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It’s that time of year again… You know, the time when there are all kinds of gorgeous holiday sets out that you can’t resist?! Well, this might be one that you CAN resist if you aren’t into metallic or glittery things. Personally, I don’t like actual glitter all that much, so this seemed like a good way for me to try these shadows without dropping $24 on one individual shade. Between the two formulas, you can create several different looks and get a feel for Stila’s liquid shadows, so it’s definitely worth picking up if you want something new and sparkly to play around with, especially for the holidays!

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Left to Right:   Shimmer & Glow – Kitten, Grace, Twig   |   Glitter & Glow – Peachy Sheen, Smoldering Satin, Next to Notte

The packaging is cute and gives of very holiday-ish vibes, so you could just pop this into someone’s stocking without even wrapping it… Like I probably will because I am shamelessly lazy. The ingredients for each shadow are listed on the back of the box and also on Stila’s website. All of these shadows have the same type of flat, yet soft and flexible, paddle-shaped doe foot applicator. It’s small enough that you can get a precise application without making a glittery mess, but still big enough that you don’t have to dip it into the tube over and over again to get out enough product to cover your entire lid (with most shades, anyway).

There’s also a caution/warning on the box regarding eye irritation. When I tried one of these a while back I think it may have made my eyelid a little red and itchy, but I also tried it with a new base, so I can’t say which caused the irritation. I haven’t had any bad reactions with any from this set so far. Do be careful with the Glitter & Glow shadows, though, especially if you wear contact lenses. Getting the little glitter particles in your eye can be absolute torture! The best way to avoid this is to gently pat these onto the eyelid and build up the product if needed, rather than slapping a ton of product on at once, then trying to blend it out because that’s when you’ll get issues with fallout. Even with a perfect application, the Glitter & Glow shadows did have some fallout but most of it fell onto my cheeks or lashes and didn’t get into my actual eyes.

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There are two different formulas in this set. One is the Glitter & Glow formula, which some of you may already be familiar with… According to Stila, this is a “dazzling, ultra-sparkle finish”. It’s pretty glittery but the pigmentation and coverage varies between each shadow. For the most part, these perform well and are comfortable to wear. The other formula in this set is their new Shimmer & Glow liquid eye shadow, which Stila describes as a “high shimmer, non-glitter shadow”. They’re more highly pigmented and metallic and do not contain any glitter. I like these because you can blend them out if you want a softer, more subtle type of sheen, or you can just wear them with their full opacity in all of their metallic, shiny glory.

There are three liquid shadows in each formula in this set for a total of six. There’s not a ton of variation in colors but every one of these is wearable for any skin tone. All of the shadows in this set are available to purchase separately and full sized, except for Peachy Sheen, which seems to be limited to this set… Not that it matters, because Peachy Sheen is honestly garbage and not worth being offered individually. As far as I know, the Shimmer & Glow shadows are not yet available to purchase in stores but you can get them from Ulta’s website. According to the Ulta website, the Shimmer & Glow shadows will be in stores on January 4th.

This set sells for $45 and contains 0.07 fl. oz / 2.25 ml of product in each liquid shadow, which makes this a $72 value (according to the Sephora and Stila websites, anyway). You can purchase these from Sephora or the Stila website.  If you are visiting the Stila website for first time from your phone, iPad, or another browser, it will offer you a 20% off code if you sign up for their updates and newsletter, but you can always use the code and unsubscribe from the emails! There aren’t really any other shadows that I’ve used that I can compare these to, but I do think this set is a decent value. Also, keep in mind that this set IS limited edition, so if you’re wanting to save some money and try these out without buying the full size versions, pick this up while you can!

Stila is a cruelty-free company, by the way 😉

Note: I’m not posting dupes for these just yet, as I haven’t tried any other eye shadows like this. If or when I discover some, I’ll add them to this post. If you can think of any, please leave them in the comments section below!!

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Shimmer & Glow Shadows from Left to Right: Kitten, Grace, and Twig

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Shimmer & Glow Shadows from Left to Right: Kitten, Grace, and Twig

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Shimmer & Glow Shadows from Left to Right: Kitten, Grace, and Twig

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Shimmer & Glow Shadows from Left to Right: Kitten, Grace, and Twig. Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Eye Shadows swatched on MAC NC20 skin.

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Kitten

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Kitten

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Kitten

Kitten:   This Shimmer & Glow shadow is described as a “shimmering vibrant nude pink”. It’s a light, warm toned, pinky nude with a metallic finish that has a finely milled type of multidimensional reflects but is NOT a glitter… I think it’s just the pigment used to make this formula. The reflects is visible in the tube and on the applicator, but it still adds to the shimmery effect once it’s applied. You can apply this under a powder shadow but it also looks beautiful on it’s own, especially worn all over the lid and inner corner.

The formula is lightweight and pretty liquidy so it’s easy to apply. It takes a second to dry down, so just make sure it sets before you look up or do something that may transfer the product to another area of your eyelid. Color payoff is great but it does seem to look a little more pinky toned on my skin than it does in the tube. Coverage can be made sheer by blending this out with a fluffy brush, but if you apply it directly to the lid with the applicator, the coverage is fully opaque using very little product. Worn all over the lid, I got about 7 hours of wear time before it began to crease or fade.

