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Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette

01/15

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Warm

Sephora Warm PRO Eyeshadow Palette ($68.00 for 1.12 oz.) contains 28 eyeshadows in a “warm” color story. I would agree with that description–it is definitely a warm-toned palette–with a lot of mid-tone and medium-dark neutrals in shades of brown and more brown. There were two major misses in the palette (one of which was bizarre that it was a miss) with some that were easy to work with and others that were somewhere in the middle.

The formula is supposed to feature “high pigment, high performance” with long wear and better adhesion. The matte shades were often powdery with some seeming chalky–I had a lot of looks turn a bit gray or muddy along the edges after using a shade above the crease or on the brow bone. The shimmers varied from smooth, creamy, and dense (with noticeable silicone) or drier, looser, and there were some glitter shades that felt more like loose sand than usable product. The latter was barely salvage with a glitter adhesive, but they could not be solved with fingertips or a damp brush.

I know there has been a lot of buzz about the new Sephora PRO palettes, but I did not find the eyeshadow formula to be that easy to work with as quality varied too much between shades, they applied lighter/darker than they appeared in the pan, and there was considerable fallout (and yes, I did tap off excess product prior to applying!). Even when I tried the formula over a primer, I was less impressed; sometimes, I felt like the eyeshadows were easier to control over bare skin! I’ve actually been a fan of Sephora’s Colorful Eyeshadows since they released them several years ago, including the reformulation, but these are substantially different (which some may prefer).

$68 is a higher price point for palettes, but for most mid-end brands, it seems in line with the size of the palette–each shade is almost as much the average single, full-size eyeshadow. Sephora’s house brand isn’t high-end, and it sometimes comes in lower than mid-end with respect to product pricing, but it seems to float around there. Using Sephora’s Colorful Eyeshadow (different formula) as a point of comparison, each shade retails for $10.00 and contains 0.07 oz. or $142.86/oz. The palette retails for $68.00 and contains 1.12 oz. or $60.71/oz. Here are some other pricing comparisons of a few mid-end/high-end palettes:

  • Sephora PRO Eyeshadow Palette: $68.00 for 1.12 oz. or $60.71/oz.
  • Too Faced Natural Love: $59.00 for 0.90 oz. or $65.56/oz.
  • Tarte Tarteist Palette: $53.00 for 0.70 oz. or $75.71/oz.
  • Ciate Pretty, Fun, & Fearless: $42.00 for 0.52 oz. or $80.77/oz.
  • Too Faced Sweet Peach: $49.00 for 0.54 oz. or $90.74/oz.

Sephora PRO Eyeshadow Palette Warm
Warm
Warm
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total

Marc Jacobs Beauty Smartorial Eye-Conic Eyeshadow Palette

01/09

Marc Jacobs Beauty Smartorial Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty Smartorial Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty Smartorial Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty Smartorial Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty Smartorial Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty Smartorial Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty Smartorial Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty Smartorial Palette | Look Details

Marc Jacobs Beauty Smartorial Palette | Look Details

Smartorial

Marc Jacobs Beauty Smartorial Eye-Conic Eyeshadow Palette ($49.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a mix of gray, blues, and neutrals with assorted finishes. It featured seven shades with four different finishes (velvet, satin, silk and lamé). The eyeshadow formula is supposed to have “lasting, velvety-rich pigment.” The brighter blue was more of a struggle to work with compared to the other six shades in the palette, as it did not blend out as well and was not as buildable/pigmented as other shades.

A few obvious differences between the new Eye-Conic palettes and the previous Style Eye-Con No. 7 palettes: they actually decreased by $10 in price (they used to be $59) with only a slight decrease in quantity (0.21 oz. vs. 0.25 oz.), and each eyeshadow has been named. The ingredient lists differ from shade to shade, which makes it harder to really compare easily, and I saw a lot of similar ingredients but order often varied; they seemed similar to me just by touching, wearing, and applying with maybe slightly higher dimethicone quantities in the shimmery shades and a slightly firmer press (but not stiff) for more matte shades (so less powder kicked up in the pan).

Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette Smartorial
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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The Best Beauty Products of 2017 (April through June)

MAC Wrapped Candy Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Wrapped Candy Extra Dimension Blush

Here’s a look at the top 100 beauty products from everything reviewed from April 1st through June 30th!  You’ll also find a summary of how many products and brands were reviewed and a break out of ratings! 🙂  I love looking at a quarterly recap because with so many new products coming out, I feel like I forget some of the winners!

Some of my favorites were: MAC’s new Extra Dimension Blushes, Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea Color Splash Lipsticks, Anastasia’s new permanent Eyeshadows (Sunset, Enchanted,), Estee Lauder Saffron Sun Bronzer, Milani Strobelight Instant Glow Powders, and Smashbox Iced Out Be Legendary Liquid Lip.

Guerlain Chic Tropic Terracotta Bronzing Powder

01/08

Guerlain Chic Tropic Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Guerlain Chic Tropic Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Guerlain Chic Tropic Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Guerlain Chic Tropic Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Guerlain Chic Tropic Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Guerlain Chic Tropic Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Guerlain Chic Tropic Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Guerlain Chic Tropic Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Chic Tropic

Guerlain Chic Tropic Terracotta Bronzing Powder ($78.00 for 0.60 oz.) blends together to create a medium, burnt orange with warm undertones and a satin finish. The gold was an overspray, but the coral pieces went through the powder, and while there were only five of them, they definitely influenced the more subdued brown bronzer portion.

The new, limited edition bronzer is a Nordstrom Anniversary Sale exclusive, and the “dual-color powder” is supposed to “warm all complexions” with a “hint of coral.” The powder was soft, lightly dusty but finely-milled and easily applied, spread, and blended on the skin. It had good pigmentation that was easy to control (by using a lighter hand or a denser brush) depending on your preference for coverage. I tried to get as much of the overlay off of the powder before swatching or using it, and it seemed like there was a natural matte finish in the end–not quite matte but not truly shimmery either. The powder sat well on the skin and lasted for eight hours on me. Guerlain adds fragrance to their powders, though this particular bronzer was less heavily scented than past special editions.

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder Chic Tropic
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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