Sydney Grace Eyeshadows Reviews & Swatches (“Warm Neutrals” Look)



Amber

Sydney Grace Amber Pressed Pigment Shadow ($6.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a rich, golden bronze with warm, yellow undertones and a soft, metallic sheen–more sheen than overt, more textured shimmer once applied. The consistency was smooth, lightly creamy, and dense without being too firmly pressed nor too thick in the pan that it became difficult to pick up with a brush. It had opaque color payoff that applied evenly and blended out easily on my lid. It stayed on well for eight and a half hours before fading noticeably.

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  • Too Faced Rizzo (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar).
  • MAC Tempting (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (95% similar).
  • Juvia’s Place Sheba (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar).
  • Colour Pop The Goat (LE, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
  • Laura Mercier Bronze Glow (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar).
  • Too Faced Caramelized (PiP, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar).
  • Pat McGrath Bronze Struck (PiP, ) is more shimmery (90% similar).
  • Natasha Denona Varis (PiP, $29.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).
  • MAC Chains of Love (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar).
  • Make Up For Ever ME654 Cauldron (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar).
  • More dupes — click to see the full list!

Formula Overview

$6.00/0.06 oz. – $100.00 Per Ounce

The shimmer eyeshadows are more consistent in pigmentation with the majority of shades having opaque color coverage. The more metallic/sparkly the shade is, the creamier and more emollient the eyeshadow felt in the pan, which often yielded really smooth application and good adherence to the lid, though a few worked better with a fingertip or a dampened brush for true-to-pan color or to get a truer finish/sheen. Most shades, however, worked well with brushes, and I didn’t have trouble applying or blending out most of the shimmer shades. The more satin to pearl like finishes tend to feel a little thinner but blend out well. These shades wore between eight and nine hours on me with some of the more foiled-like shades creasing noticeably at the end (and the less foiled-like ones fading).

Browse all of our Sydney Grace Pressed Pigment Shadow swatches.

Ingredients

Silk Mica (Mica (77019), Boron Nitride, L-Lysine Mica (Mica 77019 and Lauroyl Lysine), Caranuba Mica (Mica 77019 and Caranuba Wax), Magnesium Stearate, Magnesium Myristate, Zinc Stearate ((+/- Mica (Mica 77019), Fractionated Coconut Oil (Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI77289), Chromium Green (CI77288), Iron Oxide (CI 77499, 77491, 77492), Tin Oxide (CI 778161), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Ultramarines (77007), Silica, *Synthetic Flurophylogopite, Zinc (CI 77947), Bronze and Copper Powder (CI 77400), Nylon 12, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol)), aluminum powder

Recommended

Amber

Amber
A

Permanent

Rec’d

10
Product

10
Pigmentation

10
Texture

9
Longevity

5
Application

98%
Total

Recommended

Beaches

Sydney Grace Beaches Matte Shadow ($5.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a soft yellow with strong, warm undertones and a matte finish. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, velvety texture–more substantial, a little “thicker” in a way, so it didn’t immediately sheer out when applied to my bare skin. There was slight powderiness in the pan and a bit of fallout when I used it on my brow bone, so I’d take more care to tap off excess and pat it into place first before sweeping/blending it out overall. This shade lasted well for seven and a half hours on me before I noticed any fading.

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  • Anastasia Buttery (LE, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar).
  • NARS Taunt (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar).
  • Guerlain Enjoy (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery (90% similar).
  • Wet ‘n’ Wild A Regular at the Factory #1 (DC, $2.29) is darker (90% similar).
  • MAC Mamastarrr’s Cookie (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar).
  • Make Up For Ever M405 Straw Yellow (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • Milani Naked Truth (PiP, $5.99) is warmer (90% similar).
  • Sephora Buttercup (PiP, ) is cooler (90% similar).
  • Huda Beauty Warm Browns #6 (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar).
  • NABLA Cosmetics Canvas (PiP, $8.00) is cooler (90% similar).
  • More dupes — click to see the full list!

Formula Overview

$5.00/0.06 oz. – $83.33 Per Ounce

The matte eyeshadows tend to be pigmented (typically semi-opaque or opaque, often buildable if they aren’t opaque) with a soft, more velvety texture that has slight slip but isn’t so thick that it gets difficult to use, applies unevenly, or has a lot of fallout. I’ve found that most of the matte eyeshadows apply and blend out without much effort but a few may take a bit more effort to diffuse along the edges. The matte formula tends to wear between eight and eight and a half hours on me.

