About Face Actual Ambrosia, Kill the Lights, Dream Syndicate, Oxide Shadowsticks Reviews & Swatches

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About Face Actual Ambrosia Shadowstick
About Face Actual Ambrosia Shadowstick
About Face Actual Ambrosia Shadowstick
About Face Actual Ambrosia Shadowstick
About Face Actual Ambrosia Shadowstick
About Face Actual Ambrosia Shadowstick
About Face Actual Ambrosia Shadowstick
About Face Actual Ambrosia Shadowstick
About Face Actual Ambrosia Shadowstick

Actual Ambrosia

About Face Actual Ambrosia Shadowstick ($14.00 for 0.049 oz.) is a deeper taupe-brown with cooler undertones and a smooth, metallic sheen.

  • Opaque coverage
  • Lightly tacky texture, quick to dry down but glided on without tugging
  • Easiest to use as an all-over wash of color
  • Long-wearing (10 hours)

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$14.00/0.049 oz. - $285.71 Per Ounce

The Shadowsticks are "powerfully-pigmented" that has "one-swipe coverage" that will last for over 10 hours. Most shades had semi-opaque color coverage with a few shades being buildable or starting with nearly opaque pigmentation in one stroke.

The texture was smooth, lightly creamy without being overly wet, and comfortable to work with across the eyelid. They were a bit tacky initially but once set, they were more budge-proof and would lift if one attempted to blend or diffuse later on, so working quickly would be ideal.

For an all-over wash of the more shimmery and neutral shades, I found that they were pretty easy to work with, but there was a slight learning curve. For the bolder and more matte shades, they were easier to use eyeliner or in a graphic shape/base for other products.

Once in place, the Shadowsticks typically lasted between 10 and 12 hours on me with a few of the more emollient/sheerer shades being on the shorter-wearing end of the range.

Browse all of our About Face Shadowstick swatches.

Ingredients

Isododecane, Synthetic Wax, Mica, CI 77000 (Aluminum Powder), Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer, Silica, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Polybutene, Hydrogenated Polydicyclopentadiene, CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Oryza Sativa (Rice/Riz) Bran Wax, Synthetic Beeswax, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil.

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer) at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable to the product you're purchasing, or the brand or retailer's website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

Actual Ambrosia

PPermanent. $14.00.
A
A
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
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About Face Kill the Lights Shadowstick
About Face Kill the Lights Shadowstick
About Face Kill the Lights Shadowstick
About Face Kill the Lights Shadowstick
About Face Kill the Lights Shadowstick
About Face Kill the Lights Shadowstick
About Face Kill the Lights Shadowstick
About Face Kill the Lights Shadowstick
About Face Kill the Lights Shadowstick

Kill the Lights

About Face Kill the Lights Shadowstick ($14.00 for 0.049 oz.) is a deep black with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish.

  • Mostly opaque coverage
  • Lightly tacky texture, quick to dry down but glided on without tugging
  • Easiest to use in a more graphic shape/as liner
  • Long-wearing (12 hours)

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Possible Dupes
These are likely to be very similar shades based on our duping algorithm.

Formula Overview

$14.00/0.049 oz. - $285.71 Per Ounce

The Shadowsticks are "powerfully-pigmented" that has "one-swipe coverage" that will last for over 10 hours. Most shades had semi-opaque color coverage with a few shades being buildable or starting with nearly opaque pigmentation in one stroke.

The texture was smooth, lightly creamy without being overly wet, and comfortable to work with across the eyelid. They were a bit tacky initially but once set, they were more budge-proof and would lift if one attempted to blend or diffuse later on, so working quickly would be ideal.

For an all-over wash of the more shimmery and neutral shades, I found that they were pretty easy to work with, but there was a slight learning curve. For the bolder and more matte shades, they were easier to use eyeliner or in a graphic shape/base for other products.

Once in place, the Shadowsticks typically lasted between 10 and 12 hours on me with a few of the more emollient/sheerer shades being on the shorter-wearing end of the range.

Browse all of our About Face Shadowstick swatches.

Ingredients

Isododecane, Mica, Synthetic Wax, Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Silica, Polybutene, Hydrogenated Polydicyclopentadiene, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Oryza Sativa Cera, Synthetic Beeswax, Hydrogenated Castor Oil; Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Tin Oxide, [+/ - (May contain / Peut Container): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Iron Oxides (CI 77499)]

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer) at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable to the product you're purchasing, or the brand or retailer's website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

Kill the Lights

PPermanent. $14.00.
A-
A-
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
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About Face Dream Syndicate Shadowstick
About Face Dream Syndicate Shadowstick
About Face Dream Syndicate Shadowstick
About Face Dream Syndicate Shadowstick
About Face Dream Syndicate Shadowstick
About Face Dream Syndicate Shadowstick
About Face Dream Syndicate Shadowstick
About Face Dream Syndicate Shadowstick
About Face Dream Syndicate Shadowstick

Dream Syndicate

About Face Dream Syndicate Shadowstick ($14.00 for 0.049 oz.) is a soft black base with flecks of fine sparkle throughout. This was oddly emollient compared to other shades in the range–it was prone to smearing and took longer to dry down, though it eventually set.

