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Stila Written in the Stars Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Trio

01/03

Stila Written in the Stars Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Trio

Stila Written in the Stars Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Trio

Stila Written in the Stars Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Trio

Written in the Stars

Stila Written in the Stars Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Trio ($25.00 for 0.21 oz.) contains three, miniature-sized glitter-tastic liquid eyeshadows (they’re about half the size of a full-sized shade). All three are also available individually in the permanent line-up, and the three here were fairly consistent with my full-sized versions; to manage the holiday deluge, I did not re-test these for wear. I love that the brand put out a set of these, as cream/liquid products typically expire faster than powders, so it can be hard to justify or partake in lots of shades at full-sized quantities and have any hope of finishing one. The three shades included seem to be good, more “universal” kind of shades, though they will be best for layering over other base colors or spread over the lid as an all-over wash of glitter. I really enjoy the effect of this formula for layering, but if you’re after them as a standalone product, you may be less enamored with them.

Value

A full-sized Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow retails for $24.00 and contains 0.15 fl. oz. or $160.00/oz. The set contains $33.60 worth of product.

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Kat Von D Saint + Sinner Eyeshadow Palette

01/16

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner Holiday 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner Holiday 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner Holiday 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner Holiday 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner Holiday 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner Holiday 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner Holiday 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner Holiday 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner Holiday 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner Holiday 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner | Look Details

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner | Look Details

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner | Look Details

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner | Look Details

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner | Look Details

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner | Look Details

Saint + Sinner

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner Holiday 2017 Eyeshadow Palette ($62.00 for 0.96 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette for the holidays. It’s a large palette that features 24 eyeshadows split into two families–Saint (“wearable, romantic” hues) and Sinner (“bold color pops”)–to mimic the look of stained glass windows. The larger size of it made it feel bulky and felt less travel-friendly, and I know that the seemingly jumbled shade arrangement has made it look less cohesive to some, but I’ll say that after creating looks with it, I think the shades do come together. I think that it is a little heavier on the warm-toned side of things and could have used at least one or two cooler/more mid-tone transition type of shades, but I didn’t feel like I was at a loss for creating combinations with it.

The quality was consistent with Kat Von D’s typical eyeshadow formula (so not the Metal Crush formula but what’s used elsewhere). The mattes are soft, a touch powdery at times, but fairly pigmented and otherwise are buildable with a shade like Exodus being thin enough to be prone to sheering out/faster fading but other mattes were easy to work with. I found that the weaker mattes were best applied over a lightly tacky base or patted/packed on with less sweeping motions. The “shimmering pearls” were smooth, soft, and blendable with good pigmentation and solid wear. The “electrifying metallics” were denser, pigmented, and wore fairly well with some being more blendable than others.

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

Becca Apres Ski Glow Collection Eye Lights Palette

01/09

Becca Apres Ski Glow Collection Eye Lights Palette

Becca Apres Ski Glow Collection Eye Lights Palette

Becca Apres Ski Glow Collection Eye Lights Palette

Becca Apres Ski Glow Collection Eye Lights Palette

Becca Apres Ski Glow Collection Eye Lights Palette

Becca Apres Ski Glow Collection Eye Lights Palette

Becca Apres Ski Glow Collection Eye Lights Palette

Used a dampened brush | Look Details

Used a dampened brush | Look Details

Apres Ski Glow Collection

Becca Apres Ski Glow Collection Eye Lights Palette ($45.00 for 0.35 oz.) includes seven eyeshadows inspired by the brand’s famous powder highlighters, just designed “specifically for the eyes.” I think that one of the strengths of Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed highlighters is their texture–that creamy, smooth, and velvety-feel that is almost effortless when it comes to blending and diffusing on the skin. That doesn’t exist in this palette; the textures are dry, powdery, and prone to sheering out. The eyeshadows only adhered decently to the lid with a dampened brush but were barely-there washes when I attempted to use them dry. When I tried using them dry over eyeshadow primer, they were still miserable to work with.