Overall Rating:   4.6 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Value:   4

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Grace

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Grace

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Grace

Grace:   Grace is referred to as a “shimmering rose gold”. It’s a light-medium, warm toned, tan rose gold with the same type of very finely milled, multidimensional reflects that Kitten has. It’s pretty metallic when worn without blending it out, but I actually really like this when I apply it all over the lid, then blend it out and up into the crease a little just to diffuse the edges and make it more sheer. It’s also gorgeous when worn at full opacity on the lid and inner corner.

Grace has the same texture as Kitten, so it applies easily and evenly. Coverage is full and color payoff is great, although these shadows seem to darken a little once they set. It’s nothing drastic, though. Wear time was around 7 hours when applied straight to the lid with the applicator without blending it out at all, and a little over 8 hours when I sheered it out.

Overall Rating:   4.6 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Value:   4

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Twig

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Twig

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Twig

Twig:   Twig is a “shimmering warm chestnut brown”… It’s a dark, very rich, warm toned brown with hint of pinky-bronze sheen to it. I feel like because this isn’t as light as the other two Shimmer & Glow shadows, it doesn’t seem to have quite as much sheen but it’s still very pretty and is easily worn by all skin tones. I LOVE this shadow all over the lid for a bronze, smoky type of look. It’s also super pretty if you pop this on the lid and blend it out with a fluffy brush to sheer it down, then blend a little along the lower lash line with a soft pencil brush.

It has the same consistency as the other two Shimmer & Glow shadows, so it’s lightweight, comfortable, and applies easily. Color payoff looks pretty much the same as it does in the tube and Twig doesn’t seem to darken as much as the two lighter shades in this kit. Coverage is totally opaque without having to use much product at all. Wear time when blended out is close to 8 hours and more like 7 hours when worn at full opacity.

Overall Rating:   4.6 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Value:   4

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Left to Right:   Peachy Sheen, Smoldering Satin, Next to Notte

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Left to Right:   Peachy Sheen, Smoldering Satin, Next to Notte

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Left to Right:   Peachy Sheen, Smoldering Satin, Next to Notte

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Glitter & Glow Shadows from Left to Right: Peachy Sheen, Smoldering Satin, and Next to Notte. Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Eye Shadows swatched on MAC NC20 skin.

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Peachy Sheen

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Peachy Sheen

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Peachy Sheen

Peachy Sheen:   According to the Stila website, Peachy Sheen is a “sheer warm peachy beige with silver and gold glitter”. It’s a light, warm toned peachy nude base with a cooler tone to the silver and gold glitter particles. It’s also definitely very sheer, as you can see in the swatch and on the applicator itself. Because it’s so sheer, it ends up just looking half-assed and patchy unless you really put some effort into the application. Even then, it takes FOREVER to get much coverage or to get the glitter to look even on my lid. It looks better if you’re applying it over something like a shimmery MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot (I tried it over Vintage Selection), or even one of the lighter Shimmer & Glow shadows in this set… That way you can just dot on a little bit of glitter for a more subtle type of sparkle. Honestly, I don’t see myself reaching for Peachy Sheen at all.

The texture of this particular shadow is thin and the glitter particles aren’t as, I don’t know, scratchy as they look, but it still doesn’t apply very smoothly. Some of the glittery bits will flake off once the shadow sets and dries if you try to layer this a lot or use a brush to try to blend it out once it’s set. Color payoff would probably look like it does in the tube IF you could actually get enough product out to show the base color. Like I said, it’s supposed to be sheer, but coverage is very, VERY minimal… Like on a ridiculous level. I would say wear time was around 4 hours before it started to fade, but it’s honestly hard to gauge because it was so patchy and practically non-existent on my lid to begin with.

Overall Rating:   2 / 5

Application:   1

Coverage:  1

Color Payoff:   1

Texture:   2

Wear Time:   2

Packaging:   5

Value:   2

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Smoldering Satin

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Smoldering Satin

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Smoldering Satin

Smoldering Satin:   This Glitter & Glow shadow is described as a “deep tan and silver glitter”. I meeeean to me, it’s more of a medium, cool toned taupey-mauve with a HINT of tan as the base color, but the glitter is indeed silver. It’s pretty and it’s very wearable with a lot of different looks and will work well for any skin tone.

The texture of Smoldering Satin is a little thicker than Peachy Sheen so it does apply more easily. It can be a little tricky to layer (if you even need to) because sometimes trying to apply more of this product over itself can actually remove some of the glitter from the first layer you applied, or even cause some glitter fallout… Just be sure to go in with a light hand! Color payoff is good but it does seem to look a little darker and cooler toned on the applicator and on the skin than it does in the tube. Coverage is nearly full, I’d say it’s about 70% opaque with one layer of product, but you can go in and gently add a little more if needed. Wear time when worn all over the lid is around 6 hours before it began to crease. After the first two hours or so, I started to see some glitter fallout, which was a bit annoying.

Overall Rating:   3.6 / 5

Application:   3

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

Value:   4

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Next to Notte

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Next to Notte

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Next to Notte

Next to Notte:   This is a “deep red with pink glitter” and is a rich, slightly cool toned, medium-dark, plummy-red with glitter that reflects somewhere between pink and magenta. It’s a really fun color, especially if you want to use it with a bold, smoky look or something like that for the holidays. It’s definitely the most colorful shadow in this set, which may not be for everyone but since this comes in the set, it’s worth trying out, even if it’s not something you’d typically wear!

