Swatchmas Day 4: Natasha Denona Biba All Neutral Eyeshadow Palette

On the fourth day of Swatchmas, I give you the Biba All Neutral Eyeshadow Palette from Natasha Denona! Although it’s a little pricey, it’s one of my favorite palettes that’s come out in the past few years and I find myself reaching for it all the time!

This palette has a wide variety of textures/finishes, as well as different tones, so you can create a many different looks with it, even though it’s all very neutral. It contains 15 eye shadows, each weighing in at 2.5 g / 0.08 oz, for a total of 37.5 g / 1.2 oz of product. The Biba palette sells for $129 from Sephora or Natasha Denona website. Natasha Denona is a cruelty-free brand.

The eye shadows featured in this palette are:

  • Rustic:   Metallic copper
  • Prarie:   Matte camel
  • Coco:   Matte dark burgundy
  • Freckle:   Matte antique nude
  • Shine:   Metallic champagne
  • Pasha:   Matte red
  • Monroe:   Metallic pink champagne
  • Rayon:   Matte medium burgundy
  • Buff:   Matte antique pink
  • Tone:   Matte clay
  • Seed:   Matte dark chocolate
  • Tor:   Matte dark gray brown
  • Sculpture:   Matte light grey
  • Spot:   Matte dark black
  • Tusk:   Matte light beige

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Photo taken outdoors in natural, direct sunlight. Eye shadows swatched on MAC NC15 skin.
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Photo taken outdoors in natural, direct sunlight. Eye shadows swatched on MAC NC15 skin.
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Photo taken outdoors in natural, direct sunlight. Eye shadows swatched on MAC NC15 skin.

 

This product was purchased with my own money. I did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this post.

Swatchmas Day 2: Melt Cosmetics Vida Pressed Pigment/Eye Shadow Palette

On the second day of Swatchmas, I give you Melt’s Vida Eye Shadow Palette from the brand new Amor Eterno collection! This collection was launched on Black Friday, although they did a limited release a few weeks ago, which is when I got it.

Vida is a highly pigmented palette that contains 10 eye shadows/pressed pigments and sells for $58. Each eye shadow weighs in at 0.52 oz / 16.3 g, for a total of 0.524 oz / 16.29 g of product. You can get this palette from the Melt Cosmetics website or Sephora. All shadows in this palette are vegan, except for Sol, but Melt is a cruelty-free company.

The colors featured in this palette are:

  • Sarape:   Metallic green salsa with gold glitter
  • Papel Picado:   Matte dazzling lime
  • Amor Eterno:   Matte bright citrine
  • Agua Ardiente:   Matte smokey olive
  • Chocolate:   Matte rich cacao
  • Atole:   Matte cinnamon beige
  • Sol:   Matte brilliant sunflower
  • Pan Dulce:   Matte prange marmalade
  • Alegria:   Metallic shimmering grapefruit
  • Mexicana:   Matte passionate warm red

 

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This photo was taken outdoors in natural/overcast sunlight. Eye shadows swatched on MAC NC15 skin.

 

This product was purchased with my own money. I did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this post.

Swatchmas Day 19: Dose of Colors Marvelous Mauves Eye Shadow Palette

On the nineteenth day of Swatchmas, I give you the Marvelous Mauves palette form Dose of Colors! I bought this palette a while back and honestly haven’t used it much until recently, but now that I’ve started playing around with it, I’ve fallen in love! It’s a great palette on its own, but it also works really well with their Pretty Cool palette, which I posted during the first week of Swatchmas. I will say that these type of palettes from Dose of Colors do NOT swatch well, but they’re wonderful eye shadows when you actually apply them with a brush. The coverage and color is meant to be buildable so you can get a look that’s soft to bold, and shadows like that just don’t tend to swatch super well. Despite that, hopefully this post wills till give you an idea of what these shadows look like on the skin.

You can purchase the Marvelous Mauves palette from www.doseofcolors.com, Ulta, and Naimie’s (also available in store at their location near North Hollywood if you’re in the Los Angeles area). From all three places, this palette sells for $32 and contains a total of 8.5 g / 0.3 oz of product, which is 1.7 g / 0.06 oz per pan. Dose of Colors is a cruelty-free company and this palette contains no talc or paraben.

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The five matte eye shadows featured in the Marvelous Mauves palette are:

  • Fluffy:   Milky pale pink
  • Rosy:   Light rosy pink
  • Wishy Washy:   Dusty mauve
  • Spaced Out:   Muted berry mauve
  • Wine Stain:   Blackberry

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Swatches below are down by swiping the shadows onto my skin with one single swipe downwards.

