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Jungle (579)

Dior
Review posted 3 days ago

Tagged as: Buildable, Highly-pigmented, Buttery, Easy-to-apply, Long-wearing, Great-gift, Travel-friendly, Versatile.

Review posted 3 days ago

Tagged as: Buildable, Highly-pigmented, Buttery, Easy-to-apply, Long-wearing, Great-gift, Travel-friendly, Versatile.

This palette is BLISS! While the price is pretty steep, the quality and colour selection is so good that it's worth it. For me, it's the perfect colour assortment for autumn. Shade #1 is the only one that's a bit disappointing - it's a bit less pigmented than I could wish, but still buildable and while I thought it might be a bit too orange for me, it's actually a beautiful shade once applied.

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Alhambra

NARS
Review posted 1 week ago

Tagged as: Buildable, Highly-pigmented, Buttery, Creamy, Easy-to-apply, Long-wearing, Easy-to-use-product, Great-gift, Great-value, Travel-friendly, Versatile.

Review posted 1 week ago

Tagged as: Buildable, Highly-pigmented, Buttery, Creamy, Easy-to-apply, Long-wearing, Easy-to-use-product, Great-gift, Great-value, Travel-friendly, Versatile.

Another "find" at an amazing price at Winners. I bought this partly because of the price, partly because I do have a weakness for NARS eyeshadow, most of which are no longer available at Sephora, and because this also had excellent reviews. What a find. First of all, I love the newer packaging, with flat cases that also allow the individual shades to be popped out easily if you want to put them in another palette for travel, etc. And these 2 shadows would be ones I would put in a travel palette (if we're ever able to travel again!). The duo is pretty similar - both light and very shimmery colours. The left side is more pink-champagne and the right side more gold-champagne but both are exceptional in terms of their texture - almost like liquid silk - pigmentation and total absence of fallout. While this might not be a stand alone duo, these are 2 really beautiful shadows for brightening the lid or just the inner corner or for highlighting the brow bone or center of the lid. Two real treasures here and for $15, a total find!

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Old Church Street

NARS
Review posted 1 week ago

Tagged as: Buildable, Buttery, Dry, Easy-to-apply, Hard-to-blend, Long-wearing, Great-value, Versatile.

Review posted 1 week ago

Tagged as: Buildable, Buttery, Dry, Easy-to-apply, Hard-to-blend, Long-wearing, Great-value, Versatile.

When the Charlotte Gainsbourg collection came out, I really wanted to "mix up" the 2 duos and put the left side of this one with the right side of Rue Allent but, alas, that wasn't to be. I got this recently (Sept. 2020) steeply marked down and was so happy to find it. I love the left side, a coppery champagne, and like the right side well enough that I will certainly use it, especially now, with fall approaching, as it's a rich and interesting blue green and truly "velvety" in texture and finish but a bit tricky to blend so I'm careful in how much I apply and where I place it. As I paid well less than half price, I've rated this "great value".

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Celebrate in Gold (017)

Dior
Review posted 2 months ago

Tagged as: Buildable, Sheer, Creamy, Easy-to-apply, Long-wearing, Easy-to-use-product, Great-gift, Versatile.

Review posted 2 months ago

Tagged as: Buildable, Sheer, Creamy, Easy-to-apply, Long-wearing, Easy-to-use-product, Great-gift, Versatile.

This is certainly a festive 5-pan. I sort of lost my head when I saw it and bought it because it was just so pretty. But it's not really the most practical of palettes for someone like me. I do love it but have to remember and sort of force myself to use it just because it's not the most "every day" collection of shadows (nor was it promoted that way). I was a bit disappointed with the middle, taupe shade - it's not as pigmented or "visible" as I'd hoped, though applying with a damp sponge improves things considerably. What did come as a pleasant surprise for me is that the bottom left shade, which looks very warm and orange/coppery actually translates to a nice, wearable brown on my lids. I've not used the black shadow. I suppose it's good that it's there as there are many women who rely on a black eyeshadow, but I rarely use any of the black shadows I have (many, many, as they seem to be ubiquitous in just about every palette I own).

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House Targaryen

Urban Decay
Review posted 3 months ago

Tagged as: Highly-pigmented, Buttery, Creamy, Smooth, Blendable, Easy-to-apply, Crease-resistant, Long-wearing, Great-value.

Review posted 3 months ago

Tagged as: Highly-pigmented, Buttery, Creamy, Smooth, Blendable, Easy-to-apply, Crease-resistant, Long-wearing, Great-value.

This shadow was a very happy surprise in the Game of Thrones palette. I thought it would be too warm, too orange/apricot toned for me but it's anything "but" - it's so flattering, brightening and it is of such good quality. It works with just about any of my "go to" shadow looks for day/work and is just all around a fantastic colour. I so wish it would get re-released as a single (even with a different name) because for me, it's just such a workhorse colour.

