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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Magic Dust Eyeshadows

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Magic Dust Eyeshadows
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Magic Dust Eyeshadows

MAC Magic Dust Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a new, limited edition powder eyeshadow formula that will be available in six shades. They are part of the Nutcracker Sweet holiday color collection, which will be online on October 20th and in-stores on October 27th (North America). There was nothing that struck me as particularly new or different about these from more shimmery eyeshadows. The texture was a bit softer and dustier in the pan compared to MAC’s typical eyeshadow formula with some shades being dusty enough to sheer out easily or shimmer separate from the base color. The six shades were fairly pigmented, blendable, and wore between seven and eight hours on me.

MAC Dance Flowers Dance Magic Dust Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a very light pink with warm undertones and a fine, white pearl over a satiny finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which did sheer out somewhat due to the dustier, thinner consistency. The color applied better by patting it onto the lid rather than sweeping to get better coverage initially. It wore well for seven hours on me before fading. Sephora + Pantone Universe Pale Mauve (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Good Fortune (LE, $16.50) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Lilac Dream #1 (P) is brighter (95% similar). Sephora Raya (LE) is cooler (95% similar). MAC A Party of Pastels #2 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Trafalgar #1 (P) is darker (95% similar). YSL Rosy Glow #1 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Merry (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Sweet Lust (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Looking Glass (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Instaglam (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Ulta Pink (P, $10.00) is darker (95% similar). Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles #6 (LE) is darker (95% similar). MAC Enchanted Beauty (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Cygne Blanc #1 (LE) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Blush (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 17 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Clarins Garden Escape #5 (LE) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Invincible Light (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Taffy (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Dark Lullaby Magic Dust Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a dark plum with warm, brown undertones and a subtle, satin sheen. It had decent pigmentation with a slightly drier, looser texture that took a little more effort to blend and diffuse along the edges on bare skin (but I expect over primer for it not to be an issue at all). The color wore well for eight hours on me. Smashbox Eggplant (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Rare Find (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Pop (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Passion (P) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Anastasia Aubergine (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Show Plum Love (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Dior Golden Shock #1 (LE) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Rich Core (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm Curvy Cami (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Uncut (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I834 Grape (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Lace #1 (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Fig (P, $30.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 19 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Sensuous (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Universal Appeal (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever S832 Ash Plum (P, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #4 (P) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Remix (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Sephora Girlish Appeal (LE) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Forward March Magic Dust Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a light-medium peach with a hint of pink and strong, warm orange undertones and a golden shimmer. The shimmer tended to pull away from the base as I blended the color on the lid, so it had a smoother, more satiny finish in practice than it appeared in the pan. It had good color payoff, though, and it was easy to blend and diffuse the edges. It started to fade after seven and a half hours on me. Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Rosegold (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Rose Champagne (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #1 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Crisp (P) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). NARS Valhalla (P, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Cherish (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Light Bronze (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). City Color Bubble Bath (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Bellini (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Sateen (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC So, So Saucy (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Gem (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Pont des Arts (P) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC This Love (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Splendid (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Anastasia Gleam (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Escapade (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Naked (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Kat Von D Killing Jar (P) is darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Mustache Magic Dust Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium-dark black with warmer, olive undertones and gold and silver sparkle over a matte finish. The sparkles didn’t translate onto the lid noticeably, as they did not bind with the base, so they would blend away or get trapped in the bristles of the brush before getting onto the lid. The texture was drier, dusty, and thin, which made it hard to apply evenly. It was difficult to blend without the color appearing patchy on bare skin. It lasted for seven hours before fading noticeably. MAC Beyond Gorgeous (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Dior Nocturne (091) (P, $30.00) is warmer (95% similar). theBalm Fierce (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Scorpio (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Milani Melange (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Pretty Dainty Magic Dust Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) a medium-dark pink with warmer undertones and a satin sheen. It had decent color payoff, but it was hard to build up and prone to sheering out. I also felt like it faded within a few minutes of application. This is a shade I would want to use over a colored base (or a white base) to help amplify the color and make it appear less faded. It wore well for seven hours before fading. MAC Fashion's Field Day (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Rabblerouser (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Paris #3 (P) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). MAC Sushi Flower (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Fotos Y Recuerdos (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I808 English Pink (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever S800 Grenadine (P, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Rose (DC, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Dior Fusion (764) (P, $29.50) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Chanel Tisse Cambon #3 (P) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). YSL Paris #4 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Dior Capital of Light #3 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #4 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Too Faced Just Peachy (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Rabblerouser Magic Dust Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a brighter, medium-dark pink with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied evenly and sat better on the skin than Pretty Dainty as the texture was firmer, less dusty, but it wasn’t difficult to work with or blend out. I noticed fading after seven and a half hours of wear. Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles #2 (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Fashion's Field Day (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Pretty Dainty (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Dior Bow (887) (P, $29.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Mu Mu Bloom (LE, $16.00) is cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Simply Marlena (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Magic Dust Eyeshadow Dance Flowers Dance
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
79%
Total
MAC Magic Dust Eyeshadow Dark Lullaby
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
MAC Magic Dust Eyeshadow Forward March
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total
MAC Magic Dust Eyeshadow Mustache
Mustache
Mustache
6
Product
6
Pigmentation
6
Texture
7.5
Longevity
3
Application
63%
Total
MAC Magic Dust Eyeshadow Pretty Dainty
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total
MAC Magic Dust Eyeshadow Rabblerouser
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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MAC Spellbinder Shadows (Part 2)

