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.
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.
* 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). Kat Von D Skulls (LE) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Smoky Black Friday #1 (LE) is more shimmery (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). LORAC Vanilla (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Paris #2 (P) is less shimmery (90% 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). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.