Eyeshadows Over $10 | 2019 Editor’s Favorites

Eyeshadow palettes continued to be released in full force throughout 2019, but there were some higher-end single eyeshadows that caught my eye over the year.  It was nice to see Pat McGrath singles launch earlier this year with some standout shades like Lapis Luxury and Divine Mink become available.

I’ve long been a fan of the more loose/pressed hybrid powder eyeshadow, so I enjoyed Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pots, Ciate Marbled Metals, and Touch in Sol Metallist EyeshadowsMAC Vio-lit might be one of the most gorgeous purple eyeshadows ever released.

If you’re unfamiliar with how I like to do my year-end favorites, here’s the low down: I pull from the products I reviewed in 2019, regardless of whether they were new, limited edition, or an established range I’ve only just gotten around to reviewing. These are personal favorites, so they may or may not be the highest rated products reviewed during the year (though they will tend to be better rated, naturally!). (You can check out best of 2018 if you missed it.)

Temptalia’s Favorite Eyeshadows Over $10 | 2019

01.

01. Lapis Luxury Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $25.00/0.04 oz.

A+

Lapis Luxury is a deep blue with subtle, cool undertones and a metallic finish. The eyeshadow was incredibly pigmented in a single layer--I don't...

Lapis Luxury is a deep blue with subtle, cool undertones and a metallic finish. The eyeshadow was incredibly pigmented in a single layer--I don't...

02.

02. Divine Mink Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $25.00/0.04 oz.

A+

Divine Mink is a deep, smoldering gray with cooler undertones and a subtle, warm overtone paired with a shiny, metallic finish. It was richly...

Divine Mink is a deep, smoldering gray with cooler undertones and a subtle, warm overtone paired with a shiny, metallic finish. It was richly...

03.

03. Enraptured Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $25.00/0.04 oz.

A+

Enraptured is a rich, molten gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The pigmentation was fantastic with full color coverage in a single...

Enraptured is a rich, molten gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The pigmentation was fantastic with full color coverage in a single...

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04.

04. Rose Venus Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $25.00/0.04 oz.

A+

Pat McGrath Rose Venus Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium, rosy copper with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had opaque...

Pat McGrath Rose Venus Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium, rosy copper with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had opaque...

06.

06. Martini Tarte

Tarte

PPermanent. $22.00/0.11 oz.

A

Tarte Martini Chrome Paint Shadow Pot ($22.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a rich, deepened gold with warmer, olive undertones and a bright, metallic finish. It...

Tarte Martini Chrome Paint Shadow Pot ($22.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a rich, deepened gold with warmer, olive undertones and a bright, metallic finish. It...

07.

07. Frose Tarte

Tarte

LELimited Edition. $22.00/0.11 oz.

A

Tarte Frose Chrome Paint Shadow Pot ($22.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and much warmer, golden shimmer that gave it a...

Tarte Frose Chrome Paint Shadow Pot ($22.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and much warmer, golden shimmer that gave it a...

08.

08. Best Life Buxom

Buxom

PPermanent. $12.00/0.05 oz.

A

Buxom Best Life Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a brighter, medium red with moderate, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had rich...

Buxom Best Life Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a brighter, medium red with moderate, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had rich...

09.

09. Hustle Buxom

Buxom

PPermanent. $12.00/0.05 oz.

A

Buxom Hustle Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium brown with soft, warm undertones and pearly sheen. The pigmentation was opaque in a single...

Buxom Hustle Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium brown with soft, warm undertones and pearly sheen. The pigmentation was opaque in a single...

10.

10. Purple Reign Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $25.00/0.04 oz.

A

Purple Reign is a vibrant, deep purple with subtle, cool undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was soft but denser and slightly thicker, more...

Purple Reign is a vibrant, deep purple with subtle, cool undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was soft but denser and slightly thicker, more...

13.

13. Wild at Heart Tarte

Tarte

LELimited Edition. $22.00/0.11 oz.

A
14.

14. High Kicks Buxom

Buxom

PPermanent. $12.00/0.05 oz.

A

Buxom High Kicks Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a muted, rosy coral with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had excellent color payoff that...

Buxom High Kicks Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a muted, rosy coral with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had excellent color payoff that...

15.

