Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.80 oz.) includes twenty eyeshadows–all “brand new” according to Urban Decay–arranged by character, going down in columns. Visually, it doesn’t seem like an immediately comprehensive palette, but I think you can get a variety of looks out of it afterall, though they will skew warm or otherwise brighter and more colorful. There are a couple of shades that seem more than similar to past shades released by the brand (Duchess is the worst offender). I wish they would have opted for either Looking Glass/Lily/Royal Flush and added a light and more mid-tone beige or taupe shade for transition and highlighting (on different skin tones). The more shimmery shades in the palette were really nice, but the more colorful, more matte shades were dusty and thin and require primer to apply well (personally, I didn’t find UD’s primer sufficient–they needed a stark white base). Worth noting, the colorful mattes have a thinner consistency that makes them less blendable next to the denser shimmers (there’s a disconnect in how they smooth over one another). Dream On really only functions if used with a damp brush or over an adhesive base. The third row is exceptionally good, and I really wish the rest of the palette was that impressive, so it leaves me with a myriad of feelings, because there are some really amazing shades in the palette… and some real misses. The palette will be available at Urban Decay on May 1st and other retailers to follow after that.

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Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette Alice Through the Looking Glass
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
83%
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Dior Shock, Cruise, Diorosphere Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss

Dior Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss ($30.00 for 0.21 fl. oz.) was recently reformulated and released in several shades, some familiar from past formulations (Dior seems to update their lip ranges every couple of years). The formula is supposed to be sheer, hydrating, glossy, and plumping using “hyaluronic acid spheres that capture and retain surrounding water … [so lips] appear full with lasting moisture.” I can’t really tell the difference between this formula and past ones in the range; it’s a semi-sheer to semi-opaque formula (from what shades I bought) with a very smooth, lightweight texture that is comfortable to wear, lightly hydrating, and shiny. The non-sticky texture and smooth, gel-like feel are the two highlights of the formula, as they’re just easy to wear and throw on. The formula wore between three and four hours for me. I didn’t notice any scent or taste. They come in three types–sparkling, watery, and iridescent–with varying levels of shimmer and color.

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Dior Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss

Anastasia Sateen, 10K, Blazing, Comfort Eyeshadows

Anastasia Sateen Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a light-medium, golden peach with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, lightly dusty consistency that was very blendable without fall out, despite being a smidgen on the drier side. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading noticeably on me. Smashbox Crisp (P) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Sunset Blvd. (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Gem (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Cherish (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Rose Golden Rings (LE) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Rose Champagne (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Orangerie (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #1 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Smashbox Champagne (P) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Anastasia Eyeshadow
Anastasia Eyeshadow Sateen
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
89%
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Becca Camellia Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush

Becca Camellia Shimmering Skin Perfector Blush ($34.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a medium, rosy pink with warm, yellow undertones and a sparkling, frosted finish. Tarina Tarantino Parasol (P, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Geller Rosewater (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Blush (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bicoastal (Bottom) (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (DC, $28.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Stunner (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Boba (DC, $8.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Guerlain Smile (Right) (LE, $52.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Becca Camellia Shimmering Skin Perfector Blush
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush Camellia
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
84%

Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eyeliners (Part 1)

Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eyeliner ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is supposed to be an “ultra creamy” and “ultra pigmented.” They have a smoother, more waxy consistency, so they skim across the skin without tugging or dragging, but the pigmentation varies a lot from shade to shade, though it fell between semi-sheer to semi-opaque in one stroke. They weren’t particularly buildable, as they seemed to push the color around rather than really gradually build it up. They are really, really soft, so use less pressure than you think or else chunks of the eyeliner will break off. They wore between six and seven hours on me before migrating. Their biggest upside is comfort; very creamy and soft, but the downside is weaker pigmentation and wear. As an aside, the price point seems a little high for the brand, given that eyeliners and eyeshadows are (usually) similarly priced, but these are 50% more expensive than the eyeshadows.

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Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eyeliner
Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eyeliner Pencil Nude
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
86%
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Anastasia Touch of Lilac, Electro, Star Cobalt, Rich Velvet Eyeshadows

Anastasia Touch of Lilac Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a very light, muted pink with a soft, frosted finish. It’s not really lilac to me–it is much warmer than that. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too soft or too firm, so it applied well to the lid and didn’t lose its coverage when blended. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. Sephora Ex-boyfriend (LE) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Laura Mercier Diamond Pink (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Delightful (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Harpooned Heart (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Rhapsodie #2 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Instaglam (LE) is darker (95% similar). Dior Jardin #4 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I528 Pearl (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Signe Particulier #1 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Whimsical (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Alabaster Starling (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #8 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Pink Pearl (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Dior Trafalgar #1 (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Pink Frosting (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Lilac Dream #1 (P) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Dare to Bare (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I902 Quartz (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Pale Mauve (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Anastasia Eyeshadow
Anastasia Eyeshadow Touch of Lilac
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
89%
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