MAC Spellbinder Shadow
MAC Spellbinder Shadow

MAC Dynamically Charged Spellbinder Shadow ($22.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark olive brown with subtle, warmer undertones and a metallic sheen. It had decent pigmentation, though not full coverage, that applied fairly evenly to bare skin. This was one of the easiest shades to blend out on the lid, but as a result, it was harder to maintain opaque coverage even after building the color up. It was opaque when applied over primer or with a damp brush and blended out well. It started to crease after seven and a half hours of wear, and it had no signs of wear with primer after nine and a half hours. MAC Posh Pedigree #3 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Silver Dawn (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Smokeluxe #2 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Natasha Denona Dark Sepia (47P) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Lust in LA (LE, $9.99) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Rich, Sweet (LE, $16.50) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Bao Bao's Jewels #4 (LE) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Clinique Cocoa Pop (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Elitist (P) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Gravity’s Pull Spellbinder Shadow ($22.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a blackened purple with warmer, pink undertones and a fine, pearly shimmer. It was more pigmented than it looked in the swatch, as the consistency was so finely-milled that it sheered out very readily on bare skin. The color applied better over primer, where it maintained most of its opacity and blended out a bit easier, though it was still a little more difficult to diffuse. It lasted for eight hours on me, and it had no signs of wear with primer after nine and a half hours. bareMinerals Yoga (LE, $14.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Round Midnight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Bondage (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Chanel L'Intemporel de Chanel #4 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Rose Barbare #4 (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Black Violet (P, $24.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME930 Black Purple (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Rapture (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Illusion (LE) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Grape (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Higher Power Spellbinder Shadow ($22.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a dark, plummy brown with warm undertones and a soft, metallic sheen. It had mostly opaque coverage, and it was one of the more pigmented shades right out of the gate as it did not sheer out as easily as the others and maintained its intensity and coverage even on bare skin, though it was even better over primer. The consistency was soft, smooth, and fairly blendable with minimal work. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me, and it had no signs of wear with primer after nine and a half hours. Too Faced Sugar Plum (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Inglot #423 (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Rhinestone (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Lavender Bubble Bath (LE) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 19 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Real Surreal (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Rare Find (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Metallic Plum (LE, $12.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Rich Core (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Smoky Mauve (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #311 (DC, $20.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Tarte Show Plum Love (LE) is darker, brighter (85% similar). NARS Calabria (LE, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Raspberry (LE, $16.00) is cooler (85% similar). Giorgio Armani #27 (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Phoebe (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Mysterious Influence Spellbinder Shadow ($22.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark olive green with warmer, brown undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, finely-milled texture that blended out without too much work and didn’t appear patchy on bare skin, and it was fully opaque and applied with ease over primer. The color wore just over seven and a half hours on me, and it had no signs of wear with primer after nine and a half hours. Dior Jardin #3 (P) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Veruschka (P, $32.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Unsurpassable (LE, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Guerlain Les Precieux #1 (LE) is brighter (90% similar). Stila Seaweed (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D320 Golden Khaki (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Burnished Copper (LE, $45.00) is warmer (90% similar). Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #1 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Khaki Mono (07) (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Color Field #5 (P) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Cle de Peau Modern Era #4 (LE) is cooler (85% similar). Cle de Peau Stardust #4 (P) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Inglot #419 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Sephora Hidden Treasure (114) (LE, $13.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Tisse Fantaisie #3 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). theBalm #30 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). YSL Avant Garde #1 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Makeup Geek Charmed (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). NARS Never Too Late (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). bareMinerals Spectacular (P) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Formula Overview

