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I know how anticipated the launch of this palette was and trust me, I had my alarm set to be able to buy this the minute it launched! I’ve been testing out every shadow in this pretty baby so I can give you all a thorough review, so that’s why it’s taken a few days to post! While I know this palette may not immediately appeal to everyone because it does include a lot of bold, bright colors, it’s definitely something that I think is worth having in any collection or kit so you have options. As a makeup artist, it can be hard for me to find a few must-have palettes on hand that have a balance between brights and neutrals or warm and cool tones, but the Androgyny palette hits the spot for all of the above. The amount of neutral and bold colors are perfectly balanced, so I can see myself reaching for this for both an every day sort of look, as well as when I need to get inspired and try something new. The best part is that since it’s so pigmented, every color in here works with all skin tones so everyone can have fun with this palette and get tons of use out of it!

I really hope you all enjoy this post as much as I’ve been enjoying this palette! Now let’s get down to the basics:

The Androgyny palette is permanent and is available at www.jeffreestarcosmetics.com. It sells for $45 and contains 10 shadows, with a grand total of 0.9oz / 25.2g of product. Each shadow weighs in a 0.09oz / 2.52g, so that makes this a great value… Most individual shadows out there which are of comparable quality cost anywhere from $12-$16 and contain about 0.0018oz / 0.05g of product. Also, compared to some of the more popular palettes out there, which range from $40-$50 and contain one half to one third of the amount of product you get in the Androgyny palette, you’re really getting the most for your money here! It’s $5.95 for standard shipping unless you’re ordering $100 or more of products, then shipping is free. It’s worth the six bucks, though, and comes in a box with PLENTY of stuffing and padding to protect your new palette so nothing gets broken!

Bee-Tee-Dubs: The Androgyny palette is vegan and cruelty-free ❤

I actually posted some swatch videos of this palette on my Snapchat and Instagram a few days ago, so go check out @lesley_makeup to see those (I also use that name on Snapchat). I’ll probably be posting some looks with this soon, so be sure to follow me if you want check them out!

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Alright, so lets talk about this eye shadow formula… I didn’t really know what to expect since I never got the Beauty Killer palette when it came out (I definitely need to order that now), but this exceeded my expectations! All of the shadows are highly pigmented and extremely finely milled, making them very smooth so they apply and blend out easily. There can be a few differences between the shades, but I’ll get that into the individual reviews.

The matte shadows didn’t feel dry or look patchy at all. There can be some powdery, fluffy residue on the shadow itself when you go to dip your brush into it, especially with a fluffy type of crease brush like a MAC 224, but if you don’t go in hard, it’s not so bad. You don’t need to do that anyway because you need such little product to get amazing color payoff! Also, that doesn’t translate to there being a ton of fallout… I got some the first time I used the palette because I was totally overdoing it with how much shadow I was using, but once I figured that out and used less product, I had no fallout! The more shimmery or frosted shadows in this palette are extra buttery and feel SO luxurious. I think that for some reason, due to the formula, they’re even more pigmented than the mattes are, so you don’t need to use much at all! With these shadows, I had zero fallout because they really cling to the brush and skin. This is really nice too, considering that a lot of frost finish eye shadows have all kinds of fallout, which I like to refer to as “fairy vomit”. There’s none of that with this palette, though! I really hope that Jeffree Star will continue to release more palettes with more frosted and metallic shadows!!

The Angrodynynpalette itself has Jeffree’s signature bright pink packaging with an embossed leather/reptile-esque texture and look, but don’t worry, it’s faux and cruelty-free! On the front, there’s a Jeffree Star logo and “Androgyny”, both in gold. It’s made from heavy duty cardboard that seems like it will hold up well during travel or if it’s dropped (surprisingly, I have not dropped mine yet. It’s a miracle). Despite being really sturdy, it’s also slim, so it won’t take up a lot of space in your kit, drawer, or bag. Like most palettes with this type of packaging, it closes securely using magnets so it doesn’t snap/latch shut, but it does stay closed well, even when I tossed it into my makeup bag to test out the durability. There’s a big mirror on the inner part of the lid which is a REAL mirror and not that warped, crackled looking flimsy garbage, so you can use it to do your whole face if you’re traveling. The mirror also has a very pretty border around it that gives it a really cool, antique mirror kind of vibe. When you receive this palette, you’ll notice that the box it comes in shares the same design that the mirror has around it and is a rich, wine stained burgundy color with metallic gold writing on the front. The box itself lists the ingredients on the back too, if you’d like to take a peek at those. The shadows each have their color listed below them and they’re all embossed with the classy little Jeffree Star logo that’s on all of his products.

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Application:

They all apply well with your favorite brushes, but the shimmery ones can also be applied using your finger, especially if you’re doing something like a halo eye. I mean personally, that’s my preferred method for the lid since it tends to warm up the creamy feeling powder products that have a frosted or metallic finish a little better than a brush does so they REALLY pop! You can also apply the frosty shadows damp, using a spray like MAC’s Fix +, Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist, or whatever you love or have. For this, I like to dip the brush into the shadow, THEN spray it. This way, you don’t get your shadow wet and end up with a funky crust that makes it difficult to use later on.

One little tip I have for you is that if you want the best pigmentation and wear time possible (especially with a few of these matte shadows), apply a primer first! Whether it’s Urban Decay Primer Potion, a long wearing concealer, or MAC’s Pro Longwear Paint Pots (my personal favorite), it will help your shadow stay all day and keep it from creasing. The two Paint Pots I use most are Soft Ochre, which is a light, cool/neutral nude with a hint of a yellow undertone, and Painterly, which still light, but a little darker than Soft Ochre and is a cool/neutral very slightly pinky hued nude. Although those are both light, they work perfectly as a primer on all skin tones! Trust me, they’ve been in my kit for over a decade! Also, be sure to take a light, neutral matte shadow or whatever is left of your powder brush (my prefernce) to set your primer before applying your eye shadows… That way, they’ll blend out more easily and you won’t get any shadow sticking to your creamy primer and looking uneven or chunky.

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Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Shadows swatched on NC15 skin.

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Frosting:   Frosting is a light, yellow gold with warm undertones and an almost peachy, frosty sheen. The texture feels creamy, even though this is a powder shadow, and it glides on very easily and evenly. Color payoff looks just like it does in the pan, while coverage can be anywhere from moderate to full, depending on what type of application technique that you use. With a flat brush or your finger like most people use to apply color onto the lid, it’s full… You have to actually work to use a very light hand and fluffy brush if you want a sheer wash of color and shine. Wear time with this was about 8 hours before I noticed any fading at all, which is pretty impressive for a frost shadow!

Dupes:   MAC’s Goldmine eye shadow is very similar in both color and texture/finish, but has a little more of a greenish-gold tone. Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Gold Rush is also close, but is not quite as frosted and also has a cooler undertone.

Overall Rating: 5 / 5

Application: 5

Coverage: 5

Color Payoff: 5

Texture: 5

Wear Time: 5

Packaging: 5

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Safe Word:   This shadow is a light nude with a neutral to warm undertone and a matte finish. It’s pretty much my new favorite blending/transition color! It feels smooth and makes blending a dream! Color payoff is incredible for a light transition color like this… When I applied it, I used a MAC 224 brush, which is really fluffy, and managed to get too much product in my crease because I wasn’t expecting it to be so pigmented, which is awesome! With as pigmented as this is, coverage is also fully opaque if you want it to be. Wear time was 10-12 hours before I had any issues with creasing or fading.

Dupes:   MAC’s Soft Brown is close, but warmer, while Cork is cooler and perhaps a bit darker… Safe Word is actually right between those two colors. Wedge is also cooler toned. ABH’s Birkin is much warmer, Warm Taupe is a little darker, and Fawn is considerably darker and slightly cooler.

Overall Rating: 5 / 5

Application: 5

Coverage: 5

Color Payoff: 5

Texture: 5

Wear Time: 5

Packaging: 5

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Charm:   Charm is a medium, bold citrus, peachy-orange with a soft, velvety-satin type of finish. It also contains a super duper finely milled, golden micro shimmer that gives it the satiny appearance. This shadow is just as smooth most others in this palette and applies very evenly… The only thing I noticed is that it does tend to have more powder fluffiness that remains on the shadow itself, as I mentioned earlier, if you dip into it too roughly or use a really fluffy brush. It didn’t cause any fallout, though and it’s very easy to tap the excess off of the brush so you don’t get any fallout. Color payoff is just as bright on the skin as it is in the pan and coverage is fully opaque with little product used. Wear time on both the lid and in the crease is 8-12 hours and it fades evenly with no patchiness.

Dupes:   One of MAC’s newer shadows, Up At Dawn, is super close but a smidgen darker and it lacks the golden mini-micro shimmer. It does have a satin finish, though.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Déjà Vu:   I have no words. It’s that amazing… Okay, just kidding. This shadow is a medium to medium-dark, rich, spicy, copper color with very warm undertones and a beautiful frosted to metallic finish, depending how you apply it (just like Frosting). It feels incredibly luxurious, gliding on and blending out SO easily. This is one of the most pigmented shadows in the Androgyny palette and it takes next to nothing to get true to pan color payoff and full coverage. It also wears well for just over 9 hours without fading or even creasing much, which, like Frosting, is rare for a frost finish.

Dupes:   The closest MAC dupe I found was Antiqued, but it still has a much cooler, purple/wine-based undertone to it.  ABH’s Copper Shimmer is a little lighter and not as frosty, Wine is well, more wine-stained in color, and Henna is a lot more pinky-red based.

Overall Rating: 5 / 5

Application: 5

Coverage: 5

Color Payoff: 5

Texture: 5

Wear Time: 5

Packaging: 5

 

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Dominatrix:   Dominatrix is a dark, chocolatey brown with warm, reddish undertones and a matte finish. It’s the perfect color for deepening the crease or for a smokey eye that isn’t your basic black. It feels smooth and blends into the crease or packs onto the lid with ease and no fallout (like I said, just don’t dig into these shadows like you’re trying to find buried treasure and it won’t go all powdery on you). Color payoff is amazing, just like the coverage is. It’s also not patchy at all, even if applied lightly, like some darker matte shadows can be. Dominatrix hung in there for a little over 10 hours before I noticed any fading or creasing going on.

Dupes:   MAC’s Corduroy is a little lighter and cooler toned, while Embark has a hint more of a plummy undertone to it. The texture for both are similar and Dominatrix seems to fall right in between these two MAC shadows. Brown Down is a little lighter and cool toned. ABH’s Fudge is extremely similar but perhaps has slightly more red tones. Hot Chocolate is much darker and cool toned.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

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Androgyny:   Androgyny is a medium-dark, plummy shade with warm-ish undertones and a matte finish. This is the only shadow in the palette that I had any trouble with when applying it. It still feels smooth, but it’s also a bit drier than the others and doesn’t seem to apply as evenly. A primer helps a lot, but even when I swatched it both alone or over a primer, I had to add a little more shadow to get the color payoff and coverage I wanted. Even then, I wouldn’t say that the color payoff is as bold at it looks in the pan, and the coverage is good, but more like 80% opaque unless it’s layered or applied over a primer. Maybe it’s just mine? The inconsistency seems strange, considering how great all the other shadows in the palette are, but maybe that’s just my experience with it! On the other hand, wear time is awesome and this didn’t fade for 9-10 hours!

Dupes:   MAC’s Deep Damson (PRO) was the closest dupe I found from that brand, but it’s slightly darker once applied and has some mini-micro shimmer particles in it (like the ones found in Charm). ABH’s Aubergine is similar in color, but is a bit deeper and contains the same type of micro-shimmer, so the finish has more of a satin/velvet appearance, rather than being matte.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Fetish:   This is another favorite of mine in the Androgyny palette… It’s a meidum-dark, almost blood red with warm undertones and a really unique pinky/fuchsia, pearly sheen to it. I wish this photo picked that up… It’s definitely way more noticeable in person, so I’ll try to update the photo ASAP now that I’ve used it and stirred up the shadow so the reflects are more visible. The texture felt very buttery and smooth and it applied evenly, both packing onto the lid or blending out really well. Color payoff was just as great as it looks in the pan, while coverage was full without having to use much product at all. I didn’t see any fading or creasing until the 8-10 hour mark.