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Weirwood Leaves

Urban Decay
Review posted 4 months ago

Tagged as: Highly-pigmented, Buttery, Creamy, Smooth, Blendable, Easy-to-apply, Crease-resistant, Long-wearing, Great-value.

Review posted 4 months ago

Tagged as: Highly-pigmented, Buttery, Creamy, Smooth, Blendable, Easy-to-apply, Crease-resistant, Long-wearing, Great-value.

I tend to shy away from red-toned eyeshadows because some reds and pinks look awful - unnatural and like I'm having a severe allergic reaction - but this one is a beauty. The shadow itself has a wonderful texture - so smooth and so blendable - and pigmentation is fantastic. I still feel a bit self-conscious wearing this shade but that's just me trying to get used to something a bit different. It's a lovely shadow especially for the fall months.

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Full Fuchsia

MAC
Review posted 4 months ago

Tagged as: Highly-pigmented, Creamy, Smooth, Blendable, Easy-to-apply, Long-wearing, Moisturizing-wear, Non-sticky, Great-value, Travel-friendly, Moisturizing.

Review posted 4 months ago

Tagged as: Highly-pigmented, Creamy, Smooth, Blendable, Easy-to-apply, Long-wearing, Moisturizing-wear, Non-sticky, Great-value, Travel-friendly, Moisturizing.

I got this as a Back to MAC choice. I love MAC's Amplified Cream finish - I think it's my favourite of all their regular lipsticks but I thought I'd exhausted all the shades in that finish that work for me. Then I decided to take a chance on this one because it looked similar to a favourite Givenchy lipstick I have. Well, Full Fuchsia has been such a delight to own and wear. It lights up my whole face and makes me look more awake. Feels great on the lips and wears well. It's become a real favourite. It might look a bit scary in the tube but applied, it looks great - bright but highly wearable.

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Legendary

Smashbox
Review posted 9 months ago

Tagged as: Highly-pigmented, Creamy, Smooth, Easy-to-apply, Long-wearing, Moisturizing-wear, Non-sticky, Great-value, Travel-friendly, Moisturizing.

Review posted 9 months ago

Tagged as: Highly-pigmented, Creamy, Smooth, Easy-to-apply, Long-wearing, Moisturizing-wear, Non-sticky, Great-value, Travel-friendly, Moisturizing.

This is one of my most used lipsticks ever (along with MAC Craving). This is a beautiful and wearable red that doesn't pull too warm, too orange, too dark - it's just perfect. The formula and texture are flattering and very, very comfortable on my lips - hydrating without being greasy. Wear time, especially over Elizabeth Arden's lip primer, is pretty darned good to. I have 2 or 3 tubes of this on the go because I use it so often.

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Beige

Cle de Peau
Review posted 10 months ago

Tagged as: Buildable-coverage, Natural-fn, Blendable, Settles-into-lines, Travel-friendly.

Review posted 10 months ago

Tagged as: Buildable-coverage, Natural-fn, Blendable, Settles-into-lines, Travel-friendly.

I nearly fainted when I found this at Marshall's for under $40 (Cdn) and grabbed it immediately. I've had this for almost a year now and don't use it all that often. I had such high hopes, having read about how excellent this concealer is but sadly, it's not as wonderful as I was expecting. If I'm not careful, this can take on a dry, scaly look after a few hours and in spite of all the claims, this still does settle into fine lines. It's easy enough to press the product back into place but considering what this retails for ($80 or more), I really was expecting perfection.

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Sin

Urban Decay
Review posted 11 months ago

Tagged as: Buildable, Buttery, Creamy, Smooth, Blendable, Easy-to-apply, Long-wearing, Luminous, Natural, Great-value, Travel-friendly.

Review posted 11 months ago

Tagged as: Buildable, Buttery, Creamy, Smooth, Blendable, Easy-to-apply, Long-wearing, Luminous, Natural, Great-value, Travel-friendly.

Aura was my first choice in this now discontinued (how dumb is THAT?) highlighers from UD but I found Sin a while back at a discounter and grabbed it. The texture is gorgeous and it blends to a finish that is both luminous and natural looking at the same time. It's a bit warm for me as a highlighter - not unwearable and not unnatural looking but just a hint on the warm side (where Aura is cooler) but I really love it. I had planned to purchase this at full price at Sephora only to find it discontinued, so finding it AND at a very affordable price - well, double happiness!

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Brav-O

Marc Jacobs Beauty
Review posted 1 year ago

Tagged as: Buildable, Buttery, Creamy, Smooth, Blendable, Easy-to-apply, Crease-resistant, Long-wearing.

