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MAC That’s Showbiz Baby, LES Artiste, Glitch in the Matrix, Starry Night, Darkroom Eyeshadows Reviews & Swatches

That's Showbiz Baby MAC That’s Showbiz Baby Eyeshadow ($17.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium-dark emerald green with subtle, warm undertones and flecks of emerald green and gold sparkle. It had nearly opaque color coverage in a single layer, which applied evenly to bare skin and blended out well but had a bit of fallout during application. The texture wasn’t too soft nor too firmly-pressed in the pan, which made it easy to pick up with...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, Sydney, Dc, Christine, Mac Cosmetics, Natasha Denona, Eye Products, Kat Von, Pigmentation, Tarina Tarantino, Eyeshadows, Gucci Beauty Cosmic Deco, Ferric Ferrocyanide Ci, Huda Beauty Smokey


NARS Hammered, Naked City, Riding High Powerchrome Eye Pigments Reviews & Swatches

Hammered NARS Hammered Powerchrome Loose Eye Pigment ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a deep, coppery red with subtle, warm undertones and flecks of sparkle over a pearly base. It had opaque pigmentation applied with fingertips as well as with a dry or dampened brush, though dampened application gave it a smoother finish overall. The texture was loosely-pressed into the pot, though it was more pressed than it was loose both initially and a...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, NARS, Dc, Christine, NARS Cosmetics, Smashbox, LORAC, Eye Products, Pigmentation, Tarina Tarantino, Eyeshadows, Temptalia, BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana, LE Limited Edition


NARS Altiplano, Naxos, Sorrento Kohliners

Altiplano NARS Altiplano Kohliner ($26.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a muted, medium gold with warm, brown undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff in one layer, which built up to nearly full coverage with a second layer. The pencil had a smooth, lightly creamy texture that felt more waxy than wet or creamy, and it glided across the lash line without tugging as a result. It lasted for five hours on my waterline and eight hours on my lower lash line. Top Dupes Formula Overv...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, Naxos, Sorrento, Christine, Altiplano, NARS Cosmetics, Eye Products, Martelli, Tarina Tarantino, Eye Liners, NARS Kohliner, PorterBarneysHarvey Nichols, Estee Lauder Electric Cobalt, NARS Altiplano Naxos Sorrento Kohliners


Dior Magnify High Fidelity Eyeshadow Palette

Magnify Dior Magnify High Fidelity Eyeshadow Palette ($62.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a new, permanent eyeshadow palette that is more purple-hued. It has a new formula that’s supposed to have “highly pigmented” color with “spectacular staying power.” The formula was better than some of the past iterations from Dior, though it was still more semi-opaque to opaque in coverage but had seven to eight hour wear. The big difference that I noticed was in the texture; it was firmer (but not stiff) in the...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, Dior, Christine, Laura Mercier, Makeup Palettes, Eye Products, Eyeshadow Palette, Tarina Tarantino, Eyeshadows, Clarins Silver Pink, Nichols UK House of Fraser UK, Magnify, Application 88 Total Magnify, All Dupes Chanel Signe Particulier


Tom Ford Solar Exposure Eye & Cheek Palette

Solar Exposure Tom Ford Solar Exposure Soleil Eye & Cheek Palette ($155.00 for 0.45 oz.) includes four eyeshadows, one highlighter, and one blush. If you’re normally a fan of Tom Ford’s eyeshadow quads (the regular kind), then I’d expect you would likely find the eyeshadows similar in quality. The deepest shade was sheerer but buildable, but it would be best over a primer. The cheek products are nice enough but are not quite as dense or as silky as the original powder blush formula but ar...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Bali, Beauty, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Christine, Fraser, Laura Mercier, Blushes, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Makeup Palettes, Eye Products, Tarina Tarantino, Mary Lou Manizer


