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MAC Art of the Eye Eyeshadows

MAC Banafsaji Eyeshadow
MAC Banafsaji Eyeshadow

MAC Art of the Eye Eyeshadows ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) include five shades, and they are: Banafsaji (deep purple blue), Farasha (bright deep orange), Gameela (deep pink magenta), Hajar Karim (clean warm green), and Parrot (deep aqua blue with bright green and blue pearl). Parrot is a repromote.

Banafsaji is a frosted, cool-toned purple with bluish tones and a violet base color. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft but a little dry. It could have been a bit more blendable, but it was not difficult to use. OCC Technoir is bluer. Estee Lauder Violet Underground #5 is very similar. MAC Drawn to Drama is purpler. Giorgio Armani Ecailles Black Pearl #2 is brighter. NARS Marie-Galante is more muted. MAC Warm & Smoky is warmer, less blue. Urban Decay Blue Bus is lighter, purpler.

Farasha is a brightened, medium-dark orange with a matte finish. This looks lighter in the pan than it does on; consistently, whether on the lid or on my arm, it was darker swatched. It has fairly good pigmentation, but it is more buildable than it is incredibly intense right out of the pan, so I did need to pack it on the lid to get opaque, even color payoff. NARS Persia is darker, redder. Jasmine Rajah is shimmery, so it is a little lighter. MAC Rule is more muted. MAC Orange is darker, redder.

Gameela is a bold, bright medium-dark pink with subtle cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff and was buildable to fully opaque color. The texture is soft but a little dry; it’s not MAC’s best matte eyeshadow though decent to good. I recommend patting and packing the color on (and use a primer, if you have one) for best results. Chanel Rose Favorite is lighter. MAC Embrace Me is darker (between the two, since they both are recent releases, I’d get this all day long over Gameela). MAC More AMour is redder, more subdued. MAC Tease With Ease is more fuchsia. MAC Passionate is a bit richer and darker.

Hajar Karim is a grassy, medium-dark green with a matte finish and a dusty quality to it. It had so-so color payoff that required building to get to opaque color, but it is possible to get there. Again, patting the color on rather than sweeping will go a long way, and if you use a primer or white eyeshadow base, you’ll get true-to-pan color with less layering. NARS Self Portrait 1 #3 is yellower. Illamasqua Fledgling is brighter, bolder. MAC Feeling Fresh is shimmery and a bit darker. MAC Fresh Flare is shimmery and warmer. Inglot #384 is richer and yellower (in tone).

Parrot is a medium-dark blue with a hint of aqua/teal that is layered with green and gold shimmer; it’s not a strong duochrome, but there’s a slight tint and sheen to it at certain angles. I think this shade was interesting and unique three or four years ago, but now, there are so many options that are similar to it. The texture is a smidgen dry (I’ve been noticing all of the recent Veluxe Pearls have this dryness) that doesn’t seem to impede application or color payoff, but it’s there. Jasmine Diamond is darker. Tom Ford Emerald Lust is tealer. Urban Decay Unhinged is bluer. Urban Decay Deep End is darker. Tarina Tarantino Ozma is similar. theBalm Open to Offers Olwen is slightly darker. Urban Decay Haight is bluer. Inglot #415 is lighter, more metallic (but has a stronger golden sheen). Make Up For Ever #83 is brighter.

On the whole, they’re decent to good, but a few of them require some work to get them applied with full, rich color, as well as extra effort to blend them out. I had the best luck with Parrot, which had good color payoff without having to build and layer it on.  The worst performer was Hajar Karim, which really needs to be packed on (three or four layers).  Farasha and Gameela were in the middle of the pack; they both require two or three layers of product to be packed on, but the textures are soft enough that they’re still blendable.  Banafsaji had better pigmentation than some, but it was a bit stiff to blend.  I wore all five yesterday (three on one eye, two on the other), and Hajar Karim was the first to show signs of fading (after seven hours), while Farasha and Gameela lasted nine hours without fading or creasing but Gameela stained my lids.  Banafsaji had slight fading after eight hours, while Parrot didn’t show any signs of fading after nine hours.

MAC Art of the Eye Eyeshadows

B
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
86%
Total

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MAC Nudes & Metallics Eyeshadows (Part 2)

MAC Brazenly Eyeshadow
MAC Brazenly Eyeshadow

MAC Nudes & Metallics Eyeshadows ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) include eight shades in total, and these are three of them. I grouped these three together as they were all in the Metallics family. This post features: Brazenly (deep metallic purple), Crimson Tryst (deep metallic dirty berry), Deep Fixation (metallic brown). I do not have Love’s Lure (heavily metallic deep red) at this time.

Brazenly is described as a is a purple-berry with a frosted finish and red undertones. It had good color payoff, and the texture was blendable and applied smoothly. There was a smidgen of dryness to it that didn’t seem to impair the overall quality, though. Jasmine Master is purpler. OCC Overlook is lighter and less berry (purpler). Urban Decay Last Call is not as dark but similar. NARS Caravaggio #2 is more violet, less berry. Le Metier de Beaute Fig is not as red but is similar. Inglot #446 is purpler but similar in finish.

