Smashbox Photo Op Mega Eyeshadow Palette

Smashbox Photo Op Mega Palette ($69.00 for 1.06 oz.) includes eight eyeshadow trios (so 24 eyeshadows), plus three blushes. There are a variety of finishes from mattes to shimmers, cooler and warmer shades. The palette is one I would recommend using with a primer, as most of the eyeshadows are on the powdery side and just do not perform as well over bare skin as they would over a primer. I liked it, and they were fairly blendable overall, but it’s a better fit for someone who regularly uses primer. It’s also a tremendous value, as you’re getting eight full-sized trios (normally $28 a pop, so $224 in value right there), plus three blushes.

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Smashbox Photo Op Mega Palette
Smashbox Mega Palette Photo Op
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
82%
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Chanel Entrelacs Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Entrelacs Les 5 Ombres de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a set of five shades in the neutral category that range from “light to deep, satiny to matte.” They’re very soft, but they turn powdery and seem to apply softer than they appear in the pan. I think the formula is one that needs a base, probably something with some tackiness, if you want more coverage. If you like a very soft, semi-sheer neutral look, then you may enjoy this palette.

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Chanel Entrelacs Les 5 Ombres de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel Eyeshadow Palette Entrelacs
D+
Product
7
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
7
Application
4
Total
69%
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Chanel Tisse d’Automne Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Tisse d’Automne (254) Eyeshadow Quad ($61.00 for 0.04 oz.) is an earth-toned set of shades that ranges from green to pale peach to brown to blackened olive.

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Chanel Tisse d'Automne (254) Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow Tisse d'Automne (254)
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
88%
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Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Filmstar Bronze & Glow ($68.00 for 0.52 oz.) is a new, permanent take on the often-raved about Filmstar Bronze & Glow that’s deeper and warmer. I think the texture is a bit more refined–smoother, more finely-milled, and forgiving on the skin–in the original, but this is still quite good. Both shades are good or better pigmentation that was buildable, while they were easily blended out on the skin. I had no problem wearing both powders all day long. I hope the brand will come out with an even darker version and/or cooler-toned varieties.

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Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Filmstar Bronze & Glow
Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Glow Medium/Dark
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
91%
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Chanel Rouge-Gorge & Fleur de Pierre Illusion d’Ombres

Chanel Fleur de Pierre (106) Illusion d’Ombre Velvet Cream Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark gray with cool undertones and fine blue and silver pearl. Chanel’s not the first brand to take liberty with the world “matte” (“the best-loved, gel-cream shadow goes matte”), but this is certainly not matte–there is quite a bit of shimmer in this shade. The texture was noticeably drier with a very thin consistency that made blending more difficult, as the color appeared patchy and uneven. It’s better used at its semi-opaque intensity and then built-up to mostly opaque coverage. It wore for eight hours before creasing slightly. NARS Bad Behaviour (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery. MAC Deep Cravings (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Giorgio Armani #21 (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Ace (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Prince Charming (P, $6.99) is lighter. Makeup Geek Galaxy (P, $5.99) is warmer. Tarina Tarantino Silver Shoes (LE, ) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever ME108 Steel (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Kat Von D Santeria (LE, ) is more shimmery. Milani Bella Gray (10) (P, $4.49) is lighter. Hourglass Graphite #4 (P, ) is darker. Urban Decay Dagger (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Slanted (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Buxom Cool Caviar (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Chanel Fleur de Pierre (106) Illusion d'Ombre Cream Eyeshadow
Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Velvet Long Wear Luminous Matte Eyeshadow Fleur de Pierre (106)
C
Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
3.5
Total
76%
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Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Filmstar Bronze & Glow ($80.00 for 0.54 oz.) is a cream-based bronzer and highlighter. Both shades had a really slick, almost greasy feeling to them, which will make them more forgiving even on drier skin types, but I found that it made it hard to get the product to really stay where it was applied and resulted in patchy, more uneven coverage overall. It was shorter-wearing, and the higher slip in the texture made these better suited for bare skin or applied over still-damp base products.

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Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Filmstar Bronze & Glow
Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Glow Norman Parkinson
C-
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6.5
Longevity
6.5
Application
4
Total
70%
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