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Anastasia Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette

01/12

Anastasia Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Anastasia Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Anastasia Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Anastasia Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Soft Glam

Anastasia Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a new, warm-toned neutral palette with mix of mattes and s himmers. There are several shades repeated from the permanent line (Orange Soda, Dusty Rose, Sienna, Noir as well as the Modern Renaissance palette (Tempera, Burnt Orange, Cyprus Umber), so those who have a more extensive stash of the brand’s neutral shades may find there’s quite a bit overlap. I expect that it will work well as a go-to palette for some and others will find too many dupes within their collections already.

The quality was good–not a slam dunk–and most of the issues were minor or improved over a primer (e.g not 100% opaque but buildable, shimmers that were better over primer or with a dampened brush, and so forth). The shimmers were weaker than I expected on their own–they weren’t as dense or as creamy as some of the brand’s more recent shimmer eyeshadow releases.

Soft Glam
Soft Glam
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
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Smashbox Day Rate Photo Edit Eye Shadow Trio

01/07

Smashbox Day Rate Photo Edit Eye Shadow Trio

Smashbox Day Rate Photo Edit Eye Shadow Trio

Smashbox Day Rate Photo Edit Eye Shadow Trio

Smashbox Day Rate Photo Edit Eye Shadow Trio

Smashbox Day Rate Photo Edit Eye Shadow Trio

Smashbox Eye Shadow Trios | Look Details

Smashbox Eye Shadow Trios | Look Details

Day Rate

Smashbox Day Rate Photo Edit Eye Shadow Trio ($22.00 for 0.11 oz.) contains a gold, dirty gold, and blackened teal. All three shades were shimmery, and as has been the case with Smashbox’s new trios, it ended up being a mixed bag of so-so eyeshadows.

Day Rate
Day Rate
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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Make Up For Ever Blue Artist Color Shadows

01/07

Make Up For Ever D206 Celestial Blue Artist Color Shadow

Make Up For Ever D206 Celestial Blue Artist Color Shadow

Make Up For Ever D206 Celestial Blue Artist Color Shadow

Make Up For Ever D206 Celestial Blue Artist Color Shadow

Make Up For Ever D206 Celestial Blue Artist Color Shadow

A Glowing Blue Eye | Look Details

A Glowing Blue Eye | Look Details

D206 Celestial Blue

Make Up For Ever D206 Celestial Blue Artist Color Shadow ($17.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a light, sky blue with subtle, cool undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied decently but had a tendency to go on a bit unevenly if I wasn’t careful. It was better with a dampened brush primer didn’t improve the application. It could have blended out better along the edges better, too. On me, it lasted for nine hours but had fallout.

The previous version of this shade was lighter and a bit smoother, but it wasn’t particular great before either (see side-by-side comparison).

Formula Overview

$17.00/0.08 oz. - $212.50 Per Ounce

The original Artist Shadow formula had a creamier, slightly softer, and thicker feel for finishes like Metallic, Iridescent, and Satin, while I felt the original Diamond finish was denser/thicker (heavier almost) and the Matte finish was more powdery but similar in softness and pigmentation (I did not find the original Mattes to be ultra pigmented across the board--semi-opaque to opaque, buildable, which you can see in my original swatches here). By and large, I found the formula to be easy to work with and did not have to spend a lot of time blending or fussing with the shades on the lid.

The new Matte formula has a smoother consistency that has more slip to the touch with less powderiness in the pan, but the pigmentation did seem slightly weaker on average compared to the original formula. The pigmentation of the new Matte formula was still semi-opaque to opaque and buildable but I felt like there were just more shades that were closer to semi-opaque than to opaque. However, shades like M402 Mimosa showed improvement, as it used to be a Satin (see here) and not as easy to work with due to the denser texture. A lot of the shades were similar in color between the formulas, but there were a few that were not (M546 Dark Purple Taupe was a shade with more significant changes; the new version is warmer and lighter). Overall, I did not have any issues applying most of the matte shades to the lid, blending them out, or building up coverage. They lasted between nine and ten hours on me, which was actually a bit longer (on average) compared to the original formula, where the mattes tended to wear between seven and eight hours on me (without primer).

The new Satin formula was the most different; it had weaker pigmentation, felt denser and drier with less give and creaminess. In practice, I did not feel like application was harder or noticeably different other than feeling like more of the shades required two layers for more opaque coverage, though some of the more neutral shades were fairly pigmented in a single layer. I also noticed that this particular finish seemed to be the most culled; there weren't that many shades in it, and I wonder if they did not sell well or something about the finish is harder to produce. There were significant differences in color (and/or undertone) between shades in the new formula and old formula (with the same names) within this finish, too, where most were different rather than only a handful being different. The pigmentation of the new Satin formula was typically semi-opaque and buildable, while they applied evenly, blended out without much effort, and lasted between eight and ten hours (without primer).

The new Iridescent formula was the second most different and more comparable to the Satin finish in terms of overall feel and performance, just with larger shimmer/micro-sparkle. The new formula has a denser consistency (almost "drier" and with less slip) and didn't feel as cream-like, but the powder seemed to pickup better with most brushes and was more consistent in the actual finish--pearly with sparkle--whereas the original formula varied more heavily between pearly and metallic, sparkle and finer shimmer. There were, however, more substantial color and undertone differences between old and new within this formula, like I saw with the Satin formula. Overall, I did not experience any significant issues applying most of the shades to the lid--they were semi-opaque to opaque, fairly buildable, blendable, and long-wearing (eight to ten hours).