MAC Spellbinder Shadow ($22.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as “black, ionized pigments [that] are magnetically charged, fusing the loose powder together so it magically maintains its form and dimension” and will “cling to lids like pure velvet.” Per “usage,” MAC actually says they are “best” when used over their 24-Hour Primer, so the wear and application are rated as they performed over primer (I also tested without primer, as I was not sure what the claims were going to be, so you will still see that information below). It feels like velvet if you touch it with a fingertip, as the powder is finely-milled but “fuses” together, so there is less mess in the pot. They are supposed to be as pigmented and as intense as loose eyeshadows but in an easier-to-use format. They are less messy in the pot, as the pot seems to have a magnet within it, but I don’t find that it is particularly less messy during application as I still had some fall out while working with it; in some ways, it was harder to tap away excess as the product did seem more inclined to stick to itself on the brush initially. If you push the product too close to the rim of the jar, it will creep over the edge and is too far from the base to stay in. The powders do maintain their wavy pattern, even as you push and move the loose pigment around.

I am, personally, a big fan of MAC’s regular Pigments, as they have more to them that give them better binding and adhesion on the lids, so I find them easy to work with, pigmented, and longer-wearing. I liked the fineness and smoothness of the Spellbinder Shadows, but the black base made the harder to blend and diffuse on the lid. These worked best as lid colors, where one can use other products for crease/transition shades, blending around the edges, and so forth. I did not see anything in the press copy about using them damp, but as most loose pigments/eyeshadows can be used that way, I did try some of these with a damp brush, which I thought was useful for really bringing out the depth and sheen of the colors overall. They perform better over primer, as the fineness of the powder seemed to apply somewhat unevenly and was more prone to appearing patchy over bare skin, as some particles would adhere well but not diffuse.

They seemed quite pigmented, but the texture seemed more prone to sheering out when I applied it to dry lids; there was a faded, slightly translucent quality to the majority of the shades when applied to bare skin. The wear was average at seven to eight hours without primer and no signs of wear after nine and half hours of wear (I did not test further). Primer seemed to help primarily with getting more even, true-to-pot coverage, as the product didn’t sheer out as easily, and of course, the wear, but it did not help as much as was needed for blending out the colors. I think the deeper colors and the finer shimmer makes them worth checking out, but it’s a product where I could see just one or two shades being necessary. They will also come together better when mixed with other shades, as together, they can run together as they have a similar depth and base color.

As a note, it really does contain only 0.02 oz. of product, which is definitely on the low-end for loose eyeshadows, and it is particularly low when compared to MAC Pigments (0.10 oz. for the same price).

MAC Spellbinder Shadow Dynamically Charged
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
MAC Spellbinder Shadow Gravity's Pull
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
MAC Spellbinder Shadow Higher Power
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
MAC Spellbinder Shadow Mysterious Influence
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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MAC Spellbinder Shadows (Part 1)

MAC Spellbinder Shadow
MAC Spellbinder Shadow

MAC Spellbinder Shadow ($22.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as “black, ionized pigments [that] are magnetically charged, fusing the loose powder together so it magically maintains its form and dimension” and will “cling to lids like pure velvet.” Per “usage,” MAC actually says they are “best” when used over their 24-Hour Primer, so the wear and application are rated as they performed over primer (I also tested without primer, as I was not sure what the claims were going to be, so you will still see that information below). It feels like velvet if you touch it with a fingertip, as the powder is finely-milled but “fuses” together, so there is less mess in the pot. They are supposed to be as pigmented and as intense as loose eyeshadows but in an easier-to-use format. They are less messy in the pot, as the pot seems to have a magnet within it, but I don’t find that it is particularly less messy during application as I still had some fall out while working with it; in some ways, it was harder to tap away excess as the product did seem more inclined to stick to itself on the brush initially. If you push the product too close to the rim of the jar, it will creep over the edge and is too far from the base to stay in. The powders do maintain their wavy pattern, even as you push and move the loose pigment around.