The texture of Next to Notte is the smoothest of the three Glitter & Glow shadows in this set. It’s not like the glitter particles are any different, but as you can see on the applicator, this one is a bit more creamy and the product seems to be thicker and more pigmented. Color payoff is good but like all of the other liquid shadows in this set, it does look darker and maybe a little more plum toned once I applied it to my skin. Coverage was alright but still not fully opaque, so some layering may be necessary. This shadow wore well on the lid for around 6-7 hours before I had any issues with creasing or fading. I did have a bit of glitter fallout throughout the day, though.

Overall Rating:   3.7 / 5

Application:   3

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

Value:   4

 

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

 

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This post is a followup to the iluvsarahii x Colourpop Chic-y palette review. I probably went a little more in depth in the previous review, if you want a little more info regarding packaging and such. That post can be found here:

iluvsarahii x Colourpop: Chic-y Pressed Powder Eye Shadow Palette

The $aucey palette has a brighter, more dramatic vibe to it than the Chic-y palette, but it can still be used for either day or nighttime looks. If you like a pop of color, you’re bound to love this palette. The Chic-y palette and $aucey palette can even be used together and compliment one another very well, so I like how they did that. If you get both palettes, you will have SO many options to create gorgeous looks with!

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I’m glad you stopped by to check out this post! If you’d like to keep up with me and check out any new makeup I’m playing around with, you can follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat, all of which are lesley_makeup. I love staying in touch with my readers, so don’t be afraid to hit me up on there if you have a product question or just want to say hi!

You can also check out iluvsarahii on YouTube.

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Although these are the only two Pressed Powder Shadow Palettes I’ve used from Colourpop, I’m very impressed! I definitely plan on adding more of their shadows to my collection because the texture of these shadows is fantastic and they’re very well pigmented, not to mention super affordable for such high quality makeup!

If you need this palette in your life, you can head over to www.colourpop.com. Alone, the palette costs $12, which is an awesome value, considering that you pay that much for ONE single shadow from Anastasia Beverly Hills, or $6 for a single shadow in refill pan form from MAC. You can also purchase the entire iluvsarahii x Colourpop collection for $54, which includes both eye shadow palettes, three liners, and an Ultra Satin Lip, Ultra Glossy Lip, and Ultra Matte lip that matches each of the liners. Needless to say, that’s a pretty amazing value, especially considering the high end feel that all of Colourpop’s products have.

Each shadow in this palette contains 1.4 g / 0.05 oz of product, which is a total of 5.6 g / 0.2 oz for the palette. To compare this to a few other popular brands, MAC’s single eye shadow refills for their pro palettes contain 1.5 g of product and ABH’s single shadows contain 1.67 g of product. Colourpop is a cruelty-free company and while most of their products are vegan, the $aucey palette is not.

TIP:   Pop on a primer before you apply your powder eye shadow for the best color payoff and wear time! My personal favorite is a Pro Longwear Paint Pot from MAC… Painterly, Layin’ Low, and Soft Ochre are good primers shades for all skin tones. After I put on my primer, I like to set it with whatever is left on my powder brush before applying my powder shadow. This little trick is going to make it stay in place all day long!

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The packaging for collection and palette is very pretty! The box it comes in is a lovely nude color with a golden, metallic crocodile-type pattern printed on it. The name of the palette is printed on the top of the box, while the eye shadow shades are printed on the back. The palette itself doesn’t have any indication that it’s from the iluvsarahii collab or the pretty crocodile pattern found on the box, which I really would have liked but it’s still very simple (in a good way) and pretty. The palette feels sturdy and has a magnetic flap on the front which, to my surprise, manages to stay closed even when being tossed around in my makeup bag! My only real complaint about the palette itself is that it gets dirty SO easily! The white is modern and looks very nice at first, but once you get anything on it, it tends to stain pretty quickly.

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Left to Right:   Heavy Glam, Chic Happens, Lit, and Razy

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Left to Right:   Heavy Glam, Chic Happens, Lit, and Razy.   Photo taken outdoors in indirect sunlight. Eye Shadows swatched on MAC NC20 skin.

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Heavy Glam

Heavy Glam:   On Colourpop’s website, this is described as a “vibrant duochrome orange with a pink flip”. It’s a light to medium, warm peachy-pink that looks mostly peachy-orange but does pick up some more pink tones under certain lighting. While it’s not quite completely frosty or metallic, it’s also shinier than a satin type of finish. It’s very pretty on the lid and inner corner and because orange is opposite purple on a color wheel, this color compliments the other shadows in the palette nicely!

Heavy Glam feels super buttery and applies very easily without having to use much product at all. Color payoff looks just like it does in the pan and coverage is full and even with one layer of shadow (I applied it with a MAC 239 brush). You can also apply this damp if you want it to be extra bold and more metallic. To do so, dip your brush into the shadow and load it up with product, THEN spray the brush with something like MAC’s Fix+ Spray before applying to the lid. Damp or dry, wear time on the lid was about 7 to 8 hours when worn over a primer.

Dupes:   It was actually difficult to find dupes for this shadow and the few I found were all from MAC. If you know of any more, please leave me a comment below! Fashion’s Field Day is honestly almost an exact dupe, though the finish is slightly less frosty/metallic. Expensive Pink is much lighter and more of a peachy-golden color. Paradisco is also lighter and much more orange/peachy toned. Sushi Flower is MUCH more pink and less frosted.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Chic Happens

Chic Happens:   This is a “matte cool mauve”, according to the Colourpop website. It’s a medium, cool toned, dusty mauve with a hint of a plummy undertone and a matte finish. I like to use this as my transition color, either in or just above the crease to soften the lines of some of the bolder colors in this palette. You can use it like that whether you have a lighter or darker color on the lid. It’s also nice to swipe just below the lower lash line for some soft definition.

