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Make Up For Ever Star Lit Glitter Eyeshadow Palette

01/10

Make Up For Ever Star Lit Glitter Palette

Make Up For Ever Star Lit Glitter Palette

Make Up For Ever Star Lit Glitter Palette

Make Up For Ever Star Lit Glitter Palette

Make Up For Ever Star Lit Glitter Palette

Make Up For Ever Star Lit Glitter Palette

Make Up For Ever Star Lit Glitter Palette

Make Up For Ever Star Lit Glitter Palette

Make Up For Ever Star Lit Glitter Palette

Make Up For Ever Star Lit Glitter Palette

Star Lit

Make Up For Ever Star Lit Glitter Palette ($45.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette that features six glittery eyeshadows. The formula is different from other finishes from the brand within the Artist Color Shadow range (and its previous Artist Shadow range as well), but it’s one that other brands have used in some capacity (Urban Decay Moondusts, Tom Ford/Charlotte Tilbury both have similar formulations in various palettes, MAC Dazzleshadow, etc.), though I’d argue the Star Lit formula’s strength is pigmentation with moderate glitter/sparkle rather than lots of glitter/sparkle and less base color. This makes them workable as layering shades as well as standalone eyeshadows. There were two shades that were sheerer, while four were quite pigmented, and that was where the palette lost points (as the brand states these have “intense color payoff”).

The texture has a smoother, almost wet feel with some slip and enough substance that the glitter and base color adhere together onto the lid without lots of fallout during blending or application. These types of sparkles tend to lay flat and stick well to the skin, but they can be harder to remove at the end of the day, and there was some migration over time, though certainly not tons and still impressive for something as glittery as this formula without using an adhesive base or spray. I swatched all the shades dry and damp, and I found dampened application to be largely unnecessary.

One thing note is that each shade doesn’t contain as much product as you’d think, given the size of the palette. It has that bulky, oversized feel, which may be a deal-breaker for some and a non-issue for others!

Star Lit
Star Lit
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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B

Reflection

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A-

Prism

Limited Edition
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C-

Spark

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A-

Flame

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A

Flicker

Limited Edition
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B+

Beam

Limited Edition
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Smashbox Punked Photo Edit Eye Shadow Trio

01/07

Smashbox Punked Photo Edit Eye Shadow Trio

Smashbox Punked Photo Edit Eye Shadow Trio

Smashbox Punked Photo Edit Eye Shadow Trio

Smashbox Punked Photo Edit Eye Shadow Trio

Smashbox Punked Photo Edit Eye Shadow Trio

Smashbox Punked Photo Edit Eye Shadow Trio

Smashbox Punked Photo Edit Eye Shadow Trio

Punked

Smashbox Punked Photo Edit Eye Shadow Trio ($22.00 for 0.11 oz.) contains a bright silver, dark taupe, and dark black housed in a circular, plastic compact. The three shades were definitely a good color scheme together, but again, the quality of the formula used in the trio had room for improvement.

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

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B+
C+

Punked

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B

Blackout

Permanent
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Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat Eyeshadow Palette

01/11

Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat 6-Pan Naked Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat 6-Pan Naked Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat 6-Pan Naked Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat 6-Pan Naked Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat 6-Pan Naked Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat 6-Pan Naked Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat 6-Pan Naked Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay x Make Up For Ever Palettes | Look Details

Urban Decay x Make Up For Ever Palettes | Look Details

Urban Decay x Make Up For Ever Palettes | Look Details

Urban Decay x Make Up For Ever Palettes | Look Details

Naked Petite Heat

Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat 6-Pan Naked Eyeshadow Palette ($29.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a new, travel-friendly warm-toned palette with five mattes and one shimmer. It launches on February 22nd on urbandecay.com and will be in-stores the first week of March.

I liked the palette, but I didn’t love it; the shades didn’t come together as distinctively on the lid as I thought they would. It was less the quality and more the ability to create more than one or two looks out of it (that didn’t look too same-same).