Tom Ford Young Adonis Cream & Powder Eye Color

Young Adonis Tom Ford Young Adonis Cream & Powder Eye Color ($62.00 for 0.31 oz.) includes a glittery, powder eyeshadow in the top portion of the duo and then a cream eyeshadow housed in the bottom portion of the duo. The cream eyeshadow is supposed to be “ultra-pigmented” while the powder eyeshadow is supposed to “intensify eyes with alluring shimmer.” For those familiar with Tom Ford, the cream eyeshadow is the Cream Color for Eyes formula, which I’ve found to be pigmented, easy to use, ...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, Madrid, Tom Ford, Christine, Fraser, Eye Products, Cream Eyeshadow, Tarina Tarantino, Eyeshadows, Mac Force, Fraser UK John Lewis, Young Adonis, All Dupes MAC Fairy Land LE, Young Adonis Eye Color


Urban Decay Spring 2017 Eyeshadows (Shimmers)

1985 Urban Decay 1985 Eyeshadow ($19.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a brighter, medium-dark magenta purple with pink undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which was buildable to opaque coverage with a heavier hand or two layers patted on (not swept). The texture was firmer in the pan and a bit drier overall, though I had no issues blending and diffusing the shade on the lid. On me, the color lasted for just over eight hours before fading noticeably. Top Dupes ...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, Brazil, Christine, Giorgio Armani, Orient, Laura Mercier, LORAC, Eye Products, Urban Decay, Tarina Tarantino, Chanel Tisse Paris, Eyeshadows, Nichols UK House of Fraser


NARS Thessalonique Duo Eyeshadow

Thessalonique NARS Thessalonique Eyeshadow Duo ($35.00 for 0.14 oz.) features a soft, pale pink with a muted mauve–both have shimmer–that work really well together for a look but can easily be incorporated with other eyeshadows you own. I like that the two shades can create a rather foolproof look as a standalone product. NARS Duo Eyeshadow Thessalonique ...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, Nichols, Christine, NARS Cosmetics, Eye Products, Tarina Tarantino, Eyeshadows, Laura Mercier Diamond Pink LE


Chanel Codes Subtils (278) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow Quad

Codes Subtils (278) Chanel Codes Subtils (278) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow Quad ($61.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette for spring. The formula is the same as the other quads in the Les 4 Ombres range, which is supposed to be “vibrant, pigment-rich” with “long-lasting pigments” and “effortless application.” All four eyeshadows had a really soft, finely-milled quality that made application easy–I had no trouble applying and blending out the eyeshadows to creat...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, Chanel, Cannes, Christine, Giorgio Armani, Fraser, Makeup Palettes, Eye Products, Eyeshadow Palette, Pigmentation, Tarina Tarantino, Eyeshadows


MAC Nutcracker Sweet Warm Eye Compact

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Warm Eye Compact MAC Nutcracker Sweet Warm Eye Compact ($39.50 for 0.27 oz.) includes nine eyeshadows in warmer hues. MAC’s eyeshadow palettes for the holidays definitely leave something to be desired, and unfortunately, this was a continuation on that theme. There are better neutral palettes available, even MAC’s 15-pan pre-made neutral palettes are better. Value Eyeshadow: $16.00 for 0.05 oz. or $320.00/oz. Total Value : $86.40 Filament is a light silver with neu...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Mac, Bali, Disney, Beauty, Marc Jacobs, Oaxaca, Belize, Christine, Giorgio Armani, Laura Mercier, Mac Cosmetics, Eye Products, Eyeshadow Palette, Pigmentation


MAC Nutcracker Sweet Smoky Eye Compact

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Smoky Eye Compact MAC Nutcracker Sweet Smoky Eye Compact ($39.50 for 0.27 oz.) is a warm-toned, neutral eyeshadow palette with nine shades. There are some nicer shades in the palette, but there are also some real misses, and at this price point, that makes it far less enticing. There are better neutral palettes out there, especially of the warm-toned variety. Value Eyeshadow: $16.00 for 0.05 oz. or $320.00/oz. Total Value : $86.40 Too-dle-oo is a light, golden beig...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Mac, Bali, Beauty, Nepal, Jasper, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Christine, Le, Giorgio Armani, Laura Mercier, Mac Cosmetics, Stila, Natasha Denona