I am, personally, a big fan of MAC’s regular Pigments, as they have more to them that give them better binding and adhesion on the lids, so I find them easy to work with, pigmented, and longer-wearing. I liked the fineness and smoothness of the Spellbinder Shadows, but the black base made the harder to blend and diffuse on the lid. These worked best as lid colors, where one can use other products for crease/transition shades, blending around the edges, and so forth. I did not see anything in the press copy about using them damp, but as most loose pigments/eyeshadows can be used that way, I did try some of these with a damp brush, which I thought was useful for really bringing out the depth and sheen of the colors overall. They perform better over primer, as the fineness of the powder seemed to apply somewhat unevenly and was more prone to appearing patchy over bare skin, as some particles would adhere well but not diffuse.

They seemed quite pigmented, but the texture seemed more prone to sheering out when I applied it to dry lids; there was a faded, slightly translucent quality to the majority of the shades when applied to bare skin. The wear was average at seven to eight hours without primer and no signs of wear after nine and half hours of wear (I did not test further). Primer seemed to help primarily with getting more even, true-to-pot coverage, as the product didn’t sheer out as easily, and of course, the wear, but it did not help as much as was needed for blending out the colors. I think the deeper colors and the finer shimmer makes them worth checking out, but it’s a product where I could see just one or two shades being necessary. They will also come together better when mixed with other shades, as together, they can run together as they have a similar depth and base color.

As a note, it really does contain only 0.02 oz. of product, which is definitely on the low-end for loose eyeshadows, and it is particularly low when compared to MAC Pigments (0.10 oz. for the same price).

MAC Retrograde Spellbinder Shadow ($22.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a deep gray with cooler, bluish pearl. It had good color coverage with a soft, silky texture, but I noticed that some of the color would stick more readily to some areas, and then it would not want to diffuse much from there, so the end result was somewhat patchy. I had better luck when I used it over a primer getting more even intensity but did not experience easier blending. It started to crease after seven and a half hours of wear on bare lids, and it had no signs of wear with primer after nine and a half hours. MAC Deep Cravings (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #1 (LE) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Hourglass Graphite #4 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Asphalt (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Caviar (LE, $45.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Hint of Sapphire (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Silver Shoes (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Illamasqua Android (P, $25.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Ace (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #1 (P, $33.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NARS Give In Take II (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Occupy (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC A Sprinkle of Blues #4 (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Gunmetal (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Slate (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Silver (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Giorgio Armani #21 (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Flotsam (LE) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Aphrodisiatic Spellbinder Shadow ($22.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a deep, blackened navy blue with lighter medium blue pearl that gives is a more pearlized finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a fine, smooth consistency that was soft to the touch but had a tendency to sheer out a bit on the lid and look a bit uneven. I highly recommend using it over a primer as a result, which helped even out the coverage a lot. The color lasted for seven hours before creasing on me, and it had no signs of wear with primer after nine and a half hours. Bobbi Brown Blue Onyx (LE) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Estee Lauder Violet Underground #5 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Night Sky (Cream) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #2 (LE) is lighter, brighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC Blue Storm (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Thru the Night (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Climax (P) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (95% similar). Clinique Massively Midnight (P, $17.00) is brighter (95% similar). Sephora So Demure (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (90% similar). Chanel Apparition (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Baby T (LE, $5.00) is brighter (90% similar). Givenchy Bleu Soie (4) (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Burberry Midnight Blue (P, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Naval Blue (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Deep Truth (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Danger (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Goddess (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Entombed (P) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Technoir (P, $14.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Blue Karma Spellbinder Shadow ($22.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a medium-dark green-leaning teal with subtle, cool undertones and warmer green-gold and bluish-teal pearl. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied fairly evenly, but it had a translucency that made it appear faded and more subdued. The consistency was soft, felt velvety in the pot, and it blended out fairly well on the lid. It wore well for just over seven and a half hours, and it had no signs of wear with primer after nine and a half hours. Make Up For Ever I300 Pine Green (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Deep Sea (LE, $14.00) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Sea Mist (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Milani Mix It Up (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Smashbox Pacific (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Rain Drop (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Deep Pacific (03V) (P, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Sequin (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Deep Teal (19M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Junkie (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Fyrinnae Sleepy Hollow (P, $9.00) is brighter (90% similar). Cle de Peau Pewter Veil #1 (LE) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). The Estee Edit Wavy (LE) is darker (85% similar). Lancome My French #8 (LE) is cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Too Glam (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Tonight's the Night (LE, $22.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #5 (P) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Watt (LE, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Cosmic Clash Spellbinder Shadow ($22.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a blackened brown with cooler, emerald green pearl that gives it a slightly metallic finish overall. It had medium coverage, which was somewhat buildable, but I struggled to get true-to-pan intensity without using a damp brush or patting it on two to three layers over a primer. The color was harder to blend out evenly and tended to look patchy and dotty over bare skin as some product stuck and did not want to budge, and it was somewhat improved over primer but still finnicky. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me, and it had no signs of wear with primer after nine and a half hours. MAC Woodsmoke (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Clarity (LE, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Loaded (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Legendary Lure (P, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Gypsy (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Poison (P, $14.00) is brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Max Volume (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Very Wicked (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Envy (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Floss (LE, $19.00) is brighter (90% similar). NARS Snake Eyes (P, $25.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME302 Peacock (P, $21.00) is brighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Forest (P, $28.00) is brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Disco Ball (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Fyrinnae Jaguar (DC, $6.75) is brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Spellbinder Shadow Retrograde
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
89%
Total
MAC Spellbinder Shadow Aphrodisiatic
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
88%
Total
MAC Spellbinder Shadow Blue Karma
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
MAC Spellbinder Shadow Cosmic Clash
7
Product
7
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
80%
Total