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Photo taken indoors using natural, direct sunlight. Eye shadows swatched on MAC NC12 skin.
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Photo taken indoors using natural, indirect sunlight. Eye shadows swatched on MAC NC12 skin.

 

This product was purchased with my own money. I did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this post.

Swatchmas Day 17: Melt Cosmetics Baby Girl Eyeshadow Stack

On the seventeenth day of Swatchmas (actually the eighteenth day by the time this is posted), I give you the Baby Girl Stack of eyeshadows from Melt Cosmetics! This stack was part of their collection that came out around last Valentine’s Day and for some reason, this is another product that I wear all the time but haven’t reviewed yet. As with all of their shadows, these are really smooth and well pigmented, applying and blending like a dream. The shadows in this stack are great when worn together, but also work well to add a pop of color to any look and I highly, highly recommend this stack!

The Baby Girl stack is available on www.meltcosmetics.com for $58. There are five shadows in this stack, each containing 3 g / 0.106 oz of product for a total weight of 15 g / 0.529 oz. Melt Cosmetics is a cruelty free company and two of the shadows in this stack are vegan, but three are not (I’ll list which ones are and aren’t vegan below).

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The five shadows in the Baby Girl Stack are:

  • Hopeless Romantix:   A beaming duo chrome with a yellow gold to hot pink shift (vegan)
  • Scammin’:   Ultra-Matte hot coral (non-vegan)
  • Main Squeeze:   Ultra-Matte striking red orange (non-vegan)
  • Crush:   A luxurious foiled rustic terracotta (vegan)
  • Break Up:   (Possibly Ultra-Matte?) Highly saturated burnt umber (non-vegan)

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Photo taken indoors using natural, indirect sunlight. Eye shadows swatched on MAC NC12 skin.

 

This product was purchased with my own money. I did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this post.

Swatchmas Day 12: Kylie Cosmetics The Bronze Palette

On the twelfth day of Swatchmas, I give you The Bronze Palette from Kylie Cosmetics! In this palette, you get nine “Kyshadows” that are all super wearable and great to create all kinds of looks, from a natural daytime look to full golden glam or a smokey eye. I’ve been pretty impressed with all of the palettes I have from Kylie Cosmetics and I find that most of these shadows are very easy to blend out and are well pigmented. The formula is buildable too, so while they may not be bold when first applied, to me, it’s an easier type of shadow to work with.

You can get this palette from the Kylie Cosmetics website for $42. The total weight of this palette is 12.6 g / 0.45 oz, which means each pan of shadow contains 1.4 g / 0.05 oz of product. Kylie Cosmetics is a cruelty free company and these shadows contain no talc or parabens. Also, my palette is older and the new ones are black, not white, but the shadows are all still the same.

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The nine Kyshadows featured in this palette are:

  • Jasper:   Matte finish creamy beige
  • Quartz:   Satin finish champagne gold
  • Topaz:   Matte finish true taupe
  • Goldstone:   Satin finish bronze
  • Citrine:   Matte finish bright orange
  • Tiger Eye:   Matte finish light golden brown
  • Hematite:   Matte finish chestnut brown
  • Bronzite:   Matte finish chocolate brown
  • Obsibian:   Matte finish black

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Photo taken indoors using natural, indirect sunlight. Kyshadows swatched on MAC NC12 skin.

 

These products were purchased with my own money. I did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this post.

Swatchmas Day 9: Obsession x Belle Jorden Eye Shadow Palette

On the ninth day of Swatchmas, I give you the Obsession x Belle Jorden Eye Shadow Palette! I’m going to do a full review on this palette sometime soon. I’ve been testing it thoroughly and I must say, I am completely smitten! You can create so many looks with these shadows, from soft daytime looks to dramatic smoky eyes or even something brighter and more bold. It’s crazy to me that this palette is so affordable because the quality and pigmentation of the eye shadow formulas seem like something that would cost four or five times more!

You can purchase the Obsession x Belle Jorden palette from the Revolution Beauty website for only $15. It contains 16 shadows, with each pan containing 0.046 oz / 1.3 g of product for a total weight of 0.736 oz / 20.8 g. This palette is cruelty free, of course, which is only fitting since Belle Jorden is such a total animal lover ❤

There’s also a set of beautiful nude lip products containing two matte liquid lipsticks and one lip gloss. To check of the swatches for that, click the link below!

Swatchmas Day 8: Obsession x Belle Jorden Lip Collection

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Photos taken indoors with natural, indirect sunlight. Eye shadows swatched on MAC NC10-NC12 skin.

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This product was purchased with my own money. I did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this post.