Chanel Rose Glacier (170) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Rose Glacier (170) Joues Contraste Blush Chanel Rose Glacier (170) Joues Contraste Blush ($45.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright, medium pink with warm undertones and gold shimmer. Becca Flowerchild (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Laura Geller Fruit Punch (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Pink Me Up (P, $52.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Something About Berry (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE) is lighter...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, Chanel, Christine, Berry, Fraser, Blushes, Cheek Products, Laura Geller, Pigmentation, Tarina Tarantino, Becca Flowerchild, Bella Bamba, Chanel Joues Contraste Blush, Laura Geller Rosewater


NARS Look Closer Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Look Closer Eyeshadow Palette NARS Look Closer Eyeshadow Palette ($49.00 for 0.21 oz.) includes four eyeshadows and a miniature sized eyeliner. The eyeshadows actually felt much, much denser and more like a hybrid between cream and powder than NARS’ typical eyeshadow (which is often thin and either powdery or dusty). It’s an okay palette, but I think there are better versions of these types of shades. Value Eyeshadow: $25.00 for 0.07 oz. or $357.14/oz. Eyeliner: $25.00 for 0.04 oz. or ...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Mac, Beauty, Arizona, NARS, Christine, Le, Veneto, Laura Mercier, Natasha Denona, NARS Cosmetics, Eyeshadow Palette, Pigmentation, Tarina Tarantino, Eyeshadows


NARS Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette

NARS Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette NARS Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette ($69.00 for 0.78 oz.) includes six eyeshadows and three blushes in the Dual-Intensity formula. The Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow formula is supposed to be sheerer when applied dry and more opaque with a “high-impact finish” when used damp. The Dual-Intensity Blush formula is supposed to have a “high-impact” flush when used damp and a “natural-looking glow” when used dry. In general, regardless o...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, Lune, Christine, Giorgio Armani, Rida, Natasha Denona, Blushes, Cheek Products, Highlighters, NARS Cosmetics, Eye Products, Kat Von, Pigmentation, Natasha Denona Deep Pacific


MAC Nutcracker Sweet Bronze Pigments & Glitter Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Bronze Pigments & Glitter Kit MAC Nutcracker Sweet Bronze Pigments & Glitter Kit ($35.00 for 0.30 oz.) contains three Pigments and one Glitter. Of the two sets available, this one is my preference as three of the four shades are Pigments, which make them more usable and versatile. MAC’s Glitter formula, while it might say it can be used alone, needs an adhesive companion product to function well, and it is not eye safe. MAC Pigment is supposed to have “buildable coverage” w...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Mac, Beauty, Marc Jacobs, Christine, Mac Cosmetics, Natasha Denona, LORAC, Eye Products, Eyeshadow Palette, Pigmentation, Tarina Tarantino, Eyeshadows, MAC Launch Reviews, MAC Bronze


MAC Spellbinder Shadows (Part 1)

MAC Spellbinder Shadow MAC Spellbinder Shadow ($22.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as “black, ionized pigments [that] are magnetically charged, fusing the loose powder together so it magically maintains its form and dimension” and will “cling to lids like pure velvet.” Per “usage,” MAC actually says they are “best” when used over their 24-Hour Primer, so the wear and application are rated as they performed over primer (I also tested without primer, as I was not sure what the claims were going to...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Mac, Beauty, Marc Jacobs, Christine, Le, Giorgio Armani, Bobbi Brown, Mac Cosmetics, Eye Products, Pigmentation, Natasha Denona Deep Pacific, Natasha Denona Deep Teal, Tarina Tarantino, Eyeshadows