Review posted 1 year ago

Tagged as: Buildable, Buttery, Creamy, Smooth, Blendable, Easy-to-apply, Crease-resistant, Long-wearing.

I got this because Temptalia has it listed as a dupe for UD's Casterly Rock, which is a colour I love. Well, now I've got me a big ol' pan of Brav-O and I couldn't be happier. The texture, application and wear time of these are all as Christine describes them and all are great (though I always use primer). My only "kvetch" and why it didn't get the full 5 stars is that I'd have preferred a smaller pan of shadow (I've yet to use up any eyeshadows I own, probably because I own too many and buy too many) and a lower price point to reflect the smaller size.

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Mulholland Drive

NARS
Review posted 1 year ago

Tagged as: Highly-pigmented, Creamy, Smooth, Easy-to-apply, Long-wearing, Too-little-product.

Review posted 1 year ago

Tagged as: Highly-pigmented, Creamy, Smooth, Easy-to-apply, Long-wearing, Too-little-product.

While I don't like the price tag of this pencil compared with my beloved Sephora pencil liners, Mulholland Drive is such a lovely and flattering shade that I'm glad I bought it. It applies smoothly and evenly and deposits a perfect amount of colour. The rich bronze-y brown shade is just perfect for me. The only reason I rated it as "too little product" is because of the price (the pencil itself is pretty much the standard amount for a pencil liner).

Fog (BR727)

Shiseido
Review posted 1 year ago

Tagged as: Buildable, Sheer, Smooth, Blendable, Easy-to-apply, Crease-resistant, Long-wearing, Great-value, Travel-friendly.

Review posted 1 year ago

Tagged as: Buildable, Sheer, Smooth, Blendable, Easy-to-apply, Crease-resistant, Long-wearing, Great-value, Travel-friendly.

I found this shadow for only $5.99 at Marshalls. I wasn't sure of the colour name (because there is only the number on the packaging - something I HATE) and I also wasn't sure if it was a colour I already owned (again, because of the numbering - it's easier for me to remember a name than a number) but for the price, I took the risk figuring that if I already owned it, having a backup at such a ridiculously affordable price wasn't a bad thing. As the name would suggest, it's a lovely, foggy grey'd taupe with a subtle sheen - very pretty and very wearable. Glad I took the chance and grabbed it!

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ME644 Iced Brown

Make Up For Ever
Review posted 1 year ago

Tagged as: Buildable, Highly-pigmented, Buttery, Creamy, Smooth, Blendable, Easy-to-apply, Crease-resistant, Long-wearing, Great-value, Travel-friendly.

Review posted 1 year ago

Tagged as: Buildable, Highly-pigmented, Buttery, Creamy, Smooth, Blendable, Easy-to-apply, Crease-resistant, Long-wearing, Great-value, Travel-friendly.

I have this in the aptly named Nudes You Need palette. While I do like the squared shape of MUFE's reformulated eyeshadows since they fit more neatly into a Z palette, I cannot for the life of me understand why they changed the actual formula of the shadows as most are inferior to and also different from their predecessors with the same names and numbers. Iced Brown (I hate the numbering system) is a lovely lighter toned golden brown with an icy sheen and delicious texture. It's such an easy shade to wear and works well as a "one and done" shadow or on the outer lid with something lighter on the inner corner. I am so glad I have this in the old formula and in that wonderful palette. I found one on sale about a year ago at Marshalls and immediately grabbed it for my daughter.

Wheat

Stila
Review posted 1 year ago

Tagged as: Buildable, Highly-pigmented, Buttery, Creamy, Smooth, Blendable, Easy-to-apply, Crease-resistant, Long-wearing, Great-value.

Review posted 1 year ago

Tagged as: Buildable, Highly-pigmented, Buttery, Creamy, Smooth, Blendable, Easy-to-apply, Crease-resistant, Long-wearing, Great-value.

How I wish Stila's single powder shadows were still available. I have Wheat in the Eyes are the Window Spirit palette (which I purchased using Optimum points, making it a good value) but would have loved a full sized single. Wheat has the loveliest "sheen" finish in a brightening, easy-to-wear golden beige. I rely on it on mornings when I'm in a rush but need to look wide awake and bright-eyed, as though I've had a good night's sleep. A bit of something like Puppy or MAC Cork in the crease and my eyes are "done" for the day. I hope I can still get my hands on another Spirit palette when I finish the pan of Wheat in my current one.

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Game of Thrones

Urban Decay
Review posted 1 year ago

Tagged as: Highly-pigmented, Sheer, Creamy, Easy-to-apply, Fall-out, Long-wearing, Great-gift, Versatile.