Browse all of our Sydney Grace Matte Shadow swatches.

Beaches

Beaches
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product

10
Pigmentation

8.5
Texture

8
Longevity

5
Application

89%
Total

Fool’s Gold

Sydney Grace Fool’s Gold Pressed Pigment Shadow ($6.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a richer, medium-dark gold with strong, yellow undertones and a metallic finish. The key about this shade was that it was a deeper, richer gold yet wasn’t very orange-toned (most of them are!) so it might work particularly well for someone who wants a truer gold (yellower). It had opaque color coverage with a smooth, lightly creamy texture that was more softly-pressed in the pan but not to the point where it became powdery or prone to excess in the pan (or fallout during application). It stayed on beautifully for eight and a half hours before fading a bit.

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  • Givenchy Palette Ors Audacieux #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar).
  • Kat Von D Relic (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar).
  • Colour Pop Sixth Sense (LE, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar).
  • Makeup Geek Fortune Teller (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
  • Colour Pop Karat Cake (P, $5.00) is brighter (90% similar).
  • Colour Pop Origami (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar).
  • Urban Decay Stay Gold (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar).
  • Natasha Denona Gold (137CP) (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
  • Coloured Raine Superstar (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
  • Sleek MakeUP Sunset #5 (PiP, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
  • More dupes — click to see the full list!

Formula Overview

$6.00/0.06 oz. – $100.00 Per Ounce

The shimmer eyeshadows are more consistent in pigmentation with the majority of shades having opaque color coverage. The more metallic/sparkly the shade is, the creamier and more emollient the eyeshadow felt in the pan, which often yielded really smooth application and good adherence to the lid, though a few worked better with a fingertip or a dampened brush for true-to-pan color or to get a truer finish/sheen. Most shades, however, worked well with brushes, and I didn’t have trouble applying or blending out most of the shimmer shades. The more satin to pearl like finishes tend to feel a little thinner but blend out well. These shades wore between eight and nine hours on me with some of the more foiled-like shades creasing noticeably at the end (and the less foiled-like ones fading).

Browse all of our Sydney Grace Pressed Pigment Shadow swatches.

Ingredients

Silk Mica (Mica (77019), Boron Nitride, L-Lysine Mica (Mica 77019 and Lauroyl Lysine), Caranuba Mica (Mica 77019 and Caranuba Wax), Magnesium Stearate, Magnesium Myristate, Zinc Stearate ((+/- Mica (Mica 77019), Fractionated Coconut Oil (Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI77289), Chromium Green (CI77288), Iron Oxide (CI 77499, 77491, 77492), Tin Oxide (CI 778161), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Ultramarines (77007), Silica, *Synthetic Flurophylogopite, Zinc (CI 77947), Bronze and Copper Powder (CI 77400), Nylon 12, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol)), aluminum powder

Fool’s Gold

Fool’s Gold
A

Permanent

9.5
Product

10
Pigmentation

9.5
Texture

9
Longevity

5
Application

96%
Total

Drummers Drumming

Sydney Grace Drummers Drumming Matte Shadow ($5.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a medium-dark, reddish-brown with neutral-to-cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. The eyeshadow had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which built up easily to full coverage with less than half of a layer more. The consistency was smooth to the touch but felt a bit firmer in the press and thinner (though no powderiness!) than other mattes in the brand’s range. It adhered well to my skin and blended out without too much effort but wasn’t as foolproof as other shades I’ve tried. It wore stayed on nicely for eight hours on me before fading.

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  • Tarte Ice Cream Cone (LE, ) is darker (95% similar).
  • Zoeva Two Clocks (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar).
  • bareMinerals Boardroom (LE, ) is darker (95% similar).
  • NABLA Cosmetics Adagio (PiP, $8.00) is darker (95% similar).
  • LORAC Espresso (PiP, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar).
  • Kat Von D Crucifix (LE, ) is darker (95% similar).
  • MAC How You Thrill Me (LE, $17.00) is darker (95% similar).
  • Too Faced Chocolate Dipped (PiP, $16.00) is darker (95% similar).
  • MAC Embark (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar).
  • Milani Late Date (PiP, $5.99) is darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • More dupes — click to see the full list!

