Gucci Fume Magnetic Color Shadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

Gucci Fumé Magnetic Color Shadow Duo
Gucci Fumé Magnetic Color Shadow Duo

Gucci Fumé Magnetic Color Shadow Duo ($49.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a nice pairing of colors, though it’s not knock-your-socks-off quality, and at this price point, you should love what you’re buying. The formula is described as “saturated with pigment,” but then, they later say “buildable color” yet it is “pretreated and primed for high-color impact.” (Under the monos, they only say “intensely pigmented,” while the quads say “saturated with color for a high-impact, buildable finish.”) Neither shade was perfect, and the right shade had a drier consistency that made it less blendable. I wish Gucci gave more product per pan or knocked down the price, because it seems overpriced relative to the other products in Gucci’s range (which are more comparable to Chanel and Dior pricing)–it would still be a luxury item either way, though, to be sure.

Fumé (Left) is a muted, medium khaki brown with gold flecks of sparkle and shimmer–a melange of gold, green, and brown with warm undertones. It had good color payoff, though it could have been truer-to-pan and more opaque from the get-go. The consistency was soft, smooth, and blendable. This shade wore well for eight hours on me with a little bit of fall out. theBalm Kawabunga (LE, $16.00) is slightly greener. bareMinerals Flicker (P) is lighter. MAC Sea Worship (LE, $19.50) is more golden. MAC Olive Blend #3 (LE) is lighter. Urban Decay Stash (LE, $18.00) is darker. Urban Decay Mildew (P, $18.00) is greener. MAC Fiction (DC, $15.00) is similar. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 (LE) is brighter. bareMinerals Spectacular (P) is more metallic. Inglot #419 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fumé (Right) is a muted, dark burgundy brown with subtle, warm undertones and a lighter burgundy satin sheen. It had decent pigmentation, but the texture was drier, so the edges can look rougher, not as smooth/diffused when applied. I felt like it took some extra effort to blend on the skin. Once on, the color lasted for eight and a half hours before fading slightly. Tarte Lavender Bubble Bath (LE) is darker. Dior Trafalgar #5 (P) is lighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever ME614 Graphite Brown (P, $21.00) is warmer, browner. MAC Cocktail Black (LE, $15.00) is lighter. LORAC Cocoa (P) is lighter. NARS Subra (P, $29.00) is more shimmery. MAC Carbonized (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Inglot #423 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fumé

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B
B
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

Fumé (Left)

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B+
B+
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

Fumé (Right)

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B-
B-
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
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Gucci Fumé Magnetic Color Shadow Duo
Gucci Fumé Magnetic Color Shadow Duo

Gucci Fumé Magnetic Color Shadow Duo
Gucci Fumé Magnetic Color Shadow Duo

Gucci Fumé Magnetic Color Shadow Duo
Gucci Fumé Magnetic Color Shadow Duo

Gucci Fumé Magnetic Color Shadow Duoa
Gucci Fumé Magnetic Color Shadow Duo

Gucci Fumé Magnetic Color Shadow Duo
Gucci Fumé Magnetic Color Shadow Duo

Gucci Fumé Magnetic Color Shadow Duo
Gucci Fumé Magnetic Color Shadow Duo

Gucci Fumé Magnetic Color Shadow Duo
Gucci Fumé Magnetic Color Shadow Duo

Gucci Fumé Magnetic Color Shadow Duo
Gucci Fumé Magnetic Color Shadow Duo

Gucci Fumé (Left) Magnetic Color Shadow
Gucci Fumé (Left) Magnetic Color Shadow

Gucci Fumé (Left) Magnetic Color Shadow
Gucci Fumé (Left) Magnetic Color Shadow

Gucci Fumé (Right) Magnetic Color Shadow
Gucci Fumé (Right) Magnetic Color Shadow

Gucci Fumé (Right) Magnetic Color Shadow
Gucci Fumé (Right) Magnetic Color Shadow

Gucci Malachite (Right) Magnetic Color Shadow
Fume (Right) (inner lid), Fume (Left) (middle of lid), Malachite (Left) (outer lid),
Malachite (Right) (crease), Iconic Ottanio Eyeliner

Gucci Malachite (Right) Magnetic Color Shadow
Fume (Right) (inner lid), Fume (Left) (middle of lid), Malachite (Left) (outer lid),
Malachite (Right) (crease), Iconic Ottanio Eyeliner

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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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Ooooh la la – I love this. I will console myself with possession of Fiction, Sea Worship and Stash, and Carbonized, Vengeance and Constructivist since these Gucci beauties aren’t sold in Canada!

Too funny – you sure do know your readers! If the CIA needed to identify some unknown person of interest and could identify them only by a cosmetic item they’d dropped while fleeing, you would be a very helpful resource to them! “Special Agent Christine, in charge of Makeup Ident for the CIA”.

I agree and Christine’s right – for these prices, the quality has to be really good. I noticed that all the dupes for the right side are far more pigmented than this “original”. Still, since I can’t get these near me anyway, it’s safe for me to love this without any fear of dropping a bundle to buy it.

This one just missed it for me, like by a hair. I’m glad you made a book like that! (Eyes) Is it still around? The MUFE 30 suits you! 😀 And, I have too many palettes anyway, lol, but thank you for the info regarding KVD. I’d like the texture, love the colors, just not a must. I’m looking forward to Shupette from Shu Uemura’s collab with Karl L. 😀 😀 (*^Check it out^*) 😀 <3

Sorry I combined everything here, hope I got everything, am too ill to go to each to reply, my apologies. Thank you for your words of wisdom! Much appreciate!! Happy Weekend!