Dupes:   I can’t find one! Fetish is really unique in both color and finish!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Military:   Military is a medium to medium-dark (depending on how heavily you apply it), almost olive green, but with yellow undertones and a matte finish. For a matte, it feels super smooth but may be very slightly drier than some of the other mattes in this palette. It still didn’t feel as dry as Androgyny did, though. Application was easy, with Military blending out well and having no fallout problems. Color payoff is just how it looks in the pan, and coverage is easily made fully opaque… Like I said, it’s a little drier than some shadows, so you may need to use more product than you would with the rest of the palette. That said, you still need very little since EVERYTHING in this palette is uber pigmented! I got about 9-10 hours of wear before I had any fading happen.

Dupes:   The only shadow I found that’s remotely close to Military is MAC’s Marsh, which was limited edition from a while back, but it’s also more of a satin finish and has a more muted, gray tone to it. The color of ABH’s Moss is very similar, perhaps more muted, but it’s pretty frosty and not the least bit matte.

Overall Rating: 4.7 / 5

Application: 5

Coverage: 4

Color Payoff: 5

Texture: 4

Wear Time: 5

Packaging: 5

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Poison:   This shadow is a dark, richly pigmented, peacock type of blue-green with cool undertones and a matte finish. It applied evenly with no patchiness and had no fallout during blending, which was very easy to do. Color payoff is just as bold as it appears in the pan and coverage was nearly opaque, but not quite, as you can see in the swatch above. It’s not really an issue, though, and was fully opaque once I added a little more product. Per usual with the shadows in this palette, wear time was phenomenal and Poison lasted a solid 8-10 hours before fading or creasing!

Dupes:   MAC’s Plumage is the one and only dupe I found for both color and texture, and it’s still slightly darker and has a teeny bit more blue-ish undertone. It also applies less smoothly when compared to Poison.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Swallow:   Swallow is a dark, true blue without being a bright, royal blue and it has a matte finish… That color description sounds basic, but I promise you it’s not. It’s difficult to find a color like this and while my description isn’t anything crazy, it’s so beautiful and a much-needed color in any collection or kit! It feels very smooth and blends out well. You can also pack this onto the lid for a colorful smoky look! Color payoff and coverage are both nearly as intense as this looks in the pan, but like Poison, you may have to use more product than some of the other mattes in the Angrodyny palette to get full coverage and pigmentation. This is pretty common with mattes from any brand, so I’m not exactly deducting a bunch of points for that! This wore well for 8-10 hours before any kind of creasing or fading occurred.

Dupes:   Swallow seems to be somewhere in between MAC’s Prussian and Nehru, which I don’t even think they make any more and it’s still more bold and truly blue than either of them.

Overall Rating: 4.5 / 5

Application: 4

Coverage: 4

Color Payoff: 4

Texture: 5

Wear Time: 5

Packaging: 5

 

*** This post expresses my own honest opinion. I purchased this out of pocket and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review ***

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I’m just going to get right to the point here… I am SO in love with this palette lately! I’ve had it for a few weeks now so I’ve really been able to play around with every shadow and see how I like them so I can give you all an accurate review. It’s very usable for every day looks as well as more dramatic looks, and the quality is great, so I feel like you really get your money’s worth with this palette. Oh, and it truly smells like peaches! Not in that sugary, fake sort of overly-sweet way either… It’s a subtle, very natural peach scent that definitely puts me in a good mood every time I open this palette. So without further ado, I give you the Sweet Peach palette!

 

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This palette contains eighteen shadows, all of which are the same size, with each eye shadow containing 0.95g/0.03 Oz of product, giving it a total product weight of 17.1g/0.54Oz. The palette sells for $49 from www.toofaced.com, www.sephora.com, or www.ulta.com. It’s a permanent product too, so it won’t be going anywhere! There are also lip and cheek/face products that were launched with this palette which have the same peachy theme and scent. I haven’t purchased any yet, but they’re definitely worth checking out!

The overall quality of this palette is fantastic! There are a few shadows that are not as pigmented or smooth as others, but we’ll get into that in the individual reviews. While it’s mostly neutrals, there are a ton of beautiful combinations and looks that you can create with the Sweet Peach palette. There are also just enough darker colors to add drama if you aren’t into neutral looks 24/7. To me, this is great because I feel like I’ll make use of nearly every shadow in the palette, rather than ignoring brighter or darker colors that some palettes seem to randomly contain. There’s enough variation in this palette to make it ideal for ALL skintones as well. The packaging is also great… It’s very sturdy and metal, so you won’t crush your eye shadows if you need to toss this in your bag when you’re traveling. Even the mirror in it is legit and isn’t one of the flimsy, plastic type.

Anyway, let’s get into some more photos and reviews!

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Swatches taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Eye Shadows swatched on NC15 Skin.

My apologies for the individual shadow photos being taken after I had used it, but I had to redo them because the lighting was WAY off the first time!

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White Peach:   This is the palest color in the palette and is a light, warm to neutral toned cream color with some slight yellow undertones. It has a natural matte to satin finish. The texture is very smooth and went on with no fallout. Color payoff is good, but looks a bit warmer toned once applied. Coverage is fantastic and applied with full opacity using little product. This wore well for 6 to 7 hours before I noticed any creasing, but it will wear longer with an eye shadow primer (my favorite is a Pro Longwear Paint Pot like Soft Ochre or Painterly from MAC).

Dupes:   A few permanent MAC shadows that are very close are Brule (slightly darker but same undertone), Blanc Type (more pink and more matte), and Mylar (nearly identical). Some Anastasia Beverly Hills dupes are Vanilla (lighter and very slightly more pink), Bone (matte and more yellow-based), and Bling (a touch lighter, more pink and shimmery).

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Luscious:   Luscious is a light-medium golden shadow with warm, almost coppery undertones and a very frosty finish. It feels nearly creamy and applies well, giving perfect color payoff and coverage. Wear time for me was about 7 hours before any fading occurred, which is pretty impressive for a frost shadow like this.

Dupes:   MAC’s All That Glitters is nearly the same color (slightly lighter and more pink once applied, though). Honey Lust looks closer once applied (same finish and color, less coverage/opacity). Anastasia Beverly Hills has a few similar shadows like Amber (a bit darker and cooler toned), Glisten (nearly the exact same), and Sateen (closest match I found).

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Just Peachy:   This is a medium, peachy-pink color with a slightly golden sheen to it and a finish that’s somewhere between satin and frost. It has a lovely, smooth texture that applies very evenly, giving wonderful color payoff and coverage. While the coverage and color payoff was great, this texture/finish faded a little faster than some of the other shadows in this palette, only wearing about 5 1/2 to 6 hours. I definitely recommend a primer with this shadow to help with that!

Dupes:   MAC’s Expensive Pink is very close (lighter and slightly more pink), while Paradisco is nearly identical. Fashion’s Field Day, also from MAC, is almost the same in both color and finish. ABH China Rose is sort of similar (darker with more brown undertones), and Fresh Peach is almost the exact same in color (less frosted finish).

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

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Bless Her Heart:   This is one of my favorite shadows in the palette! It’s a medium-dark, sage to olive shade of green with a slightly warm undertone and a hint of a golden bronze sheen. The finish is frosty, but not to the point where it seems metallic. It has a very smooth texture, but does seem slightly powdery when applied, so it may take a bit more product than some of the other shadows in this palette to get fully opaque coverage and intense color payoff. That said, I love this shadow because it stands out in this palette but still works perfectly as an accent color to all of the warmer, more neutral, peachy tones! Wear time was great and I don’t notice much fading or creasing for around 6 1/2 to 7 hours.

Dupes:   Bellini is actually right in between MAC’s Greensmoke and Sumptuous Olive, so either could be used in place of this shadow. Moss from ABH is darker.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Tempting:   Tempting is a dark, warm toned, coffee/blackened brown shade with a soft, golden sheen and a finish that has more shine than a satin, but still less than a frost. This shadow had a considerably buttery texture which makes for a very even application with fantastic coverage and color payoff. In this photo, it shows the warmer undertones because it was taken in bright, natural sunlight. Due to how pigmented this shadow is, it tends to actually look darker and more intense once it’s applied. Wear time was on par with most of the other shadows in the palette, lasting a little over 7 hours.

Dupes:   I didn’t really find any dupes from MAC, but this shadow falls right in between ABH’s Black Diamond and Dark Chocolate Shimmer.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Charmed, I’m Sure:   This shadow is a medium-dark, warm toned cocoa brown with a soft matte finish. While the texture is smooth, it’s also a little on the dry side. I didn’t get much fallout really, but it did take some layering during application to achieve ideal color payoff and full coverage. Due to the drier texture, it lasted quite a while and I only noticed  some fading after about 7 1/2 to 8 hours. Creasing occurred after about 6 1/2 hours, though, but drier shadows can be more prone to creasing at times. I definitely think a primer would help under this particular shadow.

Dupes:   MAC’s Brown Down is very similar (cooler toned). Fawn from ABH is almost identical (very slightly lighter once applied).

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Nectar:   Nectar is a light to light-medium, creamy gold with warm, yellow undertones and a soft frost finish. The texture is smooth and applies easily, but it can feel powdery, making it a little tricky to get full opacity with unless you layer it or really pack it on the lid with a dense, flat brush (like a MAC 239). Color payoff is great, but it does tend to look more golden on the skin. Wear time was around 6 to 7 hours before I noticed any fading.

Dupes:   MAC’s Ricepaper is nearly the exact same for both color and finish. ABH’s Legend is close (lighter and more yellow).

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Cobbler:   This shadow is a medium, coppery brown with very warm undertones and a frosted finish. It feels almost creamy and has great color payoff as well as coverage. Wear time was about 7 hours, and even longer when applied over a primer.

Dupes:   MAC’s Sable is close (cooler undertone).

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Candied Peach:   Candied Peach is a medium, peachy coral shadow with strong orange undertones. The finish has a matte base with a subtle, very fine type of pinky/coral shimmer that doesn’t really show up much once applied. The texture is soft, but also quite powdery. Unfortunately, it looks beautiful when swatched, but definitely doesn’t end up as opaque or even when applied to the eyelid or crease. On the plus side, it does have good color payoff. Like some of the other drier feeling shadows in this palette, it’s wear time isn’t anything special, and began to fade and crease after just 4 to 5 hours on me. You MUST use a primer under this shadow!

Dupes:   MAC’s Fashion’s Field Day is pretty much the same (no micro shimmer), but has much better coverage.

Overall Rating:   3.7 / 5

Application:   3

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

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Bellini:   This is one of my favorite shadows in this palette! It’s a medium, warm toned peachy pink with an almost rose gold sheen and a beautiful frosted finish. The texture is a dream to work with… It’s very blendable and has great color payoff and full opacity without having to apply much product. Wear time was around 6 1/2 to 7 hours before I had any issues with fading or creasing.

Dupes:   MAC’s Expensive Pink is sort of similar (more pink), and All That Glitters is also a little off (lighter and more neutral). ABH’s Glisten is close (more neutral/beige tone).

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Peach Pit:   Peach Pit is a dark, almost plummy brown with warm, reddish undertones and a soft frosty finish. It applies and blends out easily, giving wonderful color payoff and coverage. Wear time was between 7 to 8 hours on me. This is by far one of the best shadows in the palette!

Dupes:   MAC’s Antiqued is very close (cooler, more brownish undertone), while Twinks is also very, very similar. ABH’s Labyrinth is almost identical, and so is their Comfort shadow (very slightly more brown undertone).

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Delectable:   This shadow is a dark, wine stained purple with a satin finish. While it’s beautiful in the pan, it’s one of the most difficult shadows in the palette to work with. It feels very dry and powdery, making application tricky. It doesn’t pack on evenly or blend out smoothly. The best color payoff and coverage I got was over a Pro Longwear Paint Pot from MAC, and even then I had to really work at packing this on the lid. It wore well for a little less than 6 hours on the lid, but creased after about 4 to 5 hours when applied in the crease (both without a primer underneath).

Dupes:   MAC’s Sketch is close (less purple). ABH’s Aubergine is also very similar (more reddish undertone).

Overall Rating:   3.2 / 5

Application:   2

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

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Peaches ‘N Cream:   This is a light, creamy peachy with warm, golden undertones and a matte finish. It has a buttery texture that blends out easily and also offers great coverage and color payoff. Wear time was 6 to 7 hours before it began to fade.

