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Anastasia Prism Eyeshadow Palette

01/14

Anastasia Prism Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Prism Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Prism Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Prism Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Prism Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Prism Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Prism Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Prism Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Prism Palette | Look Details

Anastasia Prism Palette | Look Details

Anastasia Prism Palette | Look Details

Anastasia Prism Palette | Look Details

Anastasia Prism Palette | Look Details

Anastasia Prism Palette | Look Details

Prism

Anastasia Prism Eyeshadow Palette ($42.00 for oz.) is sort of a mixed bag in terms of quality, though I think whether that is functionally true will depend on how you prefer to apply your eyeshadows. I had trouble with a few of the shimmery shades when it came to applying them with a dry brush (even over primer); a dampened brush or fingertip worked best for getting better coverage, more even application, and a more intense finish. If you’re someone who tends to use their shimmery eyeshadows wet already, then there’s no extra effort to worry about, but if you’re not, then really consider whether that’s something that you’d add to your routine.

The mattes were nice overall, though Obsidian was a total miss for me (to the point where I’m not sure why it was significantly different in texture compared to the others, and even for the brand, it was an exceptionally firm, poor performing matte eyeshadow) and Sphere was dusty enough to be hard to build up or use as a lid color without a creamier base underneath it.

I liked how the palette’s colors worked together and felt that there was a good mix of finishes, though I tend to prefer the inclusion of a few satin/pearl finishes to help blend mattes into metallics but did not find that to be a real issue with the textures between all the shades in this palette.

Prism
Prism
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
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Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Highlighting Powder Trio

01/06

Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Highlighting Powder Trio

Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Highlighting Powder Trio

Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Highlighting Powder Trio

Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Highlighting Powder Trio

Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Highlighting Powder Trio

Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Highlighting Powder Trio

Bobbi to Glow

Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Highlighting Powder Trio ($69.00 for 0.63 oz.) is a new, limited edition set for the holidays that contains three, nearly full-sized highlighting powders. The brand described them as a trio of “bestselling” shades, but they did not line up that closely with past releases with similar names, so they seemed new-to-me. I enjoy this formula as it has a smooth and blendable consistency without any powderiness that is easy to apply to the skin and yields a gorgeous, glowing finish. All three shades were consistent with past shades I’ve tried in the formula, and I think if one likes warmer-toned highlighters, it’s certainly worth considering.

Value

A full-sized Highlighting Powder retails for $48.00 and contains 0.23 oz. or costs $208.70/oz. This palette contains $131.48 worth of product.

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Nectar Glow

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Pink Gold Glow

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A

Laura Mercier Mode to Modern Caviar Stick Set

01/05

Laura Mercier Mode to Modern 4-Piece Caviar Stick Set

Laura Mercier Mode to Modern 4-Piece Caviar Stick Set

Laura Mercier Mode to Modern 4-Piece Caviar Stick Set

Laura Mercier Mode to Modern 4-Piece Caviar Stick Set

Laura Mercier Mode to Modern 4-Piece Caviar Stick Set

Mode to Modern

Laura Mercier Mode to Modern 4-Piece Caviar Stick Set ($38.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a new, limited edition set featuring four, miniature-sized jumbo eyeshadow pencils. All four shades can be purchased individually if that is preferred. The Caviar Stick formula is supposed to have “easy application with “long-lasting color” that “blends and layers beautifully onto the lids with rich pigment-payoff.” This year’s set includes two matte shades and two shimmers. All our shades were richly pigmented and long-wearing with textures being creamy and non-tugging.

Value

A full-sized Caviar Stick retails for $29.00 and contains 0.05 oz. or costs $580.00/oz. This set contains $69.60 worth of product.

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ColourPop My Little Pony Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

01/10

Colour Pop My Little Pony 12-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

Colour Pop My Little Pony 12-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

Colour Pop My Little Pony 12-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

Colour Pop My Little Pony 12-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

Colour Pop My Little Pony 12-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

Colour Pop My Little Pony 12-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

Colour Pop My Little Pony 12-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

ColourPop My Little Pony Palette | Look Details

ColourPop My Little Pony Palette | Look Details

Colour Pop My Little Pony 12-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

My Little Pony

Colour Pop My Little Pony 12-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette ($16.00 for 0.36 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette with 12 shades in a variety of hues. The palette felt a bit divided between warmer tones of pink and orange and cooler tones of silver and teal. The color combination is fun and makes one have to get creative in pairing shades together. I wish the quality of each shade was higher, though, as there were two real misses in the palette. For the price point, it wouldn’t make me steer clear, but I know ColourPop can do better!

