YSL Scandal Couture Eyeshadow Palette

YSL Scandal Couture Palette ($60.00 for 0.18 oz.) is an interesting mix of shades that falls short when it comes to quality. The brand may tout the formula as pigmented, long-wearing, and crease-proof, but this palette really doesn’t work without a solid primer underneath it, as the palette was under-pigmented, shorter-wearing, and dusty in consistency, which made some shades appear even sheerer when blended out than they already were to begin with.

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YSL Scandal Couture Palette

NARS Hardwired Eyeshadows (Fall 2016)

NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a “new,” limited edition formula available in six shades for fall. NARS’ has used the term “Hardwired Eyeshadow” before, though they were more like typical powder eyeshadows and several were matte, and then two of the six shades (Outer Limits and Stud) were released in previous seasonal collections as regular eyeshadows (but were quite different from NARS’ standard powder formula!). NARS’ describes this formula as “high-pigment,” “high-shine,” and long-wearing. It’s a pressed eyeshadow with a high amount of metallic shine and reflective sparkle. The six in the launch are very similar in feel and application, and the two repeated shades are similar to their original launches (Outer Limits was a little lighter/less pigmented to me). The formula compares to MAC Pressed Pigments and Urban Decay Moondusts; they have similar almost-wet, smooth texture with lots of sparkle and shine but adhere better and have less fall out than traditional glitter/sparkle eyeshadows. NARS’ formula is semi-opaque to opaque with sparkle that varies from finer and smoother (like the latter three) to larger, chunkier, and looser, so the wear varies from minimal to moderate fall out.

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NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow

MAC x Star Trek Midnight & To Boldly Go Pressed Pigment

MAC Midnight Pressed Pigment ($23.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “cobalt blue with pearl sparkle.” It’s a blackened navy blue with lighter blue sparkle. It had semi-opaque coverage applied dry, which was mostly opaque when applied damp. It applied more smoothly and evenly when I used it with a damp brush than dry. The color lasted for eight hours with a little fall out over time. Hello Kitty Kitty-Chan (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Vega (P, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Swing (116) (P, $29.50) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Bluebird (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Vega (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Dior Reveuse (271) (LE, $31.00) is warmer (80% similar). Illamasqua Alluvium (P, $25.50) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Midnight Pressed Pigment
MAC Pressed Pigment Midnight
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
83%
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YSL Golden Glow (13) Couture Palette

YSL Golden Glow (13) Couture Palette ($60.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a muted, neutral eyeshadow palette with subtle, warmer shades. The eyeshadows are supposed to be “intense” in color, long-wearing, and crease-proof. I like the way YSL’s Couture eyeshadow formula looks on the lid, but it is a formula that really needs a primer to last through the day–so if you typically wear primer, and you don’t already have neutrals covered, you might like this one. The eyeshadows are very soft, lightly dusty but “melt” a bit, where they meld with the skin and don”t just sit on it and look dry. Overall, the pigmentation was semi-opaque to opaque with most shades blending easily. They all faded noticeably within six to seven hours on me, though.

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YSL Golden Glow (13) Couture Palette

YSL Rosy Glow (14) Couture Palette

YSL Rosy Glow (14) Couture Palette ($60.00 for 0.16 oz.) contains a mix of warmer neutrals with satin to frost finishes. The eyeshadows are supposed to be “intense” in color, long-wearing, and crease-proof. The palette largely performed as past Couture palettes have, which is with decent pigmentation, softer/dustier textures, and below-average wear but does improve significantly when used over a primer. While I typically like the end result of how the formula looks on the lid, this palette had one major miss–the light gold–that was just sheer and messy to work with, which is not at all the “intense color” promised.

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YSL Rosy Glow (14) Couture Palette