Like the matte shadows from the Chic-y palette, this shadow felt very soft and was easy to blend without being feeling dusty or dry. It’s very well pigmented, so color payoff is great, as is coverage! In the crease or on the lid, you’ll get full opacity with just a little bit of product. I do recommend applying this over a primer, though, as I had some slight issues with patchiness without using a primer first, so I am going to deduct a point for that. Wear time in the crease was a little over 8 hours, which was about the same as the wear time on the lid.

Dupes:   Chic Happens is somewhere between Smarty Pants and Sweetheart, both from Tarte’s Tartelette In Bloom palette, but neither one is a perfect dupe without being mixed. Natural Beauty, from the original Tartlette palette, is actually a much closer match. Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Dusty Rose eye shadow single is a VERY close match, although it’s still a little darker. It was pretty much impossible to find a MAC dupe for this shadow… Blackberry was the closest I found and it’s considerably darker and cooler toned.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Lit

Lit:   This shadow is a “vibrant metallic purple” and is a medium to medium-dark, slightly warm toned, plummy reddish-purple with a frosty to metallic finish, depending on how you apply it. Applied dry, it’s more of a frost, but if you apply it damp, it ends up looking much more metallic. I love this color all over the lid and blended under the lower lash line for a pop of color. You can even apply this just on the center of the lid with a darker color on either side for a “halo eye” type of look. It’s bright enough to show up and flatter ALL skin tones, too.

Lit felt soooo buttery and smooth so it applied very easily. Color payoff looks exactly as it does in the pan, while coverage is full and opaque whether you use your finger or a flat, dense brush. You can also use a fluffier brush to blend out the edges or pop a little in or above the crease, although it doesn’t wear as long in that area. Wear time on the lid (over a primer) was 8 to 10 hours, but it began to fade in the crease after just 7 to 8 hours.

Dupes:   Sangria, from ABH, is very close as far as color goes but it’s a teeny bit darker and also has less of a frosty finish. Plum Dressing, from MAC, is similar and the finish is very close to Lit’s frostiness, but the color is a bit deeper. Also from MAC, Cranberry is close for both finish and color, but has a slightly more reddish undertone. Another decent MAC dupe is Star Violet, which is similar in color and finish, but a little lighter and maybe less intense as far as pigmentation goes.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Razy

Razy:   Razy is described as a “matte blackened plum” and is a dark, rich, blackened plum with a hint of a warm undertone. I love this color all over the lid for a smokey eye with something like Chic Happens or even Freckles from the Chic-y palette blended out through the crease. It’s also gorgeous to deepen the crease color if you have a lighter shadow on your lid. You can even smudge this under the lower lash line or use it with a dampened angle brush as a liner!

This shadow felt very smooth and not at all powdery, so I didn’t have any fallout issues with it as long as I didn’t apply too much to a fluffy crease brush (like a MAC 224). It’s SUPER pigmented too and the color payoff looks the same as it does in the palette using VERY little product, so go in with a light hand at first, then you can begin to build up the color! Coverage is totally opaque, even just when patted onto the lid with a flat brush like a MAC 239. Of course I use this over a primer, so I get about 9-10 hours of wear on the lid or 7 to 8 in the crease before any fading occurs.

Dupes:   From ABH, Beauty Mark is quite similar but a bit darker and has more of a reddish-brown undertone. Aubergine is closer in color, but it has a shimmery, satin finish rather than being matte. I couldn’t find a good dupe in any of the ABH palettes, but I feel like Razy is right in between Rowdy and All Star from the Subculture palette. From Jeffree Star’s Androgyny palette, Androgyny shadow is close, but it’s still a little lighter and more of a warm purple. From Tarte, there are a few dupes; One is Drama, from the Tartiest Pro palette, though it’s a bit brighter and lighter. Another dupe from Tarte is Leader, from the Tartlette In Bloom Palette, which is VERY, very similar. From the brand new Tartlette Toasted palette, Fireside is close, but perhaps more cool toned. From MAC, I’m Into It is a pretty close dupe, but it does have a slightly more reddish undertone. Embark is much more of a deep, reddish brown, even though they look similar in the pan. Deep Damson (available in MAC Pro Pan refills), is similar, but less purple and more of a deep, deep burgundy shade. When applied in the crease and blended out, they’re pretty close, though.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

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

I know this collection from iluvsarahii X Colourpop has been out for a while, so I’m a little late on this post but it’s not because I don’t love it! I’ve actually had this whole collection for a couple of months and this eye shadow palette is what I use the most, as in almost on a daily basis. Chic-y is by far one of the most user-friendly eye shadow quads that any brand has released this year. Literally ANYONE of any age, skin tone, or experience level can put this to use. All of the shades in the Chic-y palette are great to pair with a bright, bold, or smokey eye too, so you can incorporate these shadows into any other look you create. It really has all of your basic, every day shadow colors in it, plus it’s super affordable… You do NOT want to sleep on this palette!