Dupes:   I didn’t find a good dupe with my individual MAC shadows… Brule is the closest but still isn’t quite there (lighter and more yellow). Custard from ABH is also not quite right (darker and cooler toned). If I find a perfect dupe in another palette or something later on, I’ll let you know!

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Georgia:   Georgia is a light-medium peach with a warm, pinkish undertone and a matte finish. It feels a little more powdery than Peaches ‘N Cream, but still blended out well. Color payoff is nice, but since it has a slightly powdery texture, you may have to layer it or use a dense, flat brush to pack it on the lid if you want full coverage. I would recommend a primer with this shadow for sure. Wear time was around 7 hours before it started to fade or crease.

Dupes:   MAC’s Bamboo is close but not THAT close (peachier). ABH’s Soft Peach is similar (slightly warmer and more peachy), and Day Rate is also close (more cool/pink undertone).

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Caramelized:   This shadow is a gorgeous, dark coppery bronze with warm undertones and a frost finish. It feels very luxurious and buttery so it’s easy to wear on the lid or blend out into the crease. The color payoff is fantastic and actually tends to look a little darker once applied. Coverage is also great and fully opaque with little product used. I got around 7 to 8 hours of wear before any fading occurred, and much longer when I wore this over a primer. Caramelized is one of the best shadows in this palette!

Dupes:   MAC’s Woodwinked is pretty close (lighter/cooler toned), while Bronze is a near perfect match (slightly cooler toned once applied). ABH’s Amber is also very close (cooler toned).

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Puree:   Puree is a medium, warm toned brown with rusty undertones and a matte finish. It’s pretty basic, but definitely a must have in a palette like this and works well as a crease or transition color. The texture is soft and smooth but a little bit on the dry side. It still blends out well with the right brush (I suggest something like a MAC 217 or 224), but it does need some layering to get good coverage on the lid. Fortunately, it’s well pigmented, so color payoff is great, despite the texture issue. I got around 6 to 7 hours of wear time with this shadow, and a little longer with a primer.

Dupes:   MAC’s Soft Brown is sort of close (lighter, less reddish tone), but ABH’s Caramel is the perfect dupe!

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Summer Yum:   This is a medium-dark, terracotta brown with warm, reddish undertones and a matte finish.  The texture is very smooth and almost creamy, allowing it to blend out easily. The color payoff and coverage are fantastic, so you don’t need to apply much product to get good results. Wear time is also great and this shadow lasts 7 to 8 hours before fading on the lid, or just over 6 hours before creasing when used as a transition/crease color.

Dupes:   MAC’s Brown Script is close (more cool toned/red). ABH’s Blazing is similar (more of a true red undertone), but this shadow is right in between Morocco and Sienna, so either of those would be a near perfect dupe.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Talk Derby To Me:   This shadow is a dark, blackened purple with neutral to cool undertones and matte to satin finish for a base. It also contains a red/purple/teal/coppery, multidimensional type of micro-shimmer. The texture felt SO dry and this shadow does NOT apply evenly at all. It took way too much effort to get any amount of color payoff, which still doesn’t look the same as it does in the pan, no matter how much you apply. Coverage is also pretty sheer without adding layer upon layer of shadow over a primer. Overall, this is the most patchy, dry, disappointing shadow in the palette. The only redeeming quality to this shadow is the wear time, which was around 8 hours. My suggestion is to use this to softly darken the crease or smoke out/darken below the lower lash line.

Dupes:   MAC’s Sketch is sort of similar (less black, lighter, more warm toned). I didn’t really find a similar dupe with any of my other shadows… I’m sure you could find something close but MUCH better in another brand, though!

Overall Rating:   2.8 / 5

Application:   2

Coverage:  2

Color Payoff:   2

Texture:   2

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

 

I’ll be posting the full review with A LOT more photos tomorrow, but for now, here’s a peek at switches and the palette itself!

Check back Saturday afternoon if you want to see the whole review!

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WARNING! Mushy real life news below:

My apologies again for the lack of posts over the past few weeks. I had to put my 14 year old boxer to sleep, so times have been rough without him around. I’m thankful to have this blog to immerse myself in, though, so regular posts will be up now that I’m coming out of my slump! Thanks for understanding.

XO,

Lesley

 

Hooray for eye shadow palettes! This palette has been out for some time, along with the Cool Neutral palette, but for some reason I’m just now getting to the Warm Neutral review… I’ve used this palette a TON, especially on clients because I can carry this, the Cool Neutral palette, and one with some brighter colors in it, and I have everything I need for my kit! These were only available at PRO, stores and online for a while, but you can now purchase them at MAC counters as well. At $85 this is an epic value, especially considering that these are full sized eye shadows and they end up only being a little over $5 each this way.

Both neutral palettes have a great selection of colors that you can achieve pretty much any kind of look with, from a smoky eye to a natural daytime look. There’s also a wide range of texture in the palettes, so you have a lot to choose from for lid, crease, and blending eye shadows. MAC included a few permanent must haves, though some eye shadows are limited to this palette only, so it’s definitely worth getting if you need some new shadows in your collection or kit!

Note:   Photos may look slightly different due to lighting and having to redo some photos that were lost. I’ll be sure to let you know which were in natural light! The individual photos are much more true to pan color for the most part.

Warm Neutral Palette Packaging

Warm Neutral Palette Product

MAC Eye Shadows are a high quality powder formula that’s well pigmented and applies easily. There are a variety of finishes/textures in this palette, so color payoff and coverage will vary between them… I’ll describe those more in depth in each individual review. For the most part, all give good coverage and color payoff, as well as wear time. With most MAC eye shadows I get somewhere between 6-12 hours of wear. To be honest, wear time depends on the finish of the eye shadow, if you have oily lids, and if there’s a primer underneath.

I ALWAYS use a MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot as my primer because it not only gives a good base to even out the texture and color of the skin on the eyelid, but it also gives the powder eye shadow something to stick to so it wears longer. Pro Longwear Paint Pots will keep the eye shadow from creasing, which is a must for people with oily lids or heavily hooded lids… For a good, light neutral color I suggest Soft Ochre, Painterly, or Layin’ Low… Using a light color of primer will also make the color of the eye shadow show up true to how it looks in the pan so it will never look washed out (these colors even work on dark to deep skin tones)! You can also use something that’s similar to the color of the eye shadow itself, or even something like Blackground if you really want to play with color and transform the eye shadow. Blackground works especially well under brighter, more frosted eye shadows.

The packaging for these palettes is fantastic! The palette itself is very well made, feels sturdy and holds up to anything from gentle, daily personal to professional use, like being tossed around, dropped, and crammed into a makeup kit regularly. The palettes have the clear top so you can see what you’re grabbing for if you have numerous palettes. The shadows are spaced far enough apart that the dust from one won’t travel onto the other and alter the color or anything like that. They are black and shiny, so they will show the dust from the eye shadows a bit, but that’s easy to clean by using a tissue and 99% alcohol to wipe them down and clean them up (you can also lightly spray the alcohol on the shadows themselves to sanitize them before/after jobs or just to keep them clean for yourself). The back of these palettes does tend to show fingerprints but any black plastic packaging does that, so I don’t consider that an issue. The one thing that some people may not like is that you cannot pop these out of the palettes like you can with the eye shadow palettes that you build yourself. That said, I don’t see why it would be necessary since everything you need is already conveniently organized in this palette for you (plus it’s cheaper than building your own)!

These Eye Shadow Palettes are permanent and available now at stores, counters, and online at www.maccosmetics.comEach palette contains 15 full sized eye shadows, coming out to be a grand total of 19g / 0.68 US oz of product. These are a great value, selling for $85 (pro and employee discounts do not apply). For an individual MAC eye shadow (in the plastic pot), it costs $15, while the Pro Palette Refill Pan eye shadows sell for $10… In these neutral palettes, each eye shadow comes out to be $5.67. Even for people with a MAC PRO discount card, that’s still about how much each eye shadow would cost and you’d probably have to purchase the palette to put them in too! Basically, this is a killer deal for anyone, so it’s definitely worth buying if you need some new eye shadows for either yourself or your kit, especially since so many of these eye shadows are very unique.

Warm Neutral Palette Label

Application Tips:

I don’t normally go so in depth with how you can use the eye shadows in palettes, but because this comes with SO many and you can do so much with it, I want you to teach you my tips and techniques so you can learn how to use them to achieve all of the fun looks that are possible with this palette! MAC Eye Shadows can even be used damp to intensify the color/coverage or to use as a liner, so I’ll include tips on that.

Typically, I use these dry… Since they’re so highly pigmented, a damp application isn’t really necessary. These are much more blendable and easier to apply when used dry. Dry application is great for use on the crease, lid, to highlight below the brow/on the inner corner of the eye or even to line with!

A damp application is usually best for color with a more shimmery/frosted finish, though it certainly isn’t necessary most of the time. It is nice if you want to use these shadows as a liner, though. Applying damp is best for the lid or lining, as it makes these much more difficult to blend out. For a damp application, simple spray your brush with something like MAC’s Fix + Spray then swipe it on one small section of the eye shadow. For eye shadows that I use damp, I designate one small section for use with a damp brush, otherwise, swiping a damp brush all over the eye shadow will make a sort of “crust” on the product, making it nearly impossible to use dry.

Lid:   When applying powder eye shadows to the lid, a few of my favorite brushes to use (all from MAC) are the 239, 213, 215 (for a more dense, heavier application), 287 duo-fibre (for a lightweight or damp application), 242 (good for dry or damp), or a 252 (dry or damp / for larger eyelids). A 249 brush is also great for damp application, especially on larger eyelids.

Crease:   My favorite crease brushes are the 217, 224, or 286. All three of those are nice and fluffy so they blend out the eye shadow beautifully. If you want more intense color in the crease, I suggest a 214, 215, or 219 (for a super defined, cut crease). The 275 angled brush is also fantastic for the crease because it’s tapered to fit into that area perfectly, but still blend the shadow out so you’ll get the perfect shape and softness.

Liner:   When I’m smudging an eye shadow under my eyes or above my upper lash line as a type of liner, I like to use the 219, 214 or 212. For a damp, more defined liner application you can use whatever liner brush you’re most comfortable with… The 209, 210, 211, 212 work well for a softer liner look, while the 263 and 266 angled brushed will work better for something like a cat eye.

Highlights:   For a below the brow highlight, I like something flat like the 242 or 239 for more intense color payoff. If you want a softer brow highlight, try a 217 or 224. You can also highlight the inner corner of your eye with a smaller type of brush like a 219, 228, or 231 brush.

This photo was taken in natural sunlight.

This photo was taken using natural sunlight.

Photo taken in natural direct sunlight. Eye Shadows swatched on NC20 skin.

Photo taken in natural direct sunlight.
Eye Shadows swatched on NC20 skin.

Hey

Hey

Hey:   This shadow is described as a “metallic coral” and has a Veluxe Pearl finish… It’s a light, peachy-pink beige with a pretty heavily frosted finish. I like this color best on the lid or inner corner. You can use it lightly below the brow too if you like a shimmery highlight in that area. This shadow is only available in this palette.

The texture feels very smooth, which is common for Veluxe Pearl shadows, so it applied easily and evenly. Color payoff is pretty good, though it’s not quite as intense on the skin as it is in the pan (in the swatch photo, it’s hard to tell because it’s kind of a fleshy color). Coverage is even, though only about 90% opaque, and is best when applied over a Paint Pot. Wear time without a primer is about 4-5 hours, and more like 7-8 with a primer.

Dupes:   Naked Lunch is pretty close, maybe a teeeeeny bit darker, but not much. Phloof is lighter and pinker. Hey is also similar to Sin from Urban Decay’s original Naked palette, but a little lighter.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Warm Breeze

Warm Breeze

Warm Breeze:   Warm Breeze is a “pastel coral” with a Satin finish… It is a light, peachy nude with a soft satiny sheen. This color is great all over the lid or as a highlight on the inner corner or below the brow. This eye shadow is only available in this palette.

It has a soft, very slightly powdery texture, but still applies evenly. Color payoff is good, but better over a primer. Again, since I’m pretty fair, the swatch sort of blends in with my skin! Coverage is mostly opaque without a primer and fully opaque with one. With no primer, I got about 5 hours of wear, and closer to 8 with one applied first.