Formula Overview

$5.00/0.06 oz. – $83.33 Per Ounce

The matte eyeshadows tend to be pigmented (typically semi-opaque or opaque, often buildable if they aren’t opaque) with a soft, more velvety texture that has slight slip but isn’t so thick that it gets difficult to use, applies unevenly, or has a lot of fallout. I’ve found that most of the matte eyeshadows apply and blend out without much effort but a few may take a bit more effort to diffuse along the edges. The matte formula tends to wear between eight and eight and a half hours on me.

Browse all of our Sydney Grace Matte Shadow swatches.

Drummers Drumming

Drummers Drumming
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product

9.5
Pigmentation

8.5
Texture

8.5
Longevity

4.5
Application

88%
Total

Lemon Sorbet

Sydney Grace Lemon Sorbet Pressed Pigment Shadow ($6.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a medium gold with warm undertones and a chunky, sparkling finish. The consistency was denser and a bit cream-like, but it definitely had a chunkier consistency that made it harder to apply without using fingertips or a wet brush to help smooth and press it onto my skin. Dry, it tended to go on unevenly and had some fallout during application. Once pressed into place, I didn’t get much in the way of fallout during the eight hours it wore for, thankfully.

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  • Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar).
  • Chanel Quintessence #5 (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar).
  • LORAC Gilded (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar).
  • Make Up For Ever D410 Gold Nugget (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).
  • LORAC Gold Leaf (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar).
  • MAC If It Ain’t Baroque (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar).
  • Makeup Geek Magic Act (P, $9.99) is warmer (90% similar).
  • L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is darker, more muted (90% similar).
  • Anastasia Fairy (PiP, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).
  • Guerlain Petrouchka #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar).
  • More dupes — click to see the full list!

Formula Overview

$6.00/0.06 oz. – $100.00 Per Ounce

The shimmer eyeshadows are more consistent in pigmentation with the majority of shades having opaque color coverage. The more metallic/sparkly the shade is, the creamier and more emollient the eyeshadow felt in the pan, which often yielded really smooth application and good adherence to the lid, though a few worked better with a fingertip or a dampened brush for true-to-pan color or to get a truer finish/sheen. Most shades, however, worked well with brushes, and I didn’t have trouble applying or blending out most of the shimmer shades. The more satin to pearl like finishes tend to feel a little thinner but blend out well. These shades wore between eight and nine hours on me with some of the more foiled-like shades creasing noticeably at the end (and the less foiled-like ones fading).

Browse all of our Sydney Grace Pressed Pigment Shadow swatches.

Ingredients

Silk Mica (Mica (77019), Boron Nitride, L-Lysine Mica (Mica 77019 and Lauroyl Lysine), Caranuba Mica (Mica 77019 and Caranuba Wax), Magnesium Stearate, Magnesium Myristate, Zinc Stearate ((+/- Mica (Mica 77019), Fractionated Coconut Oil (Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI77289), Chromium Green (CI77288), Iron Oxide (CI 77499, 77491, 77492), Tin Oxide (CI 778161), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Ultramarines (77007), Silica, *Synthetic Flurophylogopite, Zinc (CI 77947), Bronze and Copper Powder (CI 77400), Nylon 12, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol)), aluminum powder

Lemon Sorbet

Lemon Sorbet
B-

Permanent

7.5
Product

9
Pigmentation

7.5
Texture

8
Longevity

4.5
Application

81%
Total

Solomon

Sydney Grace Solomon Matte Shadow ($5.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a rich, reddish-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. One of the best parts about the brand’s range of eyeshadows is just the breadth of undertones they have in the range; this is a redder brown that doesn’t veer into orange territory. I’d still classify it as a warm-toned neutral, but it could definitely pull rosier paired with cooler shades. The eyeshadow had rich color payoff that applied well to bare skin with a smooth, velvety texture that blended out easily. It lasted well for eight hours on me before I noticed slight fading.

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  • Colour Pop Macchiato (LE, $5.00) is warmer (95% similar).
  • Coloured Raine Raise a Glass (LE, $6.99) is lighter (95% similar).
  • Natasha Denona Soil (213CM) (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar).
  • Morphe Brave (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar).
  • Huda Beauty Oud (PiP, ) is more shimmery (95% similar).
  • Morphe Jacz (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar).
  • Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone #1 (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar).
  • Colour Pop Popular Demand (DC, $5.00) is warmer (95% similar).
  • NARS Whipped (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).
  • Colour Pop Feathered (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
  • More dupes — click to see the full list!