If you’d like to check out the $aucey palette, also from this collab, click the link below:

iluvsarahii x Colourpop: $aucey Pressed Powder Eye Shadow Palette

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As always, thank you all SO much for stopping by to peep this post! If you’d like to keep up with me and check out any new makeup I’m playing around with, you can follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat, all of which are lesley_makeup. I love staying in touch with my readers, so don’t be afraid to hit me up on there if you have a product question or just want to say hi!

You can also check out iluvsarahii on YouTube.

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Left to Right:   Distressed, Vivacious, Freckles, and Noche

Based on the two palettes in the iluvsarahii x Colourpop collection, Colourpop’s pressed powder eye shadow formula is really nice! It definitely exceeded my expectations, especially considering the super affordable price point. They’re all nicely pigmented and finely milled, so they’re easy to apply and blend out or layer and pack on. I’ll go into more details regarding the individual shadows in the rundowns below.

You can buy the Chic-y palette by itself for only $12 from www.colourpop.com or you can pick up the entire collection, which includes another eye shadow palette, one Ultra Matte Lip, one Ultra Satin Lip, and one Ultra Glossy Lip, each of which have Lippie Pencils that match them. When purchased in the kit form, the whole collection only costs $54! That’s a HUGE savings!

Each shadow contains 1.4 g / 0.05 oz of product, which is a total of 5.6 g / 0.2 oz for the palette. MAC’s single eye shadow refills for their pro palettes contain 1.5 g of product and sell for $6 each, so you’re basically getting twice as much for your money if you go with this Colourpop palette. Also, in comparison to ABH’s single shadows, which cost $12 and contain 1.67 g of product, the Chic-y palette is a WAY better deal!! Colourpop is a cruelty free company and the Chic-y palette is vegan.

TIP:   Pop on a primer before you apply your powder eye shadow for the best color payoff and wear time! My personal favorite is a Pro Longwear Paint Pot from MAC… Painterly, Layin’ Low, and Soft Ochre are good primers shades for all skin tones. After I put on my primer, I like to set it with whatever is left on my powder brush before applying my powder shadow. This little trick is going to make it stay in place all day long!

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The packaging for this palette is gorgeous! The box it comes in is a lovely nude color with golden, metallic crocodile-type pattern printed on it. The name of the palette is printed on the top of the box, while the eye shadow shades are printed on the back. The palette itself doesn’t have any indication that it’s from the iluvsarahii collab or the pretty crocodile pattern found on the box, which I really would have liked but it’s very simple and pretty, nonetheless. It feels sturdy and has a magnetic flap on the front that managed to stay closed in my makeup bag, even while traveling to LA and back! My main complaint about the palette itself is that it gets dirty SO easily! The white is modern and looks very nice at first, but once you get anything on it, it tends to stain pretty quickly.

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Left to Right:   Distressed, Vivacious, Freckles, and Noche

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Left to Right:   Distressed, Vivacious, Freckles, and Noche

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Left to Right:   Distressed, Vivacious, Freckles, and Noche. Photo taken outdoors in indirect sunlight. Eye Shadows swatched on MAC NC20 skin.

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Distressed

Distressed:   Distressed is described as a “matte vanilla” and is a light, neutral, creamy vanilla with a soft matte finish. This works well as a base color for the lid or even a matte highlight just below the arch of the brow.

The texture of this eye shadow is smooth and not dry or powdery like many mattes can be. It applied well using a flat brush on the lid and buffing it out with a fluffier crease brush to soften the edges a bit. Color payoff is nearly the same as it looks in the pan, especially when worn over a primer (I used MAC’s Soft Ochre Pro Longwear Paint Pot). Coverage is about 90% opaque but can be full if you layer it. Wear time was nearly 10 hours on the lid before it began to crease, but keep in mind that I always wear my eye shadows over a primer because I have oily eyelids, which definitely helps them last a lot longer!

Dupes:   Blanc Type from MAC is nearly an identical dupe. The color and finish are both incredibly similar to Distressed, but I do think that Blanc Type is slightly less pigmented. I imagine that many palettes have a shadow similar to Distressed in them!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Vivacious

Vivacious:   Colourpop describes this shadow as a “metallic pink champagne”. It is a light, neutral to warm toned, pink champagne color with a frost finish and can be used dry or damp. I like this best on the lid, below the arch of the brow, and especially on the inner corner of my eyes!

Vivacious feels very buttery and can be applied with either a flat brush or your finger. You can also use a flat, synthetic brush for a damp application if you want it to appear more metallic. To do this, I like to pack the shadow onto my brush while dry, THEN spray my brush with something like MAC’s Fix+ spray. That way you won’t get the shadow wet, which usually ends up with it developing a crust of sorts on the top layer, which makes it hard to use the product in the future! The color payoff is great, even when used dry. I got good opacity with this shadow but some minor patchiness, so coverage isn’t 100% with the first pass unless it’s applied directly on top of a primer so it has something to stick to. Over a primer, I got about 8-9 hours of wear on the lid, inner corner, and below the brow.

Dupes:   Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Glisten is similar in finish, but the color is slightly darker and more peachy. All That Glitters from MAC is close, but still bit darker. Naked Lunch, also from MAC, is closer in color but the finish is much less metallic… Vivacious is sort of what you would get if Naked Lunch and All That Glitters had a baby.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Freckles  (It’s been used so it does look a little darker than it did when brand new, which is due to the product being stirred up)

Freckles:   This shadow is a “matte warm mocha” and is a medium, warm toned brown with a matte finish. It’s a pretty basic color, but that doesn’t mean it’s not gorgeous and VERY handy to have in any palette! It works well as a blending color in the crease and can honestly be used with any look and on any skin tone.