Dupes:   Motif is sort of close but has much more yellow undertones… I can’t really find a great dupe for this! If I find one I’ll update the post, or if you know of a perfect one, leave it in the comments below!

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Gingersnap

Gingersnap

Gingersnap:   Gingersnap is a “deep rosy pink” with a Frost finish… This eye shadow is a medium, warm toned peachy rose with a very frosty, almost metallic finish. It’s a great lid or inner corner color, and looks really pretty when you do a darker shadow on the inner and outer parts of the lid, then pop this right in the center. Purchasing this palette is the only way you can get Gingersnap.

The texture is super smooth and silky and applies evenly. Color payoff is great and looks almost exactly like it does in the pan, being very pigmented, while coverage is fully opaque. Wear time is about 5 hours with no primer and closer to 8 with one.

Dupes:   Mythology is similar in color, but has a Lustre finish so it’s super shimmery in comparison. Antiqued is quite a bit darker. Amaretto from the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette is close, but a little darker and has more red undertones… And it smells like chocolate, which is killing me right now because the palette has been open beside me for like an hour and I have no chocolate in my house haha.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Dark Brew

Dark Brew

Dark Brew:   Sooo MAC says that Dark Brew is a “deep chocolate with pink pearl”, and it has a Velvet finish. It’s a medium-dark, warm toned cocoa color with a warm, soft sheen, but has a mostly satin type of base. The pearl particles in Velvet shadows are suuuuuuper tiny, so it just adds more of a glow than an actual shimmer. This color can be used both on the lid or in the crease, depending on the look you’re going for. This eye shadow is available only in this palette.

The texture of Dark Brew is very soft and umm, velvety, so it applies and blends out well. Color payoff is great and it looks just as intense on as it does in the pan. Coverage isn’t completely opaque, but can be applied over a liner and patted on with a flat shader brush like s MAC 239 for fuller opacity. Wear time is great and for me, lasts about 6 hours without a primer and 9-10 with one.

Dupes:   Folie is similar in color but is a bit lighter and lacks the sheen that Dark Brew has. Twinks is sort of similar, but more plum based and shimmery.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Dance in the Dark

Dance in the Dark

Dance in the Dark:   Dance in the Dark is described as a “dark brown” and has a Matte finish… It’s a dark, cool toned brown with some grayish undertones. It’s great to pat all over the lid for a soft smoky look (I recommend using a primer to make the coverage and color better, due to it’s texture), or you can use this in the crease or even as a liner. Dance in the Dark was also released with the A Novel Romance eye shadow quad (LE – A Novel Romance – Fall 2014).

This eye shadow felt drier than most others in this palette, so application all over the lid was a little bit tricky without a primer. Color payoff is good, but not quite as pigmented or dark as it looks in the pan (probably because it’s drier). Coverage is also a little patchy and not fully opaque, but can be improved if worn over a primer. On the plus side, drier eye shadows wear well… I got about 6 hours of wear without a primer before I noticed any creasing, and closer to 9-10 with one. This actually wears longer when you use it in the crease/outer lid just to darken your look a bit. It’s more likely to crease or fade when worn all over the lid.

Dupes:   Brun is close, but lighter and more brown… It does have better pigmentation and coverage, though. Espresso Bean from the Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette is very similar.

Overall Rating:   3.8 / 5

Application:   3

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Brule

Brule

Brule:   Brule is a “soft creamy beige” with a Satin finish… It’s a light, slightly warm toned, creamy beige with a very subtle satiny finish… It’s not quite satiny, but not matte either. This is one of my favorite lid and brow highlight colors… Seriously, I probably go through 3-4 of these a year! It’s a permanent color so it’s also available in the pot or in refill pan form.

The texture is smooth and goes on very evenly, especially for a drier type of Satin finish. Color payoff is really nice and is well pigmented. Coverage is about 90% opaque with no primer and full with one. Wear time is 6 hours or so without a primer and about 9-10 with one.

Dupes:   Brule has a TON of dupes, but I like the texture of it more than most of them… Strange from Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette is pretty close. White Chocolate from the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette is also similar. Blanc Type from MAC is lighter and has a slightly pinker undertone, while Bisque is a tiny bit darker and has a cooler undertone (Brule is kind of like is Bisque and Blanc Type made a perfect little eye shadow baby).

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Vanilla Extract

Vanilla Extract

Vanilla Extract:   This shadow is a “soft warm yellow-beige” with a Frost finish… It’s a light, warm toned creamy vanilla color with a more yellow/golden undertone frost. It’s a great lid or highlight color. Vanilla Extract is only sold as part of this palette.

Vanilla Extract feels almost creamy it applies so smoothly. It’s very well pigmented, but due to the frostiness, it looks a teeny bit lighter on the skin than in the pan. Coverage is even and opaque without having to use much product. Since it’s a Frost, wear time (for me), is only about 4 hours on the lid without a primer, but over 7 with one.

Dupes:   Naked Lunch is close but has a more pinky undertone. Sin from the original Naked palette from Urban Decay is also a little pinker. Butter Pecan from Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette is more intense and yellow toned.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Honey Lust

Honey Lust

Honey Lust:   Honey Lust is a “bronze-dipped peach” with a Lustre finish… It’s a medium, warm toned peach with an almost pinky-golden sheen. It’s a really nice lid or highlight color. Lustres are pretty shimmery, and some tend to have fallout, but I feel like this version of Honey Lust is easier to work with than the version that you purchase individually in the plastic pot or in refill form… Obviously, this is a permanent color and has been around for a while!

Like I said, the texture is smooth and applies well with little to no fallout. Color payoff is similar to pan color when applied, but not quite as shimmery. The coverage is pretty good, but not totally opaque without a primer. When applied to my lid without a primer, I got about 4 hours of wear before I noticed any creasing or fading, and closer to 7 or 8 when I used a primer.

Dupes:   Chopper from Urban Decay’s Naked 2 palette is a little darker. Marzipan, which is from the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette is also similar.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Amber Lights

Amber Lights

Amber Lights:   This eye shadow is described as a “peachy brown with shimmer” and has a Frost finish… It’s a medium, golden-amber color with warm, orange/coppery undertones and a nearly metallic finish. This makes for a beautiful lid or inner highlight color and is one of my favorite eye shadows of all time… It is permanent and can also be purchased individually in both refill pan form and in the plastic pot.

The texture of Amber Lights is so smooth and buttery that it both packs onto the lid and blends out easily. Color payoff is intense and super pigmented, looking just like it does in the pan when applied. Coverage is 100% opaque and very even. For a Frost, wear time is good… I get about 5 hours with no primer and over 8 with one.

Dupes:   Goldmine is lighter and more of a yellow gold. Caramel from the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette is very similar.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Saddle

Saddle

Saddle:   Saddle is a “golden orange brown” with a Matte finish… It’s a medium-dark, warm toned brown with a definite orange undertone and a soft matte finish. My favorite way to use this color is as a transition or crease color, or all over the lid on medium dark to deep skin tones with a deeper color in the crease. Saddle is a permanent color and can be purchased in the plastic pot or in a refill pan.

It has a very smooth texture for a Matte and doesn’t feel dry at all, so it blends out well. Color payoff looks nearly the same when applied as it does in the pan. Coverage isn’t quite opaque without a primer, but it’s close! It wears very well, giving over 5 hours of wear without a primer and 9-10 with one, especially in the crease.

Dupes:   Texture is lighter and has a more orange undertone. Unseen from Melt’s Dark Matter eye shadow stack is almost identical.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Lemon Tart

Lemon Tart

Lemon Tart:   This shadow is a “metallic gold” with a Veluxe Pearl finish… It’s a light-medium, warm lemony gold with a very frosted, nearly metallic finish. It’s a gorgeous shadow for the lid or used as a highlight, especially if you pop this right on the center of the lid. Lemon Tart is exclusive to this palette.

The texture feels buttery smooth and applies very easily. Color payoff usually looks a little lighter once applied, but mostly just because it also looks more metallic and shimmery on the skin, so it reflects light more than it does in the pan. Coverage is totally opaque without having to use much eye shadow at all. I get about 4-5 hours of wear on the lid without a primer (common with more shimmery colors), and closer to 8 hours with a primer.

Dupes:   Gorgeous Gold is darker and more of a dirty golden color with cooler undertones. Nylon is a little lighter and has more of a cream color to it, but is the closest dupe I’ve found.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Creative Copper

Creative Copper

Creative Copper:   This eye shadow is a “frosted gold” with a Lustre finish… It’s a medium golden color with warm, coppery undertones and a very frosty finish. Like Honey Lust, for a Lustre, this had very little fallout and felt very luxurious. It’s a wonderful lid and highlight color. Creative Copper was originally released with the Antonio Lopez collection back in Fall of 2013, and is also available in the new Amber Times Nine eye shadow palette, but is smaller in that one.

Creative Copper has a super smooth texture that applies very easily. Color payoff is amazing for a Lustre, but looks a little warmer when applied than it does in the pan. Coverage is fully opaque and even. Without a primer, I got about 4-5 hours of wear. With a primer, wear time was just over 8 hours.

Dupes:   Nope, can’t find one for Creative Copper! There may be one from a brand I don’t own, so if you know of one, please share it in the comments!

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Butterfudge

Butterfudge

Butterfudge:   Butterfudge is described as a “dirty mocha with gold pearl” and has a Satin finish… It’s a medium, soft, almost neutral cocoa brown that has warmer undertones thanks to the golden sheen. I love this as a transition/blending color in the crease, or all over the lid if you’re wearing something deeper in your crease. This eye shadow is only available in this palette.

The texture is smooth and easily blendable. Color payoff is great and slightly warmer once applied, but coverage isn’t completely opaque… It’s very close, but not quite there! Applying it over a primer helps tremendously, though. Wear time is around 5-6 hours without a primer and 8-10 with one before I notice any fading or creasing.

Dupes:   Soba is close, but cooler toned. Era is pretty similar. Sidecar from the original Urban Decay Naked palette is similar in color, but is super glittery.

Overall Rating:    4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Divine Decadence

Divine Decadence

Divine Decadence:   Divine Decadence is a “soft bronze” and has a Velvet finish… It’s a dark, warm chocolatey bronze with a golden/coppery-red, almost frosty sheen. It can be used as either a lid or crease color, whichever you prefer. This eye shadow was originally released individually as part of the Indulge collection back in Fall of 2013, but is now only available in this palette.

The texture felt extra smooth and applied like a dream. Color payoff is super intense and this shadow actually looks darker and has more a coppery sheen once it’s applied. Coverage is fully opaque using very little product. Since this is a Velvet, the base texture of the shadow is on the drier side, even though it has quite a bit of sheen… What that means is that wear time is longer than it is with most shimmery eye shadows! I got 5-6 hours without a primer and 8-9 with one.

Dupes:   Romp is a little darker, but similar. Woodwinked is cooler toned. Lie Low Pro Longwear eye shadow is warmer. Frosting from the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette is close.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Unwind

Unwind

Unwind:   Unwind is described as a “dirty olive” and has a Veluxe Pearl finish… It’s a medium, sandy color with some cooler, more olive undertones and a soft type of sheen… It’s honestly kind of hard to describe because it’s pretty unique! It works well as a lid color or as a blending color in the crease. I’m pretty sure this is the same eye shadow that was part of a Nordstrom palette waaaaay back in 2007 (the name sounds familiar anyway), but it may have been a different color? I’m not 100% certain! Anyway, Unwind is only in this palette and can’t be purchased individually.

The texture felt smooth and applied evenly without much effort to blend or layer. Color payoff is good and perhaps a little less cool toned once it’s on the skin. Coverage is opaque but still maintains a very soft appearance. I get about 5 hours of wear if I don’t apply a primer first, and closer to 8 if I do.

Dupes:   Gorgeous Gold has the same kind of dirty olive undertone, but is lighter and more golden. Patina is more brownish toned.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Well this only took me a lifetime to get posted… On the plus side, I’ve had TONS of time to test it out so I can give you all an in depth, honest review!