B

Limited Edition

8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

Stila Eye for Elegance Liquid Eye Shadow Set

01/05

Stila Eye for Elegance Liquid Eye Shadow Set

Stila Eye for Elegance Liquid Eye Shadow Set

Stila Eye for Elegance Liquid Eye Shadow Set

Stila Eye for Elegance Set | Look Details

Stila Eye for Elegance Set | Look Details

Eye for Elegance

Stila Eye for Elegance Liquid Eye Shadow Set ($45.00 for 0.42 oz.) contains six liquid eyeshadows–three with a shimmer finish and three with a glitter finish. I was pleasantly surprised by the color payoff, ease of application, and wear of the Shimmer & Glow formula. The Glitter & Glow shades performed much like past shades have in the same formula, which is to say largely dependent on the strength of the base color against the size of the sparkles, though for anyone who is after a glitter eyeshadow for layering, I imagine they are nice enough.

Value

A full-sized Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow retails for $24.00 and contains 0.15 fl. oz. or costs $160.00/oz. I have not seen the Shimmer & Glow available individually but would expect a similar price point and amount. From that estimation, the set contains $67.20 worth of product.

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Grace

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Twig

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C

Peachy Sheen

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Make Up For Ever Lustrous Shadow Palette

01/13

Make Up For Ever Lustrous Shadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Lustrous Shadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Lustrous Shadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Lustrous Shadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Lustrous Shadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Lustrous Shadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Lustrous Shadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Lustrous Shadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Lustrous Shadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Lustrous Shadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Lustrous Palette | Look Details

Make Up For Ever Lustrous Palette | Look Details

Make Up For Ever Lustrous Palette | Look Details

Lustrous

Make Up For Ever Lustrous Shadow Palette ($49.00 for 0.60 oz.) contains 12 eyeshadows in a mix of mattes and shimmers (actually, only three shimmers, which is a big deal for the brand’s pre-made palettes!). It’s new and limited edition for the holiday season, and as I noted in my sneak peek post, the brand made several mentions of the formula being new: “newest innovation” and “unique formula” and “formulated with 25 percent more pigment” and “be the first to try this new formula.” Reading through ingredient lists, the ingredient lists for M100 (matte black) and ME512 (gold) differed enough that it did seem like a new formula. I received confirmation via email from Make Up For Ever that the palette does feature a new formula that we will see in the future but no other details were shared at this time.

The colors, generally, lined up with the shades of the same number in the current Artist Shadow range, but there were new shades here and then the brand snuck in two shades that are actually blushes (matte red and plum). The three shimmery shades did not seem to be as silicone-heavy–not as dense, not quite as creamy–but they seemed easier to pickup with a greater number of brushes and a little more foolproof to apply to the lid if one is unfamiliar with the denser, more silicone-heavy textures. The mattes were slightly drier but more substantial, so they worked better on bare skin and tended to be more pigmented in a single pass (without sheering out) compared to the original formula, which I found better at building up color, but both were similarly easy to blend out for me.

The brand claimed that the formula features “intense color payoff, superior blendability, and unprecedented 12-hour wear.” They were quite pigmented, blendable (not sure about “superior” but most shades blended without major issues), and long wearing, though the wear for me ranged between nine and ten hours. I imagine if some found the metallic formula in the original range to be too firm/dense, they’ll prefer the newer shimmer formula. Similarly, if you prefer more buildable, silkier mattes, then you may find this drier, more substantial formula to be a miss. Functionally, I did not feel like it was a struggle by any means to use or to apply the eyeshadows in practice, but based on this sampling, it seemed like they were slightly below the performance of the Artist Shadow range has been in the past.

The packaging will likely be a miss for most; the eyeshadows are held inside a foam insert, which does slide within the tin, so it doesn’t seem as secure, though the brand has used foam inserts in the past, so I’m not surprised to see it again in this year’s holiday release.

Value

Going off of the pricing structure for their current Artist Shadow, which retails for $21.00 and contains 0.08 oz. or costs $262.50/oz. (I would expect any replacement formula to be similar in pricing unless the brand makes adjustments to the size, which they could definitely do, so please consider this a mere estimate of value.) The palette contains $157.50 worth of product.

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