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NARS Quai des Brumes Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Quai des Brumes Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Quai des Brumes Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Quai des Brumes Eyeshadow Duo ($35.00 for 0.14 oz.) consists of a medium, silvery purple and a matte, dark taupe. The two colors go together well, as the darker matte shade adds contrast but can also be layered over the more shimmery shade to mute and darken it but still let some shimmer peek through.

Quai des Brumes (Left) is amuted, medium, silvery purple with warmer undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had great pigmentation with a smooth, lightly creamy texture that wasn’t too dense or too soft, so it applied to bare skin well and stayed true-to-pan in its intensity. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before fading. Lancome Zip Me Up (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Romp (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Buxom Patent Leather (P, $12.00) is cooler (85% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Delicate Hummingbird (P, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). Cle de Peau Cosmic Aura #3 (P) is darker (85% similar). Clinique Lavish Lilac (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Flowers 1 #2 (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Guerlain Rose Barbare #2 (P) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). NARS Jardin Perdu (Right) (LE, $25.00) is darker (80% similar). Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #2 (P) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). MAC Grand Galaxy (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Quai des Brumes (Right) is a dark, smoky taupe with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. There were a few sparkles in the pan, but they did not translate swatched or applied to the lid. The consistency was very soft, almost velvety, with a tendency to sheer out to semi-opaque coverage on the skin, even though it was rather pigmented initially. It wore for six and a half hours before fading, so I would highly recommend using a primer with this one as my lids seemed to eat this one up! Make Up For Ever M106 Slate (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Smoke (LE) is darker (95% similar). theBalm #15 (P, $6.50) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Suspend (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Defy (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Dark Chocolate (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Earth (LE, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Atelier Natural Chestnut #5 (P) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Exhale (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Wild Horses (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Smokeshow (P) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Licorice Lane (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Milani Bella Taupe (05) (P, $4.49) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Stila Fog (LE, $18.00) is lighter (85% similar). Sugarpill Castle on the Hill (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Buxom Jetsetter (P, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). Smashbox Haze (P) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Concrete (P, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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BUXOM Fire & Frost Stone Cold Babe Eyeshadow Palette

BUXOM Fire & Frost Stone Cold Babe Eyeshadow Palette
BUXOM Fire & Frost Stone Cold Babe Eyeshadow Palette