Review posted 1 year ago

Tagged as: Highly-pigmented, Sheer, Creamy, Easy-to-apply, Fall-out, Long-wearing, Great-gift, Versatile.

I am trying to accept that the horrible, heavy, bulky, goofy packaging just had to be there because of the theme but I hate it. Also, there's really no way at all that I can rationalize buying this - it was a totally irrational purchase. There are 2 or 3 colours I don't like at all and a few other which I love in terms of their shade but which are gritty, dreadful glitter-bombs (Winterfell, I am SO looking at you! I would have loved you if you'd been an actual wearable eyeshadow rather than pressed glitter that feels like sandpaper!) So, there's lots for me to kvetch about in this palette but there are some shadows that are so beautiful that I am more than happy to have this palette. Winter is Here (why the name change from the phrase we all love and which Sean Bean refuses to utter in Wasted!), Casterly Rock, Frozen North and Dothraki are all beautiful shades and Weirwood is a colour I didn't think I'd be able to wear but I was wrong. Nymeria, which looked really ugly to me, is actually one of those perfect shades for subtly defining or blending out a crease (reminds me of UD's Tyranny from the Pulp Fiction palette years ago.

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Glazed Donut (365)

Sephora
Review posted 2 years ago

Tagged as: Highly-pigmented, Creamy, Smooth, Blendable, Easy-to-apply, Great-value, Travel-friendly.

Review posted 2 years ago

Tagged as: Highly-pigmented, Creamy, Smooth, Blendable, Easy-to-apply, Great-value, Travel-friendly.

This eyeshadow won't be for everyone but I love it. It is a very shimmery champagne/beige shade that has no glitter or fallout, which is part of what makes it so great. The colour is very brightening on my mobile lid or inner 1/3 of my lid. Many years ago MAC had an LE Starflash shadow called Grand Entrance which I just love and which I have always used very sparingly for fear of finishing it and not being able to replace it. Of the many champagne-y type shadows I have, none of them came close to Grand Entrance until I got Glazed Donut. It's so close in all aspects - colour, finish, pigmentation, how it applies - so I'm doubly happy with it.

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A Cup of Coffee (350)

Sephora
Review posted 2 years ago

Tagged as: Buildable, Buttery, Smooth, Blendable, Easy-to-apply, Crease-resistant, Long-wearing, Great-value, Travel-friendly.

Review posted 2 years ago

Tagged as: Buildable, Buttery, Smooth, Blendable, Easy-to-apply, Crease-resistant, Long-wearing, Great-value, Travel-friendly.

I was hesitant to try the reformulated Sephora shadows as most seemed a real disappointment compared to the earlier formula that these replaced. But A Cup of Coffee is terrific. It's a smouldery, smoky dark brown that is cool toned and gorgeous. While classed as a "shimmer", the finish is more silky than obviously shimmery and the whole effect is fabulous. A definite winner for a mere few bucks!

Minimalist

Smashbox
Review posted 2 years ago

Tagged as: Buildable, Highly-pigmented, Buttery, Creamy, Easy-to-apply, Long-wearing, Easy-to-use-product, Great-gift, Great-value, Travel-friendly, Versatile.

Review posted 2 years ago

Tagged as: Buildable, Highly-pigmented, Buttery, Creamy, Easy-to-apply, Long-wearing, Easy-to-use-product, Great-gift, Great-value, Travel-friendly, Versatile.

This is a perfect replacement palette for UD's now discontinued NAKED palette. I might even like it better. This contains 8 shadows rather than 12 but every single shade is very wearable. There are no really dark shades like Creep or Gunmetal but the 2 larger pans are both excellent browbone highlight shades for me. The left side is more warm toned and the right side is cooler but the whole thing is still very neutral (leaning a bit toward cool). For me, it's a perfect every day type palette that is also great for travel. I took only this with me for a 4 day getaway and didn't feel at all deprived.

Punked

Smashbox
Review posted 2 years ago

Tagged as: Highly-pigmented, Creamy, Easy-to-apply, Long-wearing, Easy-to-use-product, Great-gift, Great-value, Travel-friendly, Versatile.

Review posted 2 years ago

Tagged as: Highly-pigmented, Creamy, Easy-to-apply, Long-wearing, Easy-to-use-product, Great-gift, Great-value, Travel-friendly, Versatile.

This palette consists of 8 cool toned shadows in purples and grey tones. It has 3 quite shimmery shades and the remaining 6 are matte or satiny. I find all of the shades to be very easy to apply and nicely pigmented. The left side of this is more neutral and taupe-y while the right side is definitely purple. It's small and compact but has everything in it that I need including a lovely browbone highlight shade.