NARS Impudique Blush

NARS Impudique Blush NARS Impudique Blush ($30.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a bold, bright, medium-dark raspberry pink with subtle, warm undertones and warmer, gold pearl. Laura Geller Guava (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Pamplemousse (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Tarte Warmhearted (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Love Sick (22) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, lighte...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, NARS, Christine, Berry, Blushes, Cheek Products, NARS Cosmetics, Laura Geller, Pigmentation, Tarina Tarantino, NARS Soulshine


MAC x Selena Eyeshadows

MAC x Selena Collection MAC Missing My Baby Eyeshadow ($17.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “light pinky nude beige [with a Matte finish].” It’s a soft, light-medium, pink with strong, warm yellow undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft, blendable, and easy to work with. I was surprised that it did not darken too much on bare lids, nor did it become dry or patchy. On me, the color wore well for seven and a half hours. YSL Paris #2 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Frisco (LE,...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Mac, Beauty, Christine, Selena, Laura Mercier, Mac Cosmetics, LORAC, Eye Products, Pigmentation, Tarina Tarantino, Chanel Tisse Paris, Eyeshadows, MAC Launch Reviews, NARS Douce France


Urban Decay XX Vintage Eyeshadows (Part 2)

Urban Decay Snow Eyeshadow Urban Decay Snow Eyeshadow ($19.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “neutral pearl with gold shift.” It’s a light, white gold with a cooler, whiter base color and warmer, light gold shimmer. The texture was a little powdery, but it applied without too much fuss overall–it would benefit from a primer, though. It had mostly opaque color payoff and wore well for seven and a half hours. Kevyn Aucoin Iced Gold (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Eternal Gold #3 (L...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Mac, Beauty, Christine, Laura Mercier, LORAC, Eye Products, Urban Decay, Pigmentation, Tarina Tarantino, Eyeshadows, Kevyn Aucoin, Smashbox Safari LE, MAC Green Clean, Laura Mercier Seashell


Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette ($54.00 for 0.48 oz. ) is a new, permanent neutral-hued palette that features 12 shades with one shade that’s shimmery and 11 that are touted as matte (a few have faint sparkle/shimmer in the pan but none of them looked shimmery on the skin to my eye). I don’t have an exact release date, just that it will be debuting in September and will be available at all retailers that sell Urban Decay (...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, Christine, Giorgio Armani, Nudie, Montparnasse, Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, Natasha Denona, Makeup Palettes, LORAC, Eye Products, Urban Decay, Eyeshadow Palette, Pigmentation


Dior Capital of Light (806) Skyline Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Capital of Light (806) Eyeshadow Palette Dior Capital of Light (806) Eyeshadow Palette ($63.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a new, limited edition five-pan palette for fall. It features a blackened brown, light beige, pink, light brown, and dark plum with varying degrees of shimmer–satin to frost. For a Dior palette, it was better than anticipated, though it isn’t excellent, so I imagine for some the quality at this price point doesn’t make a compelling case. The five shades worked well together, a...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, Dior, Marc Jacobs, Christine, Natasha Denona, Makeup Palettes, LORAC, Eye Products, Eyeshadow Palette, Pigmentation, Tarina Tarantino, Eyeshadows, Smashbox Doe, Smashbox Eggplant LE


Urban Decay Retrograde, Galactic, Street, Zodiac Razorsharp Liquid Eyeliners

Urban Decay Retrograde 24/7 Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner Urban Decay Retrograde 24/7 Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner ($22.00 for 0.07) is a blackened purple with lighter purple, pink, and blue shimmer. It had semi-opaque coverage in one stroke, which was buildable to opaque coverage if I applied a second layer after the first one had dried down. (Trying to improve coverage while it is drying just moves the product around and creates an uneven, streaky result!) Once dry, the eyeliner stayed in pla...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, Christine, Stila, Eye Products, Urban Decay, Pigmentation, Tarina Tarantino, Eye Liners, FORMULA OVERVIEW