The new Metallic formula was the most consistent between old and new for overall feel, performance, and color. There were, of course, a few shades that seemed lighter/darker, cooler/warmer compared to the previous versions, and all those notes will be made within the respective shade's review. I think the new Metallic finish has a more flattering look on the lid, as the consistency wasn't quite as thick, which should make it apply and appear smoother on the lid for more people. There were several shades that seemed slightly deeper or less reflective, while others were as reflective as past versions. The majority of the shades of this finish were very pigmented with a moderately dense, lightly creamy texture that blended out well on the lid and wore between nine and ten hours on me.

The new Diamond finish was noticeably less dense/thick, particularly on the lid, which did make it easier to spread across a larger area and easier to pickup with more types of brushes. I was worried that there would be more fallout, but I haven't noticeable much fallout with the new Diamond shades over the eight to ten hours they last for. Most of them had good pigmentation, though there were a few that were weaker (medium to semi-opaque coverage); a shade like D410 Gold Nugget was a weaker shade before and still is while D326 Lagoon Blue is significantly less pigmented in the new formula.

As I typically do with new eyeshadow formulas, I tested a few shades from each finish over various primers, as I like to see how new formulas interact with different types of primers and if there are any unexpected consequences of using primers (I felt that some of the more silicone-heavy Artist Shadows from before actually applied better without primer). I didn't notice any ill effects of using primers like Smashbox 24-Hour, Marc Jacobs Coconut Eye Primer, Too Faced Shadow Insurance, or Urban Decay Primer Potion. They all seemed to just help with wear, and with some of the shades that felt drier or had weaker pigmentation, the use of primer seemed to improve initial coverage levels, too.

Browse all of our Make Up For Ever Artist Color Shadow swatches.

Ingredients

6.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
73%
Total

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Becca Ocean Jewels Eyeshadow Palette

01/11

Becca Ocean Jewels Eyeshadow Palette

Becca Ocean Jewels Eyeshadow Palette

Becca Ocean Jewels Eyeshadow Palette

Becca Ocean Jewels Eyeshadow Palette

Becca Ocean Jewels Eyeshadow Palette

Becca Ocean Jewels Eyeshadow Palette

Becca Ocean Jewels Eyeshadow Palette

Becca Ocean Jewels Eyeshadow Palette

Becca Ocean Jewels Eyeshadow Palette

Becca Ocean Jewels Eyeshadow Palette

Becca Ocean Jewels Eyeshadow Palette

Ocean Jewels

Becca Ocean Jewels Eyeshadow Palette ($35.00 for 0.49 oz.) is a seven-pan, circular palette with five shimmery and two matte eyeshadows. One shade (Mermaid Pearl) is supposed to be an “eyeshadow topper,” which is designed to be sheerer so it can be layered on top of other shades. The palette was a big improvement from holiday’s iteration with respect to quality, and the shades themselves are a bit more complex, too. The palette is larger, and there is wasted space, which I know can be a deal-breaker for some.

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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Ocean Jasper

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Tourmaline

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Viseart Tryst Eyeshadow Palette

01/10

Viseart Tryst 9-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Viseart Tryst 9-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Viseart Tryst 9-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Viseart Tryst 9-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Viseart Tryst 9-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Viseart Tryst 9-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Viseart Tryst 9-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Viseart Tryst Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Viseart Tryst Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Viseart Tryst Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Tryst

Viseart Tryst 9-Pan Eyeshadow Palette ($49.00 for 0.49 oz.) is a new, limited edition eyeshadow palette that is exclusive to Beautylish. Overall, it’s a nice palette that I expect will make a good “everyday” palette for some. Darling could have been more pigmented and had a creamier consistency, while Dangereuse and Illicit had room for minor improvement.

I’m happy to see Viseart release another 9-pan palette, too, as I think the packaging is an upgrade from their standard palette packaging and the price point is more attractive.

Tryst
Tryst
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

Make Up For Ever Star Lit Glitter Eyeshadow Palette

01/10

Make Up For Ever Star Lit Glitter Palette

Make Up For Ever Star Lit Glitter Palette

Make Up For Ever Star Lit Glitter Palette

Make Up For Ever Star Lit Glitter Palette

Make Up For Ever Star Lit Glitter Palette

Make Up For Ever Star Lit Glitter Palette

Make Up For Ever Star Lit Glitter Palette

Make Up For Ever Star Lit Glitter Palette

Make Up For Ever Star Lit Glitter Palette

Make Up For Ever Star Lit Glitter Palette

Star Lit

Make Up For Ever Star Lit Glitter Palette ($45.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette that features six glittery eyeshadows. The formula is different from other finishes from the brand within the Artist Color Shadow range (and its previous Artist Shadow range as well), but it’s one that other brands have used in some capacity (Urban Decay Moondusts, Tom Ford/Charlotte Tilbury both have similar formulations in various palettes, MAC Dazzleshadow, etc.), though I’d argue the Star Lit formula’s strength is pigmentation with moderate glitter/sparkle rather than lots of glitter/sparkle and less base color. This makes them workable as layering shades as well as standalone eyeshadows. There were two shades that were sheerer, while four were quite pigmented, and that was where the palette lost points (as the brand states these have “intense color payoff”).

The texture has a smoother, almost wet feel with some slip and enough substance that the glitter and base color adhere together onto the lid without lots of fallout during blending or application. These types of sparkles tend to lay flat and stick well to the skin, but they can be harder to remove at the end of the day, and there was some migration over time, though certainly not tons and still impressive for something as glittery as this formula without using an adhesive base or spray. I swatched all the shades dry and damp, and I found dampened application to be largely unnecessary.

One thing note is that each shade doesn’t contain as much product as you’d think, given the size of the palette. It has that bulky, oversized feel, which may be a deal-breaker for some and a non-issue for others!

Star Lit
Star Lit
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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Flame

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