I really love this palette because it has such a nice mixture of finishes and colors, most of which I find to be usable on a regular basis… It’s not like Too Faced threw in a bunch of random shadows that will never be touched, so I appreciate that! Another awesome thing about this palette is the fact that it really does smell like chocolate, but not it an icky, fake, overly sweet way… It’s strangely relaxing and makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside whenever I’m using it. Greatest marketing idea ever on their part… I mean come on, what woman doesn’t want to inhale chocolate while putting on their makeup?! The value and quality of the Chocolate Bar palette make it a must have as well…  Just shy of $50 for 16 really nice eye shadows is a steal! In my opinion, this is one of the best (mostly) neutral palettes out there these days, but I’ll let you be the judge!

Note:   I will admit that the product photos in this post are less than fantastic due to a new, weird lighting setup that I had used and bad natural light that day… If it wouldn’t bother you all, I’d be happy to redo them sometime if you don’t mind seeing these eye shadows now that they’ve been used! They aren’t in pristine condition like they were when my palette was brand new, but I think the colors would be more accurate (I feel like they’re most accurate in the photos of the whole palette.) Please comment below if you’d like me to redo some of these photos!

TF Chocolate Bar Palette Packaging

Nearly all of these eye shadows felt really luxurious and applied easily (you’ll find out which ones didn’t in the individual reviews). Coverage kind of depends on the finish, but it’s mostly pretty good with little product used. While the mattes tend to wear a little longer than the shimmery or metallic finish shadows, I got an average of 4-6 hours without a primer and closer to 8-10 with one. A primer is also going to make the color of the shadow more true to pan color… You can use a huge variety of primers, and Too Faced makes one called Shadow Insurance if you want to stick with this brand. My favorite, however, is the line of Pro Longwear Paint Pots from MAC… I usually stick with a neutral shade like (from light to dark) Soft Ochre, Painterly, or Layin’ Low. Even if you have a deeper skin tone, you can still use these lighter colors to intensify the color of the eye shadow… It looks a little crazy at first, but trust me, it works!

The palette itself resembles a chocolate bar (makes sense)… It’s metal and doesn’t feel flimsy or cheap at all. It also contains a good sized, nice mirror that isn’t the cloudy looking plastic kind that easily warps and scratches. My only issue is the fact that the magnetic closure feels a little less powerful than it should be to hold this palette shut… I prefer magnetic closures to ones that clip or latch, because that leaves one less thing to break, but I sometimes worry that if I drop my Chocolate Bar palette (which I inevitably will at some point, since I’m so clumsy), it’s going to break… I’m going to stay optimistic about this packaging, since I haven’t heard anything about that happening yet, but I’ll keep you updated if my opinion on that changes at all!

Too Faced Chocolate Par Packaging

On the back of the package, it reads “Indulge your craving for chocolate with these 16 antioxidant-rich cocoa powder infused matte and shimmer shades of neutral browns, delicate pinks, and luscious plums. Inspired by our best-selling cocoa powder infused Chocolate Soleil Bronzer, the collection of decadent shadows is the perfect complement to any skin tone”… It’s made with 100% natural cocoa powder, so you aren’t putting weird, synthetically perfumed stuff on your delicate eyelids. It also does not contain parabens, sulfates, or phthalates, so that’s even better! As that little description mentions, there are also other chocolatey products from Too Faced, including another eye shadow palette and bronzers, which I will be reviewing soon! While some of Too Faced’s products are vegan, this palette is not one of them. However, they are a completely cruelty-free company that’s against animal testing, which makes them super awesome in my book!

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette Label

While the palette itself doesn’t list the colors printed on it like the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette does, the box has them listed on the back, so you could cut that off and keep it if you want. The palette also comes with a clear protective cover over the eye shadows that has the names of the shadows on it, so you can always keep that in there as well. What this palette DOES come with is a little guide with a few looks that you can create if you get stumped for ideas! All of these work well together on pretty much all ages and skin tones, though, so I don’t really think you can go wrong with any combination that you may come up with.

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I sort of failed at cropping this straight… Oops.

The Chocolate Bar palette is permanent, so it’s not going anywhere anytime soon! It’s available from Too Faced’s website, Sephora, Ulta, and just about any retailer that sells Too Faced. It costs $49 no matter where you get it from, but a lot of websites that sell it have sales and frequently offer discount codes! The two larger eye shadows contain 2.8 g / 0.10 oz of product each, while the other fourteen smaller eye shadows contain 0.95 g / 0.03 oz… That makes a grand total of 18.9 g / 0.62 oz of product! By eye shadow palette standards, that’s a really good deal for such high quality stuff!

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette with Colors

Photo taken indoors using natural, indirect sunlight.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Eye Shadows swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Eye Shadows swatched on NC15 skin.

Gilded Ganache

Gilded Ganache

Gilded Ganache:   This shadow is a dark, neutral brown with a warmer type of golden bronze sheen. It has very, very fine glittery/shimmer particles in it that may cause fallout if you apply it too heavily or with a very fluffy brush. The texture of this shadow felt soft and smooth, despite the micro-shimmer (those usually feel a little dry). Color payoff was really good and actually looks a bit warmer on that it does in the pan. Coverage was even and opaque without using much product. I got about 5 hours of wear without a primer and closer to 8 with one.

Dupes:   Rum Raisin from the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette is much warmer. Darkhorse from Urban Decay’s original Naked palette is similar, maybe a bit cooler toned, but still a closer match than Rum Raisin.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   4

White Chocolate

White Chocolate

White Chocolate:   This is a pale, neutral cream color with slightly warm/beige undertones and a matte finish. It wasn’t powdery at all and both packed on and blended out well. Color payoff on the skin seems a little lighter than in the pan. Coverage was mostly opaque, and gets better the more you layer this shadow. With White Chocolate, I got just over 6 hours of wear without a primer about 10 with one.

Dupes:   There are a lot of dupes for an eye shadow like this! Strange from Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette is close, but has a more satin finish and a pinker undertone. Blanc Type from MAC is VERY, very similar!

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Milk Chocolate

Milk Chocolate

Milk Chocolate:   Milk Chocolate is a medium, neutral brown that can appear warmer once applied, depending on your skin tone. This shadow has a matte finish and a really nice, smooth texture that’s easily blendable. Color payoff, as I mentioned, usually looks a little warmer on the skin. Milk Chocolate has pretty good coverage… I would say it’s about 90% opacity with the first layer. Wear time was around 6 hours no primer, and closer to 10 when worn over a primer.

Dupes:    Mousse from Too Faced’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate palette is lighter, but close. Buck from the original Naked palette by Urban Decay is lighter and warmer. The MAC shadows Cork and Wedge are close, but not quite the same… Cork is cooler, while Wedge is lighter.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Black Forest Truffle

Black Forest Truffle

Black Forest Truffle:   This eye shadow is a medium dark to dark, plummy, reddish brown with a satiny sheen and warm, pinky bronze micro-glitter. Because of the micro-glitter particles, I wasn’t a big fan of this texture… It felt rather dry and gritty, making application troublesome with the fallout it created. Color payoff was good, but not as intense as it looks in the pan. Coverage was only semi-opaque, due to the fact that the texture made is apply less evenly than most other shadows in this palette. Wear time was only around 4-5 hours without a primer, but improved and went up to 7-8 when applied over a primer.

Dupes:   MAC’s Sketch is similar in color, but without the annoying micro-glitter. Beauty Marked, also from MAC, is a little darker, but has about the same amount of shimmer, and applied more evenly. Blackheart from Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette is darker, more intense, and even more glittery.

Overall Rating:   3.5 / 5

Application:   3

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

Triple Fudge

Triple Fudge

Triple Fudge:   Triple Fudge is a dark to deep (depending on how it’s applied), warm toned, fudge brown with a hint of reddish undertones and a matte finish. Texture was similar to the other matte shadows in this palette… Smooth and bendable without being dry. Color payoff was good, but not as rich and deep as in the pan… Same with coverage. It wasn’t quite totally opaque at first and took some layering to get it about as dark as it is in the pan. I didn’t notice any fading or creasing until I had this on for around 5-6 hours, and around 8-9 hours with a primer.

Dupes:   Hmm… This seems like a color that would be pretty easy to dupe, but I can’t find anything close to it from any brand I have! Embark from MAC is as deep and rich, but MUCH warmer and reddish/plum toned.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Swatches 2

Salted Caramel

Salted Caramel

Salted Caramel:   This shadow is a medium, warm peachy brown with a matte finish… It felt even smoother than most of the other mattes in this palette and both blended out and packed on with ease. Color payoff is nearly identical to how it looks in the pan, while coverage is even and opaque with very little product used. There was no fading or creasing with this shadow until I had it on for a little over 6 hours, and closer to 9-10 with a primer.

Dupes:   MAC’s Tete-A-Tint is nearly identical in both texture and color. Soft Brown, also from MAC, is lighter and more neutral. Peanut Butter from the Semi-Sweet Chocolate palette is darker, more intense, and more orange.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Marzipan

Marzipan

Marzipan:   Marzipan is a light, warm, peachy nude with a creamy sheen and frosted finish. It felt silky and applied very easily. It’s a little lighter on the skin than it is in the pan, but I would say color payoff is pretty good. You also don’t need to use much to get fully opaque coverage. Since it has a metallic finish, it doesn’t wear quite so long as the mattes in this palette do… I got around 4-5 hours of wear without a primer, and just over 8 when I used a Pro Longwear Paint Pot first.

Dupes:   This is another one of those shadows that you can find a lot of dupes for… Sin from Urban Decay’s original Naked palette is pretty similar for both color and finish. Naked Lunch from MAC is lighter. MAC’s All That Glitters is also very close, perhaps with more of a pink/champagne undertone, though.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

Semi-Sweet

Semi-Sweet

Semi-Sweet:   This eye shadow is a medium dark, reddish brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was smooth and not dry at all, applying and blending easily. Color payoff is lighter on the skin than in the pan, but can be built up if desired. Coverage was even but not totally opaque with the first layer I applied. I got about 6 hours of wear without a primer, and just over 9 with one before any creasing or fading occurred.

Dupes:   Corduroy from MAC is very close, maybe a little more reddish and lighter. Folie, also from MAC, is much more reddish.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Strawberry Bon-Bon

Strawberry Bon-Bon My apologies for this rotten photo… It got cloudy! The color towards the top of the photo is most accurate.

Strawberry Bon-Bon:   This shadow is a pale, cool toned pink with a matte finish. The texture felt nice and buttery smooth with no dryness. Color payoff is lighter and less intense on the skin than it looks in the palette, but improves a lot when worn over a primer. Coverage was actually really good and even, despite the lack of color intensity. Wear time was the average 6 hours without a primer, and 9-10 with one.

Dupes:   Limit from Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette is darker and much cooler/lavender toned. Pink Freeze from MAC is similar in color, but totally different in texture since it has a Frost finish… I honestly can’t really find the ideal dupe for this shadow.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Candied Violet

Candied Violet
Again, my bad for the ugly photo! Not only was I losing my light, but the shimmery particles make is near impossible to focus on!

Candied Violet:   Candied Violet is a medium, cool toned gray-ish violet with a pearly sheen and pinkish-purple, multidimensional micro-glitter particles. Once again, the texture of one of the only sparkly shadows in this palette was disappointing… It felt stiff, dry, chalky, and had quite a bit of fallout, making it not terribly fun to work with! Forget blending this color out or using a fluffy, blending brush… You’ll have fairy vomit (my term for glittery fallout) all over the place! Color payoff wasn’t as dark or intense as it was in the palette, while coverage was sort of sheer as well, thanks to the dry, icky texture. I only got about 4 hours of wear with Candied Violet before it started to crease and fade, but that was bumped up to around 7 hours when applied over a primer.

Dupes:   To be completely honest, I can’t find a dupe for this in my collection, so at least it’s a unique color! I’m trying so hard to find a positive here haha!

Overall Rating:   3 / 5

Application:   2

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   2

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

Amaretto

Amaretto

Amaretto:   Amaretto is a medium dark, rusted brown with a warm, bronze sheen and a frosted finish… It’s an incredibly smooth, silky feeling eye shadow that applies evenly, While color payoff wasn’t as intense as it looks in the palette, it was still pretty good. Coverage was almost totally opaque, but not quite. Since this is a frost, wear time was only 4-5 hours with no primer, and around 8 with one.

