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MAC Playland Pigments

MAC Playland Pigments
MAC Playland Pigments

The MAC Playland Collection features four shades of MAC Pigments ($21.00 for 0.15 oz.). Two shades are part of the permanent PRO range, while one is part of the permanent range.

Ever So Yellow is described as a “soft yellow with pearl.” It’s a vibrant, medium yellow with a frosted sheen. Applied dry, it has more of a satin-like finish, but applied with a dampened brush, it becomes much, much more pearly and high-shine. It had good color payoff both wet and dry, though, but it can be a little powdery if used loose and dry. This shade stains, so you might want to use a thicker base or primer to avoid the staining on the skin. It wore well for eight hours before showing very slight creasing. Makeup Geek Lemon Drop (P, $5.99) is very similar. Sephora Collection Banana Split (05) (P, $13.00) is slightly darker. NARS Flowers 1 #5 (LE, $24.00) is similar. MAC Bright Sunshine (P, $15.00) is a touch lighter. Make Up For Ever Jaune (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever #24 (P, $23.00) is a cream product, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Golden Olive is described as a “high frosted green-gold.” It’s a medium-dark, muted green with warm undertones and a golden khaki frosted finish. Applied dry, it had fairly good color payoff and had a frosted finish, and applied with a dampened brush, it had excellent color payoff and a high-shine sheen. This shade wore well for almost eight hours before I saw slight creasing. For reference, this shade is “not for use in the lip area” per the warning on the box. Urban Decay Jealous #1 (LE, $18.00) is darker. Urban Decay Mildew (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Spread the Wealth (LE, $16.50) is a cream product. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 (LE) is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Hi-Def Cyan is described as a “cyan blue.” It’s a brightened, light-medium blue with a matte finish. It’s part of the permanent PRO range, and I remember buying this, along with the rest of the neon pigments, and discovering just how much work it was to get it to perform half-decently. The texture is very finely-milled but dry, almost chalky, so it doesn’t apply evenly and is difficult to blend. It’s very prone to fading and creasing–within six hours–but leaves a green-ish stain behind. For reference, this shade is “not for use in the lip area” per the warning on the box. Wet ‘n’ Wild A Regular at the Factory #2 (LE, $2.29) is darker. NARS Mad Mad World #1 (P, $24.00) and MAC Electric Eel (P, $15.00) are much darker. MAC Blue Candy (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned, darker. Make Up For Ever #118 (P, $20.00) is warmer. Inglot #371 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Neo-Orange is described as an “intense neon salmon.” It’s a brightened, coral-orange with warm undertones and a matte finish. Like Hi-Def Cyan, it’s difficult to use, because it has a very chalky, dry consistency and feel. It’s a real challenge to apply, blend, and even wear, as it fades within six hours but leaves a splotchy stain behind. For reference, this shade is “not for use in the lip or eye area” per the warning on the box. Sephora Collection Rio (91) (P, $13.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Placebo (LE) is pinker. MAC Ablaze (LE, $15.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #5 (P, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
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Golden Olive
Golden Olive
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
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Neo-Orange
Neo-Orange
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Product
8
Pigmentation
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Texture
7
Longevity
3.5
Application
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NARS Malacca Eyeshadow

NARS Malacca Eyeshadow
NARS Malacca Eyeshadow

NARS Malacca Eyeshadow ($24.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as an “iridescent peacock.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy brown with a cool-toned green shimmer-sheen and frosted finish. Makeup Geek Insomnia (P, $6.99) is warmer, redder-toned. Kat Von D Queen (LE) is similar. MAC Fireside (LE, $21.00) is similar, less of a sheen. MAC I’ve Got a Crush on You (LE, $32.50) is warmer, more metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

When I first saw it, I was worried it was going to be that bluish-teal-brown duochrome that is gorgeous but has been done by a myriad of brands over the year, but I was pleasantly surprised to find it to be something slightly different–it does have a strong resemblance to those shades, but the cooler undertone makes it stand out a little bit. It has a much more mauve-plum-brown base (that gets more and more mauve-y as it is blended out) with a forest green shimmer-sheen on top–this was especially apparent when I applied it to the lid. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth texture, but one downside was that the shimmer can “stick” in a place and not cover as evenly (you’ll see it on my eyelid, how only part has a strong sheen). Over a primer, I didn’t have that issue, though (something to keep in mind if you always use a primer). The color wore well for eight hours before starting to fade.