MAC It’s a Strike Eyeshadows

MAC Gutter Gal Eyeshadow MAC Gutter Gal Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as an “off-white grey [with a Matte finish].” It’s a very light taupe with warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was very smooth, almost cream-like, and it yielded opaque color coverage. It was harder to apply evenly on the lid, as it tended to sheer out a bit once blended. The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Anastasia Stone (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked 2 (...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Mac, Beauty, Christine, Giorgio Armani, Mac Cosmetics, Natasha Denona, Eye Products, Pigmentation, Tarina Tarantino, Eyeshadows, MAC Launch Reviews


Urban Decay Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner (Part 1)

Urban Decay 24/7 Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner Urban Decay 24/7 Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner ($22.0000 for 0.07 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a water-resistant, long-wearing, “intensely pigmented” liquid liner with an ultra-precise (thin) applicator. There are cream shades and metallic shades; the cream ones have a shiny finish (so none dry matte), while the metallic ones have a more pearly sheen. They require 20-30 seconds worth of shaking, or else you’ll end up with a more watery, sheerer consiste...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, Christine, Honore, Eye Products, Urban Decay, Pigmentation, Tarina Tarantino, Eye Liners


MAC C’est Chic Eyeshadow x15 Palette

MAC Nordstrom C’est Chic Eyeshadow Palette MAC Nordstrom C’est Chic Eyeshadow Palette ($65.00 for 0.68 oz.) is a set of 15 matte, neutral-hued eyeshadows in a large, plastic compact. Each eyeshadow is full-sized, but they’re not easily removed (they are glued in). I can see this palette being really useful for someone who likes MAC’s matte eyeshadow formula and needs neutrals in their stash. Overall, it’s a good palette, and like most MAC eyeshadows, they tend to perform better when I used t...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Mac, Bali, Georgia, Prague, Beauty, Marc Jacobs, Christine, Blanc, Giorgio Armani, Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, Mac Cosmetics, Corduroy, Stila


MAC Bangin’ Brilliant Eyeshadows (Part 2)

MAC Eyeshadow MAC Shock Factor Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “lime green [with a Matte finish].” It’s a bright, light-medium chartreuse green with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation with a dusty, chalky consistency that was hard to work with. It looked uneven and dry on the skin–with or without primer!–and I could not seem to get it to look decent at all. I even patted it over eyeliner, and it made it look terrible. What I was able...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Mac, Australia, Disney, Beauty, Christine, Bernard, Mac Cosmetics, Eye Products, Pigmentation, Tarina Tarantino, Eyeshadows, MAC Launch Reviews, Veluxe Pearl, Sephora Aja LE


MAC Pillars Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Pillars Eyeshadow Quad MAC Pillars Eyeshadow Quad ($33.00 for 0.19 oz.) is a new, limited edition quad that will be available online on May 26th, and in select stores on June 2nd. The quad contains two permanent shades–Mystery and Carbon–and frankly, Sandstone is so close to Cork (permanent) that it might as well be an all-permanent quad (I imagine most readers will have a beige eyeshadow that would function similarly to Mother’s Milk). The colors work well together, and it creates a smok...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Carbon, Beauty, Dc, Cork, Christine, Laura Mercier, Mac Cosmetics, Brun, Makeup Palettes, Eye Products, Eyeshadow Palette, Pigmentation, Tarina Tarantino, Eyeshadows


MAC Cushy Life, Jealous Girl, Big Bad Blue Soft Serve Shadows

MAC Cushy Life Soft Serve Shadow MAC Cushy Life Soft Serve Shadow ($22.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “light warm golden beige.” It’s a sparkling, medium copper with warm undertones. It had sheer to semi-sheer color payoff with a slightly drier texture that made it hard to apply it at anything more than wash of all-over color. It does make me concerned about how it might work over time, as it might get a little drier over months. The color lasted for ten hours and had faint fall out. Di...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Mac, Beauty, Jasper, Chanel, Christine, Giorgio Armani, Bobbi Brown, Mac Cosmetics, Karat, Eye Products, Cream Eyeshadow, Pigmentation, Tarina Tarantino, MAC Launch Reviews



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