Dupes:   MAC’s Sable is similar, but a little cooler toned. Antiqued, also by MAC, is actually closer because it’a warmer than Sable.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Hazelnut

Hazelnut

Hazelnut:   This shadow is a medium dark bronzed brown with a golden bronze sheen and frosted finish. It felt very smooth and applied easily. Color payoff was a little lighter on the skin than in the pan, but still looked great. Coverage was completely opaque with very little product applied. I didn’t have any issues with fading or creasing until nearly 5 hours of wear time, and closer to 9 hours of wear when applied over a primer.

Dupes:   Bronze from MAC is almost identical, but maybe a teeny bit deeper. Snakebite from the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette is cooler and darker. Frosting, which is in Too Faced’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette, is lighter and cooler toned.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Creme Brûlée

Creme Brûlée

Creme Brûlée:   Creme Brûlée is a medium, golden amber shadow with warm undertones and a frosty, metallic finish. It has a super silky smooth texture that applies like a dream. Color payoff is nearly the same as it looks in the palette, with coverage being 100% opaque without having to use much product. For a metallic eye shadow, wear time was pretty good… I got about 6 hours when applied alone and 9+ over a primer.

Dupes:    Amber Lights from MAC is pretty close, maybe with more of a peachy-golden undertone, though. Caramel from the Semi-Sweet palette is lighter and much peachier. Half-Baked from both Urban Decay’s Naked and Naked 2 palettes is close, but a bit lighter… The one in the original Naked palette is a little closer than the version of Half-Baked in the second Naked palette.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Haute Chocolate

Haute Chocolate

Haute Chocolate:   This shadow is a dark, bronzed chocolate shade with warm undertones and a highly frosted finish. Like Amaretto, it felt incredibly smooth and buttery, applying super easily and evenly. Color payoff isn’t as deep as it is in the pan unless you layer it, but it’s still gorgeous! Since Haute Chocolate applies so evenly, it also has superb coverage. As far as wear time goes, I got a little less than 6 hours without a primer and just over 8 with one before I noticed any creasing or fading.

Dupes:   Snakebite from the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette is darker and cooler. Carbonized from MAC is very close, but it was unfortunately limited edition.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Cherry Cordial

Cherry Cordial

Cherry Cordial:   Cherry Cordial is a medium dark to dark (depending on application), wine stained shadow with warm reddish brown undertones and a mostly matte finish, though it does have some micro-glitter bits in it. While the sheen it pretty, I feel like those little shimmer bits make the texture of some of these shadows dry, with this being one of them. Color payoff was alright, though not as intense as it is in the palette, while coverage was only semi-opaque, thanks yet again to that dry, itty bitty shimmery texture. On the plus side, the drier texture made this wear well for over 6 hours without a primer, and about 9 with one.

Dupes:   MAC’s Embark is darker and more brown. Deep Damson, also from MAC, is close in color, but matte has slightly more plum undertones and is a Matte finish.

Overall Rating:  3.5  / 5

Application:   2

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Champagne Truffle

Champagne Truffle

Champagne Truffle:  This shadow is a pale cream with neutral to cool pinky undertones (it leans more cool/pinky depending on your skin tone and what primer you use). It has a beautiful frosted metallic finish and feels very creamy and smooth, applying easily and blending out with no trouble at all. Color payoff looks about the same as it does in the pan, and coverage is totally opaque without needing to apply much product. Wear time was a solid 6 hours without a primer, and I had no creasing or fading for at least 8-9 hours when using a primer first.

Dupes:   Phloof from MAC is very similar for both color and finish/texture. Virgin from the original Naked palette has the same finish, but more of a true champagne tone. Bootycall from Urban Decay’s naked 2 palette is a little darker and not as cool/pink as Champagne Truffle.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

For the sake of getting this post up ASAP, I won’t be writing every single word of this from scratch… Since I just made a post about Melt’s Dark Matter Eye Shadow Stack, I’ll be copying and pasting some of that… Please forgive me! I’m just really behind and want to be able to make new posts on here for you guys every day SO it’s more important for me to get this stuff done! There aren’t a TON of differences anyway, aside from colors and finishes… The quality is equally epic, so most of the last review also applies to this product as well 😉 Enjoy!

I’m super in love with Melt’s entire brand, so the addition of the eye shadow stacks is a pretty big deal! They’re gorgeous eye shadows that will work on anyone, for any occasion (seriously, you can make a bajillion looks with these things). PLUS they’re just pretty and I love the design… 1) because it allows for the eye shadows to be huge but store easily; 2) there are no little parts that open and close that my clumsy self can break, since each shadow sticks and stacks together with the magic of magnets; and 3) it just looks cool and it’s fun to take the stack apart and put them back together… It’s like legos for makeup loving grown ups.

On top of the fun factor, the eye shadows in the Love Sick stack are super versatile so they be used for a lot of different looks. You have warm and cool, bright and subtle, and matte and shimmer, so you’re sure to have a blast playing around with this stack! I think that to a lot of people, Melt is seen as being more on the edgy side, but with the addition of eye shadows, it’s going to make them blow up even more than they already have and sneak their way into the collections of a lot more people who may not have checked out this brand otherwise. Like I said, because of the variety of colors and finishes offered in the Love Sick stack, you’ll be able to do a lot with it, whether it’s a daytime makeup for a tame lunch (like a 2 mimosa limit… ha!) or you’re getting all dolled up for a crazy weekend in Vegas! I’ll do my best to describe some different looks you can do with this stack under the reviews for each color, and I may even take some photos of a few looks and post them later this week!

Love Sick Stack 1

Stack Packaging

All four eye shadows in this palette are intensely pigmented, and have both matte and satiny/frosted finishes. The ones with more of a sheen can be intensified from a satin to a full on frost just by dampening the brush you apply it with (I’ll tell ya how to do that in a minute)! What’s so great about these is that you can get insane color payoff with them if you pack them on the eyelid using a flat brush, like a MAC 239, but they also blend out easily for a softer look if you use something like a MAC 217 or 224 brush. If you want to smudge these under the lower lash line, you can use a pencil brush like a MAC 219, or even use them as a liner with a thinner, more precise brush, like an angled MAC 263 or 266. If you’re using any of these as a liner, or want to intensify the color and shimmer, you may want to spray your brush lightly with MAC Fix+ Spray. This will make it super easy to use these as a liner, since it will turn them into a much creamier consistency that makes for a perfectly precise line or wing. Fixated works well for a liner with all of the other shadows in this stack! One suggestion if you use ANY powder eye shadow as a liner: Pick one area of the product and designate is as your wet spot (that sounds bad, but you know what I mean)… If you’re all over the place where you use a damp brush on the product, it will start to get a weird, hard “crust” on it that won’t stick to any fluffier type of brush when you go to use it dry! These shadows all wear really well alone (6+ hours no creasing), but if you want an even longer wear time (more like 8-12 hours) and the best color payoff possible, you can apply these over a primer, like a MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in a color that’s light and neutral… A few of my favorites are Soft Ochre, Painterly, or Layin’ Low.

Tip: Since there are two shimmery colors in this stack (Amelie and Promiscuous), you can even pat these on top of Melt’s matte lipsticks to totally transform your lip look!

FYI, as I mentioned in the beginning of this post, these eye shadows are HUGE! (I’ll try and get a comparison photo up soon). They’re slightly larger than MAC’s Pro Longwear Eye Shadows are, but are a much better value! Plus these have a legit mirror (not the cheap feeling plastic kind that cracks) included in the stack. The packaging is sleek, easy to use and store, and sturdy enough to toss in your bag for a weekend getaway or touchups (not that you’ll need to do any of those with the wear time these eye shadows have). Since the stack is held together by magnets, it’s not going to come open easily if it gets knocked around a bit!

Both of Melt’s Eye Shadow Stacks are available exclusively from www.meltcosmetics.com. They sell for $48 and contain a total of 14.28 g / 0.5 oz of product, so that makes them equal to $12 and 3.57 g / 0.125 oz each… That’s actually a really good value, considering the fact that a MAC eye shadow quad costs $48 and contains a total of 6 g / 0.21 oz of product, and individual MAC shadows sell for $16 and contain only 1.5 g / 0.05 oz each… So in comparison to MAC, you’re getting about three times as much product for just a few bucks more! Both stacks are permanent, but sell out from time to time… As of right now, Love Sick is in stock, so go getcha one! Shipping costs a flat $7 in the US, so you may want to get both palettes, or grab lipstick or two as well to make the postage a little more worth it… My favorite Melt lipstick to use with the Love Sick stack are Summer, Dark Room, Shady Lady, Stupid Love, 6six6, and Space Cake (currently out of stock… Sad face). I have a feeling I’m going to love Blitzed with this stack too! Review on that lipstick will be soon… I just ordered it yesterday 😉

Note: Melt is a cruelty free company and three out of four of the shadows in the Love Sick stack are vegan! Those include Promiscuous, Fixated, and Amelie. Love Sick is the only shade that is not vegan.

Left to Right:   Promiscuous, Fixated, Amelie, and Love Sick

Left to Right: Promiscuous, Fixated, Amelie, and Love Sick

Melt Love Sick Labels

Photo taken outdoors in natural, but not direct sunlight. Eye Shadows swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural, but not direct sunlight.
Eye Shadows swatched on NC15 skin.
Honestly, these swatches suck and I need to redo this photo… I’ll get to that this week when I get a sunny day!

This is the updated swatch photo! Taken in natural, indirect sunlight on a much brighter day!

This is the updated swatch photo!
Taken in natural, indirect sunlight on a much brighter day!

Note:   The bottom photo of each shadow is taken in direct, natural sunlight so you can see how intense it is even in such bright lighting! They are, however, not that light in person or in “normal” lighting. I just wanted to show off the pigmentation and intensity of these shadows!

Promiscuous

Promiscuous

Promiscuous

Promiscuous

Promiscuous

Promiscuous

Promiscuous:   Melt’s description of this eye shadow goes like this: “A beautiful color changing violet-blue! Use it alone, or combine it with black to reveal a completely different shade!” which is a great tip! Using a black primer, like MAC’s Blackground Pro Longwear Paint Pot underneath will transform Promiscuous to a SUPER iridescent, intense new color! Anyway, this is a medium to medium-dark (depending on application), purple with some cool violet undertones to it, which will show more cool blue-violet tones when used over a black primer, or used damp. It has a soft, satiny sheen to it that’s easily intensified and bumped up to a true frost. This is a great multi-purpose eye shadow that you can use on the lid, in the crease, smudged under the lower lash line, as a liner, and even on top of lipstick (try it over Bane, Dark Room, By Starlight, Shady Lady, and Space Cake)! I typically wear this on the lid using a MAC 239 brush dry or MAC 242 brush damp, with some Fixated in the crease/outer v with a MAC 217 brush, and blended out with Blurr from the Dark Matter stack with a MAC 224. I’ll also use Amelie all over the lid, applied with a 239, with Promiscuous blended into the crease and smudged under the lower lash line with a 217, then add a bit to Fixated and/or Love Sick in outer v area with the same 217. This eye shadow is also super pretty as a liner with a little bit of Amelie or Blurr on the lid, or even on a naked eyelid, just for a pop of color!

The texture of Promiscuous feels super silky, and both packed onto the lid and blended out easily. Color payoff looks the same as it does in the pot, but may need some building up, or use with a damp brush, to get oodles of shimmer. Coverage was even and surprisingly opaque for a shimmery eye shadow that feels SO lightweight! I got over 6 hours of wear both on the lid and in the crease before I noticed any fading or creasing. When I used a primer, wear time went up to 10-12 hours!

Dupes:   Plush Pro Longwear Eye Shadow from MAC is close, but not close enough to be a true dupe… It’s lighter, more cool toned and less violet, and doesn’t have that intense shimmer or pigmentation… Promiscuous is pretty unique!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Fixated

Fixated

Fixated

Fixated

Fixated

Fixated

Fixated:   This eye shadow is “A gorgeous matte grey inspired by one of our favorite lipsticks, Space Cake, so pigmented and cool you have to see to believe” (I MUST redo my swatches, because it really is intense and they don’t reflect that!)… It’s a medium dark to dark (depends on how you apply it), grey with cool, blue/stone undertones and a true matte finish. This color is really versatile because it can be used all over the lid with a MAC 239 brush for a soft smoky look, which you can blend out with pretty much any other color in this stack, depending on how colorful of a look you’re going for. You can also use Blurr or Unseen from the Dark Matter stack to blend this out with! Fixated also makes a great crease, under eye, or liner color with ANY other Melt eye shadow! Since it can be applied so lightly if you use the right brush (a MAC 217 with a light hand, or a MAC 224 works well), you can also use this to cool down and deepen any eye shadow, especially in the crease. As Melt mentions in their own description, since this was inspired by the lipstick Space Cake, you can pat this OVER Space Cake to make it even more of an intense, velvety looking matte lip!

