MAC x Cinderella Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 for 0.25 oz.) includes six eyeshadows with a neutral theme. Five of the six eyeshadows are part of the permanent range, which may be a deal-breaker for long-time MAC fans. On the bright side, those five permanent eyeshadows are as good in the palette as they are individually. The only shade I had real trouble with was the limited edition color.

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MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette
MAC 6-Pan Eyeshadow Palette Stroke of Midnight
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
91%
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ColourPop Lovely, On the Rocks, Mooning, Bandit Super Shock Shadows

ColourPop Lovely Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft light gold with … flecks of … glitter.” It’s a sparkling, light-medium gold with a glittery, metallic finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, though the consistency was very smooth and lightly creamy, so it blended well on the skin. The color payoff was buildable to more opaque coverage, but there’s a fine line as you build to avoid it thickening as well. It lasted for nine hours but had noticeable fall out. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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ColourPop Lovely Super Shock Shadow
Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Lovely
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Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
81%
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Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette

Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette ($46.00 for 0.72 oz.) includes three highlight shades (0.08 oz. each) and three contour shades (0.16 oz. each). I wish the palette ran cooler in overall tone, or at least had the first set of highlight/contour be cool-toned, the middle be more neutral-cool, and the last set be deeper and more neutral-cool. They all run warmer both in the pan, swatched, and applied. The texture of the powders is incredibly silky and smooth with a little bit of powderiness, but it’s not excessive, and it seems to make these incredibly easy to work with, so blending and diffusing the color on the skin isn’t frustrating. If you are fairer and prefer very subtle contours, this palette might be too dark overall, but the shades are quite forgiving and blendable, so I think that they can all be worn across most skin tones, just depending on the intensity of application.

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Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette
Kat Von D Contour Palette Shade + Light
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
90%
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Estee Lauder Burgundy Suede, Electric Cobalt, Emerald Volt Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencils

Estee Lauder Burgundy Suede Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a darkened burgundy purple with warm undertones and subtle pearly shimmer. It has a very waxy base, so while it glides across the skin without tugging, the color payoff in a single stroke is semi-sheer. It was buildable to mostly opaque color, and while I love the color but don’t find the formula to be particularly long-wearing as it thins after seven hours of wear. MAC Nightshade (LE, $16.00) is similar. Urban Decay Darkside (P, $19.00) is darker. MAC Strong Willed (P, $20.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Raven (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. bareMinerals 6AM (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Estee Lauder Burgundy Suede Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil Burgundy Suede
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Product
7
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
74%
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Marc Jacobs Beauty Hi-Fi Filter #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder

Marc Jacobs Beauty Hi-Fi Filter #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder ($49.00 for 0.62 oz.) includes a highlighter and contouring powder. The lighter shade is supposed to “subtly illuminate,” while the darker shade “offers sheer shadow to define.” There are three variations in the formula, and this appears to be the darkest of the three. The texture of both sides was incredibly finely-milled and smooth, while the highlighter was a smidgen powdery, neither looked powdery on the skin. The compact is incredibly large but thin, and the lid seemed extraordinarily thin as it tapered towards the edge, which made it seem almost flimsy along the edge (where it clasps together).

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Hi-Fi Filter #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder
Marc Jacobs Beauty #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder Palette Hi-Fi Filter
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Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
91%
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MAC Tenor Voice & Victoriana Lipglasses

MAC Tenor Voice Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “true classic red.” It’s a brightened, medium red with fairly neutral undertones. On me, it pulls almost warm-toned at times, but other times, it looks neutral or slightly pink-ish. It was richly pigmented and applied well for the most part. The color didn’t feather over the five hours it wore for. Revlon HD Fire Opal (560) (P, $8.99) is warmer, MAC Anthurium (LE, $19.50) is similar. Laura Mercier Poppy (P, $25.00) is warmer. Milani Red My Lips (12) (P, $5.49) is slightly warmer. Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) (P, $8.99) is similar. Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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MAC Tenor Voice Lipglass
MAC Lipglass Tenor Voice
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
93%
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