Formula Overview

$5.00/0.06 oz. – $83.33 Per Ounce

The matte eyeshadows tend to be pigmented (typically semi-opaque or opaque, often buildable if they aren’t opaque) with a soft, more velvety texture that has slight slip but isn’t so thick that it gets difficult to use, applies unevenly, or has a lot of fallout. I’ve found that most of the matte eyeshadows apply and blend out without much effort but a few may take a bit more effort to diffuse along the edges. The matte formula tends to wear between eight and eight and a half hours on me.

Browse all of our Sydney Grace Matte Shadow swatches.

Recommended

Solomon

Solomon
A

Permanent

Rec’d

10
Product

10
Pigmentation

10
Texture

8.5
Longevity

5
Application

97%
Total

Recommended

Sydney Grace Amber Pressed Pigment Shadow

Sydney Grace Amber Pressed Pigment Shadow

Sydney Grace Amber Pressed Pigment Shadow

Sydney Grace Amber Pressed Pigment Shadow

Sydney Grace Beaches Matte Shadow

Sydney Grace Beaches Matte Shadow

Sydney Grace Beaches Matte Shadow

Sydney Grace Beaches Matte Shadow

Sydney Grace Fool’s Gold Pressed Pigment Shadow

Sydney Grace Fool’s Gold Pressed Pigment Shadow

Sydney Grace Fool’s Gold Pressed Pigment Shadow

Sydney Grace Fool’s Gold Pressed Pigment Shadow

Sydney Grace Drummers Drumming Matte Shadow

Sydney Grace Drummers Drumming Matte Shadow

Sydney Grace Drummers Drumming Matte Shadow

Sydney Grace Drummers Drumming Matte Shadow

Sydney Grace Lemon Sorbet Pressed Pigment Shadow

Sydney Grace Lemon Sorbet Pressed Pigment Shadow

Sydney Grace Lemon Sorbet Pressed Pigment Shadow

Sydney Grace Lemon Sorbet Pressed Pigment Shadow

Sydney Grace Lemon Sorbet Pressed Pigment Shadow

Sydney Grace Solomon Matte Shadow

Sydney Grace Solomon Matte Shadow

Sydney Grace Solomon Matte Shadow

Sydney Grace Solomon Matte Shadow

Sydney Grace Amber Pressed Pigment Shadow

Sydney Grace Amber Pressed Pigment Shadow

Sydney Grace Amber Pressed Pigment Shadow

Sydney Grace Amber Pressed Pigment Shadow

Sydney Grace Beaches Matte Shadow

Sydney Grace Beaches Matte Shadow

Sydney Grace Beaches Matte Shadow

Sydney Grace Beaches Matte Shadow

Sydney Grace Fool’s Gold Pressed Pigment Shadow

Sydney Grace Fool’s Gold Pressed Pigment Shadow

Sydney Grace Fool’s Gold Pressed Pigment Shadow

Sydney Grace Fool’s Gold Pressed Pigment Shadow

Sydney Grace Drummers Drumming Matte Shadow

Sydney Grace Drummers Drumming Matte Shadow

Sydney Grace Drummers Drumming Matte Shadow

Sydney Grace Drummers Drumming Matte Shadow

Sydney Grace Lemon Sorbet Pressed Pigment Shadow

Sydney Grace Lemon Sorbet Pressed Pigment Shadow

Sydney Grace Lemon Sorbet Pressed Pigment Shadow

Sydney Grace Lemon Sorbet Pressed Pigment Shadow

Sydney Grace Lemon Sorbet Pressed Pigment Shadow

Sydney Grace Solomon Matte Shadow

Sydney Grace Solomon Matte Shadow

Sydney Grace Solomon Matte Shadow

Sydney Grace Solomon Matte Shadow



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MAC It’s Designer Art Library Palette Review & Swatches


It’s Designer

MAC It’s Designer Art Library Palette ($48.00 for 0.60 oz.) contains a mix of brighter mattes and pops of shimmery color along with a medium black. I feel like the palette tells the story of MAC eyeshadows over the last few years. The mattes are firmer, stiffer, and better for building up color but when it comes to deriving really electric color on the lid, they’re not as pigmented as needed to do so–I’d recommend using a tacky primer or white base to help get more oomph out of them (assuming true-to-pan color is the goal). The shimmers were less consistent, but most of them were under-performing due to pigmentation and texture, either being too dry or too emollient. If you’re someone who tends to use dampened brushes with their shimmers, that would help quite a bit and likely give you a better experience working with the palette overall.

