Estee Lauder Dramatic Black Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon

Estee Lauder Dramatic Black Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon ($22.00 for 0.08 oz.) is an intense black with brown undertones. It looks pure black in person, but as is often the case with photos, blacks will either lean brown or black, depending on their actual undertone. Urban Decay Perversion is still a little more intense and has better color payoff in a single stroke. It’s also comparable to MAC Black Black, though this has less of a sheen.

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Estee Lauder Dramatic Black Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon
Estee Lauder Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon Dramatic Black
A
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
96%

Milani Primary Runway Eyes Palette

Milani Primary Runway Eyes Palette ($8.99 for 0.32 oz.) contains six shades arranged as thin strips inside a clear, plastic compact. It comes with a dual-ended sponge-tipped applicator (not particularly useful). The product can be used dry for a sheerer, shimmery color, or it can be used damp for greater intensity.

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Milani Primary Runway Eyes Palette

Milani Primary Runway Eyes Palette

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Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
90%

shu uemura G Bronze Eyeshadow

shu uemura G Bronze Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.049 oz.) is a bronze-glittered golden copper. The base color is similar to MAC Sweet & Sour, which is more opaque. Bare Escentuals Remix is yellower. Dior Couture Gold is more orange. Milani Drenched in Gold is similar. None of the shades that I could think of have the same glitter component, though.

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shu uemura G Bronze Eyeshadow

shu uemura G Bronze Eyeshadow

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Product
6
Pigmentation
4
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
3
Total
56%

Tom Ford Platinum Cream Color for Eyes

Tom Ford Platinum Cream Color ($40.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a medium-dark brown with subtle, warm red undertones. There is an ever-so-slight hint of gray that makes it almost taupe when it’s not sheered out, but it kept looking brown, brown, brown on me. I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me, because it’s called Platinum and the online “swatch” shows it as more of a pewter-like hue. Even in the pot, it looks more taupe-brown.  But here’s the thing: it does seem to go on less brown on the lids–it does look a little closer to platinum, but it is one finicky shade to photograph. So to that end, all of the possible dupes are browner.  It appears that the silver sheen comes out when there’s a lot of light; as I sat in my office with just a floor lamp on, it looked decidedly brown-taupe.  This is the sign of a complex shade, I suppose.

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Tom Ford Platinum Cream Color

Tom Ford Platinum Cream Color for Eyes

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Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
96%

bareMinerals The Alter Ego Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals bareMinerals The Alter Ego Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) won’t be available until May, but hang onto your seats, because it’s such a lovely duo. This is one of the best eyeshadow formulas on the market, and bareMinerals didn’t let us down with their expansion of their Ready line-up. Alter Ego consists of two shades: Wicked and Daring.

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bareMinerals bareMinerals The Alter Ego Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Alter Ego Eyeshadow Duo

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Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
99%

NARS Charade Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Charade Eyeshadow Duo ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “matte smoky plum” and “muted mauve.” NARS fans that prefer duos with more contrast may like this one, because the shades differ from each other noticeably but still complement each other well.

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NARS Charade Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Charade Eyeshadow Duo

B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
4
Total
88%