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ColourPop x Halo Top Rainbow Swirl Super Shock Pigment Duo Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Colour Pop Rainbow Swirl Super Shock Pigment Duo Colour Pop Rainbow Swirl Super Shock Pigment Duo Colour Pop Rainbow Swirl Super Shock Pigment Duo Rainbow Swirl Colour Pop Rainbow Swirl Super Shock Pigment Duo ($12.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a new, limited edition that feature cream eyeshadows in sparkling peach and bubblegum pink hues. They were consistency with the Super Shock formulas I’ve experienced in the past, though Creamsicle ran a little sheerer (but not as packed with glitter as…

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Sydney Grace Raspberry Kiss Eyeshadow Bundle Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Raspberry Kiss Sydney Grace Raspberry Kiss 9-Pan Bundle ($33.00 for 0.54 oz.) is a new, permanent bundle that features nine shades across pink and plum tones. There are four mattes and five shimmers in the set, and all of the shades performed well: they were pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing. They also coordinated well together, and I could see several different combinations from the set (though they will all be on the plummy side!). Sydney Grace Laughter Matte Shadow Sydney Grace…

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ColourPop x Halo Top Strawberry Super Shock Pigment Duo Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Colour Pop Strawberry Super Shock Pressed Pigments Colour Pop Strawberry Super Shock Pressed Pigments Colour Pop Strawberry Super Shock Pressed Pigments Strawberry Colour Pop Strawberry Super Shock Pigment Duo ($12.00 for 0.14 oz.) contains a bright, pink-coral and a softer, warm-toned pink–both with “Ultra Glitter” finishes. Jam Out performed well, while Berry Sweet applied well and lasted awhile, it had more medium to semi-opaque coverage. Jam Out Jam Out is a bright, medium-dark pink-coral with warm undertones and flecks of…

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Sydney Grace Warm Weather, Wish, Worth the Wait Cream Shadows Reviews & Swatches – Beauty Article

Warm Weather Sydney Grace Warm Weather Cream Shadow ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a medium, reddish-copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which adhered evenly and smoothly to my skin as the product had good spreadability without losing its intensity. The texture was lightweight, spreadable, and fluid without being too runny or too thick. It dried down quickly (so work one eye at a time!), and it was fairly set,…

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Sydney Grace Boardwalk, Cranberry Streusel, I Don’t Know Cream Shadows Reviews & Swatches – Beauty Article

Boardwalk Sydney Grace Boardwalk Cream Shadow ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a slightly muted, coppery brown with warm undertones and a bright, metallic sheen. It was richly pigmented where a little went a long, long way, so I highly recommend squeezing out a tiny dab of product onto the back of your hand or onto a mixing palette, particularly for those looking for more precise or sheerer application. The consistency was smooth, lightweight, and spreadable with a thin, comfortable dry…

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Natasha Denona Chroma Crystal Liquid Eyeshadows Reviews & Swatches – Beauty Article

Moonstone Natasha Denona Moonstone Chroma Crystal Liquid Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.27 oz.) is a deeper, golden peach with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had rich pigmentation in a single layer, which could be sheered out to more of a wash of sparkle if preferred, but I’d recommend applying with fingertips for a sheerer effect as the applicator would over-apply. The texture was smooth, fluid, and thin enough to be a liquid but had a bit of airiness to…

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Tom Ford x Nordstrom White Suede Eye & Lip Set Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

White Suede (Nordstrom) Tom Ford Beauty White Suede (Nordstrom) Eye & Lip Set ($88.00 for 0.21 oz.) contains a full-sized eyeshadow quad (which are normally priced at $88 a pop), plus two miniature-sized lipsticks. The inclusion of the lipsticks feels a bit more like a gift with purchase than anything else, though the set is packaged in a larger, fairly sturdy cardboard box and presented with a velvet-lined interior. The two lipsticks were so-so; they were not the highlights of…