It’s Designer

It’s Designer
B-

Limited Edition

8
Product

8
Pigmentation

8
Texture

8
Longevity

4.5
Application

81%
Total

Chrome Yellow

Chrome Yellow is a bright, medium yellow with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage in a single layer, but it was the type of yellow that seemed to fade a bit after application and was more prone to sheering out as I worked with it. Over an eyeshadow primer, it was better, and of course, over a white base, it would pop quite a bit. The texture was slightly thin, a little dry, though blendable. It lasted well for seven and a half hours on me before fading a bit.

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  • Make Up For Ever Jaune (DC, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar).
  • Coloured Raine Lemon Drop (PiP, $6.99) is darker (95% similar).
  • Kat Von D Fran (LE, ) is darker, more muted (95% similar).
  • Melt Cosmetics Neon (PiP, ) is more muted (95% similar).
  • Inglot #323 (P, $6.00) is better quality (95% similar).
  • Natasha Denona Sol (134CM) (PiP, ) (95% similar).
  • Colour Pop Mischief (PiP, $5.00) is warmer (95% similar).
  • Anastasia Phresh (LE, $12.00) is more muted (95% similar).
  • Too Faced Good Boy (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar).
  • NARS Douro (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar).
  • More dupes — click to see the full list!

Chrome Yellow

Chrome Yellow
B

Permanent

8
Product

9
Pigmentation

8
Texture

8
Longevity

4.5
Application

83%
Total

My Kid Could Make That

My Kid Could Make That is a bright, lime green with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage, though it needed to be layered (two to three layers) to get to full coverage in practice as it had a drier, thinner consistency that was prone to sheering out and fading when applied to bare skin. It started to show a bit of fading after seven and a half hours of wear.

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  • MAC Shock Factor (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).
  • Make Up For Ever S336 Lime (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar).
  • Sephora Jeffery (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar).
  • Huda Beauty Sapphire #7 (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar).
  • MAC Bitter (DC, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar).
  • Urban Decay Thrash (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar).
  • Anastasia Sphere (LE, $12.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar).
  • MAC Sour Lemon (DC, $17.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar).
  • Viseart Bright Editorial #2 (P, ) is darker, warmer (80% similar).
  • MAC Remixology (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar).
  • More dupes — click to see the full list!

My Kid Could Make That

My Kid Could Make That
B

Limited Edition

8
Product

9
Pigmentation

8
Texture

8
Longevity

4.5
Application

83%
Total

Bright Pink

Bright Pink is a bright, fuchsia pink with cooler, blue undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation but appeared a bit more muted, a little darker when applied to my skin and lost some of that intensity seen in the pan. It had a drier, firmer consistency, which made it easier to apply in layers to build up coverage, but it became more troublesome to blend at full pigment (in one layer). It wore well for eight hours before fading a bit and stained my skin slightly.

Bright Pink

Bright Pink
B

Permanent

8
Product

9
Pigmentation

8
Texture

8.5
Longevity

4.5
Application

84%
Total

Can’t Afford This

Can’t Afford This is a fiery orange with warm, reddish undertones and a matte finish. It had rich color coverage with a smooth, blendable texture that wasn’t too soft nor too firmly pressed in the pan. It was thinner than most matte eyeshadow formulations these days but consistent with MAC’s. The eyeshadow applied well to bare skin and blended out with little effort. It stayed on well for eight hours before fading a bit.

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  • Colour Pop Euphoric (LE, $5.00) is darker (95% similar).
  • Melt Cosmetics Main Squeeze (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar).
  • MAC Red Brick (P, $17.00) is more muted (95% similar).
  • MAC Sabina Sangre (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar).
  • Juvia’s Place Zakiya (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar).
  • Smashbox Wait, What? (P, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar).
  • Makeup Geek Dynamic (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar).
  • Buxom It Crowd (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).
  • Makeup Geek Poppy (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar).
  • MAC Orange (DC, $17.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar).
  • More dupes — click to see the full list!

