MAC A Sprinkle of Blues Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad

MAC A Sprinkle of Blues Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad ($44.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a cool-toned mix centered around blue. It contained a white with a blue sheen, muted navy blue, medium-dark blue, and a blackened navy. This quad was horrifying across the board–dry, stiff, difficult to blend, splotchy application, fast to fade, and utter garbage. I’ve worked with all six of the quads released in the collection, and none were as frustrating as this one–this performed so much worse than the others; it didn’t even apply halfway decently. It cannot be used damp; the only hope it has is being applied over a slightly tacky, white base. I don’t know why this quad differed so greatly compared to the others, which, with work and a particular technique, I could apply and it would look fine on.

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MAC A Sprinkle of Blues Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad A Sprinkle of Blues
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Product
5.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
5.5
Longevity
5
Application
2.5
Total
58%
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Dolce & Gabbana Smeraldo & Ametista Classic Cream Lipsticks

Dolce & Gabbana Smeraldo Classic Cream Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “ice-cold, luminous green.” It’s a cool-toned, emerald green with fine emerald green shimmer. Illamasqua Violate (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

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Dolce & Gabbana Smeraldo Classic Cream Lipstick
Dolce and Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick Smeraldo
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Product
3
Pigmentation
4
Texture
6.5
Longevity
7
Application
2
Total
50%
Limited Edition
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Chanel Bronze Ligne Graphique de Chanel & Bronze Platine Mascara Gel Irise

Chanel Bronze Ligne Graphique de Chanel ($34.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “bronze khaki.” It’s a dark, gold-shimmered bronze with olive undertones and a pearly sheen. The brush doesn’t apply opaque product in a single stroke; it really has to be layered, but it dries fairly quickly and doesn’t apply perfectly smooth, so building in layers tends to result in an uneven texture. The color is striking, but the application leaves something to be desired. Once applied, it doesn’t budge, smudge, or fade–I wore it for a total of twelve hours–and didn’t seem to streak or run when my eyes watered (and later, when I dabbed water on it to test its water-resistant claim). The wear was good, but the color payoff and application were where it needed improvement. Buxom Come Over (P, $17.00) is less warm-toned. Urban Decay Smog (P, $19.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Roach (P, $19.00) is redder-toned. Urban Decay Hustle (LE, $19.00) is more muted. Illamasqua Wisdom (P, $27.50) is darker. See comparison swatches.

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Chanel Bronze Ligne Graphique de Chanel
Chanel Ligne Graphique de Chanel Liquid Eyeliner Bronze
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Product
6
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
10
Application
2.5
Total
72%
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Wet ‘n’ Wild I Don’t Do Camouflage Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild I Don’t Do Camouflage Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.12 oz.) is one of four new–and limited edition–Color Icon Eyeshadow Trios for fall. According to the brand, each trio features “highly pigmented shades” with a variety of finishes and pre-packaged with a tube of Mega Protein Mascara as a bonus. The trio will be available at local drugstores (not online as far as I know), though I haven’t spotted any displays near me yet (but I never seem to catch them!). I’m afraid that this trio is a major miss for me, once again. I had fingers and toes crossed for a return to pigmentation, but all three shades were lacking in quality. The eyelid shade had promising pigmentation, but the powdery texture was worrisome and ultimately was its downfall. I tried these on bare lids (about two to three hours of wear), with eyeshadow primer (NARS and Urban Decay) (four to five hours of wear), and then over NYX’s Milk (creamy white) and nothing was working. Even over what is typically the saving grace of most pitiful eyeshadows, it was faded, patchy, and uneven within three hours (and then almost gone entirely by the sixth hour).

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Wet 'n' Wild I Don't Do Camouflage Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio
Wet 'n' Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio I Don't Do Camouflage
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Product
4.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
6
Longevity
3.5
Application
3
Total
52%
Limited Edition
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Le Metier de Beaute Champagne Shimmer & Starry Night True Colour Creme Eyeshadows

Le Metier de Beaute True Colour Creme Eyeshadow ($28.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “long-wearing,” “waterproof,” and crease-resistant. I will respectfully disagree with all three things and not just slightly but fully. Both shades were extremely emollient, and they never set or dried down; they remained movable, slippery, and as a result, slid around and settled into creases with great delight within a half hour. This occurred whether applied at more opaque color or as a barely-there, sheer wash of color. So, long-wearing and crease-resistant–not at all. They’re more water-resistant than waterproof (which is actually a separate claim that gets made: -resistant vs. -proof), as they won’t immediately start running or bleeding when in contact with water, but they do migrate somewhat and will move if you rub. The latter probably has more to do with the fact that they don’t set/dry down.

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Le Metier de Beaute Champagne Shimmer True Colour Creme Eyeshadow
Le Metier de Beaute True Colour Crème Eyeshadow Champagne Shimmer
F
Product
2
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
1
Application
2
Total
51%
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MAC Smoked Cocoa Eyeshadow Quad (RiRi Hearts MAC)

MAC Smoked Cocoa Eyeshadow Quad ($44.00 for 0.19 oz.) is a new and limited edition palette from the upcoming RiRi Hearts MAC (Fall Edition) that launches at MAC stores on September 26th, online on September 30th, and counters and international locations on October 3rd.

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MAC Smoked Cocoa Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Eyeshadow Quad Smoked Cocoa
F
Product
5
Pigmentation
5
Texture
5.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
3.5
Total
59%
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