Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadows (Part 2)

Kat Von D Thunderstruck Metal Crush Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “metallic pearl.” It’s a brightened, white gold beige with warmer undertones and a very subtle pink tinge to it. It had more of a pearly sheen than an overtly metallic one. It had good color coverage with a very soft, finely-milled texture that was dense and buttery while still wearing for eight and a half hours on me. NARS Andromeda (P, $29.00) is brighter. Make Up For Ever I414 Yellow Ivory (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter. theBalm High Tide (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever I514 Pink Ivory (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $20.00) is darker. MAC Satin Ochre (Left) (LE, ) is darker. Chanel Poesie #2 (LE, ) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #1 (LE, ) is cooler. Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #1 (LE, ) is darker, more muted. Colour Pop Girly (P, $5.00) is less shimmery. Colour Pop Girly (P, $5.00) is less shimmery. Buxom Satin Seduction (P, $12.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Kat Von D Thunderstruck Metal Crush Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadow Thunderstruck
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
94%
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Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadows (Part 1)

FORMULA SUMMARY | Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is supposed to have “maximum pigment and extreme wear” with a “creamy and lustrous” finish available in eleven shades (though only ten are online at the moment). The texture of the majority of the shades is very soft, dense, thick, and creamy; they feel more like a hybrid of cream and powder than your typical powder. All ten shades were quite pigmented when pressed into the skin with a flat or firm brush (MAC 242), and while almost all of the shades applied well with your regular eyeshadow brush (like MAC’s 239), one shade didn’t work as well (Black No. 1) as it was more sparkly and didn’t bind together as well. The formula was long-wearing on me with wear ranging from eight to nine hours. I found the texture comparable to Make Up For Ever Diamond/Metallic finish eyeshadows, though these are larger (0.10 oz. vs. 0.08 oz.)

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Kat Von D Electric Warrior Metal Crush Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadow Electric Warrior
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
99%
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bareMinerals Work, Weekend, Wow Eyeshadow Palette

bareMinerals Work, Weekend, Wow Eyeshadow Palette ($26.00 for 0.17 oz.) includes seven eyeshadows from beige to navy blue. There are a few repeats: 500 Thread Count (Permanent, The Dream Sequence), Custom Made (Limited Edition), Rowdy (Permanent, The After Party). It’s a good palette, though a few shades are on the dupable side. I liked that it leaned a little cooler-toned overall, but I would have preferred more satin/pearl finishes to pair with the mattes rather than the more sparkly/ultra-frosted shades (like Custom Made and Starstruck), as I think they have a thicker/denser consistency that makes them harder to blend with the mattes as a whole.

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bareMinerals Work, Weekend, Wow Eyeshadow Palette
bareMinerals Fall 2015 Eyeshadow Palette Work, Weekend, Wow
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
90%
Limited Edition
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MAC Nordstrom’s Finest Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Nordstrom’s Finest Eyeshadow Palette ($85.00 for 0.68 oz.) includes fifteen eyeshadows, with each being full-sized (the palette is the same size as the empty 15-pan palettes MAC sells). Many of MAC’s pre-made palettes are misses, but I think that the larger 15-pan pre-made palettes (like this one) are better and decent to good. For the price of MAC, it’s not bad, but it is a decent amount to pay for a palette, even if there are 15 full-sized eyeshadows included in it. I do wish MAC would consider making the pans removable, as I think it would offer a lot more functionality as a user or to create smaller, travel-friendly quads for trips and the like. I think this palette is okay; there are three duds that really bring down the overall score significantly (e.g. Carbon), while the rest are more B to A- in ratings. The palette contains an assortment of permanent shades as well as limited edition/exclusive shades, though some of the shades in this palette that may seem new were released in the Gravitas palette, which was limited edition (Soft Brown, Luscious, Carbon, Persuade, Plummed are repeats). I believe only Chains of Love and Felt haven’t been released before (based on my log of MAC eyeshadows).

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MAC Nordstrom's Finest Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Eyeshadow x15 Palette Nordstrom's Finest
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
81%
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Laura Geller Love Me Dew Moisturizing Lip Crayon Trio

Laura Geller Love Me Dew Moisturizing Lip Crayon Trio ($25.00 for 0.30 oz.) includes three shades of jumbo-sized lip pencils that twist-up. The formula is supposed to be “ultra-hydrating” with “shiny color,” and it’s pretty much tinted lip balm. I believe this is the first time I’ve tried this formula, but I enjoyed them overall. They have sheer to semi-sheer that’s buildable, wears three to four hours, and is hydrating over time. I like that they twist-up, so you don’t have to worry about wasting product when sharpening. The texture is lightweight with moderate slip, so their biggest downfall is that they don’t always look perfectly even. The formula is vanilla-scented but the scent didn’t linger or translate into a taste for me. Dragon Fruit Sorbet and Mango Sorbet are both available as permanent singles, while I didn’t see Fig Prosecco on Laura Geller’s website, and they retail for $16 as a standalone formula (so the kit is worth $48).

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Laura Geller Love Me Dew Moisturizing Lip Crayon Trio
Laura Geller Love Me Dew Moisturizing Lip Crayon Trio Nordstrom Anniversary Exclusive (2015)
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
89%
Limited Edition
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MAC Sophisticate Face Kit

MAC Sophisticate Face Kit ($49.50 for 0.43 oz.) includes six eyeshadows, two blushes, and two lipsticks. Worth pointing out right away is that the back of my palette says the second blush on the left is Simply Bliss, whereas Nordstrom’s product listing had Cream Soda in its place; I checked both of them, and the blush in this palette is slightly more pink-tinted and a little lighter but not by much.

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MAC Sophisticate Face Kit
MAC Face Kit Sophisticate
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
82%
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