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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Eyeshadow Palette

01/25

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Eyeshadow Palette ($36.00 for 0.40 oz.) includes nine warm-toned, neutral eyeshadows with all but one being highly shimmery/metallic in finish. As the majority of shades were packed with shimmer, most of them appeared lighter in practice than they looked in their respective pans.

Of the three volumes released thus far, the formula in Vol. 3 is incredibly dense and contains rather chunky sparkle. It was harder to work with and would be better used with a slightly dampened brush, which helped to smooth and spread the eyeshadows, or else applied with fingertips, where the warmth of the fingertip seemed to help make the eyeshadows more maneuverable (which the brand recommended). Fingertips were good for spreading the product over the lid, but it seemed to waste a lot of product as it did not transfer as much product onto the lid as with a brush (it was stuck to the fingertip). With this type of denser formulation, I tend to use flat, synthetic brushes (like MAC 242), which I find does a better job of picking up and applying the formula than very soft brushes.

The formula was a lot less versatile, and the shade range was more limited here–the palette’s composition seemed lacking in contrast–and will be most suitable for someone who likes very shimmery, light neutrals and likes this type of dense formula.

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
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Milani Bronze Burst Color Harmony Blush Palette

01/06

Milani Bronze Burst Color Harmony Blush Palette

Milani Bronze Burst Color Harmony Blush Palette

Milani Bronze Burst Color Harmony Blush Palette

Milani Bronze Burst Color Harmony Blush Palette

Milani Bronze Burst Color Harmony Blush Palette

Milani Bronze Burst Color Harmony Blush Palette

Bronze Burst

Milani Bronze Burst Harmony Blush Palette ($13.00 for 0.30 oz.) swirled together to create a medium, orange-copper with warm, red undertones and a faint, golden sheen. It had good pigmentation that was fairly blendable on the skin. When I used all the shades together, the wear time was eight hours.

The formula is supposed to be a “high-impact, buildable blush” that “blends easily” but simultaneously has “richly pigmented shades” that can be used alone or together. The top three sections are larger, but only the top section (the one that often has more shimmer) is truly large enough to accommodate the average blush brush. I think it would be more practical to use two or three shades at a time, rather than only one. The way they are described on Milani’s website is contradictory (at least, in the order/way they said it), but on the back of the compact itself, it says “four pigment-rich and ultra blendable blush tones” and so I am holding the blushes to that: “pigment-rich.”

The quality of the powder varied a lot from shade to shade, palette to palette, with some shades being softer and more pliable and others being more firmly pressed and yielded sheerer coverage. The coverage varied from medium to opaque with most shades within the palettes being blendable. A few shades darkened on me a few minutes after initial application (which was the point where I took photos, so you could see the result). The wear ranged from seven to eight and a half hours on me.

8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total

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Milani Berry Rays Color Harmony Blush Palette

01/06

Milani Berry Rays Color Harmony Blush Palette

Milani Berry Rays Color Harmony Blush Palette

Milani Berry Rays Color Harmony Blush Palette

Milani Berry Rays Color Harmony Blush Palette

Milani Berry Rays Color Harmony Blush Palette

Milani Berry Rays Color Harmony Blush Palette

Berry Rays

Milani Berry Rays Harmony Blush Palette ($13.00 for 0.30 oz.) swirled together resulted in a soft, medium coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. The consistency felt fairly soft and was blendable on the cheeks with semi-opaque color coverage in a single layer, which was buildable but also easily diffused for sheerer coverage. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading.

The formula is supposed to be a “high-impact, buildable blush” that “blends easily” but simultaneously has “richly pigmented shades” that can be used alone or together. The top three sections are larger, but only the top section (the one that often has more shimmer) is truly large enough to accommodate the average blush brush. I think it would be more practical to use two or three shades at a time, rather than only one.

The quality of the powder varied a lot from shade to shade, palette to palette, with some shades being softer and more pliable and others being more firmly pressed and yielded sheerer coverage. The way they are described on Milani’s website is contradictory (at least, in the order/way they said it), but on the back of the compact itself, it says “four pigment-rich and ultra blendable blush tones” and so I am holding the blushes to that: “pigment-rich.” The coverage varied from medium to opaque with most shades within the palettes being blendable. A few shades darkened on me a few minutes after initial application (which was the point where I took photos, so you could see the result). The wear ranged from seven to eight and a half hours on me.