Like Vivacious, Freckles felt very soft for a matte but did seem a bit drier. It still applies and blends out beautifully, especially with a fluffy domed brush in the crease. Color payoff is VERY pigmented and looks just like it does in the palette using very little product. While coverage is great when used as a crease color, I did have a little patchiness when I applied this all over the lid, which you can probably notice in the swatch photo. Putting it over a primer did help, though. Wear time in the crease was about 8 hours, and more like 7 hours on the lid.

Dupes:   Caramel, from ABH, is close but darker and a little warmer. Also from ABH, Burnt Orange is close, but warmer and more or orange/peachy toned and Fawn is cooler toned. MAC’s Soft Brown is pretty similar but lighter. Texture is a better dupe as far as color goes, but it’s a Velvet, so it doesn’t have the same matte finish that Freckles does.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Noche (I also had to redo photos for this shadow, so it has been used and looks a little darker than it did to begin with because the product is no longer brand new and pristine)

Noche:   Noche is described as a “matte black brown”. It’s a dark, blackened brown with some reddish/plum undertones that give it warmth. Noche has a very matte finish. This is a great color to use in the “outer v” section of the eye, blended into the crease for a more dramatic look, or even packed onto the lid and blended out with something like Freckles in the crease for a warm, soft smokey look.

This shadow felt a little more dry, similar to Freckles, but was still very easy to apply and didn’t give me any powdery fallout. Color payoff is AMAZING! Noche is SO pigmented you’ll want to use a light hand, then build it up if necessary. Coverage is also full with very, very little product used. In the crease, this shadow wore well for 9-10 hours. On the lid, I didn’t notice any creasing or fading until around hour 7.

Dupes:   From Anastasia Beverly Hills, Hot Chocolate is VERY close but a little darker, Fudge, also from ABH, is lighter and warmer. MAC’s Embark is almost identical but is a little less pigmented than Noche.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

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

Hey everyone! Long time no see, I know, but I’ve been super busy with work, as in glamming people up!

Yesterday I just wrapped on a couple of shoots for a calendar that’s for a local charity, which I will share on here as soon as I get approved images from the photographer. I’m super excited about it because I got to do some really creative makeups as well as some classic looks and they all turned out SO well!

I’ve been trying to come up with a better layout/outline for reviews to make it easier to read when you’re in a hurry, but I still want to cover all the important parts, as always. I think I may split posts between a brief rundown and a more in-depth/how-to, or put the more extensive part below the summary… What are your thoughts on this? I’d love for some input!

Some additional ideas for regularly featured posts are monthly favorites, what’s trending in the makeup world, and adding a skincare feature each week for “Skincare Sunday” of something new or something that’s a must have product for me. I’m working on the whole YouTube thing but I’m still getting the hang of it and learning to edit, as well as overcoming my anxiety with filming (yep, I have anxiety disorder and it flares up PRETTY bad over some things)… Making videos is NOT as easy as it looks, but I’m getting there! I feel like I don’t want to half-ass my videos and disappoint anyone, ya know?

I’ve picked up a TON of new products over the past couple of months, which I’m currently photographing and rephotographing with my new lighting setup… I mean I’m working on it at this moment! So here are some of the posts that will be coming up in the near future:

  • Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
  • Sunday Riley Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment
  • Sunday Riley UFO Clarifying Face Oil
  • Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil
  • Melt Cosmetics Hot Box Collection Haze Eye Shadow Stack
  • Melt Cosmetics Hot Box Collection Lipstick in Cherried
  • Melt Cosmetics Hot Box Collection AllDay/Everyday Lip Liners in Kink and Edible
  • Melt Cosmetics Hot Box Collection AllDay/Everyday Eye Liners in Baked and Bloodshot
  • Jeffree Star Summer Chrome Collection Lip Vault (all 8 Velour Liquid Lipsticks and all 5 Lip Ammunition Lipsticks
  • Jeffree Star Summer Chrome Collection Watermelon Gum Lip Scrub
  • Jeffree Star Summer Chrome Collection Skin Frosts in Summer Snowcone and Crystal Ball
  • Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks (several permanent colors)
  • Jeffree Star Beauty Killer Eye Shadow Palette
  • Jeffree Star Princess Cut Skin Frost
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette (not sure why I never posted it before?)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Glow in Perla, Bronzed, and Peach Fizz
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills new Matte Lipsticks – All 30 of them, but in singles or groups for posts… That would be too overwhelming as one review!
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills most recent single eye shadows from Summer 2017
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Lipglosses from Summer 2017 (only a few colors)
  • Kylie Cosmetics In Love with the Koko Collection Matte Liquid Lipsticks & Gloss
  • Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Matte Liquid Lipstick set
  • Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick set
  • Kylie Cosmetics Koko Collection Matte Liquid Lipsticks (excluding Gorg) & Gloss
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel SuperCharged Oil Free Foundation
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Bronzer in the color Tantric
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush Soft Glow Duo Blushes
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(cover) Perfecting Coconut Setting Mist
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter
  • L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara (waterproof and regular formulas)

There are a lot more products too, but that’s just some examples of what I’ve been photographing and testing recently. I plan on slowly posting EVERY Anastasia Beverly Hills Single Eye Shadow, Liquid Lipstick, and Lip Gloss too, as well as a lot of permanent products from MAC and other brands that have been my go-to’s for a long time!

