Anastasia Sateen, 10K, Blazing, Comfort Eyeshadows

Anastasia Sateen Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a light-medium, golden peach with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, lightly dusty consistency that was very blendable without fall out, despite being a smidgen on the drier side. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading noticeably on me. Smashbox Crisp (P) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Sunset Blvd. (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Gem (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Cherish (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Rose Golden Rings (LE) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Rose Champagne (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Orangerie (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #1 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Smashbox Champagne (P) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Anastasia Eyeshadow
Anastasia Eyeshadow Sateen
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
89%
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Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eyeliners (Part 1)

Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eyeliner ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is supposed to be an “ultra creamy” and “ultra pigmented.” They have a smoother, more waxy consistency, so they skim across the skin without tugging or dragging, but the pigmentation varies a lot from shade to shade, though it fell between semi-sheer to semi-opaque in one stroke. They weren’t particularly buildable, as they seemed to push the color around rather than really gradually build it up. They are really, really soft, so use less pressure than you think or else chunks of the eyeliner will break off. They wore between six and seven hours on me before migrating. Their biggest upside is comfort; very creamy and soft, but the downside is weaker pigmentation and wear. As an aside, the price point seems a little high for the brand, given that eyeliners and eyeshadows are (usually) similarly priced, but these are 50% more expensive than the eyeshadows.

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Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eyeliner
Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eyeliner Pencil Nude
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
86%
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Anastasia Touch of Lilac, Electro, Star Cobalt, Rich Velvet Eyeshadows

Anastasia Touch of Lilac Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a very light, muted pink with a soft, frosted finish. It’s not really lilac to me–it is much warmer than that. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too soft or too firm, so it applied well to the lid and didn’t lose its coverage when blended. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. Sephora Ex-boyfriend (LE) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Laura Mercier Diamond Pink (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Delightful (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Harpooned Heart (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Rhapsodie #2 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Instaglam (LE) is darker (95% similar). Dior Jardin #4 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I528 Pearl (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Signe Particulier #1 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Whimsical (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Alabaster Starling (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #8 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Pink Pearl (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Dior Trafalgar #1 (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Pink Frosting (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Lilac Dream #1 (P) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Dare to Bare (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I902 Quartz (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Pale Mauve (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Anastasia Eyeshadow Touch of Lilac
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
89%
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Laura Mercier Extreme Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette

Laura Mercier Extreme Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.356 oz.) is a set of twelve shades with a general neutral-leaning vibe. Two shades–both in the purple family–are the only non-standard neutrals (your browns, beiges, etc.). There are so many neutral palettes available that it seems like any new-to-market palette should be exceptionally high quality in order to compete with all those other neutral palettes, and this one isn’t. There are several shades that miss here, primarily with respect to pigmentation and texture.

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Laura Mercier Extreme Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette
Laura Mercier Summer 2016 Eye Palette Extreme Neutrals
B-
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
80%
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MAC x Chris Chang Eyeshadows

MAC Royal Woo Eyeshadow ($17.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “pastel lemon yellow [with a Matte finish].” It’s a bright, medium yellow with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had a soft, lightly powdery texture that was a bit dry and emphasized the dryness on my lids. I happened to have a “free” eye for testing, and I was expecting these to fall pretty flat without primer (they actually applied decently without it, though), so I figured I’d try them over primer as well, and the primer helped to smooth out the drier, chalkier consistency of the eyeshadow. Inglot #370 (P, $6.00) is brighter (95% similar). Viseart Bright Editorial #7 (P) is darker (90% similar). MAC Chrome Yellow (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Inglot #323 (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Bright Yellow (DC, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Phresh (LE, $12.00) is darker (85% similar). Illamasqua Hype (P) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Royal Woo Eyeshadow
MAC Eyeshadow Royal Woo
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
87%
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Viseart Boheme Dream (Ribbons Boheme) Eyeshadow Palette

Viseart Boheme Dream Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00 for 0.84 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette for summer that features a slightly lighter (almost pastel-like but not quite light enough, at least not to me) take on a “brights” palette. All twelve shades are shimmery, and they vary from pearly to metallic (most are somewhere between frost and metallic). The twelve shades do work together to create looks, but you’ll likely want to add-in your favorite mattes/satins to get more dimension and depth out of the palette. The color payoff was good to great with soft, blendable texture that wore well; a few shades were a little looser in press (not quite as dense as the metallic shades in the newer Theory palettes) but were all easy to work with on the lid.

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Viseart Boheme Dream Eyeshadow Palette
Viseart Eyeshadow Palette Boheme Dream (Ribbons Boheme)
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
94%
Limited Edition
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