eight hours. Chanel Vegas Gold is darker, more orange. Make Up For Ever #9L is slightly less yellow. See comparison swatches.

Via de Martelli Larger Than Life Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “chocolate.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark chocolate brown with red undertones and a very subtle pearl. It was semi-opaque in a single pass but was buildable to full opacity with a few passes. It was creamier than Las Ramblas, so it was easier to apply. This shade lasted for eight hours well and only started to look somewhat thinner after nine hours. Urban Decay Bourbon is darker, browner. MAC Brown Border is darker. MAC Fluidline is warmer, more copper. See comparison swatches.

NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner Las Ramblas
NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner Via de Martelli

CoverGirl Gold Flame (330) & Ice Flame (345) Flamed Out Shadow Pencils

CoverGirl Gold Flame (330) Flamed Out Shadow Pencil
CoverGirl Gold Flame (330) Flamed Out Shadow Pencil

CoverGirl Gold Flame (330) Flamed Out Shadow Pencil ($7.99 for 0.08 oz.) is a warm, yellow gold with a pearly sheen. It’s not too frosted, but it’s more shimmery than a satin finish. It had fairly good color payoff in a single stroke and was buildable to mostly opaque color; it did need some light blending (with a finger tip or a fluffy brush) to even out some of the color on the lid, but overall it was nice. It wore well for seven and a half hours and was lightly creased after eight hours of wear. CoverGirl Melted Gold is similar but a powder. Disney Triton is similar, slightly warmer, powder. Chanel Cool Gold is darker. Sephora French Riviera is lighter, powder. MAC Goldmine is warmer. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #3 is similar. Chanel Pearl River #3 is similar. OCC Acacia is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Remix is similar. Make Up For Ever #10 is similar but a powder. See comparison swatches.

Ice Flame (345) Flamed Out Shadow Pencil ($7.99 for 0.08 oz.) is a cool-toned, silvery blue with a pearly sheen. It had sheer color payoff in a single stroke and was buildable to about semi-opaque; there was some sheerness overall. Like the first shade, a little blending with the fingertip or a fluffy brush was necessary to even out the color since it wasn’t fully opaque. This shade wore well for eight hours and was somewhat faded after nine hours but had no creasing. Maybelline Seashore Frosts is bluer, has a golden shimmer. Clinique Big Blue is darker. Bobbi Brown Iced Blue is lighter. MAC Linger Softly is darker, powder. Chanel Destination is similar–a touch bluer. See comparison swatches.

The consistency is soft, and these both had a cooling sensation when they touched the skin. The pencil glides on well, as it had a good deal of slip, so I didn’t have any issues with either shade tugging or dragging on the lid. They set within thirty seconds, but they’re blendable and movable before then. It didn’t feel like they set too quickly or too slowly. These are the last of the CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pencils I bought, and I don’t plan on buying any more right now (fall is coming!), but there are several other shades that exist. Based on my experience, the ones with chunkier sparkle seem to be the ones that are more problematic. The wear is inconsistent, but none of the four I tried creased instantly or had issues setting, so they’re manageable on my normal-to-dry lids (not super dry, but they’re not super oily!).

CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pencil Gold Flame (330)
B

Permanent

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
83%
Total
CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pencil Ice Flame (345)
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
87%
Total

Sephora Blonde Ambition & Roof Top Party Contour Eye Pencils

Sephora Blonde Ambition Contour Eye Pencil
Sephora Blonde Ambition Contour Eye Pencil

Sephora Blonde Ambition Contour Eye Pencil ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as “beige.” It’s a pale, gilded beige with a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff in a single pass, but it’s only semi-opaque and buildable to about semi-opaque, even though I tried to layer it. It’s sufficient for brightening the eye, and it can be evened out with a brush to blend the eyeliner together. NARS Rue Bonaparte is matte. MAC Gilded White is very similar, perhaps a touch whiter. Other champagne eyeliners are warmer, more beige. See comparison swatches.

Roof Top Party Contour Eye Pencil ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as “gunmetal.” It’s an olive brown; a murky, dirty brown with a hint of green and subtle shimmer. The color payoff was good in one stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color with two or so passes of the eyeliner. Urban Decay Stash is richer–darker and more intense. MAC Forever Green is greener. bareMinerals 10AM is darker, more intense. See comparison swatches.

I liked both of these, but they weren’t as intense on the eye as they looked in the pencil–it was almost as if the consistency was a little too waxy so the color didn’t build up to full intensity as a result. Though, the waxiness enabled both shades to glide across the skin easily–no skipping or dragging. Both shades wore well for eight hours on me with very minimal thinning but no smudging or migrating.

Sephora Contour Eye Pencil Blonde Ambition
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
Sephora Contour Eye Pencil Roof Top Party
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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