City Color Gypsy, Cleo, U Jelly?, Yas! Shimmer Shadows

City Color Gypsy Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is a medium-dark, warm-toned purple with reddish tones and a pearly sheen. It had great color payoff with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture that wasn’t quite as dense as other shades–somewhere between the cream-like feel of formulas like the Shimmer Shadow and traditional powder eyeshadow. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on me. MAC Frizzyplum (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #5 (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Dior Cosmic (275) (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Fyrinnae Meerkat (Pressed) (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Stila Sangria (LE, $18.00) is warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Masquerade (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). theBalm Surfari (LE, $16.00) is cooler (85% similar). NARS Caravaggio #2 (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Overlook (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). MAC Violet Impact (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). MAC A Medley of Mauves #2 (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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City Color Gypsy Shimmer Shadow
City Color Shimmer Shadow Gypsy
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
92%
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LORAC Pro Palette 3

LORAC Pro Palette 3 ($44.00 for 0.32 oz.) includes a slim palette that contains 16 eyeshadows along with a miniature-sized eyeshadow primer. It’ll be available on June 12th online and in-stores on June 26th. I liked it, but it is par for the course with most of LORAC’s palettes–warmer, neutral–and will likely feel repetitive for anyone with the two prior Pro Palettes and/or the Unzipped palettes. The mattes applied better in this palette than the past Mega Pros and tended to go on fairly evenly with decent to good pigmentation, though wear was below average (a primer should help that). They seemed to adhere a bit better and had less fall out compared to the last Mega Pro palette. On my skin tone, I did find the shades ended up looking similar applied–the two looks I showed in the review are using different shades but look quite similar!

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LORAC Pro Palette 3
LORAC 16-Pan Eyeshadow Palette Pro Palette 3
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
82%
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Tarte Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette

Tarte Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette ($45.00 for 0.64 oz.) contains three cheek colors and nine eyeshadows. The formula on some of the more matte shades was very, very silky and soft, but they kicked up a lot of excess powder in the pan and often sheered out when blended–more so than some of Tarte’s past palettes. I noticed that some of the darker shades seemed to become more muted just a few minutes after applying, so it felt like I had to really pat and pack on some shades to get definition and depth out of them. I think the colors complement each other well, and I liked that there were some plummy hues thrown in with warmer, more orange-toned shades. I also felt like the cheek colors actually worked with the palette and its different color combinations, so the scheme is very cohesive. The palette is slated to be fully released on June 6th!

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Tarte Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Summer 2016 Palette Swamp Queen
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
86%
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Sephora Colorful Eyeshadows (Spring 2016) Part 2

Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.07 oz.) is supposed to be “highly pigmented, long-lasting” powder eyeshadow with 10-hour wear and “an ultrasmooth, blendable texture.” For the most part, I find the range to have good color payoff, blendability, and wear, though they do not typically last as long as 10 hours (more like eight).

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Sephora Free Hug Colorful Eyeshadow
Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow Free Hug
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
89%
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Anastasia Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) includes 14 eyeshadows that come in a mix of warmer neutrals and pops of pink/red. For a mostly matte palette, it actually applied quite well to bare skin, and I didn’t have issues blending out the majority of the shades. I was surprised, because a lot of the new matte eyeshadows in the palette feel much softer and smoother compared to most of Anastasia’s matte eyeshadow range that I’ve tried–they felt more like LORAC’s formula–but they still adhered exceptionally well to bare skin without sheering out or becoming patchy. The majority of the shades were pigmented and wore for seven to eight hours. As a note, it is packaged with a velvety exterior (like the original Urban Decay Naked palette), not the standard cardboard.

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Anastasia Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette
Anastasia Eyeshadow Palette Modern Renaissance
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
89%
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MAC She’s a Model Eyeshadow x 9 Palette

MAC She’s a Model Eyeshadow x 9 Palette ($32.00 for 0.18 oz.) includes nine, miniature-sized eyeshadows in a black compact with a clear lid. It’s an interesting mix of colors, because it contains seven neutrals, which run cooler compared to most neutral-hued shades. There are two pops of color–a brighter yellow and a blackened blue-teal–with the yellow being the harder shade to incorporate, at least for me. The quality is so-so with some shades under-performing and others being decent to good.

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MAC She's a Model Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Eyeshadow x 9 Palette She's a Model
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
83%
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