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Smashbox Baller, Bubbly, Moody, Nymph Always On Gel Eyeliners

01/05

Smashbox Baller Always On Gel Eyeliner

Smashbox Baller Always On Gel Eyeliner

Smashbox Baller Always On Gel Eyeliner

Smashbox Baller Always On Gel Eyeliner

Smashbox Baller Always On Gel Eyeliner

Baller

Smashbox Baller Always On Gel Liner ($18.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a deep, blue-teal with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which was buildable to mostly opaque coverage that was somewhat even. I expected this shade to apply better than it did, and to help the color even out, I used a synthetic smudger brush to smudge and blend out the edges a bit. It was comfortable to apply and never tugged, even on the waterline. It wore well for eleven hours well on my lower lash line and nine hours on my lower waterline; after sixteen hours, there was still visible liner on my lower lash line but seemed like 40% had worn away (give or take!).

The Always On Gel Liner formula is supposed to have “super-saturated color” that wears for “over 24 hours” (because 24 hours aren’t enough!). I have four shades, and while they are long-wearing, they definitely look thinner and a little faded after ten hours of wear (and even thinner after sixteen hours of wear). They have a really creamy, almost slippery, consistency initially but dry down and remain resistant to transferring and smudging during the day. I found them harder to sharpen because the pencil was so creamy that sometimes it clogged up my sharpener.

Smashbox Always On Gel Eyeliner Baller
Baller
Baller
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6
Longevity
4
Application
77%
Total

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Dior Expose High Fidelity Eyeshadow Palette

01/08

Dior Expose High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Expose High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Expose High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Expose High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Expose High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Expose High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Expose | Look Details

Dior Expose | Look Details

Expose

Dior Expose High Fidelity Eyeshadow Palette ($62.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a new, permanent eyeshadow palette that features earth-toned neutrals. I spotted in on Selfridges last week and purchased mine there, but it’s now available through Dior’s website and some of the accompanying new palettes are at Sephora (but not all). It features a new formula that’s supposed to have “highly pigmented” color with “spectacular staying power.” The formula was better than some of the past iterations from Dior, though it was still more semi-opaque to opaque in coverage but had seven to eight-hour wear. The big difference that I noticed was in the texture; it was firmer (but not stiff) in the pan and had less dustiness than some of the past formulations.

Dior High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette Expose
Expose

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Anastasia Beige & Gold Eyeshadows

01/05

Anastasia Vanilla Eyeshadow

Anastasia Vanilla Eyeshadow

Anastasia Vanilla Eyeshadow

Anastasia Vanilla Eyeshadow

Anastasia Vanilla Eyeshadow

Vanilla

Anastasia Vanilla Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.059 oz.) is a very light beige with a hint of warmth paired with a matte finish. It had good color coverage that applied evenly to bare skin, and it was buildable to full coverage with a second layer. The texture was soft, a little dusty, but blendable and did not appear dry or powdery on my lids. It did have a tendency to sheer out a bit, so a primer would help improve opacity if one wanted to wear it as a lid shade. It wore well for seven hours on me before starting to fade.

Anastasia Eyeshadow Vanilla
Vanilla
Vanilla
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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MAC Oh My Banana Eyeshadow Palette

01/09

MAC Oh My Banana 6-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Oh My Banana 6-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Oh My Banana 6-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Oh My Banana 6-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Oh My Banana 6-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Oh My Banana 6-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Oh My Banana 6-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Oh My Banana Palette | Look Details

MAC Oh My Banana Palette | Look Details

Oh My Banana

MAC Oh My Banana Eyeshadow Palette ($32.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a brighter mix of warm-toned shades from pale gold to coral to plum. This palette has a few repromotes, including two permanent, single shades (Retrospeck and Soft Brown), so you may find your stash already have these, if you’re a long-time MAC fan. Of the three palettes in the collection, I felt like this was the easiest to use cohesively, and I liked the contrast added by the coral and plum shades. Overall, the palette was good–easy to work with, pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing–and one of MAC’s better pre-made palettes!

Note, the palette only contains 0.10 oz. worth of eyeshadow, and MAC’s 9-pan palettes and quads typically contain 0.19 oz. at the same price ($32). This collection’s palettes didn’t seem small, and the pans seemed like they would contain a fair amount of product, so I was surprised to discover the pans must be very shallow!

This collection launches on May 18th.

MAC 6-Pan Eyeshadow Palette Oh My Banana
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

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MAC Fruit a La La Eyeshadow Palette

01/09

MAC Fruit a La La 6-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Fruit a La La 6-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Fruit a La La 6-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Fruit a La La 6-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Fruit a La La 6-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Fruit a La La 6-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Fruit a La La 6-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Fruit a La La Palette | Look Details

MAC Fruit a La La Palette | Look Details

Fruit a La La

MAC Fruit a La La Eyeshadow Palette ($32.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a bold, bright mix of orange and pink with three neutral shades thrown into the mix. Overall, I think eyeshadows applied well to bare skin and wore for most of the day, and as I often find true of MAC’s eyeshadow (especially more matte shades), they go on better in practice than just swatched. Some of the shades in the palette are repromotes from various palettes released over the years.

Note, the palette only contains 0.10 oz. worth of eyeshadow, and MAC’s 9-pan palettes and quads typically contain 0.19 oz. at the same price ($32). This collection’s palettes didn’t seem small, and the pans seemed like they would contain a fair amount of product, so I was surprised to discover the pans must be very shallow!

This collection launches on May 18th.

MAC 6-Pan Eyeshadow Palette Fruit a La La
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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MAC Love in the Glades Eyeshadow Palette

01/09

MAC Love in the Glades 6-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Love in the Glades 6-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Love in the Glades 6-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Love in the Glades 6-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Love in the Glades 6-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Love in the Glades 6-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Love in the Glades 6-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Love in the Glades Palette | Look Details

MAC Love in the Glades Palette | Look Details

Love in the Glades

MAC Love in the Glades Eyeshadow Palette ($32.00 for 0.10 oz.) is like a smoky take on tropical greens and blues. The palette had a mix of cooler undertones and neutral undertones, which made it one of the cooler-toned palettes that I’ve come across. The lightest shade (Grey Stroke) was the biggest miss in the palette, but the other six applied fairly well, had good pigmentation, and lasted for seven to nine hours on me (without primer).

Note, the palette only contains 0.10 oz. worth of eyeshadow, and MAC’s 9-pan palettes and quads typically contain 0.19 oz. at the same price ($32). This collection’s palettes didn’t seem small, and the pans seemed like they would contain a fair amount of product, so I was surprised to discover the pans must be very shallow!

This collection launches on May 18th.

MAC 6-Pan Eyeshadow Palette Love in the Glades
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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