Crimson Tryst is described as a “deep metallic dirty berry.” It’s a deepened red with berry hues and a pearly sheen. The pigmentation was excellent, and the texture was soft and smooth. MAC Cranberry is darker, less red. Le Metier de Beaute Fire Lily is redder and warmer. NARS Douce France #3 is similar in color but is matte. Inglot #450 is very similar–even a bit more metallic.

Deep Fixation is described as a “metallic brown.” It is a darkened, coppery brown with a pearly sheen. It is incredibly pigmented with a rich, smooth texture. MAC Ever Elegant is darker, browner. Guerlain Les Fauves #1 is much browner. MAC Faux Gold isn’t as coppery, slightly browner. MAC Antiqued is much browner. theBalm Racy Kacy is very similar, perhaps not quite as warm-toned. NARS California is not quite as intense but is rather close in color.

All three shades had good color payoff, while Deep Fixation was particularly intense and opaque.  There was a very slight dryness to Brazenly, and none of the three I tried felt as buttery as MAC’s best Veluxe Pearls (think Freshwater).  Each applied well on the lid with true-to-pan intensity and was blendable.  When I wore them together, they lasted for a full eight hours without fading or creasing; after nine hours, there was a hint of fading.  I’m so sad that this collection is PRO only and not easily accessible, because it’s such a solid set of products.  Some shades are more or less dupable, but they’re still shades that I could see a lot of people gravitating towards.

P.S. — The Nudes & Metallics Collection may be frustrating to find. When it launched in PRO stores on the 18th, every store I called was sold out of over half the collection already. The online launch date has been pushed to mid-June (no specific date was given). It is supposed to be for PRO only, which may mean that it is restricted to PROs only even online, but you should be able to call MAC PRO at 1-800-387-6707 and order (for anyone, PRO and non-PRO alike) per a LiveChat I did this morning.

MAC Nudes & Metallics Eyeshadows (Part 2)

A
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

MAC Nudes & Metallics Eyeshadows (Part 1)

MAC Bare Minimum Eyeshadow
MAC Bare Minimum Eyeshadow

MAC Nudes & Metallics Eyeshadows ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) include eight shades in total, and these are four of them. I grouped these four together as they were all in the Nudes family. This post features: Bare Minimum (sheer soft pinky nude with pearl), Body Conscious (*sheer warm mid-tone nude), Exposed (sheer neutral mid-tone nude), and Glimpse of Flesh (sheer warm pink nude).

Bare Minimum is described as a “sheer soft pinky nude with pearl [with a satin finish].” It’s a light-medium peach with a hint of pink and a satin shimmer. It has semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff that’s buildable to mostly opaque coverage. bareMInerals Peace is more beige. Tarte Giant Peach is lighter. theBalm Third Eye Blinded is very similar. Dolce & Gabbana Jewels is more frosted.

Body Conscious is described as a “sheer warm mid-tone nude.” It’s a medium orange-brown with a barely-there satin sheen. It had rich color payoff (as opposed to the sheer in the description), and the texture was soft and silky. MAC Indie Spirit is browner. MAC Soft Brown is darker, browner. MAC One to Watch is more golden. MAC Tete-a-tint is browner, less orange. MAC Star Myth has a much more frosted finish, but it had a similar orange/brown coloring.

Exposed is described as a “sheer neutral mid-tone nude.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, terracotta orange undertones and a satiny finish. It had incredibly rich, full color payoff (again, not sheer as described) with a soft, silky-smooth texture (that was a smidgen powdery but didn’t look that way applied). It was very easy to blend on the lid. Guerlain Turandot #2 is more plum/less brown. Guerlain Les Fauves #2 is warmer, redder. MAC Rusty is lighter (and a cream product). MAC Soft Brown is very similar, just softer. Inglot #357 is yellower and matte.

Glimpse of Flesh is described as a “sheer warm pink nude.” It is a light-medium beige-shimmered, rosy brown with a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation (not sheer at all), and it was soft and smooth. Burberry Pale Nude is more beige, not quite as warm-toned. Too Faced Marzipan is lighter, more beige. MAC Soft Brown is darker, redder, and matte. L’Oreal Blinged & Brilliant is much, much frostier and more beige.

Go figure — MAC puts out eyeshadows that aren’t described as sheer that are sheer, and then they launch these four shades, which are described all as sheer, and they’re really not. They’re some of the best nude eyeshadows MAC has released in at least a year, maybe longer. Swatching and using these was a refreshing experience; I was impressed, and my hope was renewed. Of course, unlike a sheer eyeshadow that isn’t supposed to be sheer (so it never builds up in its intensity), a pigmented eyeshadow can be more readily sheered out or used sheerly simply by using less. The texture of these four are all soft enough that they can be blended out for a softer application, but if you genuinely want barely-there eyeshadows, you might look elsewhere. (Can I just vent my frustration on this? These are amazing eyeshadows except they’re more pigmented than described!)

