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Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Saphir Orange Vif Eye Duo

01/07

Estee Lauder Saphir Orange Vif Victoria Beckham Eye Duo

Estee Lauder Saphir Orange Vif Victoria Beckham Eye Duo

Estee Lauder Saphir Orange Vif Victoria Beckham Eye Duo

Estee Lauder Saphir Orange Vif Victoria Beckham Eye Duo

Estee Lauder Saphir Orange Vif Victoria Beckham Eye Duo

Saphir Orange Vif

Estee Lauder Saphir Orange Vif Victoria Beckham Eye Duo ($60.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a bold duo featuring a deep navy blue and a brighter, medium orange both with more matte finish. They appeared quite matte in the pan and swatched, but there were very, very fine micro-sparkles in Saphir and quite possibly Orange Vif but was so hard to detect by eye–I only saw the flecks really come through in the look I did. For the price point, they aren’t high enough quality; they are trickier to use, and the two together do not blend together particularly well as Saphir gets patchy as it layers over Orange Vif.  There are only two shades, so shouldn’t the two blend nicely together?

The duo contains a bit less than the average full-sized eyeshadow (0.05 oz. and these are 0.03 oz. each), despite the compact being more substantial in size.  I also had to be careful as the mirror was so heavy that the palette would not stay flat on the table unless I had the mirror angled slightly over the eyeshadow pans to keep it from tipping.

Ingredients

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Saphir

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Orange Vif

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Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham London Eye Palette

01/09

Estee Lauder London Victoria Beckham Eye Palette

Estee Lauder London Victoria Beckham Eye Palette

Estee Lauder London Victoria Beckham Eye Palette

Estee Lauder London Victoria Beckham Eye Palette

Estee Lauder London Victoria Beckham Eye Palette

Estee Lauder London Victoria Beckham Eye Palette

Estee Lauder London Victoria Beckham Eye Palette

With Smashbox 24HR Primer + Packed On (4+ layers) + Shimmery shades used Damp

With Smashbox 24HR Primer + Packed On (4+ layers) + Shimmery shades used Damp

London

Estee Lauder London Victoria Beckham Eye Palette ($75.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a deflating release from a collaboration that was known for its higher quality–that while incredibly expensive, the majority of products delivered on their promises, but this was a total and utter disappointment.

The eyeshadows did not apply well, nor did they stay on for longer than three hours, without primer. I had to use primer just to get enough product to show up visibly on the lid to give you an idea of the “look” one could create from the palette, and even then, it still turned out poorly with unevenness, patchiness, fading within mere minutes. The “look” above is using as much as eight layers of product, packed on, and pressed on with fingertips or with the product used damp over primer (Smashbox 24HR). I have dents in my pans from jabbing and scraping at the surfaces in an attempt to get something usable out of it.

Now, one thing to keep in mind is that Blanc was supposed to be “sheer” and Gris was described as “translucent” so the lack of coverage not entirely unexpected, but the formula itself was also described as “buildable” and “blends easily” and “smooths on evenly.” Unfortunately, regardless of whether one prefers sheer or more pigmented eyeshadow, the quality of the application, blendability, texture, and wear of all four shades was dismal. None of them were worth the money, and none of them were even worth the words I’m wasting my time writing here.

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Blanc

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Gris

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Bordeaux

Limited Edition
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F

Noir (London)

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Chanel Urban & Memory Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadows

01/06

Chanel Urban Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadow

Chanel Urban Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadow

Chanel Urban Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadow

Chanel Urban Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadow

Chanel Urban Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadow

Chanel Urban Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadow

Urban

Chanel Urban Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a blackened navy with cooler undertones and fine lighter blue and silver pearl. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in a single layer, but the more emollient consistency made it difficult to build up coverage. The problem with such a deep shade having a cream base and being less than full coverage was that it always looked patchy and uneven. This might work as a base under other deeper shades or more shimmery eyeshadows, but on its own, it looked disastrous on the lid. That disaster lasted for a solid 14 hours on me and looked the same across that length of time, but it lacked the blendability necessary to m ake this type of color work as a standalone product.

Formula Overview

$36.00/0.14 oz. - $257.14 Per Ounce

Chanel describes the formula as a “smooth-textured cream shadow [that] glides on effortlessly” and is “long-wearing.” Overall, the consistency has moderate slip–emollient but not greasy or overly wet in feel–and feels more like a traditional cream eyeshadow than Chanel’s Illusion d’Ombres. They go on as a thin layer but have fairly good pigmentation. The formula dried down quite quickly leaving little time for blending or diffusing edges, even when working one eye at a time, which was where I struggled. I think some of them tended to work better as lid colors and using something else for a more diffused/blended out crease color. They did, however, wear impeccably for as long as fourteen hours on me–no creasing, fading, or flaking.

Browse all of our Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadow swatches.

