Tom Ford Disco Dust Eyeshadow Quad

Tom Ford Disco Dust Eyeshadow Quad ($80.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a mix of mid-tone neutrals with warmer undertones. There are two satins, one shimmer, and one glitter shade in the palette. The glitter shade was the most troublesome in the palette, as it had fall out while worn and a tendency to sheer out; I also found it harder to blend with the other shades as it had a denser consistency.

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Tom Ford Disco Dust Eyeshadow Quad
Tom Ford Beauty Eye Color Quad Disco Dust
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
89%
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Tom Ford Honeymoon Eyeshadow Quad

Tom Ford Honeymoon Eyeshadow Quad ($80.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a warm-toned set of shades with a more frosted/metallic finish. All four shades performed well, had good pigmentation, blended out nicely, and lasted for eight to nine hours on me (without primer). The formula can be used wet or dry, with damp application yielding a slightly darker, smoother, and richer color overall that was sometimes more metallic. Tom Ford’s wet/dry formula doesn’t have a lot said about it, only that it can be applied dry for a “sleek and soft finish” or “wet for a bold and chromatic finish.” It performs well, and it’s easy to use, but the shades are very dupable, so if you’re looking for something unique to justify the price tag, I don’t think this it. If you’re focused on quality and like this combination of shades, it’s certainly worth a look.

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Tom Ford Honeymoon Eyeshadow Quad
Tom Ford Beauty Wet/Dry Eye Color Quad Honeymoon
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
96%
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MAC Flamingo Park Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Flamingo Park Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a mix of springtime pastels and bold brights. It’s not perfect, but it still surprised me, as they went on fairly well with decent or better pigmentation and blended out without major issues. In general, I find MAC eyeshadows perform a little better applied to the eye than initially swatched. It’s probably one of the more interesting palettes/quads MAC has put out in awhile, as they’ve done quite a few neutral-like ones in recent memory. I think the majority of the issues I experienced with the shades (detailed below) will be solved by using primer. I wish Sushi Flower and Elegant Friend had been swapped out for better performing shades, as those are the two big duds in the palette (Naturally Fabulous builds really well, so it’s workable for most application styles).

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MAC Flamingo Park Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Eyeshadow x 9 Palette Flamingo Park
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
84%
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Surratt Beauty Glamour Eyes Prismatique Eyes

Surratt Beauty Prismatique Eyes ($38.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a two-part compact that twists to reveal a glittery, more powder-like eyeshadow on the lower level, and then on the upper level, the lid twists off and reveals a cream eyeshadow. The brand states that the cream eyeshadow is a long-wearing, “water-proof shadow base” that can be used underneath the glittery eyeshadow or as an eyeliner. The glittery eyeshadow is called a “prismatic top coat.” The two only work well when used together, but neither works that well alone. Together, they’re pretty, but the cream eyeshadow is fussier than ideal for a cream-based product, so blending and getting even coverage were quite challenging.

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Surratt Beauty Glamour Eyes Prismatique Eyes
Surratt Beauty Prismatique Eyes Glamour Eyes
C+
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4
Total
78%
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ColourPop Where the Night Is Super Shock Shadow Set

ColourPop Midnight Super Shock Shadow ($20.00 for 0.28 oz. or $5.00 for each 0.07 oz. shade) is a collection of four Super Shock Shadows that can be purchased a “set,” but you can also purchase each shade alone. There’s no monetary advantage to purchasing the set; the only difference is you would get the packaging that reflects the collaboration and collection’s name. It’s a nice selection of shades, and all four shades performed well for me and were consistent with the formula I’ve come to know and love. If you’re unfamiliar with the Super Shock Shadow formula, it is more like a cream-powder hybrid than traditional cream eyeshadow. If you touch it, the product feels more like a sponge or stiff mousse, as there is light give, but it doesn’t have the same emollient or thickness of traditional cream products. The texture is thinner and is manipulated on the skin more like a powder. The brand says that using fingertips yields the greatest pigmentation, and if you prefer, synthetic brushes, but I find synthetic brushes to work well for applying and still getting great pigmentation out of the majority of shades (typically the very glittery shades are ones where fingertips really do improve them).

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ColourPop Midnight Super Shock Shadow
Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Quad Where the Night Is
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
97%
Permanent
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Urban Decay XX Vice LTD Reloaded Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay XX Vice LTD Reloaded Eyeshadow Palette ($56.00 for 0.60 oz.) includes twenty eyeshadows that celebrate the brand’s 20-year history; some shades are from many years ago (and have been discontinued for awhile), others are part of the current range, and a few are new to the palette. I think it’s a solid palette overall, but it’s one that begs for primer. I have discovered that over the last year or two that more often than not, Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes need primer to function well, whereas in the past, I did not have that much trouble using them without primer, but a lot of the more recent iterations have been thinner, dustier, or looser as a whole, which makes them prone to sheering out without a smooth base to adhere to.

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Urban Decay XX Vice LTD Reloaded Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palette XX Vice LTD Reloaded
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
82%
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