Make Up For Ever Florals (Vol. 3) Artist Palette

Make Up For Ever Florals (Vol. 3) Artist Palette ($44.00 for 0.45 oz.) includes nine shades (all of the shades are also available individually in the permanent range). Two things worth noting: there are several repeats in this palette if you already own several of their past releases, and the amount of product in this is less than the last two volumes and $2 more. Oh, and there are, again, no matte shades. It’s such a shame that they’ve continued to repeat shades when they have 200+ shades in their range to choose from (see this sheet for repeats). If you haven’t picked up a lot of the brand’s palettes or singles previously, it IS a good palette overall — pigmented, long-wearing, and easy to use.

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Make Up For Ever Florals (Vol. 3) Artist Palette
Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Florals (Vol. 3)
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
93%
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Natasha Denona Skin, Suede, Shell, Flamingo Eyeshadows

Natasha Denona Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.08 oz.) comes in 66 shades with four distinct finishes (Matte, Duo-Chrome, Metallic, and Sparkling). According to the brand, the eyeshadow formula is supposed to have “full, rich and intense color that won’t fade out, be “long-lasting,” and smooth. The majority of the shimmery shades were very pigmented with a soft consistency that was something just right and other times a little prone to crumbling/loosening in the pan, while the mattes were smooth but quite powdery, which resulted it color that didn’t adhere to bare skin as readily. The texture of most shades is soft, blendable, and most of the shimmery shades I’ve tested applied well to bare skin. The wear was fairly consistent, but there was some variance from shade to shade (which didn’t seem related to finish). The wear has ranged from five to eight hours, depending on the shade. Primer helps with longevity, adding two to three hours to the shade’s no-primer wear time, but they seem like shorter-wearing eyeshadows compared to most powder formulas I’ve tried.

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Natasha Denona Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Metallic Eye Shadow Skin (75S)
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
86%
Permanent
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Tom Ford Starry Night Eyeshadow Quad

Tom Ford Starry Night Eyeshadow Quad ($80.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a middling group of cooler silvers/grays–a smoky eye with a hint of blue–but disappoints across the board. If you tend to like your eyeshadows sheerer, it might still fill those requirements, but the lack of blendability in the darkest shade makes it a lot less foolproof to use, even accounting for preference towards sheerer coverage.

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Tom Ford Starry Night Eyeshadow Quad
Tom Ford Beauty Eye Color Quad Starry Night
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Product
7
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
76%
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Natasha Denona Cream, Indian Gold, Satin Tan, Sienna Eyeshadows

Natasha Denona Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.08 oz.) comes in 66 shades with four distinct finishes (Matte, Duo-Chrome, Metallic, and Sparkling). There’s not a lot of different between the latter three finishes, as they’re frosted to metallic. According to the brand, the eyeshadow formula is supposed to have “full, rich and intense color that won’t fade out, be “long-lasting,” and smooth. I’m working my way through the range now, and I have tested a little less than half (but I have chosen some selectively–the biggest troublemakers, different finishes). The majority of the shimmery shades were very pigmented with a soft consistency that was something just right and other times a little prone to crumbling/loosening in the pan, while the mattes were smooth but quite powdery, which resulted it color that didn’t adhere to bare skin as readily. The texture of most shades is soft, blendable, and most of the shimmery shades I’ve tested applied well to bare skin. The wear was fairly consistent, but there was some variance from shade to shade (which didn’t seem related to finish). I think the matte eyeshadows performed better in practice as the color built-up well, but they are the weakest in the range. Some of the shimmery shades wore seven to eight hours on me while some that I have tried have creased after five to six hours. I have tried a few (not all) over primer (NARS Smudgeproof), which does help prevent creasing for longer (two to three hours longer), but they still wear shorter than other powder eyeshadows.

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Natasha Denona Sienna (50M) Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Metallic Eye Shadow Cream (21S)
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
86%
Permanent
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Tom Ford Ravageur & Stolen Cherry Patent Finish Lip Colors

Tom Ford Ravageur Patent Finish Lip Color ($52.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark copper-red with warm undertones and a faint dusting of gold micro-shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly while feeling comfortable and hydrating while worn. The color wore for over eight hours while the glossiness lasted for five hours on me. I couldn’t think of any dupes for this one–doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of darker, warmer copper/reds in gloss form like this shade.

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Tom Ford Ravageur Patent Finish Lip Color
Tom Ford Beauty Patent Finish Lip Color Ravageur
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
93%
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Tom Ford Exposed & No Vacancy Patent Finish Lip Colors

Tom Ford Exposed Patent Finish Lip Color ($52.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark reddish-berry with subtle, cool undertones and a creamy, high-shine finish. The color payoff was mostly opaque with a translucency to it that gave it that stain-like appearance. The consistency was lightweight, comfortable to wear, but it does have moderate tackiness. This shade was still going strong after eight hours (glossiness lasted about six hours) and was hydrating over time. Giorgio Armani #601 Plum Vinyl (P, $38.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Lust for Life (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Utterly Tart (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Suggestive (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Crushed Cherry (DC, $30.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Distinction (21) (P, $34.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Tease Don't Touch (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Brickhouse (P, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Peer Pressure (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Tom Ford Exposed Patent Finish Lip Color
Tom Ford Beauty Patent Finish Lip Color Exposed
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Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
96%
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