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Inhale

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Vibrate

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B+

Heist

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MAC x Jeremy Scott Lo-Fi Eyeshadow x 29 Palette

01/16

MAC Lo-Fi Jeremy Scott Eyeshadow x29 Palette

MAC Lo-Fi Jeremy Scott Eyeshadow x29 Palette

MAC Lo-Fi Jeremy Scott Eyeshadow x29 Palette

MAC Lo-Fi Jeremy Scott Eyeshadow x29 Palette

MAC Lo-Fi Jeremy Scott Eyeshadow x29 Palette

MAC Lo-Fi Jeremy Scott Eyeshadow x29 Palette

MAC Lo-Fi Jeremy Scott Eyeshadow x29 Palette

MAC Lo-Fi Jeremy Scott Eyeshadow x29 Palette

MAC Lo-Fi Jeremy Scott Eyeshadow x29 Palette

MAC Lo-Fi Jeremy Scott Eyeshadow x29 Palette

MAC Lo-Fi Jeremy Scott Eyeshadow x29 Palette

MAC Lo-Fi Jeremy Scott Eyeshadow x29 Palette

MAC Lo-Fi (with Primer!) | Look Details

MAC Lo-Fi (with Primer!) | Look Details

MAC Lo-Fi (with Primer!) | Look Details

MAC Lo-Fi (with Primer!) | Look Details

Lo-Fi

MAC Lo-Fi Jeremy Scott Eyeshadow x29 Palette ($75.00 for 0.51 oz.) is an example where there’s a lot of attention paid to the packaging but not enough toward the actual product inside. I like the concept, and one thought to solve the “wasted space” aspect of the palette would have been to made a hinged lid (that was black) that hid additional shades, so you could get the visual effect while providing more shades (perhaps making each pan a little bigger).

Unfortunately, the formula used throughout the palette is weak, even compared to past misses by MAC. Most of the shimmers are bordering on atrocious–dry, loosely packed, almost sandy–and many of the mattes are sheer, dry, firm, or chalky. The quality was bad enough that it was difficult to put together any semblance of a cohesive look without primer, as there was so much patchiness, sheerness, and unevenness that it looked like I wasn’t even trying. So, I tested the palette with and without primer, and while it did improve over primer, it was still a difficult palette to use–it took be two to three times longer to get decent results (that were still not where I’d want them to be) compared to other, better performing “bright” style palettes.

The palette contains quite a bit of eyeshadow spread over a lot of shades, and MAC lists the total weight as 0.51 oz., which would work out to be 0.0175 oz. per shade. Depending on whether you’d compare it to single pans or smaller palettes or single eyeshadows, you might get a different total value; I’d say that using the smaller palettes (like the pre-made 9-pan palettes) might be the most one-to-one methodology – that would yield a value of $90.67. The highest value would be using single eyeshadows, which would yield a value of $163.20.

If you normally use larger brushes, the pans may seem too small, and if you have very rounded, fluffy crease brushes, those may also not fit as comfortably in each pan. I didn’t have trouble using brushes with the palette myself, but I do tend to use small and medium-sized brushes normally.

Lo-Fi
Lo-Fi
5.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
6
Texture
7
Longevity
3
Application
64%
Total

Smashbox Nudie Pic (Deep) Photo Edit Eye Shadow Trio

01/07

Smashbox Nudie Pic (Deep) Photo Edit Eye Shadow Trio

Smashbox Nudie Pic (Deep) Photo Edit Eye Shadow Trio

Smashbox Nudie Pic (Deep) Photo Edit Eye Shadow Trio

Smashbox Nudie Pic (Deep) Photo Edit Eye Shadow Trio

Smashbox Nudie Pic (Deep) Photo Edit Eye Shadow Trio

Smashbox Eye Shadow Trios | Look Details

Smashbox Eye Shadow Trios | Look Details

Nudie Pic (Deep)

Smashbox Nudie Pic (Deep) Photo Edit Eye Shadow Trio ($22.00 for 0.11 oz.) features matte eyeshadows in warm peach, muted copper, and deep brown. I love the color concept but wish the execution was better for the lightest shade (quite powdery) and the deepest shade was a bit more blendable. I definitely appreciate that Smashbox came out with multiple variations on “basic neutrals” by skin tone, too.

7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
79%
Total

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Smashbox On Location Photo Edit Eye Shadow Trio

01/07

Smashbox On Location Photo Edit Eye Shadow Trio

Smashbox On Location Photo Edit Eye Shadow Trio

Smashbox On Location Photo Edit Eye Shadow Trio

Smashbox On Location Photo Edit Eye Shadow Trio

Smashbox On Location Photo Edit Eye Shadow Trio

Smashbox Eye Shadow Trios | Look Details

Smashbox Eye Shadow Trios | Look Details

On Location

Smashbox On Location Photo Edit Eye Shadow Trio ($22.00 for 0.11 oz.) includes a warm beige, dark gold, and bright teal, but the quality of the formula fell short yet again. The combination was nice in concept so it’s a shame the execution was poor.

6.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
76%
Total

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