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Hourglass x Nordstrom Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadows Reviews & Swatches – Beauty Article

Burnish Hourglass Burnish Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium, coppery brown with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It was less metallic compared to most shades in the range, though it was still quite shimmery/sparkly. The texture was lightly creamy, denser in the pot but not too thick or heavy, so it applied evenly and didn’t emphasize my lid texture. It had opaque pigmentation that was easy to apply and diffuse for a softer…

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Charlotte Tilbury The Easy Smokey Eye Palette Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

The Easy Smokey Eye Charlotte Tilbury The Easy Smokey Eye Mini Eye Palette ($55.00 for 0.19 oz.) is a new, limited edition eyeshadow palette that is exclusive to Nordstrom (available now to cardholders, July 19th to the public).  All six shades performed well; the mattes were soft, velvety, and blendable, while the shimmers were lightly creamy (but not too dense or too thick!), which made all the shades easy to apply and work with.  They had nearly opaque to opaque…

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Dior Amber Neutrals Backstage Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Amber Neutrals Dior Amber Neutrals Backstage Eye Palette ($49.00 for 0.35 oz.) contains richer, more red-toned neutrals with a mix of mattes and soft shimmers. It’s an improvement from the previous Backstage palettes, though it’s not a palette I’d splash out nearly $50 for given the plethora of higher-performing neutral palettes on the market. The mattes in the palette performed well, while the shimmers were lackluster, drier, and had lots of room for improvement. Dior Primer Primer Backstage Eyeshadow Primer…

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Sydney Grace I Need a Vacation, Jingle Bells, Rendezvous, Spiced Cider Cream Shadows Reviews & Swatches – Beauty Article

I Need a Vacation Sydney Grace I Need a Vacation Cream Shadow ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a light-medium purple with cool undertones and a soft, metallic sheen. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in one layer, which was easily built up to full coverage with less than half of a layer more–I was almost able to just buff it into place and it looked opaque from all the sheen in the finish. The texture was lightweight, spreadable, and quick to…

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Natasha Denona Tropic Mini Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Tropic Natasha Denona Tropic Mini Eyeshadow Palette ($25.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a new, limited edition (and Sephora-exclusive!) mini palette that features five shades from the larger Tropic palette. They’re from the last row, and of the 15 shades in the original Tropic palette, they were the most interesting/least done within the brand’s releases. Mint Frost is much improved (from F to A-!), while the others were consistent with past performance; Tiger Lily seemed slightly worse (B- to C+). Natasha…

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Sydney Grace The Deep Love, The Scoop, Toffee Crunch Cream Shadows Reviews & Swatches – Beauty Article

The Deep Love Sydney Grace The Deep Love Cream Shadow ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark plum with warmer undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had rich color payoff in one layer, which applied evenly and spread well across my skin. The eyeshadow dried down quickly, but I was still able to soften the edges to blend it into other eyeshadows. The texture was lightweight, lightly creamy, and spreadable, and it didn’t emphasize my lid texture or…

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NABLA Cosmetics Secret Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Secret NABLA Cosmetics Secret Eyeshadow Palette ($45.00 for 0.39 oz.) is the brand’s newest palette, which debuted a few weeks ago. The first row are rosier neutrals, while the third row contains warmer yellow/gold-based neutrals (plus black). The second row has some of the richer pops of colors. I liked how the palette came together, and I felt like there was a nice range in depth, finish, and colors to get an assortment of looks out of it. The matte…

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Dominque Cosmetics Rustic Glam Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Rustic Glam Dominique Cosmetics Rustic Glam Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 for 0.63 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette that features 12 shades across a few neutrals along with pops of color ranging from blue to pink to green. The color story was interesting–a bit different than what we’ve seen in the past–and most of the shades performed well with good pigmentation, blendability, and eight-hour wear. I commented previously here (and you can read some of the discussion on that post…