Fixated has the same smooth, matte texture as the shadows in the Dark Matter stack, without any dryness or skipping, so it applies really well! Color payoff is intense with little product used, and looks the same as pan color. Coverage is opaque when packed onto the lid with a flat brush, or you can even build it up to a deep, opaque payoff by layering with a fluffier brush. Wear time was great for a darker type of matte shadow… I got nearly 7 hours on the lid and in the crease with no primer, and 12+ hours in both areas with a primer applied first.

Dupes:   Weathered Pro Longer Eye Shadow by MAC is similar, but has a sheen and is a little more blue. It’s also not as pigmented. Prussian (discontinued not long ago) eye shadow from MAC is lighter and more blue, and Nehru, also from MAC, has a deeper navy tone.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Amelie

Amelie

Amelie

Amelie

Amelie

Amelie

Amelie:   According to Melt, Amelie is a “perfectly peachy gold, you’ll want to add it all over Cheeks! Highlight! Eyes! It glistens and glides on with ease”… It’s a light to light-medium peach with warm golden sheen. You can intensify the color and sheen by using this damp, and you can even try using it over a darker bronze or black primer to REALLy change up the color and bring out the shimmer! Amelie is a great multipurpose eye shadow that you don’t just have to wear on your eyes… Probably why this is my favorite eye shadow in this stack! For use on the eyes, this is a gorgeous lid and inner corner color, and can even be used really lightly just below the brow for some sheen, but not much color. It’s gorgeous with any of the other shadows in this stack in the crease, and also looks great with any of the ones in the Dark Matter stack! For use on the lips, it looks amazing when lightly tapped over colors like Summer, Bang! Bang!, Stupid Love, Belladonna 2 (especially just in the center of the lip), and even on top of Bane for a really unique iridescent, blackened gold lip! And yes, you can even use this as a highlight on your gorgeous face, like on the areas of the tops of the cheeks, tip of the nose, and anywhere else you want to add a goddess like golden glow!

Amelie felt really silky, just like Promiscuous. Color payoff was awesome, even using little product. It both built up and blended out without much work at all. Color payoff looks just like it does in pan, and can be made more intense when dampened and used over a dark primer. Coverage was solid with no uneven spots you can see in some other shimmery shadows. On the lid, I got around 7 hours of wear before I noticed any fading or creasing, and more like 6 hours in the crease. With a primer applied beforehand, I got closer to 12 hours on the lid and 10 in the crease!

Dupes:   Pink Frontier Pro Longer Eye Shadow from MAC is lighter and definitely more pink, it’s also less intense. Trick, from Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette, is lighter, cooler, and more coppery than peachy-pink. Mythology eye shadow from MAC is darker, more coppery, and has a ton of bigger shimmery particles (and fallout). Expensive Pink, also from MAC, would be your best bet for a dupe but it’s darker, more pink, and less intense.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Love Sick

Love Sick

Love Sick

Love Sick

Love Sick

Love Sick

Love Sick:   Love Sick is described as “a beautiful ultra-matte burgundy-red …inspired by our most popular lipstick 6six6″… It’s a medium to medium-dark, intense burgundy red with some warm-neutral, rusted undertones. This shadow has the same matte finish as Fixated and as the shadows in the Dark Matter stack. Red’s may not be for everyone, but they should be! You can use Love Sick lightly, blended out in the crease with a MAC 217 or 224 brush, with ANY colors in either one of Melt’s stacks, You can also use this patted onto the lid with a MAC 239 brush and blended with, well, any of Melt’s other shadows in the crease. I also REALLY like adding a bit of a warm, smoky look under the eyes by smudging this around with a MAC 219 pencil brush. For a red, it really is versatile and can be used to add something bright and special to any look you wear!

The texture of Love Sick is smooth and soft, just like all of Melt’s other matte shadows. It’s not dry or gritty, like many red shadows are (yay!). Intensity and color payoff is insane on the lid, but can also easily be tamed down and blended out in the crease. Coverage is easily made opaque by applying with a flat brush, or a pencil brush. When applied to the lid, I got 6 hours of wear with no fading/creasing, and closer to 12 with a primer. In the crease or smudged below the eye, I got the same, about 6 hours of wear without a primer and more like 10-12 with one.

Dupes:   Finding a dupe for a red matte shadow is damn near impossible, so I have yet to find one for this! Enigma from the Dark Matter stack is deeper and has a more rust/brown undertone. Red Brick eye shadow from MAC is lighter, less intense, and has a much more orange tone to it.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

We all know that eye shadow palettes are a major craze lately, so I’m happy to see that MAC has finally stepped up to the plate and released not one, but TWO neutral palettes that contain 15 full sized eye shadows each and sell for only $85!! That’s a HUGE savings! Whether you’re just a makeup lover or a professional makeup artist, these palettes are great to have on hand. I actually purchased both of them to add to my kit. Having so much variety in two little palettes has ended up saving me a lot of room in my bag as well as saved me time looking for that perfect color combination!

Both neutral palettes have a great selection of colors that you can achieve pretty much any kind of look with, from a smoky eye to a natural daytime look. There’s also a wide range of texture in the palettes, so you have a lot to choose from for lid, crease, and blending eye shadows. MAC included a few permanent must haves, though most eye shadows are limited to these palettes only. One palette contains warmer tones, while the other has cooler toned eye shadows… The Cool Neutral Palette is the one I’ll be reviewing for this post.

For the review of the Warm Neutral palette, please click here.

Cool Neutral Packaging

Cool Neutral Palette Product

MAC Eye Shadows are a high quality powder formula that’s well pigmented and applies easily. There are a variety of finishes/textures in this palette, so color payoff and coverage will vary between them… I’ll describe those more in depth in each individual review. For the most part, all give good coverage and color payoff, as well as wear time. With most MAC eye shadows I get somewhere between 6-12 hours of wear. To be honest, wear time depends on the finish of the eye shadow, if you have oily lids, and if there’s a primer underneath.

I ALWAYS use a MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot as my primer because it not only gives a good base to even out the texture and color of the skin on the eyelid, but it also gives the powder eye shadow something to stick to so it wears longer. Pro Longwear Paint Pots will keep the eye shadow from creasing, which is a must for people with oily lids or heavily hooded lids… For a good, light neutral color I suggest Soft Ochre, Painterly, or Layin’ Low. Using a light color of primer will also make the color of the eye shadow show up true to how it looks in the pan so it will never look washed out (these colors even work on dark to deep skin tones)! You can also use something that’s similar to the color of the eye shadow itself, or even something like Blackground if you really want to play with color and transform the eye shadow. Blackground works especially well under brighter, more frosted eye shadows.

The packaging for these palettes is fantastic! The palettes are very well made, feel sturdy and hold up to anything from gentle, daily personal to professional use, being tossed around, dropped, and crammed into a makeup kit regularly. The palettes have the clear top so you can see what you’re grabbing for if you have numerous palettes. The shadows are spaced far enough apart that the dust from one won’t travel onto the other and alter the color or anything like that. They are black and shiny, so they will show the dust from the eye shadows a bit, but that’s easy to clean by using a tissue and 99% alcohol to wipe them down and clean them up (you can also lightly spray the alcohol on the shadows themselves to sanitize them before/after jobs or just to keep them clean for yourself). The back of these palettes does tend to show fingerprints but any black plastic packaging does that, so I don’t consider that an issue. The one thing that some people may not like is that you cannot pop these out of the palettes like you can with the eye shadow palettes that you build yourself. That said, I don’t see why it would be necessary since everything you need is already conveniently organized in this palette for you (plus it’s cheaper than building your own)!

These Eye Shadow Palettes are permanent and available now at stores, counters, and online at www.maccosmetics.com. Each palette contains 15 full sized eye shadows, coming out to be a grand total of 19g / 0.68 US oz of product. These are a great value, selling for $85 (pro and employee discounts do not apply). For an individual MAC eye shadow (in the plastic pot), it costs $15, while the Pro Palette Refill Pan eye shadows sell for $10… In these neutral palettes, each eye shadow comes out to be $5.67. Even for people with a MAC PRO discount card, that’s still about how much each eye shadow would cost and you’d probably have to purchase the palette to put them in too! Basically, this is a killer deal for anyone, so it’s definitely worth buying if you need some new eye shadows for either yourself or your kit, especially since so many of these eye shadows are very unique.

MAC Cool Neutral Palette Label

NOTE:   All reviews are based on performance over a Pro Longwear Paint Pot, as I never wear eye shadows without one. Wear time, color payoff, and coverage will all be slightly less without using one as a primer. 

Application Tips:

I don’t normally go so in depth with how you can use the eye shadows in palettes, but because this comes with SO many and you can do so much with it, I want you to teach you my tips and techniques so you can learn how to use them to achieve all of the fun looks that are possible with this palette! MAC Eye Shadows can even be used damp to intensify the color/coverage or to use as a liner, so I’ll include tips on that.

Typically, I use these dry… Since they’re so highly pigmented, a damp application isn’t really necessary. These are much more blendable and easier to apply when used dry. Dry application is great for use on the crease, lid, to highlight below the brow/on the inner corner of the eye or even to line with!

A damp application of will make the colors and amount of shimmer/frost more intense, though it certainly isn’t necessary most of the time. It is nice if you want to use these shadows as a liner, though. Applying damp is best for the lid or lining, as it makes these much more difficult to blend out. For a damp application, simple spray your brush with something like MAC’s Fix + Spray then swipe it on one small section of the eye shadow. For eye shadows that I use damp, I designate one small section for use with a damp brush, otherwise, swiping a damp brush all over the eye shadow will make a sort of “crust” on the product, making it nearly impossible to use dry.

Lid:   When applying powder eye shadows to the lid, a few of my favorite brushes to use (all from MAC) are the 239, 213, 215 (for a more dense, heavier application), 287 duo-fibre (for a lightweight or damp application), 242 (good for dry or damp), or a 252 (dry or damp / for larger eyelids). A 249 brush is also great for damp application, especially on larger eyelids.

Crease:   My favorite crease brushes are the 217, 224, or 286. All three of those are nice and fluffy so they blend out the eye shadow beautifully. If you want more intense color in the crease, I suggest a 214, 215, or 219 (for a super defined, cut crease). The 275 angled brush is also fantastic for the crease because it’s tapered to fit into that area perfectly, but still blend the shadow out so you’ll get the perfect shape and softness.

Liner:   When I’m smudging an eye shadow under my eyes or above my upper lash line as a type of liner, I like to use the 219, 214 or 212. For a damp, more defined liner application you can use whatever liner brush you’re most comfortable with… The 209, 210, 211, 212 work well for a softer liner look, while the 263 and 266 angled brushed will work better for something like a cat eye.

Highlights:   For a below the brow highlight, I like something flat like the 242 or 239 for more intense color payoff. If you want a softer brow highlight, try a 217 or 224. You can also highlight the inner corner of your eye with a smaller type of brush like a 219, 228, or 231 brush.

MAC Cool Neutral Palette - Product with Names

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Eye Shadows swatted on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Eye Shadows swatched on NC15 skin.

Flounce

Flounce

Flounce:   Flounce is described as a “chalky white pink” and has a Matte finish… It’s a light, cool toned pink with nearly lilac undertones. The finish is truly matte and it is indeed a bit chalky, as the description implies. Color payoff is surprisingly great for such a dry, matte color… It does look cooler on the skin than in the pan, but other than that it’s true to pan color and intense. Coverage was great… It was almost opaque with little product used and gave full coverage when applied over a Pro Longwear Paint Pot. The texture does feel slightly dry but it still applies and blends out easily without being too dusty and powdery. I got a solid 8 hours of wear before any fading occurred.