8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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Makeup Geek In the Nude Eyeshadow Palette

01/07

Makeup Geek In the Nude Eyeshadow Palette x 9

Makeup Geek In the Nude Eyeshadow Palette x 9

Makeup Geek In the Nude Eyeshadow Palette x 9

Makeup Geek In the Nude Eyeshadow Palette x 9

Makeup Geek In the Nude Eyeshadow Palette x 9

Makeup Geek In the Nude Palette | Look Details

Makeup Geek In the Nude Palette | Look Details

In the Nude

Makeup Geek In the Nude Eyeshadow Palette ($50.00 for 0.58 oz.) includes nine eyeshadows with four new, palette-exclusive shades (So Pale, Buffed, Creased, Dark Roast) and five shades from the permanent range (two–In the Spotlight and Grandstand–are Foiled Eyeshadows). It’s a warm, neutral eyeshadow palette that is good quality: pigmented, blendable, and wore between seven and eight hours. I didn’t have any major issues applying or using the eyeshadows in practice, and I suspect it would be a workhorse palette for some (that don’t already have neutral eyeshadows coming out of their ears).

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows retail for $6.00, while the Foiled Eyeshadows retail for $10.00, which makes the palette a value of $62 ($42 worth of regular eyeshadows, $20 worth of Foiled eyeshadows).

B+

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

01/16

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Look | Look Details

Urban Decay Naked Heat Look | Look Details

Urban Decay Naked Heat Look | Look Details

Urban Decay Naked Heat Look | Look Details

Naked Heat

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette ($54.00 for 0.60 oz.) includes 12 eyeshadows with a mixture of shimmers and mattes in an array of warmer, more orange and red-based hues. The palette was good overall–not perfect–but a solid addition to the Naked range, and I suspect that for those who normally use primer, some of the issues I experienced would be resolved. The shimmers felt a little drier but thinner than the average shimmer eyeshadow from Urban Decay, while the mattes were dry but fairly pigmented, buildable, and blendable. It did not have the same luxurious, creamy consistency of the brand’s best mattes (I’m recalling something like Spike) but much more pigmented with more substantial texture (and therefore better application, even without primer) than the mattes in the Naked Smoky palette.

From a personal view, I did struggle to use this palette cohesively; I felt like I needed stronger shimmers or maybe a stronger yellow or lighter, brighter orange to add more contrast. The deeper browns ran together to the point where they could get lost next to each other in practice. The overall look and feel of the palette is a deeper, almost sultry warm smoky eye with more orange-brown and red-brown shades. It’s a lot less yellow and orange based compared to palettes like Viseart Warm Mattes and Natasha Denona Sunset, and it’s much darker and warmer than Anastasia Modern Renaissance. It actually reminded me of Too Faced Sweet Peach more than the aforementioned palettes.

Naked Heat
Naked Heat
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

Huda Beauty Golden Sand 3D Highlighter Palette

01/05

Huda Beauty Golden Sand 3D Highlighter Palette

Huda Beauty Golden Sand 3D Highlighter Palette

Huda Beauty Golden Sand 3D Highlighter Palette

Huda Beauty Golden Sand 3D Highlighter Palette

Huda Beauty Golden Sand 3D Highlighter Palette

Golden Sand

Huda Beauty Golden Sand 3D Highlighter Palette ($45.00 for 1.10 oz.) includes one cream highlighter and three powder highlighters housed in a slim, cardboard palette (no mirror). Each highlighter has quite a bit of product–it’s a substantial size for a cheek palette. The brand released two versions (the other is Pink Sand), though I was surprised they weren’t more dissimilar. The Pink Sand version is supposed to be lighter skin tones with the Golden Sand version for medium and dark skin tones.

The cream highlighter had more pigmentation than the average cream highlighter, but the formulation was incredibly dense, thick, and difficult to blend out or use; it was extremely challenging to use it over any base products as it caused it them to break down and move around a lot. The powder formula was smooth but dense, and they needed a heavier hand or a denser brush to get even coverage and color onto the skin.

The cream formula is described as a “pearlescent creamy formula” that will create a “flawless, lit-from-within canvas” and is ideal for layering with powders, though it can also be used “on its own for [a] dewy and natural” effect. The powder highlighters can be used alone or together and are merely described as “light-catching.” The palette is designed so you can build the level of luminosity from subtle to over-the-top. I felt like the cream highlighter definitely gave a more natural sheen, but the three powder highlighters were all quite frosted to metallic and layering any over the cream base made them just as shimmery, if not more so.

B-

Limited Edition

7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
80%
Total

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