Can’t Afford This

Can’t Afford This
A-

Limited Edition

9
Product

10
Pigmentation

9
Texture

8.5
Longevity

5
Application

92%
Total

If It Ain’t Baroque

If It Ain’t Baroque is a medium-dark gold with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. The texture felt drier and chunkier, as it didn’t seem to have as much creaminess or slip to help keep all the shimmers and sparkly bits contained. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation that applied best by pressing and patting onto my skin, then blending the edges. There was some fallout during application, which I was able to mitigate if I used it with a dampened brush. It lasted for just over seven and a half hours on me before I noticed some fading.

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  • LORAC Gold Leaf (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar).
  • Make Up For Ever D410 Gold Nugget (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar).
  • Chanel Rêve d’Orient #3 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar).
  • Chanel Quintessence #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar).
  • Colour Pop Rule Breaker (PiP, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar).
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar).
  • Anastasia Sunny (LE, $12.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar).
  • MAC Spun from Gold (LE, $18.00) is lighter (90% similar).
  • Natasha Denona Sundazed (128K) (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar).
  • Coloured Raine St. Germain Cocktail (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar).
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If It Ain’t Baroque

If It Ain’t Baroque
C+

Limited Edition

7.5
Product

8.5
Pigmentation

7
Texture

8
Longevity

4.5
Application

79%
Total

It’s Designer

It’s Designer is a light-medium orange with warm, golden shimmer and larger sparkle. The texture was drier and felt more loosely-pressed in the pan, which gave it a powderiness and a tendency to having fallout during application. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that I could pack on and get to opaque coverage if desired, but it’s the type of texture that I would use with a dampened brush to minimize fallout and improve adhesion and coverage. It wore nicely for seven and a half hours before there was visible fading.

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  • MAC Amberluxe #4 (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar).
  • MAC Gingerluxe #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar).
  • Natasha Denona Mandarine (123DC) (PiP, $29.00) is brighter (90% similar).
  • Gucci Beauty Azalea (Left) (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
  • Too Faced Honey Pot (PiP, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar).
  • MAC Warm Wash #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).
  • Colour Pop Two Birds (P, $5.00) is darker (90% similar).
  • Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #1 (P, ) is cooler (90% similar).
  • Colour Pop TF (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar).
  • MAC Golden Hours #2 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
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Ingredients

It’s Designer

It’s Designer
C+

Limited Edition

7.5
Product

8.5
Pigmentation

7
Texture

8
Longevity

4.5
Application

79%
Total

Starry Night

Starry Night is a reddened-plum base with blue-to-violet shifting shimmer. The consistency was incredibly creamy and smooth; it adhered beautifully to bare skin and blended out easily along the edges. It had opaque color payoff that stayed on well for eight hours before it started to crease faintly.

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  • Urban Decay Solstice (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar).
  • Urban Decay Fortune-Teller (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar).
  • MAC Boom Boom Room (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery (95% similar).
  • Colour Pop Lucid (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • MAC Humoresque (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
  • Makeup Geek Insomnia (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • Viseart Grande Pro (Vol. 2) #24 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • Too Faced Artist Pass (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • Too Faced Best Friends (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • Natasha Denona Calypso Blue (05M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).
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Starry Night

Starry Night
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product

10
Pigmentation

9.5
Texture

8.5
Longevity

5
Application

94%
Total

Darkroom

Darkroom is a light-medium purple with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. The texture was rather emollient and had more slip, which yielded weaker pigmentation that didn’t apply as evenly as preferred. I’d recommend using this with a dampened brush or fingertip to get smoother, more even and opaque coverage with less effort. It lasted nicely for seven hours on me before I noticed signs of fading.

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  • MAC Violet Impact (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (95% similar).
  • NARS Sultan (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
  • Urban Decay Rogue (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).
  • MAC X-Punk (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar).
  • Colour Pop Try Me (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).
  • LORAC Meditation (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).
  • Melt Cosmetics Promiscuous (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar).
  • MAC Crème de Violet (DC, $17.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar).
  • Colour Pop On the Rise (DC, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar).
  • Tom Ford Beauty Daydream #2 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar).
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Darkroom

Darkroom
C-

Limited Edition

6.5
Product

7
Pigmentation

7
Texture

7.5
Longevity

4
Application

71%
Total

High Concept

High Concept is a pale silver with subtle, cool undertones and a frosted finish. The texture was soft, more loosely-pressed in the pan, and a little drier, so there was fallout during application as I worked with this shade on my lid. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation, but between the pigmentation and texture, it was a shade I’d recommend using with a damp brush or over a lightly tacky primer. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me before I noticed slight fading.

