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Can you see a theme in this week’s questions? 🙂 I want true-to-pan color that’s rich and dense–if I want to sheer it out, I’ll use less–that applies smoothly, evenly, and doesn’t disappear once you blend it out. I like denser, richer textures that almost feel buttery and creamy but are still powder-based.

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I love a color and formula that’s buttery in texture, easy and somoth to apply. I love colors that are flattering with a lot of payoff.

One that has a strong coloring and that lasts long naturally!

I recently bought Dark Indulgence from MAC by the way and I loved the color the swatch I did at the store but now it looks more grey than green. It also came with a medium sized dent on it is this normal?

i also like a buttery texture, very pigmented and silky smooth no chunky glitters no fall out, what you see in the pan is what you get on the lid…
some brands that have won my heart over the years: stila eyeshadows, two faced eyeshadows, wet n wild color icon shadows and recently inglot shadows.

i really am not a fan of macs eyeshadow range theyre just not pigmented enough for me and need work when applying….i really enjoyed the peacocky collection shadows though those were phenominal mac should just convert to those haha

I hate when it’s too grainy with sparkles. I look for something that is an interesting and useable color. I keep trends in mind, too. Mostly I look for things that are pigmented but are easy to work with. I have this one MAC shadow, and it’s so dark and pigmented and prone to fallouts that it’s impossible to work with. I’m pretty sure it’s Beauty Marked? It’s a pain.

Powder. I can’t get into cream shadows.
Good pigment.
Long lasting.
Easy to apply and EASY TO BLEND.
No chunky glitter. (I’m looking at you, Urban Decay’s Uzi.)
Not too much fallout.

Oh, man. As much as I love Urban Decay, I really dislike Uzi. It looks pretty, but it’s such a pain to apply. Way too sparkly and the glitter gets everywhere.

Yes, Uzi and also Maui Wowie and, of course, Midnight Cowboy Rides Again – such beautiful shades if only the glitter wouldn’t rain down all over the place.

Long-lasting, easy to apply, good pigmentation, just as pretty on the eyes as in the pan, makes my eyes look bigger/more awake. MAC Mega Metal Shadows are a good example of the kind of quality I look for.

Very pigmented, powders only but very smooth in texture (not into cream shadows), easily blendable, looks like the color in the pan. I basically want an eyeshadow that turns out exactly like I expected it to be.

True to pan color, pigmented, buttery texture, dense, shimmery or frosty finish, no glitter, not matte, long wearing.

Not powdery, chalky or too hard. Buttery feel but not so soft that it falls out all over the pan or palette w/ a gentle tap of the brush. Little glitter at least glitter that doesn’t end up on my cheek. Unique from something in my collection already, high pigmentation. Blendability, long lasting, crease resistant(particularly cream shadows) and functional packaging. I love inglot, stila, and UD(the glitter free shades)best. For cream I also like the MUFE aqua cream shadows(they don’t crease at all and I use them without a primer and last through the whole day even though I don’t always set them with a powder. They last through the pool and monsoons)

If it’s supposed to be shimmery and sparkly, it MUST be fine shimmer so that there’s much less fall out.

Exactly what you said Christine which is why I absolutely love your reviews!!! If an eyeshadow is chalky/difficult to apply, no matter how pretty it might look in the pan, I won’t waste money on it.

1. pigmentation
2. uniqueness — I have many shadows, so I want any new ones to really “wow” me
3. texture — I abhor shadows that don’t blend well — no matter how well they excel at #’s 1 & 2
4. minimal fallout

I love darker colors on my brows. The powder should stay all day long, very pigmented and easy to blend.

Good pigmentation, smooth texture, without fall out during application. I also want eye shadows that don’t change color once applied.

1. no fall-out (glitter or otherwise)
2. good blendability
3. good pigmentation and something that delivers what I see in the pan (MAC Gazette Grey is a perfect example of something that looks amazing in the pan and doesn’t deliver the gold flecks or the deep intensity of the pan when you apply it)

I like what you like, Christine, but I’d add that finish is also an issue. I prefer creamy mattes, softly glowing satins and frosts that aren’t overcome with chunky glitter. Bleh – glitter!

Awesome pigmentation & colour payoff (unless it’s supposed to be sheer), nice formula, easy to apply and blend, ability to last long without creasing and preferably fading too, as little fallout as possible (especially if it’s hard to remove), and again, of course I want to like what it looks like!

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