  • Sheer coverage
  • Overly emollient, hard to apply evenly, wanted to smear everywhere
  • Long-wearing (8.5 hours)

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$14.00/0.049 oz. - $285.71 Per Ounce

The Shadowsticks are "powerfully-pigmented" that has "one-swipe coverage" that will last for over 10 hours. Most shades had semi-opaque color coverage with a few shades being buildable or starting with nearly opaque pigmentation in one stroke.

The texture was smooth, lightly creamy without being overly wet, and comfortable to work with across the eyelid. They were a bit tacky initially but once set, they were more budge-proof and would lift if one attempted to blend or diffuse later on, so working quickly would be ideal.

For an all-over wash of the more shimmery and neutral shades, I found that they were pretty easy to work with, but there was a slight learning curve. For the bolder and more matte shades, they were easier to use eyeliner or in a graphic shape/base for other products.

Once in place, the Shadowsticks typically lasted between 10 and 12 hours on me with a few of the more emollient/sheerer shades being on the shorter-wearing end of the range.

Browse all of our About Face Shadowstick swatches.

Ingredients

Isododecane, Mica, Synthetic Wax, Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Silica, Polybutene, Hydrogenated Polydicyclopentadiene, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Oryza Sativa (Rice/Riz) Bran Wax, Synthetic Beeswax, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77510 (Ferric Ferrocyanide), Tin Oxide.

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer) at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable to the product you're purchasing, or the brand or retailer's website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

Dream Syndicate

PPermanent. $14.00.
D
D
5
Product
6
Pigmentation
5
Texture
10
Longevity
3
Application
64%
Total
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About Face Oxide Shadowstick
About Face Oxide Shadowstick
About Face Oxide Shadowstick
About Face Oxide Shadowstick
About Face Oxide Shadowstick
About Face Oxide Shadowstick
About Face Oxide Shadowstick
About Face Oxide Shadowstick
About Face Oxide Shadowstick

Oxide

About Face Oxide Shadowstick ($14.00 for 0.049 oz.) is a bright white with cooler undertones and a matte finish.

  • Semi-opaque coverage
  • Lightly tacky texture, quick to dry down but glided on without tugging
  • Easiest to use in a more graphic shape/as liner
  • Long-wearing (10 hours)

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$14.00/0.049 oz. - $285.71 Per Ounce

The Shadowsticks are "powerfully-pigmented" that has "one-swipe coverage" that will last for over 10 hours. Most shades had semi-opaque color coverage with a few shades being buildable or starting with nearly opaque pigmentation in one stroke.

The texture was smooth, lightly creamy without being overly wet, and comfortable to work with across the eyelid. They were a bit tacky initially but once set, they were more budge-proof and would lift if one attempted to blend or diffuse later on, so working quickly would be ideal.

For an all-over wash of the more shimmery and neutral shades, I found that they were pretty easy to work with, but there was a slight learning curve. For the bolder and more matte shades, they were easier to use eyeliner or in a graphic shape/base for other products.

Once in place, the Shadowsticks typically lasted between 10 and 12 hours on me with a few of the more emollient/sheerer shades being on the shorter-wearing end of the range.

Browse all of our About Face Shadowstick swatches.

Ingredients

Isododecane, Mica, Synthetic Wax, Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer, Silica, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Polybutene, Hydrogenated Polydicyclopentadiene, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Oryza Sativa Cera, Synthetic Beeswax, Hydrogenated Castor Oil; Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, [+/ - (May contain / Peut Container): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491)]

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer) at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable to the product you're purchasing, or the brand or retailer's website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

Oxide

PPermanent. $14.00.
B+
B+
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
89%
Total

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I actually bought Actual Ambrosia online and some Ulta elf took it out of the package and replaced it with a real gold. Yarrrgh! The package itself was correct. Who cares if the stick itself was opened, back it went. The U employee was someone I knew as a customer ; now Iā€™m one of hers, lol. And the boss at that old job now works for Sephora. Her hire shows great diversity, as she has a large port wine stain on her face. Who saw a young lady with Down syndrome about a half year ago in the Ulta catalog? The industry is getting there.

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