15. Caramel Apple Tarte

Tarte

LELimited Edition. $22.00/0.11 oz.

A
16.

16. Money Maker Buxom

Buxom

PPermanent. $12.00/0.05 oz.

A

Buxom Money Maker Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium-dark, emerald green with subtle, cool undertones and a soft, metallic sheen. The color...

Buxom Money Maker Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium-dark, emerald green with subtle, cool undertones and a soft, metallic sheen. The color...

17.

17. Fire Dancer Tarte

Tarte

PPermanent. $22.00/0.11 oz.

A-
18.

18. Synthetica Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $25.00/0.04 oz.

A-

Pat McGrath Synthetica Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium purple with subtle, cool undertones and a sparkling finish. It had nearly opaque...

Pat McGrath Synthetica Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium purple with subtle, cool undertones and a sparkling finish. It had nearly opaque...

25.

25. Chamellionaire Sydney Grace

Sydney Grace

PPermanent. $15.00/0.045 oz.

B

Sydney Grace Chamellionaire Multi-Chrome Shadow ($15.00 for 0.045 oz.) is a brighter, lighter emerald green most of the time but shifts from a warmer,...

Sydney Grace Chamellionaire Multi-Chrome Shadow ($15.00 for 0.045 oz.) is a brighter, lighter emerald green most of the time but shifts from a warmer,...

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Glossover Breakdown

96%

Average Score
A
31
B
2
C
0
D
0
F
0
Glossover Averages
product
9.5
pigmentation
10
texture
9.5
longevity
9
application
5
Total
96%
product
9.5
pigmentation
10
texture
9.5
longevity
9
application
5
Total
96%

Your Year in Review: Eyeshadow Edition — Part 2

I thought it would be interesting to read through how readers used products throughout the year, what favorites emerged, what products fell by the wayside… so, if you want to join in, copy and paste the questions below and add your answers via a comment!

  • Were there any standout, higher-end eyeshadow singles from the year?
  • What three shades from a palette would you love to see sold as singles in 2020?
  • How often did you wear eyeshadow during the year?
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Were there any standout, higher-end eyeshadow singles from the year? So many! Specifically, the Ciate Marbled Metals and Touch N Sol Metalists.

What three shades from a palette would you love to see sold as singles in 2020? PMG Velouria, VR Rose Venus and Sinful.

How often did you wear eyeshadow during the year? Not as often as I ought to have, I’m afraid. 3-4 days per week on average.

Were there any standout, higher-end eyeshadow singles from the year? MAC Vio-Lit Extra Dimension Foil Eye Shadow.

What three shades from a palette would you love to see sold as singles in 2020? Urban Decay Plunge and Double Dip from the Beached Palette, and Anastasia Cyborg from the Sultry Palette.

How often did you wear eyeshadow during the year? Almost every day until the last couple months, as I was ill. During that time, I wore it about once a week or so.

Were there any standout, higher-end eyeshadow singles from the year? I really enjoy Marc Jacobs Brav-O and finally this year, I purchased MAC Plumage, which looks sort of ugly in the pan but on my eyes, it gives a really lovely effect
What three shades from a palette would you love to see sold as singles in 2020? UD Casterly Rock and Winter Is Here, Anastasia Beverly Hills Marina (from the Mario palette)
How often did you wear eyeshadow during the year? pretty much every day…on average, I’d say 6 days a week. I love eyeshadow.

Were there any standout, higher-end eyeshadow singles from the year? I really enjoyed MUFE I-544 Pink Granite, and Hourglass Scattered Light Shadow in Ray. There were quite a few singles from Sydney Grace and Fyrinnae that I enjoyed over the last year too.

What three shades from a palette would you love to see sold as singles in 2020? I would love to see any of the PMGL VR or Astro shades as a single.

How often did you wear eyeshadow during the year? All the time. Pretty much every day.

Were there any standout, higher-end eyeshadow singles from the year?
Yes, Lapis Luxury by PMG and Martini by Tarte were the standout shades for me.

What three shades from a palette would you love to see sold as singles in 2020?
Amber and Rose Gold from Lorac (ProMetals palette) and Double Life from UD’s Born to Run.

How often did you wear eyeshadow during the year?
Every single day, even when I was sick, I still put on the full face….

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