BUXOM Fire & Frost Stone Cold Babe Eyeshadow Palette ($42.00 for 0.56 oz.) includes 12 eyeshadows split into six duos, plus a miniature sized Buxom Lash Mascara. (The eyeshadows are 0.03 oz., so the palette contains 0.36 oz. worth of eyeshadow specifically.) The palette itself is called “Fire & Frost.” The majority of shades in the palette are available individually, and the palette itself is the same size as the standard six-pan compacts that BUXOM sells for you to fill (you can pop these out and move them around). Some shades are nice, some shades are drier and harder to work with–most of them the new/exclusive shades–and overall, the palette didn’t seem as cohesive or as complementary as I would have expected. I found it difficult to do more than the same smoky eye over and over again with the way the shades looked on the skin. Three of the shades–Graphite Glam, Frosted Pewter, Sequin Sparkle–looked nearly the same when I applied them, partially due to the sheerer quality of them, but they were all this sort of sheer, medium/medium-dark gray.

Formula Overview

BUXOM Eyeshadow ($12.00 each or $40 for six) is a powder eyeshadow that is available as a customizable palette system, where you can purchase a single shade and an individual compact for $12 or purchase a six-pan palette, plus six eyeshadows to go inside of it, for $40. Each eyeshadow is held inside a metal pan that is (presumably) glued into a plastic pan that snaps into the compact/palette. The eyeshadows are easily lifted in and out of the palette, so you can rearrange them or create a new combination if you have more than one set of six. They will fit into a Z-palette, but you’ll need to add a magnet to keep it in place. The eyeshadow formula is one that works better in action than swatched, as several of the mattes seemed on the thinner, more powdery side, but then they would blend exceptionally well while adhering to bare skin–and they wouldn’t fade any faster than the more shimmery eyeshadows. The more shimmery shades tended to outperform the matte shades with better color payoff. These eyeshadows seem to have a slightly firmer press to them (more in the style of your average MAC eyeshadow), and they feel quite different compared to bareMinerals’ Ready line, as those have a thicker, denser consistency.

Value

  • Eyeshadow: $12.00 for 0.05 oz. or $240.00/oz.
  • Mascara: $20.00 for 0.37 oz. or $54.05/oz.
  • Set: $86.40 worth of eyeshadow, $10.81 worth of mascara
  • Total Value: $97.21

* When you purchase six shades and a six-pan palette, the cost is $40. The palette is $2 more, but you get a miniature mascara; plus, you get 12 shades instead of six, so you may derive more value in terms of per-shade cost if you are not someone who typically pans your eyeshadow.

