Dior Garden Roses Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a limited edition palette for spring that features five shades of pink, purple, and gray. The new palettes for spring are slightly lighter (0.16 oz. vs. 0.21 oz.) compared to other five-pan palettes, though everything looks to be about the same visually. The texture of the eyeshadows from spring have a drier feel to them, which might be an explanation for the discrepancy in quantity. When I trialed these eyeshadows on the eye (without primer), I managed eight hours with slight fading but no creasing.
Make Up For Ever #4K Khol Pencil ($17.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “deep green.” It’s a rich green-teal with very subtle blue and teal micro-shimmer. The shimmer is just barely noticeable. It yields great color payoff in a single pass, which is always good news when it comes to an eyeliner. It’s the closest I’ve come to finding a dupe to Prescriptives Blue Grotto. It’s a bit greener than NARS Kaliste.
Guerlain Les Gris Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.25 oz.) consists of four eyeshadows that center around a cool-toned, gray theme. Guerlain’s eyeshadow formula doesn’t always hit all the bells and whistles for me, even though their color selections are rarely off. The textures of these shades are soft, smooth, and decadent, but the payoff could be a little more intense. Without a primer, these wear for around eight hours with just slight creasing, and with a primer, there’s no creasing even after twelve hours.
Make Up For Ever #1K Khol Pencil ($17.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “deep black.” It’s a rich black with a creamy finish; no real sheen or shine, so it appears mostly matte once applied. This liner from the brand is supposed to be “exceptionally smooth” and work well for both the lash line and lower water line. According to Sephora, it is a blend of vegetable lipids, vitamin E, mango seed oil, hydrogenated cottonseed oil, and jojoba oil. When I tried to figure out just how long this was supposed to wear, Make Up For Ever actually said for long-lasting results to dust a loose powder or use their makeup seal over it.
Tarina Tarantino Lovely Jewel Eyeshadow Palette ($32.00 for 0.32 oz.) is a smoky eye palette that consists mostly of grays and silvers. Tarina Tarantino’s eyeshadow formula can be used wet or dry, and each shade is supposed to have excellent pigmentation.
MAC Duck Powerpoint Eye Pencil ($15.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “soft grey brown.” It doesn’t read gray at all to me; it’s more of a warm-toned, medium-dark brown with hints of red in the base. It has no shimmer, so the finish tends to look more matte on the lash line. Chanel Brun-Teak is similar but darker. MAC Brownborder is also similar and only slightly darker.