Sometimes it may take me a while to get reviews up after a product launches because I do purchase everything myself, so I have to order it, receive it in the mail, THEN thoroughly test it out before I give you all my honest opinion. It’s also just dependent only work schedule at times, but I’m going to start pre-writing reviews so I can post them even when I’m swamped with other things and don’t have time to write!

I’ve been posting peeks at products on my TwitterInstagram and Snapchat more often and consistently, so be sure to go follow me on those platforms… All are under the name lesley_makeup.

Well, now you all know what’s been going on and what’s to come! If you have ANY suggestions for posts or products you’d like to see, please leave me a comment! I do this because of YOU, so your input is always appreciated!

Thanks for reading!

XO, Lesley

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 ***

I feel like everyone is after the perfect glow these days, so I couldn’t resist picking up one of the newer shades of Jeffree Star’s Skin Frosts! If you read my last review for Peach Goddess, King Tut, and Ice Cold, you know how much of a fan of this formula I am. I have NEVER felt such a buttery textured highlighter formula that applies so evenly and also wears so well. Another great thing about Siberian Gold and pretty much all of the Skin Frosts I’ve tried will work on ALL skin tones (aside from a few of the more colorful or deeply pigmented ones that are more for fun anyway)! And I mean this is suitable for everyone from myself, who in MAC terms is NC10-NC15, all the way up to deeper skin tones like NC/NW 50 or 55+. It all depends on your own preference and the way you apply it, but Siberian Gold shouldn’t make anyone look washed out or be too obvious, unless you want it to be! To be honest, I’m pretty sure I need them all, but for now we’ll just chat about Siberian Gold…

We’ll start with the basics: This Skin Frost is a permanent shade and is available on www.jeffreestarcosmetics.com. It sells for $29 and contains 15g / 0.53oz of product, which is a major value, considering that Becca’s Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector costs $38 and only contains 8g / 0.28oz, and MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish costs $33 and contains 10g / 0.35oz of product… There are oodles of other highlighters that are smaller and cost more too. As far as ingredients go, Siberian Gold is vegan, talc-free, gluten-free, paraben-free and best of all, cruelty-free!

Warning: I’m going to get pretty in-depth with this review because it’s a product I really believe in as a makeup lover and makeup artist alike, which is rare because I’m super picky, so be prepared! If you don’t want all of the little details and application tips, please scroll down to the pics and summary!

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The Skin Frost formula is very finely milled and has a soft, buttery texture to it so you’re able to blend it out or build it up and layer it easily. I would describe the texture to be somewhat like Becca’s Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector and the highlighters in Anastasia’s Glow Kits, only this typically feels less dry and more luxurious! Another major plus to this formula, for me anyway, is that it doesn’t break me out. I have very sensitive skin that’s prone to getting those pesky, irritated bumps that are more of an allergic reaction than acne, alllllll over any area where I use certain products like highlighters. These are the type of bumps that can turn into little bitty whiteheads… I’m not sure if you know what I mean but if you’ve had it happen, you know how horrible they are! Anyway, this happens for me with most products that contain micro-shimmer particles, whether it’s a liquid or a powder. I’m not sure exactly which ingredient is the culprit but I have purchased SO many highlighters that have done that to me and it’s always such a bummer. Fortunately, none of the four Skin Frosts I own cause that reaction, so thank you, Jeffree Star, for using quality ingredients that are sensitive skin friendly!

You get a TON of product in the pan (almost twice as much as most highlighters on the market), and Skin Frosts come in some seriously sturdy, yet still girly, barbie-pink packaging. On the inside of the lid there is a very clear, legit (as in not that flimsy stuff that distorts and gets scratched and crackled looking) mirror that’s plenty big enough to do your full face while on the go or traveling. Because the Skin Frost formula can be a slightly fragile, I feel like the packaging is heavier and more hardcore than most so it can serve as a pink suit of armor. I’ve dropped mine a few times and haven’t had any of them break yet, but I could see it potentially happening… This is nothing new for any type or brand of highlighter, though. It’s common due to the creamy, finely milled formulas that highlighters use and it’s nothing to deter you from giving this a go! I also love how the logo is stamped onto the product and surprisingly, it doesn’t seem to fade quickly, even with frequent use. I don’t usually love stamped products, but this is done in a very demure and classy way.

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Application:

In my experience, Skin Frosts apply best with a small-ish, preferably tapered, somewhat dense, fluffy brush like Anastasia’s A23, Real Techniques Setting Brush (the one with the pink handle), or MAC’s 133 Brush. Used dry, they give you anything from a light, subtle glow up to something more intense, depending on how much you apply and layer the Skin Frost (you can even layer different colors for a more dimensional effect). Another way to get a softer, more natural highlight is to use a dry, fluffy fan brush like a MAC 184 (from MAC Pro or online) or any other soft fan brush (even craft stores sell some good ones in the art department). If you don’t have a fan brush, you can also just apply the Skin Frost with less product and a lighter hand using the brushes I already mentioned.

If you want that mega glowing, almost metallic, goddess-from-another-planet type of highlight that can practically be seen from space, you can spray your brush with something like MAC’s Fix + Spray AFTER swiping your brush through the highlighter and picking up a good amount of product… If you spray your brush first, your brush may be too damp and you can end up with that icky crusty buildup on your highlighter that will make it difficult to use later on. That’s not something unique to Skin Frosts, though… It will happen with any type of powder that you swipe a wet brush over. Anyway, used damp, this will look even more dramatic and glam if you feel like you need to be a little extra that day! The versatility with Skin Frosts is one of the qualities I love about them most, especially as a makeup artist who needs good multitaskers in my kit.