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NARS Lost Coast Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Lost Coast Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Lost Coast Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Lost Coast Eyeshadow Duo ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a new, limited edition duo for summer. It’s an interesting mix of shades, but they do work together. One of my favorite aspects to trying out a NARS duo is seeing how the two work together, because you can discover combinations you never thought about before. I was less enamored with this duo as I was Tropical Princess, as the texture was more powdery in both shades here. The left side wasn’t as powdery as the right side, and the left side still applied more smoothly, evenly, and had better color payoff than the right side. I found the right side to be powdery, a little chalky, and a shade that really needs a base underneath to help it hold. The left side lasted for almost eight hours, while the right side was noticeably faded after six hours.

Lost Coast #1 is described as a “golden pewter.” It’s a warm-toned pewter with a bronzy gold sheen and a cooler, taupe-ish color underneath. It had a frosted finish, while the texture was somewhat powdery, though soft and blendable. theBalm #19 (P, $6.50) is very similar. bareMinerals Golden Pear (LE, $14.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Derailed (LE, $18.00) is darker. Dior Constellation (864) #2 (LE) is lighter. MAC Arctic Grey (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lost Coast #2 is described as a “lilac snow.” It’s a light, pink-toned lavender with a satin finish–matte with a soft shimmer-sheen. It had so-so color payoff, but it was quick to sheer out as the texture was drier, more powdery, so it just didn’t bind together or stick well to the skin. I highly recommend using a primer or cream eyeshadow base underneath this to get better color payoff and to avoid it looking dry/powdery on the skin. MAC Digit (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. Inglot #346 (P, $6.00) is slightly darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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NARS Tropical Princess Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Tropical Princess Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Tropical Princess Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Tropical Princess Eyeshadow Duo ($35.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a new, limited edition duo for summer. If you really liked the texture and application of Kauai, I think you’re going to be pleased with this duo as well! It felt very similar to me; soft, smooth, buttery, and silky with excellent color payoff. Both shades from this duo wore well for almost eight hours before starting to crease slightly (no primer). I would say this duo felt a little softer and not quite as “thick,” and it didn’t wear for quite as long as Kauai, but the texture is really lovely to work with (Kauai was just perfect!). This duo is slated for release on NARS’ website on April 15th, then it will roll out to other retailers beginning of May.

Tropical Princess #1 is described as a “neon lemon lime.” It’s a bright pop of chartreuse that leans green (not yellow) with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. The pigmentation was very nice and true-to-pan, while the texture was soft and buttery and very easy to use. MAC Chartreuse Bouquet (LE, $21.00) is slightly darker, less metallic. Kat Von D Birdcage (LE) is more muted. CoverGirl Lime Light (310) (LE, $4.99) is slightly greener. NARS Rated R #1 (P, $24.00) is less shimmery. Dior Garden Pastels #1 (LE) is darker, greener. Make Up For Ever #304 (P, $20.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tropical Princess #2 is described as an “icy lavender.” It’s a very light, lavender-tinged white with a metallic finish. It applies a lot lighter than it looks in the pan due to the incredibly reflective, metallic sheen it gives off–it brightened the lid well, but on me, the “lavender” part of the color tended to get lost. On cooler complexions, or if paired with cooler eyeshadows, I think it may be more prominent. The color payoff was great, though, and the texture felt like butter and silk. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #1 (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Aura #2 (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Fresh Ice (LE, $21.00) is less metallic. bareMinerals Flash (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Dior Rivage (264) Transatlantique Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Rivage (264) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Rivage (264) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Rivage (264) Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.21 oz.) consists of five shades ranging from pale gray to navy blue–four of the shades are cool-toned, lean bluish, while one is a warm-toned gold. The palette is part of the Saks-exclusive Transatlantique collection and is available online and in-store. At this point, I feel like I should know better than to buy Dior’s more “vibrant” palettes, because I usually find them disappointing, and true to form, this one is a miss as well. (Unless they bring back last year’s Mystic Metallics formula.) The application is difficult due to the powdery, almost chalky, base of the majority of the shades, so it looks dry, powdery, and gets muddied quickly on the lid. It’s a palette that desperately needs to be paired with a slightly tacky, creamy base (it needs more than a regular, invisible primer), and I highly recommend applying it prior to your base products as there is a lot of excess fall out (and yes, I tap excess off my brush prior to applying). The shades started off more faded applied than they looked in the pan, but it had noticeably faded even more after six hours of wear.