Dupes:   Yogurt Eye Shadow is close but cooler toned and slightly darker.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Sweet Allure

Sweet Allure

Sweet Allure:   Sweet Allure is a “soft light pink” and has a Satin finish… It’s a light, slightly warm toned champagne-pink with a soft satiny sheen. Color payoff is good, though without some layering it doesn’t look completely true to the color in the pan or have as much of a sheen. Coverage is about the same… It will give full coverage after some light layering but not with one quick swipe of product. The texture of Sweet Allure felt silky and applied easily without being powdery or dry at all. With this eye shadow, I got about 7 hours of wear before any fading occurred.

Dupes:   Orb eye shadow is pretty similar but more pink. Naked Lunch is lighter, less pink, and more of a warm, true champagne color.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Sun Tweaked

Sun Tweaked

Sun Tweaked:   Sun Tweaked is a “soft frosty coral” with a frost finish It’s a light-medium, peachy-pink coral with some coppery undertones and a truly frosted finish. Used damp, this eye shadow even looks metallic! This is definitely the warmest shadow in the cool neutral palette but it does work well with the other colors. The color payoff was okay It did take some layering to achieve pan color. Coverage was similar but luckily this eye shadow is easily buildable. For a Frost finish, the texture felt more powdery than usual but this still applied well, especially when patted onto the lid or used below the lower lash line. Wear time was pretty average with frost finishes… I got 6-8 hours of wear before it began to crease or fade.

Dupes:   Arena eye shadow is lighter and more of a peachy color. Gleam is pinker, lighter and more shimmery. Expensive Pink is darker and more of a peachy-pink. All That Glitters is almost similar on the skin, but still is lighter and has more of a pink tone to it.

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:  5

After Dusk

After Dusk

After Dusk:   After Dusk is a “mid tone rosy pink with pearl” and has a Veluxe Pearl finish… It’s a medium, ever so slightly warm toned berry-rose with some coppery undertones that seem to only show up in the sheen. With the Veluxe Pearl finish, it’s in between a satin and a frost, so it has a slightly frosted pearly sheen, but not so much that it looks metallic. Color payoff was great and looked nearly true to pan with little product applied. Coverage was equally wonderful, giving full opacity with only a tiny bit of eye shadow patted onto the lid. The texture is super smooth and easy to blend out, which is typical with Veluxe Pearl eye shadows. I got a little over 7 hours of wear before After Dusk began to fade or crease.

If After Dusk sound familiar, it’s because it was recently released as one of the eye shadows in the Stroke of Midnight Warm Face Palette, which was one of the kits released with the 2013 Holiday collection. Although it was limited then, it will remain permanent exclusively in this palette.

Dupes:   After Dusk is pretty unique and is difficult to find a dupe for! The base color of Trax is similar, but it has a golden sheen to it and appears more purpley on the eye. Star Violet is considerably darker and well, more violet.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Blackberry

Blackberry

Blackberry:   Blackberry is a ” muted burgundy-plum brown” with a Matte finish and is one of the few permanent colors in this palette. It’s a medium-dark, mostly neutral but slightly warm, plummy brown. Once applied, the color payoff seems a little darker than it is in the pan but the color itself is great. Coverage isn’t 100% opaque with the first swipe of a brush but it’s buildable and very easy to achieve full coverage with. The texture is super smooth and not the least bit powdery, especially for a Matte! Blackberry gave me over 8 hours of wear before I noticed any fading. There is no difference in this version of Blackberry compared to the permanent one either, which can sometimes happen with palettes.

Dupes:   I can’t really think of any dupes, and since this eye shadow is part of MAC’s permanent lineup, there’s not really need to find one!

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Eye Shadows swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Eye Shadows swatched on NC15 skin.

Pick Me Up

Pick Me Up

Pick Me Up:   Pick Me Up is a “pale ivory” with a Matte finish. It’s a pale, slightly cool toned ivory-beige with a completely matte finish. Color payoff is great, while it does look a little lighter and almost, but not quite, white on the skin. Coverage is also fantastic with Pick Me Up, giving full opacity with little product. The texture is a little dry but in a silky, not too powdery way, so it applies well. As with most Matte finish eye shadow, I got over 8 hours of wear before I noticed any fading.

Dupes:   Blanc Type and Brule are both similar but are a tiny bit darker than Pick Me Up.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Cozy Grey

Cozy Grey

Cozy Grey:   Cozy Grey is a “cool grey” with a Matte finish… It’s a light, neutral, though slightly cool toned grey with some brown/mauve taupey undertones that warms it up once it’s applied. Color payoff was good but coverage was only so-so… It definitely applied best when worn over a Pro Longwear Paint Pot and was layered a bit. The texture was drier and almost chalky compared to the other Matte finishes in this palette but it still blended out well. I actually love this color and texture for a blending color in the crease or just above to soften darker eye shadows. The great thing about Cozy Grey being slightly dry is that is gave me 10+ hours of wear before fading!

Dupes:   Malt is warmer and slightly darker. Bisque is similar but lighter and more neutral. Camel Coat Pro Longwear Paint Pot is actually really close, only a tiny bit darker, but it’s a cream formula.

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Crushed Clove

Crushed Clove

Crushed Clove:   This eye shadow is a “dirty gold olive” with a Frost finish… It’s a medium, neutral golden color with a dirty olive type of undertone that cools the color down a bit overall. The more neutral tone shows up mostly in the very frosted, nearly metallic sheen. Color payoff is pretty true to pan color but it does look warmer in this photo than in person, due to the warmer golden sheen reflecting light. The swatch above is more accurate. Coverage was great… I got total opacity without having to use much product. This eye shadow feels incredibly smooth and silky and only has minimal powdery fallout, but only if you get too much on your brush. Crushed Clove wore for about 6-8 hours before any creasing or fading occurred… I prefer wearing Frost eye shadows on the lid, rather than in the crease because of the issue with them fading more quickly in the crease.

Dupes:   Woodwinked is slightly darker, warmer, and more intense. Tempting is similar in color, but as a Lustre, the color payoff and coverage aren’t as good so it ends up looking lighter. It’s also not as olive.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Deception

Deception

Deception:   MAC describes this eye shadow as a “chocolate gold” with a Frost finish… It’s a medium-dark, cool toned, chocolatey brown with some nearly mauve undertones that only show up once applied. The Frost finish is what contains the majority of the golden sheen. The color payoff is great and looks quite true to pan color, with the exception that the mauve undertones show more once applied. The coverage is opaque without applying much eye shadow. It glides on easily and felt very smooth and easy to blend. As with most Frost eye shadows, it wears best on the lid, giving around 7-8 hours of wear time over a Pro Longwear Paint Pot, while wearing for more like 6 hours in the crease over the same primer.

Deception is permanent in this palette only, but has also been previously released… Once in Fall of 2009 with in the Smoke & Mirrors Eye Shadow Palette as part of the Magic, Mirth and Mischief collection, and again in the Stroke of Midnight Cool Eye Shadow Palette with the Holiday collection in Fall of 2013.

Dupes:   Woodwinked is close, but not as smooth or pigmented… It also appears more golden and slightly lighter on the skin. Satin Taupe is cooler and darker.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Brun

Brun

Brun:   Brun is one of the permanent eye shadows in this palette and is a “muted blackish brown” with a Satin finish. It’s a medium-dark to dark, cool toned brown with a hint of a greyed undertone. The finish is considered to be a Satin, but this feels and applies more like a Matte until it’s been layered. The color payoff is good and true to pan color. As far as coverage goes, it does take some layering to get full opacity but that’s easily achieved. The texture is dry, perhaps a bit chalky, but in a very smooth way… The dryness can make it a little hard to blend but if you use a softer brush like a 239 or 217, it should make it easier! Like I said before, until you really get this product built up, it looks drier and more matte than it does once applied more heavily… That’s when the slightly Satin sheen shows up. Wear time is great and lasts for a minimum of 8 hours before any fading or creasing.

Another note… This works great as a brow color or as a liner (I suggest a MAC 208 brush for brows)!

Dupes:   As a permanent color, I don’t see much need to list dupes since you can get this anytime BUT Concrete is lighter and has more of a grey undertone, while Espresso is warmer and a but lighter.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Eye Shadows swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Eye Shadows swatched on NC15 skin.

Silver Fog

Silver Fog

Silver Fog:   This eye shadow is a “white with silver pearl” and has a Lustre finish… It’s a very light, slightly cool toned white-silver with a soft pearly but nearly frosted sheen. Color payoff is pretty true to pan, while coverage was only about 75% opaque, unless you layer it a bit. I was really impressed with the texture… It felt very smooth, gliding on and blending out well without having that powdery, almost gritty feel that some Lustre finish eye shadows do. I found that this also had very little fallout, which is somewhat common with this finish. It wore better than most Lustres, staying put for around 7 hours.

Dupes:   Electra is darker and more frosty. Silver Gull, which was limited with the Iris Apfel collection is close, but more shimmery. To be honest, Silver Fog is pretty unique as far as MAC silver shadows go.

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

French Clay

French Clay

French Clay:   French Clay is a “white-grey frost” with a Frost finish. It’s a light, neutral-ish toned taupe-ish grey with an unusual hint of a golden tone thrown in there that will warm this color up a bit when used with certain warmer eye shadow and on some skin tones. In the pan, the warmer tone shows up more but other than that, the color payoff is great and pretty true to pan. Coverage was fantastic and full without having to use much eye shadow. The texture felt like silk and blended out very easily. As with most Frosts, wear time on the lid was around 7 hours, while in the crease it faded a bit sooner.

Dupes:   To be totally honest, I can’t think of any really great dupes for French Clay… Sweet Satisfaction Pro Longwear Eye Shadow is close but a hint warmer and more pigmented.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Cumulus

Cumulus

Cumulus:   This is a “dirty grey charcoal” with a Frost finish… It’s a medium, cool toned taupe-grey with a nearly dirty, mossy brown undertone to it that makes this color seem slightly warmer, or at least neutral, when paired with certain eye shadow and on some skin tones/with some eye colors. It’s really unique! Color payoff is good but like I mentioned, it can appear more neutral sometimes. Other than that, it’s pretty true to pan color. Coverage was good, but not totally opaque by itself. Applying this over a Pro Longwear Paint Pot helped dramatically. Cumulus felt smooth and applied and blended out easily. Wear time was about 7-8 hours on the lid and slightly less in the crease.

Note: This Cumulus is NOT the same Cumulus from years ago… They only recycled the name. It’s NOTHING like the color or texture from before.

Dupes:   I’m stumped. This color is just THAT unique!

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Pearled Earth

Pearled Earth

Pearled Earth:   Pearled Earth is described as a “deep blue-grey” and has a Veluxe Pearl finish… It’s a medium-dark, very cool toned indigo hued grey with a soft type of frosted, pearly sheen. Color payoff is great and spot on to the color this eye shadow is in the pan. I got really good coverage too without having to apply much product at all, though it wasn’t totally opaque with just one layer (unless you use a Pro Longwear Paint Pot underneath). The texture was luxurious and silky, blending out and applying well and with little effort. Wear time was similar to a Frost eye shadow, with around 7-8 hours on the lid and slightly less when worn in the crease.

Dupes:   Scene is similar in color, but is much, much drier, less opaque, and more matte. Smut is darker and has a warmer, wine stained hue. Dangerous Cuvee Pro Longwear Paint Pot is honestly the closest in both color and finish, but it’s a cream product.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Black Tied

Black Tied

Black Tied:   Black Tied is a “black with silver sparkle” and has a Velvet finish. This is one of the permanent colors in this palette… It’s a deep, matte black base with very fine, almost multidimensional micro-sparlke particles. The color payoff takes some layering to be true to pan… Same with the coverage. You definitely want to use a Pro Longwear Paint Pot as your primer and pack this on the lid with a brush like s 239 for a smoky eye. That said, it’s also great in the crease to make any look darker and more dramatic. The texture is smooth, though somewhat powdery, but still easy to blend and layer. You do have to be careful with fallout, as with most black or very, very dark eye shadows, so make sure you either apply this product BEFORE foundation, concealer and face makeup, or hold a tissue/shadow shield under the eye to this doesn’t end up on your cheeks! Surprisingly, this version of Black Tied didn’t seem to have as much fallout as the permanent version that I have. It felt smoother as well. Wear time was about 6-7 hours on the lid and in the crease.

Dupes:   Although you don’t need any since this is permanent and always available, I’ll give you some anyway… Knight Divine is similar, though more of a blue-grey and not as dark, while Carbon is of course a true matte black with absolutely no shimmer at all.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5