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  • Make Up For Ever ME202 Iceberg Blue (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar).
  • NARS Flowers 3 #1 (DC, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar).
  • BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #16 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar).
  • Tom Ford Beauty Ice Queen #2 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar).
  • MAC Platinum Shadow (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar).
  • Cle de Peau Pewter Veil #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar).
  • Viseart Sterling (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar).
  • Make Up For Ever D118 Platinum (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • Juvia’s Place Iman (P, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar).
  • MAC Treasure Me (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar).
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High Concept

High Concept
B

Limited Edition

8
Product

9.8
Pigmentation

8
Texture

8
Longevity

4.5
Application

85%
Total

Gallerina

Gallerina is a muted, medium-dark blue-leaning teal with cool undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic finish. The texture was lightly creamy with some slip, which helped it adhere better without primer, but it didn’t go on as evenly as I would have liked. I had to work it in and buff out the powder to get even, opaque coverage. It stayed well for eight hours on me before I noticed faint fading.

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  • Makeup Geek Autumn Breeze (P, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar).
  • Viseart Boheme Dream #10 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).
  • Too Faced Dusk Teal Dawn (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar).
  • Chanel Affresco #4 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).
  • Natasha Denona Deep Teal (19M) (PiP, $29.00) is warmer (90% similar).
  • Urban Decay Junkie (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar).
  • NYX Savage (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar).
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #5 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar).
  • Tom Ford Beauty Azure Sun (Cream Color) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar).
  • Urban Decay Fringe (DC, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).
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Gallerina

Gallerina
B

Limited Edition

8
Product

9.5
Pigmentation

8
Texture

8.5
Longevity

4.5
Application

86%
Total

Triennial Wave

Triennial Wave is a brighter, medium blue with cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. There were barely-there shimmers strewn throughout that helped make it more blendable but didn’t visibly change its finish from looking matte. The eyeshadow had a soft, powdery consistency, which made it more prone to sheering out (though blendable!) and harder to build up without a primer or tacky base under it. It had some fallout during application as well from trying to built it from medium coverage to opaque coverage. It lasted nicely for seven and a half hours on me before I noticed signs of wear.

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  • Viseart Bright Editorial #8 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).
  • Kat Von D Synth (LE, ) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar).
  • Colour Pop Backstage (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • Colour Pop Zoomship (P, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar).
  • Coloured Raine Drip Drop (P, $6.99) is brighter (85% similar).
  • Kat Von D Doom (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar).
  • Natasha Denona Laguna (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar).
  • Natasha Denona Koh Tao (89V) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar).
  • Colour Pop Taco (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar).
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Triennial Wave

Triennial Wave
C

Limited Edition

7
Product

8
Pigmentation

7
Texture

8
Longevity

4
Application

76%
Total

Carbon

Carbon is a medium-dark black with neutral undertones and a matte finish. It had medium, buildable pigmentation with a drier, stiffer texture. Carbon is one of those shades that swatches pitifully but is excellent for adding and layering over other shades to darken but less so for all-over application or when one wants true black eyeshadow. The version included the palette is not the best nor the worst Carbon I’ve encountered in my time; it was more workable but definitely more in the “buildable pigmentation” zone. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me before I noticed slight fading.