Rivage #1 is a muted, periwinkle blue with a silvered, frosted finish. It had decent color payoff, and the texture was slightly powdery but soft to the touch. Sleek MakeUP Acid #5 (P, $9.99), Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #3 (LE), Sephora Collection My Boyfriend’s Jeans (19) (P, $13.00), and NARS Rated R #2 (P, $24.00) are all significantly darker. MAC Moon’s Reflection (P, $15.00) is lighter, warmer in a way. MAC Wintersky (LE, $32.50) is darker, more frosted. Chanel Destination (LE, $36.00) is grayer, cream. Inglot #429 (P, $6.00) is lighter with a more metallic sheen. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rivage #2 is a pale, gray-ish white with a soft, pearly finish. This shade was dry, chalky, powdery, and ultimately, semi-sheer at best in regards to coverage. Tom Ford Beauty Ice Queen #1 (P) is more frosted, brighter. Tarina Tarantino Glinda’s Kiss (LE) is yellower. MAC A Waft of Grey #1 (P, $21.00) is similar. Dior Golden Snow #1 (LE) is brighter. theBalm A3 (LE, $16.00) is grayer. NARS Vent Glace #1 (P, $24.00) is similar. Dior Night Golds #1 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rivage #3 is a light-medium, sky blue with a metallic sheen. It had so-so color payoff, but at least the texture wasn’t powdery. Sleek MakeUP Acid #6 (P, $9.99) is slightly darker. NARS South Pacific #2 (P, $24.00) is darker, less metallic. MAC Dimensional Blue (LE, $19.50) is cooler-toned, more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rivage #4 is a medium gold with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture had an almost wet feel to it, but it had some chunkier glitter, so there was some fall out during wear along with the shorter wear-time of the color in general. bareMinerals Stay Golden (LE, $14.00) is darker, less sparkly. Dior Golden Snow #2 (LE) is chunkier. MAC Until Dawn #2 (LE, $21.00) is more muted. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is less sparkly. Milani Drenched in Gold (P, $6.99) is warmer. MAC Retrospeck (P, $15.00) is similar. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is yellower. Lancome Eternal Gold (P, $24.50) is yellower. Dior Night Golds #4 (LE) is less metallic.Dior Fairy Golds #2 (LE) is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rivage #5 is a rich, deep blue with a frosted finish. It seemed to have excellent color payoff, but the texture was noticeably powdery, and when I worked with it on the eyelid, it looked incredibly faded and muted. I tried to layer and build the color up in the crease to no avail. The one shade that seemed promising ended up disappointing as well. Sleek MakeUP Acid #5 (P, $9.99) is lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m His Breezey #5 (P, $2.29) is less shimmery. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #3 (LE) is brighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild I Don’t Do Camouflage #3 (LE, $2.29) is less frosted, more muted. Sephora Collection My Boyfriend’s Jeans (19) (P, $13.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Too Faced A La Mode Eyeshadow Palette , Dupes

Too Faced A La Mode Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced A La Mode Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced A La Mode Eyeshadow Palette ($36.00 for 0.39 oz.) includes nine eyeshadows–three of which are larger, six are smaller in size. Too Faced also likes to separate their shades into Day, Classic, and Fashion, and there’s an included booklet that shares how to use each as a look, but don’t feel confined to how they’re ordered! The palette is a great value, as you’re getting the equivalent of almost eight full-sized eyeshadows (considering the average eyeshadow is 0.05 oz.), though the lighter shades are significantly larger, and you may or may not use them accordingly. I love that the palette is well under the $50 price point, and you’re still getting nine shades to play with. In general, this palette is rather shimmery, so if you tend to incorporate more satin/matte finishes into your looks, you may find this impractical to use as a standalone palette and would need to add in your favorite mattes. It is also a very warm-toned palette, which may or may not be a happy thing.

As an aside, one of the things about Too Faced’s eyeshadow palette is they rarely repeat names, but shades can definitely overlap from palette to palette. I’d really like to see some of those very, very similar shades just share names.