Ingredients

Urban
Urban
6
Product
8
Pigmentation
7
Texture
10
Longevity
2.5
Application
74%
Total

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Memory

Permanent
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NARS Altiplano, Naxos, Sorrento Kohliners

01/03

NARS Altiplano Kohliner

NARS Altiplano Kohliner

NARS Altiplano Kohliner

Altiplano

NARS Altiplano Kohliner ($26.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a muted, medium gold with warm, brown undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff in one layer, which built up to nearly full coverage with a second layer. The pencil had a smooth, lightly creamy texture that felt more waxy than wet or creamy, and it glided across the lash line without tugging as a result. It lasted for five hours on my waterline and eight hours on my lower lash line.

Formula Overview

$26.00/0.02 oz. - $1300.00 Per Ounce

The Kohliner formula is supposed to be a “creamy eyeliner that is “buildable” and “blendable” that can be used on the lash line as well as on the waterline. The description seemed rather apt, and I like that they described it as buildable. It was definitely an eyeliner that could be smudged if done so shortly after applying (I would apply it to one eye at a time, if you wanted to smudge or diffuse the edges). On me, the color wore well for six hours on my waterline and eight hours on my lower lash line.

Browse all of our NARS Kohliner swatches.

Ingredients

Dimethicone, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Synthetic Wax, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Silica, Polybutene, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Trimethylsiloxysilicate/Dimethiconol Crosspolymer, Trimethylpentanediol/Adipic Acid/Glycerin Crosspolymer, Silica Silylate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Mica, Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510).

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Naxos

Permanent
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Sorrento

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Dose of Colors The Girls Desi x Katy Eyeshadow Palette

01/10

Dose of Colors The Girls Desi x Katy Eyeshadow Palette

Dose of Colors The Girls Desi x Katy Eyeshadow Palette

Dose of Colors The Girls Desi x Katy Eyeshadow Palette

Dose of Colors The Girls Desi x Katy Eyeshadow Palette

Dose of Colors The Girls Desi x Katy Eyeshadow Palette

Dose of Colors The Girls Desi x Katy Eyeshadow Palette

Dose of Colors The Girls Desi x Katy Eyeshadow Palette

Dose of Colors The Girls Desi x Katy Eyeshadow Palette

Dose of Colors The Girls Desi x Katy Eyeshadow Palette

Dose of Colors The Girls Desi x Katy Eyeshadow Palette

The Girls

Dose of Colors The Girls Desi x Katy Eyeshadow Palette ($28.00 for 0.24 oz.) contains four sparkling, metallic powder eyeshadows housed in a slim compact with a shimmering fabric exterior. Noli is the only shade that did not say it needed to be applied with a finger for best color payoff; Suz and Harpoon need to be used with a dampened finger. I’m not personally a fan of using my fingertips for application, since I find there’s no precision based on my fingertip to lid size ratio, so I did try using brushes to see how that went in addition to testing with fingertips (and the latter is the only application method reflected in the ratings) for the three shades listed for use with fingers.

They were fairly pigmented and long-wearing, but some shades weren’t quite as blendable as I would have liked, and there was a slight learning curve to get the right amount of dampness to make Suz and Harpoon work smoothly on the lid. I appreciate that the brand noted how each shade should be used, and more importantly, they included that information with the product, though the card is easily lost! The label on the back of the physical palette, though, is backwards (well, compared to how most labels for palettes are printed) as Suz is on the left and Noli is on the right, but when you read the label, it shows Noli on the left and Suz is on the right.

The Girls
The Girls
B+

Limited Edition

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

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Suz

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Noli

Limited Edition
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B+

Turbosan

Limited Edition
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Harpoon

Limited Edition
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Make Up For Ever 26 Old Silver Star Lit Powder

01/05

Make Up For Ever 26 Old Silver Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 26 Old Silver Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 26 Old Silver Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 26 Old Silver Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 26 Old Silver Star Lit Powder

26 Old Silver

Make Up For Ever 26 Old Silver Star Lit Powder ($21.00 for 0.02 oz.) is muted, medium silvery lavender with cool undertones and a metallic sheen. Applied dry, it had sheer coverage, which was buildable to medium coverage. Applied damp, it had opaque pigmentation that was still blendable and easy to work with. On the cheeks, it definitely worked as a highlighter but added some cooler coloring, too, and on my complexion, would be better suited when paired with a blush to help give it more depth and dimension but could be quite lovely on cooler skin tones on its own. It had a more metallic sheen that seemed quite smooth to my eye and did not accentuate the texture of my skin. On me, the powder wore well for eight hours.

Formula Overview

$21.00/0.02 oz. - $1050.00 Per Ounce

The Star Lit Powders can be used to “highlight eyes, lips and cheeks” with an “ultra-fine loose powder” that can be used “wet or dry to customize coverage intensity and luminosity.” While checking the weight on these, I noticed that the weight differs from shade to shade; this one had a mere 0.02 oz. while others ranged from 0.03 oz. to 0.09 oz. I also noticed that it appears the brand identifies what area you can use a shade on by listing an icon on the back of the jar in the shape of a pair of lips, an eyeball, and then a face (presumably for cheeks).

Browse all of our Make Up For Ever Star Lit Powder swatches.

Ingredients

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total