Diamond Darling is a bright, warm white with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had good pigmentation with a fairly soft, smooth, denser texture that wore well for eight hours on me. LORAC Dream Girl #9 (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Rainbow (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Smoky Black Friday #1 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Skulls (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Dior Jardin #2 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Yves (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Envious Erin (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Lancome Blanc Scintillant (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Vanilla (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #1 (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Inglot #395 (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Thunderstruck (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I514 Pink Ivory (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #1 (P) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Paris #2 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Velvet Snow is a bright, light white with subtle, cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a slightly stiffer, firmer texture that blended out okay, but it was harder to get pigmentation out of it. This shade lasted for eight hours. Make Up For Ever ME122 Snow (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Ice Queen (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Dark Energy #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Zoeva Spun Pearl (P) is cooler (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Midnight Hour #1 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Clarins Garden Escape #1 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D200 Crystalline Mauve Turquoise (P, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Jazz #2 (LE)(95% similar). MAC Crystal Avalanche (DC, $16.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Tassel (P, $5.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Sassy (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Blue Garden #2 (LE) is brighter (95% similar). MAC White (P, $21.00) is brighter (95% similar). Dior Precious Embroidery #2 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Nutcracker (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Snowball (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Champagne Buzz is a light-medium peachy brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. The pigmentation was great, while the consistency was soft, smooth, blendable, and very easy to work with. It wore well for eight hours on me. Urban Decay Sin (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Hollywood (17) (LE, $39.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Koosh (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Stila Kitten (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Ombre de Lune #3 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Baby (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Terre (Left) (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Peony (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Starry Eyed (P, $9.99) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Arc de Triomphe (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Vendome #2 (P) is lighter (90% similar). City Color Bubble Bath (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Last Sin (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Fabulous Three #2 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #7 (P) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Sweet Sovereign (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Zoeva Handmade (P) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #1 (P) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Summer Haze (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mink Magnet is a medium-dark bronze with hints of gray on top paired with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, though not fully opaque, that applied nicely to bare skin, though the texture was a bit looser and drier to the touch. The color wore well for eight hours on me before fading. This shade was actually better than the single I have. Too Faced Rum Raisin (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Cle de Peau Satin Moon #3 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #2 (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Quintessential (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Platinum (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D562 Taupe Platinum (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Superwatt (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I550 Olive Gray (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Bohemian Waxwing (P, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Underground (DC, $18.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Tarte Charged Up (LE) is darker (85% similar). MAC Force of Nature #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Urban Decay Resist (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Viseart Cashmere #5 (P) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Rocker (P) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Burberry Pale Barley (102) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Ska (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Giorgio Armani #09 (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). Makeup Geek Mesmerized (P, $9.99) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Trendsetter is a light-medium taupe with stronger gray tones and a neutral-to-cool undertone overall. It had a matte finish. It had semi-sheer coverage that tended to sheer out quickly as the consistency was thinner and dustier. I did not have better luck using it over a primer; it was just a dismal shade. The color started to fade after five hours. Kat Von D Lazarus (P) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Graceful (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Brains & Brawn (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Frisk (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Haute Couture is a dark, bronzy brown with warm, coppery undertones and a frosted sheen. It had intense pigmentation with a really smooth, lightly buttery texture that felt creamy going on and blended out beautifully. The color lasted just over eight and a half hours on me. MAC Collective Chic #2 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Embellish (LE) is darker (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Bracken (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Bao Bao's Jewels #4 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Mademoiselle #4 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Inglot #409 (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Ritzy (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Brownluxe #4 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME614 Graphite Brown (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Chanel Topkapi #1 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Mona Lisa (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Graphite (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Burberry Gold #1 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Abu (LE) is darker (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Aladdin's Lamp (LE, $9.99) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #6 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Brownie (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Lust in LA (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Mooning (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Autumn Rust (LE, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sequin Sparkle is a light-medium gray-leaning taupe with warmer, copper sparkle that sat over a satin finish. The sparkle was looser, so it didn’t bind with the underlying color (little made it to the lid as a result), while the texture was firmer and difficult to work with. It had decent pigmentation, but it did not blend easily. This shade wore well for just over seven and a half hours. MAC Posh Pedigree #2 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Buxom Frosted Pewter (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Variation #2 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Stroke My Ego (P, $18.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Slate Bells Ring (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Lancome Tenacity (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Rocker (P) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Bounce Around (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). theBalm #19 (P, $6.50) is warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Angel (LE, $19.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Jetsetter is a medium-dark taupe that leans quite gray with cooler undertones and a matte finish. It was semi-sheer, dusty, and difficult to build the color on the lid, even over primer. It was a real disappointment given how much better the individual version I have is (so much more pigmented!). It lasted for five hours before fading on me. Stila Fog (LE, $18.00) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Two VIP #2 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Password (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Stone (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Priceless (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Deep Taupe (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Concrete Jungle (P, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #10 (P) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). theBalm #25 (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). Sugarpill Castle on the Hill (P) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Exhale (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Haze (P) is darker, brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Smoked Cocoa #2 (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Smoke (Base) (P) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M106 Slate (P, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Quai des Brumes (Right) (LE, $25.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Brains & Brawn (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Zoeva Old Master (P) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Bedrock (P, $6.00) is less pigmented, cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Friend Zone (P, $6.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Frosted Pewter appeared as a deep, smoldering gray with warmer undertones in the pan, but it was more like a subdued, medium gray with warm undertones applied. It lost a lot of its intensity from pan to skin, probably due to the lack of pigmentation and generally firm, stiff, and trouble-making texture. It tended to apply where it initially landed and not want to diffuse or budge from there. It lasted for seven and a half hours. Urban Decay Mushroom (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Buxom Sequin Sparkle (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Kill Joy (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Variation #2 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Minimalism (P, $29.50) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Robbery (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Armor (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Platinum Bling (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Rockstar (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Cheers (V2) (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Rocker (P) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Tarte Slate Bells Ring (LE) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Graphite Glam is a dark gray with neutral undertones and a pearly finish. It appeared much, much richer and darker in the pan than swatched, where it was semi-sheer, faded, and dry. The texture was firm in the pan, which made it hard to apply evenly and blend it out with any semblance of soft, diffused edges. It lasted for seven hours on me. MAC Twelve Chimes (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Palatable (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #8 (P) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Graphite (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC A Waft of Grey #3 (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Uninhibited #2 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Plum Darling (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Chimney (LE, $16.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Stormy Sunset (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