St. Tropez is a pale, warm-toned beige with golden sparkle over a satin finish. This shade is the least shimmery–applied–in the palette, as all of the sparkle sits on top of the actual eyeshadow, so it doesn’t translate on the lid. If you want the sparkle to stay, you’ll need to apply over a tacky base (cream eyeshadow, adhesive base, etc.). There’s so little that actually seems to make it to the eye that I really didn’t notice fall out during wear–you know, there was just… little to fall out. Divergent Serene Vanilla (LE) is more matte. bareMinerals Celebrate (LE) is more shimmery. Makeup Geek New Year’s Eve (P, $6.99) is slightly lighter. MAC Shroom (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cannes is a brightened, medium-dark copper with warm, orange undertones and a frosted finish and copper sparkle. This had a slightly grittier, more sparkly texture so it wasn’t as smooth as other eyeshadows. It had slight fall out during wear but most of it occured during the initial application. It had fairly good color payoff, though, and I didn’t have any creasing after eight hours of wear. Makeup Geek Vegas Lights (P, $6.99) is darker. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #9 (P, $9.99) is darker, less sparkly. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #4 (P) is more metallic. Guerlain Cuivre Ora (LE, $35.00) is darker. MAC Double Feature #8 #1 (LE, $15.00) is less sparkly. MAC Copper Sparkle (P, $21.00) is brighter. bareMinerals Bragging Rights (LE) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Soleil is a medium-dark, red-toned brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had intense pigmentation, and the texture was soft, buttery, and smooth. It wore well for eight hours without creasing/fading. Fyrinnae Peppermint Vodka (P, $6.80) is very similar. Makeup Geek Burlesque (P, $5.99) is darker, less frosted. Guerlain Les Fauves #1 (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Riviera is a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a frosted, almost metallic, finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was very and finely-milled. It showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear. Tarina Tarantino Jasper (P) is similar. Cle de Peau #119 (LE, $45.00) is darker. Kat Von D Galore (LE) is similar. Disney by Sephora Scuttle (LE) is more muted. NARS All About Eve #1 (P, $24.00) is slightly darker. MAC Femme-Fi (LE, $15.00) is less metallic. Benefit Bikini-tini (P, $10.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Jardin is a pinky-coral with a lot of gold shimmer and a frosted finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and just a little bit powdery. The color wore well for eight hours before starting to fade. MAC Artistic License (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Clinique Pink and Plenty (P, $17.00) is a cream product. Urban Decay Scratch (P, $18.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cote d’Azur is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. This shade didn’t start to show signs of fading until after eight hours. Sleek MakeUP Python (P, $9.99) is a smidgen less warm-toned. Too Faced Amaretto (P, $16.00) is similar. Clarins The Essentials #9 (LE) is warmer. Makeup Geek Blitz (P, $6.99) is slightly warmer. MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $15.00) is darker. CoverGirl Scorching Cocoa (355) (P, $4.99) is more muted. Milani Intermix (P, $6.99) is similar. Benefit Dandy Brandy (P, $18.00) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

La Croisette is a brightened, white gold with a metallic finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft and fairly smooth. It did well for wear, lasting eight hours before I saw it start to fade. theBalm Envious Erin (P, $16.00) is similar. Urban Decay Zephyr (LE, $18.00) is less metallic. MAC Solar White (LE, $15.00) is more golden. Dior Garden Pastels #2 (LE) is cooler-toned. Too Faced Snowflakes (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Vanilla (P, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Nylon (P, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Monaco is a brightened, cool-toned, fuchsia pink with a pearly finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was blendable, soft, and buttery to the touch. It wore well for nine hours before starting to fade slightly–this did stain a little bit but was gone after a few hours. Sugarpill Smitten (LE, $12.00) is very similar. Too Faced Bright Eyes (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Totally Fetch (LE, $16.00) is similar. Fyrinnae Superstar (P, $6.80) is brighter. Urban Decay Woodstock (P, $18.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

De La Mer is a cool-toned, blackened navy blue with soft, navy blue shimmer. It had decent to good color payoff, but the texture was as smidgen dry, so it is a shade that needs to be built up for best intensity. It wore well, though, and didn’t start to fade until the eighth hour of wear. NARS Ubangi (P, $25.00) is a cream product. MAC Bleuluxe #4 (P) is less sparkly. Clinique Massively Midnight (P, $17.00) is a cream product, brighter. Le Metier de Beaute Sapphire (LE, $30.00) is brighter, more shimmery. MAC Shop & Drop (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Thru the Night (DC, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Blue Storm (LE, $21.00) is brighter. MAC Lunar (LE, $19.50) is similar. bareMinerals Shaken Not Stirred (P) is a smidgen darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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A La Mode
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Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
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