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Linda Hallberg Cosmetics Spectral Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Spectral Linda Hallberg Cosmetics Spectral 8-Pan Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.72 oz.) is a visually stunning palette with a mix of almost richer pastel hues paired with some deeper grounding shades (like the plum and blue). It’s just too bad that so many of the shades were disappointing–from issues with pigmentation to difficult in application, it was just a rough palette to work with. After I tried using it twice with abysmal results, I backed away from it out of…

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Sydney Grace Cream Shadows Reviews & Swatches (“In the Metal of Things” Look) – Beauty Article

Candlelight Sydney Grace Candlelight Cream Shadow ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a light-medium, rosy peach with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had rich pigmentation to the point where one needed the barest dab of product to achieve that level of opacity. The consistency was smooth, lightly creamy, and spreadable for the first 15 to 30 seconds (so work one eye at a time); after that time, it dried down and had a mostly set look and feel,…

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Tarte Unleashed Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Unleashed Tarte Unleashed 15-Pan Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette ($39.00 for 0.645 oz.) is a new, limited edition eyeshadow palette with a mix of rosy and warm-toned neutrals with pops of mid-tone teal and deeper blue-teal. I really enjoyed the palette from a quality standpoint, and I’m not always a fan of Tarte’s eyeshadows (often the mattes are too powdery), but these had a lot of intensity, good substance, and were easy to work with. Tarte Swan Song Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow…

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Tarte Beach Bae, Paradise Found, Sun Drenched Chrome Paint Shadow Pots Reviews & Swatches – Beauty Article

Beach Bae Tarte Beach Bae Chrome Paint Shadow Pot ($22.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a bright, light-medium golden copper with strong, warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation applied dry, which was buildable to full coverage with a second layer. The texture was chunkier, which is why I felt like a dampened brush was necessary to improve application: the dampness helped to bind the powder together for smoother, more even adhesion to my lid. There was…

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ColourPop California Love Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

California Love Colour Pop California Love 12-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette ($16.00 for 0.36 oz.) is a new, warm-toned neutral palette featuring a mix of mattes, shimmers, and glittery shades across an assortment of hues ranging from mid-tone peach to mid-tone taupe. Diego felt too emollient, which made it harder to apply it evenly without using it with a wet brush, while Surfrider was overly firm, so it was stiffer and took more effort to use it. Colour Pop Diego…

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MAC x eL Seed Cicero Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Cicero MAC Cicero Eyeshadow x15 Palette ($66.00 for 0.68 oz.) is a limited edition palette that launched a month or two ago, though it’s still available (hence the review). Two shades–Gabriella and Vidigal–are technically blushes (aka they’re not safe for use on eyes), and the palette includes a few permanent shades (like Shroom, Honey Lust, Texture, Handwritten, and Carbon).  It’s a mixed bag, which is why it remained a lower priority item relative to the numerous other palettes that have launched…

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Tarte Unleashed, Frose, Wild at Heart Chrome Paint Shadow Pot Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Unleashed Tarte Unleashed Chrome Paint Shadow Pot ($22.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a light-medium purple with neutral undertones and a metallic sheen. It had rich pigmentation in a single layer, which adhered evenly and smoothly on my lid by pressing into place. The pot arrived with more of a loose pigment consistency, though there was a plastic stopper included outside of the pot, which could be used to press it into place–they used to include the stopper inside, which helped…

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ColourPop Uh-Huh Honey Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Uh-Huh Honey Colour Pop Uh-Huh Honey 9-Pan Pressed Powder Palette ($12.00 for 0.36 oz.) is the newest addition to the brand’s monochromatic palettes, and is–you guessed it–all about yellow. The eyeshadows performed well across the board with Stinger being slightly chalky and taking more effort to work with; the rest were pigmented, long-wearing, and blendable. Palooza (Pressed Glitter) is consistent with other shades in the formula, but it wasn’t impervious to fallout. I actually think they missed some takes on…