The texture of all four were consistently impressive; soft, smooth, and silky. They blended and applied evenly and easily, and when worn together, they worked in harmony. When I tested them for wear, all four lasted eight hours with very, very minimal fading that didn’t become noticeable until the ninth hour.

P.S. — The Nudes & Metallics Collection may be frustrating to find. When it launched in PRO stores on the 18th, every store I called was sold out of over half the collection already. The online launch date has been pushed to mid-June (no specific date was given). It is supposed to be for PRO only, which may mean that it is restricted to PROs only even online, but you should be able to call MAC PRO at 1-800-387-6707 and order (for anyone, PRO and non-PRO alike) per a LiveChat I did this morning.

MAC Nudes & Metallics Eyeshadows (Part 1)

A-
9.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Benefit Rain Check Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit Rain Check Longwear Powder Eyeshadow
Benefit Rain Check Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit Rain Check Longwear Powder Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “smoky amethyst.” It’s a cool-toned, muted purple with a smoky feel and a satin finish. Tom Ford Enchantress #3 is lighter. NARS 413BLKR #1 is warmer. theBalm rem is purpler. Giorgio Armani #27 is metallic. NARS Charade is very comparable–perhaps a smidgen darker.

Anyone who loves soft, smoky plum will like this; and if you tend to look for really bold, intense shades, you’re best skipping to another review. It had good pigmentation–enough to get close to the color seen in the pan but there was still some sheerness–and the texture was very soft, finely-milled, but also a little powdery. What I noticed was that wants to stay as a soft, slightly sheer color when applied; it doesn’t layer or build up to full color, and it softens and sheers out very readily if you use sweeping motions to blend it. I had the best results patting and lightly swishing along the edges only, because it helped to leave the bulk of the color alone. This shade lasted seven and a half hours when I wore it, but it was a little faded after eight hours.

This shade can also be found in Benefit’s Sexiest Nudes Ever Palette, which contains four eyeshadows and two Creaseless Cream Shadows for $30.00 (the eyeshadows are 0.04 oz. each, and the cream eyeshadows are 0.11 oz. each, but it’s still a way better deal than buying this eyeshadow on its own unless you LOVE this one and loathe all the others).

Benefit Longwear Powder Shadow Rain Check
Rain Check
Rain Check
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

Bobbi Brown Taupe Sparkle Eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown Taupe Sparkle Eyeshadow
Bobbi Brown Taupe Sparkle Eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown Taupe Sparkle Eyeshadow ($28.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a yellowy, medium-dark brown with a dirty champagne sparkle/shimmer. I don’t quite see taupe–I think it’s too warm-toned, too golden and brown to be a true taupe. It’s yellower than Bobbi Brown Cement. Too Faced Cinnamon Sugar is browner. MAC Cactus Thorn is similar in color but has a more pearled finish. Dior Golden Savannah #1 is darker and has a satin finish. Urban Decay Suspect is browner and darker.

I like Bobbi Brown’s Sparkle formula, because it doesn’t have as much fall out as other sparkly eyeshadows, though it is not immune to it. Taupe has minor fall out where there are some detectable stray sparkles underneath the lid, but not enough that the person standing next to you would ask, “What’s that on your face?” The texture is smooth and almost feels wet to the touch, but it glides on well and the sparkles bind and adhere with the underlying color. It has good color payoff, and it wore for eight hours with minor fall out but no fading or creasing.

Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadow Taupe
Taupe
Taupe
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
89%
Total

Benefit Milk It Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit Milk It Longwear Powder Eyeshadow
Benefit Milk It Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit Milk It Longwear Powder Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “pearly white.” It’s a neutral white with a pearly, metallic finish. There are a lot of similar white eyeshadows, but here were a few that I thought I’d mention specifically: Urban Decay Polyester Bride has a similar finish but is a touch less stark; bareMinerals Silhouette is less metallic; and NARS Self Portrait 2 is cooler-toned.

It had very good pigmentation, and it applied mostly opaquely when I was testing it, both on my arm as well as on the lid.  This shade had a really lovely, buttery and creamy consistency that helped it apply smoothly over the skin.  The finish is on the more metallic side, and frostier shades tend to be easier to blend, as this one was.  Depending on your skin tone, the metallic finish, combined with rich color payoff, may make this too stark, but the neutral undertone will help.  It lasted eight hours well on the lid, and after nine hours, there was very faint creasing (without a primer).

This shade can also be found in Benefit’s Sexiest Nudes Ever Palette, which contains four eyeshadows and two Creaseless Cream Shadows for $30.00 (the eyeshadows are 0.04 oz. each, and the cream eyeshadows are 0.11 oz. each, but it’s still a way better deal than buying this eyeshadow on its own unless you LOVE this one and loathe all the others).  I love the idea behind the palettes, and I think it’s great that they’re available individually, but the pricing/quantity is presenting an argument that’s difficult to ignore.

Benefit Milk It Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

A
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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