LBD is a dark black with neutral undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a lightly dusty, thinner texture that wasn’t as blendable as it could have been. It is workable, but it’ll take extra effort and was best applied in sheerer layers, then built up. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Giorgio Armani #01 (P, $32.00) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Noir (P, $23.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia LBD (LE, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Ebony (LE) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Sin City (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Pandora (P) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Smashbox Blackout (P) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Tarte Don't Stand Black (LE) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Black Coffee (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Coal (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Smoke & Mirrors (LE) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). LORAC Black (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Jet Black (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Shax (P) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Platonic (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Carbon (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Tails & Top Hats #5 (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Divergent Dauntless Ink (LE) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M100 Black (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Black Tie is a deep, inky black with neutral-to-warm undertones and a cooler, teal and silver pearl. It had good color payoff with a fairly smooth texture, though it ran a touch dry and the edges looked draggy when I worked with them. With a little extra maneuvering, I was able to diffuse the edges to my satisfaction. It wore well for eight hours on me. Lancome My French #9 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). City Color Oh So Naughty (P, $6.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Eternal Gold #5 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Estee Lauder Burnt Anise (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Raven (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Estee Lauder Black Myrrh (LE, $45.00) is cooler (95% similar). Anastasia Midnight (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Black Sands (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Dark Soul (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Shameless (P, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Volcano Fairy Wren (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Black Tied (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sugarpill Stella (P, $13.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Buxom Stone Cold Babe Eyeshadow Palette Fire & Frost
C+

Limited Edition

7
Product
8
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
77%
Total
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NARS Indes Galantes Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Indes Galantes Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Indes Galantes Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Indes Galantes Eyeshadow Duo ($35.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a dark, smoky duo of shades featuring a shimmery gray and matte burgundy. I wasn’t a fan of either shades, as they were both harder to apply and blend out. It is an interesting combo of shades, though, so there is that!

Indes Galantes (Left) is a dark gray with neutral-to-warm undertones and a frosted finish. The consistency was looser and a bit drier, so the shimmer separated more from the base color and felt gritty to a degree. It had decent pigmentation, though not fully opaque, and it blended out fairly well but needed extra effort around the edges. The eyeshadow started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. MAC Diesel (LE, $16.00)(100% similar). MAC Lapisluxe #3 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Starry Night #3 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Silver Shoes (LE) is cooler (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #18 (P) is cooler (95% similar). Makeup Geek Galaxy (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Nighttrain (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Bad Behaviour (LE, $24.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Double Feature #2 #2 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Obsidian (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Asphalt (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Santeria (LE) is darker (95% similar). Dior Smoky Sequins #4 (LE) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Paris #4 (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Deep Cravings (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Stila Black Diamond (P) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Give In Take II (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Diane (P) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Fleur de Pierre (106) (P, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Synergy (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Indes Galantes (Right) is a muted, dark burgundy with warm, reddish undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer, somewhat buildable coverage. The texture was soft, finely-milled, but dusty and thin, which made it harder to apply on bare skin as it would sheer out and become patchy. Even over a primer, it was finicky and tended to look uneven. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. Kat Von D Velvet (LE) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Tarte Drama (P) is darker, cooler (95% similar). LORAC Eggplant (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Stained Glass (LE) is warmer (95% similar). MAC I'm Into It (P, $16.00) is brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Double Tap (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Kir Royal (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Deep Damson (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Cherry Cola (P, $6.00) is warmer (85% similar). LORAC Burgundy (P, $19.00) is warmer (80% similar). Makeup Geek Bitten (P, $6.00) is warmer (80% similar). Too Faced Bordeaux (P, $16.00) is warmer (80% similar). MAC Everyone's Darling (LE, $16.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Duo Eyeshadow Indes Galantes
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