Now for the only negative thing I have to say about Skin Frosts in general… These are not great for very oily areas of the face, but this applies to ANY highlighter! You’ll want to avoid any areas that get slick and shiny, such as the nose, forehead, chin, or apples of the cheeks. It will emphasize the bad kind of shine and not wear as well as it does on a less oily part of the face like the tops of the cheekbones, eyes, or lips. Also, if you have very large pores or serious amounts of texture, highlighters also emphasize that sort of thing. Just be sure to keep it away from those type of areas and you’ll be golden (literally).

Pro Tip & Uses: 

You can use Skin Frosts for MANY things! Need an inner corner highlight for your eyes? Pop this baby on with a small brush like a MAC 219 or a Real Techniques Detailer Brush (gold handle) or Accent Brush (purple handle). If you’re wearing this on your lid, it will apply more highly pigmented and bold if you use your finger to tap it on, which is stunning with a halo eye! Otherwise I like to use a flat shader brush like a MAC 239 or for the lid and brow bone areas for a dry application, or a MAC 242 for a damp application. As I mentioned, you can layer this product, whether it’s with other Skin Frosts or highlighters, or even over a blush if you need that cheek to really gleam! (not necessarily recommended on the apple of the cheek if you’re oily). Using a fluffier brush like a MAC 224 or even one of the larger highlighter brushes I mentioned, you can also swipe this down the bridge of the nose and onto the tip, just like any other highlighter. It wears well even in those areas! A little bit on the cupid’s bow will give you a glowy, more pouty look… Speaking of the lips, after putting on your lipstick/balm/whatever, you can apply this onto the center of the lips using a small brush (fluffy or dense, depending on the intensity you desire) or your finger to emphasize that pucker! Oh and did I mention how cool this looks all over on TOP of lipstick or under a gloss for a metallic lip? Because there’s that too… Like I said, this is one of the best multitasking products I’ve ever purchased or used, so it’s a must have for any makeup lover! Even if it’s not this particular shade, I definitely recommend at least checking out a Skin Frost.

 

 

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Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Siberian Gold snatched on MAC NC15 skin.

Siberian Gold:   This is described as a “soft pale champagne gold”, which is spot on! It’s a light, soft gold with subtle champagne color and a slightly warm undertone. The finish can be anywhere from a natural glow to full blown metallic, depending on how you apply it (see above application tips). The texture is super smooth and buttery, which makes Siberian Gold very easy to apply no matter how you use it. Color payoff varies, also depending on how much you apply, but it reflects (get it?!) the color in the pan very well. Coverage is the same deal… If you want, it can be full cover and metallic as a shadow or something like that, or it can be barely there as a super soft highlight. It wears well all day with little fading. On the eyes, I like to apply this over a primer like a MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot to make sure it stays in place and I get 8-12 hours of wear like that. Like any shimmery product, it can fade more quickly and crease if you wear it in the actual crease, so I don’t necessarily recommend doing that. On the face as a highlight, it lasts 10-14 hours on the tops of my cheekbones, with fading beginning around the 8-10 hour mark. It fades very evenly without looking patchy, though, so you don’t have to worry about random highlighter blobs on your face! On the nose, I notice fading around the 6-10 hour mark, depending on how oily or hot I am that day, but it doesn’t seem to get patchy in that area either.

Dupes:   The closest Skin Frost I have to Siberian Gold is King Tut, which is darker and more of a warm, rich gold. Ice Cold is much lighter and more of a white gold, so Siberian Gold is sort of like if King Tut and Ice Cold had a beautiful, glowing baby.

Becca’s Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfectors are sort of similar in formula, but Moonstone is considerably lighter, Opal is lighter and has more of a peachy undertone to it, and Champagne Pop is slightly lighter and MUCH more peachy.

MAC’s Extra Dimension Skinfinishes are not the same sort of texture, although they’re very smooth, but they aren’t as pigmented. Oh Darling (soon to be permanent from what I’ve heard) is close in color, though more of a yellow gold. The old limited edition classic, Whisper of Gilt, is lighter and more of a soft, peachy-champagne gold. Mineralize Skinfinishes are also not quite the same formula-wise, and I haven’t found a great dupe in those either… Soft & Gentle is a warmer, more peachy-pink nude and Cheeky Bronze is darker once applied, warmer, and more of a peachy, rosy bronze.

Anastasia Beverly Hills has SO many highlighters and the formula is similar, but a bit more dry with most of ABH’s. Siberian Gold is somewhere in between Glow Getter and 143 from the new Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit. From the Sweets Glow Kit, Butterscotch is pretty close, but it’s a a bit lighter and cooler toned and has larger shimmer particles. Compared to the shades in the That Glow Glow Kit, Siberian Gold is similar to Golden Bronze, but a little lighter and warmer, while Dripping In Gold from the same Glow Kit is lighter.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below! I promise that next time I want to go this in depth with something, it will be in a video… I’m finishing up the final touches for my YouTube channel to be up and running, so I’ll post something on here as soon as it’s live. You can also go follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat, all at lesley_makeup, for lots of photos and videos featuring all kinds of products. It’s also MUCH easier for me to answer questions on those platforms!

*** 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 ***

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