Ugh what a bummer! I was thinking the colors make a gorgeous duo! Thanks for listing the dupes, Christine! I have to look into them and see if I put a similar duo together.

Interesting colors and certainly something that would draw my eye from another brand. It’s a shame the approach to pricing is so odd. It really puts me off trying the brand. It feels like there’s no rhyme or reason to the somewhat random pricing. The luxury market is pretty saturated with wonderful products and while I’m always interested in new approaches and techniques, the hodgepodge pricing makes it feel less like a labor of love and more of something for pure commerce. If that makes any sense. I’m not sure if Gucci knows exactly what kind of luxury makeup they’re going for.

Maybe just a vibe I’m getting.

The pricing seems all over the place to me as well, and I feel like they couldn’t even figure out what they wanted the formulas to be (because descriptions seem to clash!).

A couple of women asked me whether I had seen the new Gucci shadows in person yet, and I have not. The shades do look beautiful in your swatches, but that’s too bad that they are not “perfect”. I agree. If I am paying almost $50 for 2 shadows, I want them to be fabulous. Nevertheless, the eye look you created with Malachite is quite fabulous! Thanks for the inspiration: I’ll try it with palettes I already own 🙂

It was unexpected, too, that there were issues with the right shade, because it has a fair amount of shimmer – similar to other shades I’ve tried – so I thought it would perform the same.

Sigh… For the price I was expecting far more. I appreciate your honest thoughts Christine. I agree… At this orive, you should really love it, and I know I aint.

Whether it does what it says or not, whatever it does do, you gotta LOVE!! I totally get luxury price points, but then there’s no justification when they fall short!

I meant to say ‘price’. I’m typing from an iPad, and am also uber clumsy.
I really wanted this duo but for that performance, forget about it.
Like already said before, you did a great job with that lovely look.
I think these people are confused. I dont mind paying high end price, but they are not being helpful AT ALL with the no returns, no descriptions, no explanations, no answers, and also the inconsistence in the quality of the products. So yeah… No.

I like the darker, more reddish, chocolaty shade better of the two, but the pair do look nice in combination with the Malachite duo! This one is kind of a great example of a B grade, to me (even in my own mental rating system) – the pigmentation is OK but not stellar, the colours are OK but not hugely exciting, the application and wear are OK but with some niggles here and there…

Definitely, as you say, not quite what you want from a $50 eyeshadow duo!

There is room for improvement, and luxury makeup–because they should have access to the best of the best–should be just that, luxurious!

I am SO bewildered by their price points and descriptions. I remember trying to make a distinction between the lipstick formulas and being absolutely baffled. I understand Gucci hasn’t offered makeup before… but it’s like they’ve also never SEEN it before. From anyone. Ever. Never ever. At all.

I’m going to be mean here but I don’t know how else to say it: Either they think their clients are ACTUALLY stupid (like literally morons) or they themselves are.

Years ago I had a friend who thought every state had its own time zone. He always asked what time it was in Seattle… when he would be calling from Los Angeles. No matter how many times I explained it to him, he still didn’t get it and never believed me. He said I was just trying to make him think that so people would make fun of him.

THAT’S the level of dumb I’m talking about here. People who don’t understand that “buildable color” and “saturated with pigment” are two different things shouldn’t be allowed to make makeup. Hell I don’t think they should even be allowed to drive.

LOL! Yes, I was like… buildable, but then they seem to take great pains to promote how pigmented and saturated and blah blah it is. They could have been like “ultra blendable so you can sheer it out to any level of opacity you desire.” But really, most pigmented eyeshadows can be sheered out if you just use less or take a fluffier brush with them.

Fumé i such a pretty color! I wish there were more permanent dupes for it! Would MAC’s Sumptuous Olive be anywhere close? I don’t have that color so not too sure!

Love the look you have done with this Christine. I think the best part is the eyeliner – it really sets the shadows and makes them pop. The second colour does look a little sub-standard and at this price, it should be better. I love the first colour. I think I like Spectacular from bareMinerals better.

I liked them paired together, haha! I think Fume is more easily worn as a duo – Malachite is a darker eye when just worn with those two shades.

Although I absolutely adore what you’ve done with your eye makeup, the overall B rating is not tempting me enough to want to go out and buy it, especially as I have far too many browns to begin with. Its gotta be A’s all the way!!

Yeah, I’m a little surprised at the prices Gucci’s trying to push on these. Gucci isn’t even haute couture like Givenchy and Dior, and they’re lines offer lower priced cosmetics. Even the esteemed and well-established Guerlain line isn’t asking for that. I suspect we’ll either see the brand bow under competition and reduce prices in the following year, or it’ll price it’s way off the shelves.

It’s a beautiful quad, but I agree that it was to be perfect for it to be $50. The left shade is stunning, though. I’d love to find a similar dupe.

I’m not interested in these shadows… but that look you created is PERFECT for fall! Really, really beautiful!

The right shade could have been richer for sure! I dont splurge much on eye shadows generally but when I do, I want them to be really worth the moolah!

Oh no.. the first colour is so gorgeous! So disappointed about its performance.
Regarding the performance of the duo, it is absurd.
Gucci and any other brand are entitled to determine the prices for their goods, provided that they obey the following rule: OVER-PRICED / HIGH”EST” QUALITY.

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