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ColourPop The Zodiac Pressed Powder Shadows Reviews & Swatches (Part 2) – Beauty Article

The Scorpio Colour Pop The Scorpio Pressed Powder Shadow ($4.50 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium-dark plum with strong, warm coppery undertones and a pearly sheen. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, lightly creamy consistency that was easy to work with. The eyeshadow applied evenly to my lid, blended out with little effort, and stayed on well for eight and a half hours on me. MAC Cranberry (P, $17.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Pat McGrath Hedonistic (LE, $25.00)…

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Viseart Single Eyeshadows Reviews & Swatches (Part 4 of 4) – Beauty Article

Viseart Blanc White (Bright Editorial #1) Eyeshadow Viseart Blanc White (Bright Editorial #1) Eyeshadow Viseart Blanc White (Bright Editorial #1) Eyeshadow Viseart Blanc White (Bright Editorial #1) Eyeshadow Blanc White (Bright Editorial #1) Viseart Blanc White (Bright Editorial #1) Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a bright white with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer, buildable pigmentation with a more powdery consistency, which did make it harder to use as a standalone shade. I would recommend using…

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Viseart Single Eyeshadows Reviews & Swatches (Part 3 of 4) – Beauty Article

Viseart Shoreline (Cool Mattes 2 #5) Eyeshadow Viseart Shoreline (Cool Mattes 2 #5) Eyeshadow Viseart Shoreline (Cool Mattes 2 #5) Eyeshadow Viseart Shoreline (Cool Mattes 2 #5) Eyeshadow Shoreline (Cool Mattes 2 #5) Viseart Shoreline (Cool Mattes 2 #5) Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium taupe with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that was a little powdery in the pan but didn’t sheer out too readily…

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ColourPop The Zodiac Pressed Powder Shadows Reviews & Swatches (Part 1) – Beauty Article

The Aries Colour Pop The Aries Pressed Powder Shadow ($4.50 for 0.05 oz.) is a bright, medium orange with warm undertones and a golden shimmer throughout. The texture was soft, smooth, and a little powdery in the pan, but I didn’t have issues with fallout during application. It had opaque pigmentation and applied evenly to bare skin. The color stayed on well for eight hours on me before fading noticeably. Top Dupes Formula Overview Colour Pop Floaties (LE, $4.50) is…

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Viseart Single Eyeshadows Reviews & Swatches (Part 2 of 4) – Beauty Article

Viseart Periwinkle (Bright Editorial #8) Eyeshadow Viseart Periwinkle (Bright Editorial #8) Eyeshadow Viseart Periwinkle (Bright Editorial #8) Eyeshadow Viseart Periwinkle (Bright Editorial #8) Eyeshadow Periwinkle (Bright Editorial #8) Viseart Periwinkle (Bright Editorial #8) Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, light-medium blue with subtle, cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. There was barely-there pearl that seemed to help blend out the eyeshadow but didn’t change it from a matte finish when applied to the eye. The texture was…

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Viseart Single Eyeshadows Reviews & Swatches (Part 1 of 4) – Beauty Article

Viseart Ivoire Eyeshadow Viseart Ivoire Eyeshadow Viseart Ivoire Eyeshadow Viseart Ivoire Eyeshadow Ivoire Viseart Ivoire Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a soft beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation with a soft, silky consistency that wasn’t too powdery nor too firmly pressed in the pan. The color applied evenly to bare skin and had good adhesion without primer. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading noticeably. Smashbox…

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Melt Cosmetics Impulsive Pressed Pigment Palette Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Impulsive Melt Cosmetics Impulsive 18-Pan Pressed Pigment Palette ($65.00 for 0.714 oz.) is a new palette that features 18 shades across mattes and shimmers housed in a palette that opens up like a book with each trio of eyeshadows in tiers. The palette had a lot of weight to it–more than anticipated but also much more than most palettes on the market–and the tiered nature of the trios made the palette thicker, too, so it ended up being bulky. There…

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