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  • MAC Bleuluxe #5 (PiP, ) (100% similar).
  • Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit #4 (LE, ) (100% similar).
  • Make Up For Ever #04 (DC, $20.00) (100% similar).
  • Make Up For Ever #04 (DC, $20.00) (100% similar).
  • Kat Von D Killing Moon (LE, ) (100% similar).
  • Giorgio Armani #1 Fall Collection 2012 #4 (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar).
  • NARS Filbuste (P, $28.00) is glossier (95% similar).
  • Sephora Obsidian (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar).
  • Too Faced Sin City (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar).
  • Colour Pop Let’s Do It (P, $5.00) is warmer (95% similar).
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Carbon

Carbon
C+

Permanent

7
Product

7.5
Pigmentation

7.5
Texture

8
Longevity

4.5
Application

77%
Total

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Jimmy Choo Illicit Eau De Parfum Review

Jimmy Choo Illicit Eau De Parfum Review


I have been building up my fragrance collection recently. On Valentine’s day, I bought two perfumes from Jimmy Choo as I had none in my collection. This one is special because I first got a sniff of it on a friend; she had worn it since 8 in the morning and she had it on even till 6 in the evening. I really liked Jimmy Choo Illicit Eau De Parfum on her, so I went ahead and invested in this eau de parfum.

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Andalou Naturals Coconut Water Firming Toner Review

Andalou Naturals Coconut Water Firming Toner Review


I was hunting for some potent, affordable face toners to hydrate my dry skin. I picked up a bunch of toners and recently. I have mixed feelings about the brand Andalou Naturals because I enjoyed a few products and some others I didn’t like. In this post, I am reviewing Andalou Naturals Coconut Water Firming Toner. Read on for more details on this post.

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Kaya Dandruff Control Gentle Purifying Shampoo Review

Kaya Dandruff Control Gentle Purifying Shampoo Review


In this post, reviewing Kaya Dandruff Control Gentle Purifying Shampoo.

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Which is Better Ionic or Ceramic Hair Dryer?

Which is Better Ionic or Ceramic Hair Dryer


Nowadays, hair dryers are made of different elements and advanced technologies to improve its efficiency without damaging hair. Since there is a whole lot of variety and technology when it comes to hair dryers, people find it difficult to choose the right hair dryer as investing in the right one will pay you back with huge benefits and you will give you perfect blowout with minimal hair damage. Since ionic and ceramic hairdryers are so popular nowadays in the market to give a frizz-free, sleek finish in less time, we have compared the two and estimated the best one. So, read on to find out which is better ionic or ceramic hair dryer. It is worth understanding the technologies behind the hair dryers to find the perfect one for your marvellous mane.

Ionic Hair Dryer:
Generally, standard hair dryers use a common technique of simply blowing hot air which can dry wet hair whereas ionic hair dryers use an advanced technology, where these dryers built an electromagnetic field and release negatively charged ions. These negatively charged ions break the positively charged water molecules and lock the hair cuticles such that the moisture gets preserved within it. This moisture helps your hair to look shiny, smooth and sleek.

Advantages of Ionic Hair Dryer:

  • Ionic hair dryers use a lower temperature to dry your hair at faster rate.
  • Curls are retained.
  • Locks the moisture within the hair and makes hair shiny and frizz-free
  • Ionic hair dryers do not damage the hair when used sparingly.

Disadvantages of Ionic Hair Dryer:

  • Ionic hair dryers are not safe for regular use and long duration of time because they build an electromagnetic field which may be harmful.
  • Expensive than other traditional and ceramic hair dryers.
  • Not suitable for styling.
  • Not suitable for very fine and thin hair as it may be left limp and tired-looking.
  • It’s easier to over-dry your hair at times which can damage your hair.

Ceramic Hairdryer:
In ceramic hair dryers, the ceramic material which is also called as porcelain clay is used within the hair dryers either as a wrap on the heating coil or within the internal part of the dryer. These dryers distribute heat evenly which does not make hair rough and damaged. It also regulates heat by automatically sensing the room temperature and adjusting accordingly.

Advantages of Ceramic Hair Dryer:

  • Dries hair evenly with even heat.
  • Produces beneficial infrared rays.
  • Does not burn your hair.
  • Good for both styling and hair drying.
  • Makes your hair smoother, shinier and bouncy.
  • Apt for regular users.
  • Locks the hair cuticle and remains the moisture within the hair.
  • Produces negative ions which help in removing frizz from the hair.

Disadvantages of Ceramic Dryer:

  • Expensive than traditional dryers but added benefits make it worthy.

By understanding the technology behind both dryers, we can conclude that ceramic hairdryers are better than ionic hairdryers because ionic hairdryers build an electromagnetic field to emit negatively-charged ions and this electromagnetic field is dangerous for long time use. However, ceramic hair dryers are much safe and less expensive than ionic hair dryers. Ceramic hair dryers also emit non-damaging infrared rays which help in blood circulation.

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