5
Product
8
Pigmentation
6
Texture
5.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
62%
Total

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Moonstone

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Opal

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Topaz

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Hot Cocoa

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Natasha Denona Lila Eyeshadow Palette

01/13

Natasha Denona Lila 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Natasha Denona Lila 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Natasha Denona Lila 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Natasha Denona Lila 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Natasha Denona Lila 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Natasha Denona Lila 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Natasha Denona Lila 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Natasha Denona Lila 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Natasha Denona Lila 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Natasha Denona Lila Palette | Look Details

Natasha Denona Lila Palette | Look Details

Natasha Denona Lila Palette | Look Details

Natasha Denona Lila Palette | Look Details

Lila

Natasha Denona Lila 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette ($129.00 for 1.20 oz.) is a new, permanent palette with 15 eyeshadows that span matte to metallic textures and pale pink to cool purple shades. There were a few shades that could have been better–more pigmented, less sparkly–but most were easier to work with when used with a dampened brush, which I know many have no issue using with their high-shine shimmers, so those things might not be deal-breakers in that instance. Most of the eyeshadows were pigmented and blenable with eight-hour wear.

An observation (but not something that impacted the rating) I had was that it was not the most cohesive palette on its own; the colors could certainly be used together, but there were a lot of intensely shimmery shades and only a few mattes. The mattes could have been in more readily usable shades to coordinate with some of the tones of the shimmery shades as well. It felt like a palette that I wanted to use to complement other palettes than as a standalone palette for me.

Lila
Lila
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

Too Faced I Want Kandee Candy Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

01/14

Too Faced I Want Kandee Candy Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced I Want Kandee Candy Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced I Want Kandee Candy Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced I Want Kandee Candy Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced I Want Kandee Candy Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced I Want Kandee Candy Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced I Want Kandee Candy Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced I Want Kandee Candy Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced I Want Kandee Candy Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced I Want Kandee Candy Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced I Want Kandee Candy Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced I Want Kandee Candy Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced I Want Kandee | Look Details

Too Faced I Want Kandee | Look Details

I Want Kandee

Too Faced I Want Kandee Candy Eyes Eyeshadow Palette ($45.00 for 0.48 oz.) features mostly warm-toned shades with a few, slightly more neutral shades in it (like a taupe, plum, deep brown, and black). The overall quality was better than a lot of Too Faced palettes, though there were still some misses and shades that were prone to fading faster than average on me (without a primer). The formula was still on the thinner side, but most shades were fairly pigmented and not too powdery.

I don’t normally comment on packaging, unless there are noteworthy things to say about it, and that was the case here: it felt particularly well-done. The palette is housed in a tin that resembles a candy box and the back shows the eyeshadows as if they were chocolates in a box.

7.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total

Estee Lauder Blonde Gold Eye Metals

01/08

Estee Lauder Blonde Gold Eye Metals

Estee Lauder Blonde Gold Eye Metals

Estee Lauder Blonde Gold Eye Metals

Estee Lauder Blonde Gold Eye Metals

Estee Lauder Blonde Gold Eye Metals

Estee Lauder Blonde Gold Eye Metals

Estee Lauder Blonde Gold Eye Metals

Estee Lauder Blonde Gold Eye Metals

Blonde Gold

Estee Lauder Blonde Gold Eye Metals ($45.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a light gold with moderate, warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. For swatching purposes, I tried it dry as well as damp, but it was fairly pigmented even without the use of a dampened brush. The texture was smooth, dense, and more-cream like, which helped the eyeshadow stay together on the lid and have minimal fallout over time. The eyeshadow was blendable, though there were bits of sparkle that came away from the area when I was blending it out. It wore well for six and a half hours before creasing on me.

Formula Overview

$45.00/0.10 oz. - $450.00 Per Ounce

It is supposed to be a “rich color powder eyeshadow” that is “densely pigmented” that can be worn alone or layered. There are two shades in the collection, and they performed similarly, though Bitter Clove is a bit richer overall and longer wearing. They were nicely pigmented with very dense, almost cream-like textures that blended out easily on the lid and adhered to bare lids. I found that they were prone to creasing within six hours of wear, but the wear time improved to eight hours (before creasing) over primer, so primer helped but ultimately, this was not an ultra long-wearing formula. I did not experience much fall out, though, despite the high sparkle content in Bitter Clove (Charred Emerald has more of a pearly sheen). I liked them, but at the price point, it’s definitely a lot for a single eyeshadow, so they’re not going to be worth it for everyone.

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