 

 

Melt Cosmetics: Smoke Sessions Eye Shadow Palette

I haven’t reviewed a Melt product in a while, but I figured this palette is worth posting! I’ve never seen any palette with these types of colors so I feel like the Smoke Sessions palette brought a lot of new inspiration into my little world of makeup. It’s currently sold out (I’m so sorry!) but I’ll keep you all posted if I find out when there will be a restock, and of course I’ll try my best to find some great dupes for these shadows.

Note:   For tonight, I only provided dupes from my single shadow collection, but I’ll post more dupes on Monday, December 3rd, when I have a chance to go through my palettes.

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This palette is really fun and while it may not be an every day go-to type of palette for a lot of people, it’s great for adding a little bit of life and brightness to your makeup collection. I feel like this would be a better stand-alone type of palette if it had a neutral, transition color or two, a light highlight color, and a black in it, but most people have a million of those types of shadows already, so I’m not going to hate on this palette for lacking those. The eye shadows in the Smoke Sessions palette are on par with Melt’s other palettes and stacks and are mostly very pigmented, applying easily and evenly. I’m always so impressed with their products and I really appreciate that kind of consistency with a brand. I’ll get into the details about each shadow later on in this post, so keep scrolling down to see more photos and read the individual rundowns.

Melt is known for their creativity when it comes to colors and product themes/collections, and the Smoke Sessions collection does not disappoint! The whole collection shares a marijuana inspired theme, kind of like their past Hot Box collection, and as you can see, the palette features leaves printed on the unicarton and palette, and stamped into the shadows themselves. I know this may not be everyone’s cup of tea but in California where Melt is from, it’s legal, and let’s be real here… This is just makeup, so don’t take it too seriously! A few people have asked me if their products or this palette contain CBD to THC, and they do not contain cannabis in any form so if that’s something you’re not into, don’t worry about it.

When this palette is in stock (hopefully it will be again soon), it sells for $48 from the Melt Cosmetics website. There are eight eye shadows in the Smoke Sessions palette, which are sort of divided in half with four shadows being more golden to olive and four being more forest green to aqua. Each eye shadow contains 2.06 g / 0.0725 oz of product for a total weight of 16.470 g / .580 oz. That means these shadows are slightly bigger than the shadows you get in their Gemini or Twenty Seven palettes, but there are fewer shadows in Smoke Sessions palette. The cool thing is that this palette works well with either one of their other palettes, as well as with many of their stacks or individual shadows from those stacks, so it’s easy to mix and match within the same brand. As far as price goes, you’re paying $6 per shadow, which isn’t anything outrageous, so I would consider this palette to be a good value and pretty mid-range if you’re taking price per shadow into account.

Melt Cosmetics is a cruelty-free brand and this palette is vegan.

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Photo taken outdoors with natural, direct sunlight. Eye Shadows swatched on MAC NC10-NC15 skin.

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Gravity OG:   “Get lifted in this indica dominant yellow gold”… So basically, this shadow is a medium, yellow based gold that has somewhat neutral undertones and a frosted finish that will appear more metallic if you apply it with a dampened brush. It’s great as a lid color and works well with all of the other shadows in this palette. When applying this shadow, I find that it works best with a flat shader brush, either dry or damp. It also goes on incredibly smoothly if you pat it on with your finger.

This eye shadow, along with the rest of the shadows in this palette, feels SO smooth that it’s hard to believe it’s a powder formula. It applies really well without having to use much product at all. The color payoff looks just like it does in the pan, especially if you pat this onto the lid over a good primer. Coverage is fully opaque without any patchiness whether it’s applied over a primer or not. With a primer, I got 7 to 8 hours of wear time on the lid. Despite some kickback/powdery fluff in the palette, I didn’t have any issues with fallout when applying Gravity OG.

Dupes:

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Metallic Eye Shadow is lighter and has much more cool, green undertones.
  • MAC’s Amber Lights Eye Shadow is darker and much, much warmer toned.
  • MAC’s Goldmine Eye Shadow is lighter and more peachy.
  • Melt’s Ganja Eye Shadow from the Haze stack is the only shadow I found that’s similar in formula, but it’s lighter and more cool toned.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Grand Daddy:   “A high-grade olive gold foil with an old school vibe”… This eye shadow is a medium, cool toned golden olive with a frosted to metallic finish, depending on whether or not you apply it dry or damp. I know there’s some rule for most people where they don’t use frosty or shimmery shadows in the crease but guess what, I did and it’s gorgeous when worn like that. This is also a great shadow to pop onto the lid or on the inner and outer corners of a halo/spotlight eye, or blend out below the lower lash line to create a very pretty, smoky look. You can apply this shadow with your finger as well as a brush, and a finger application actually works the same way a damp application does, making it more pigmented and metallic.

Like Gravity OG, Grand Daddy feels extremely buttery and applies like a dream. The color payoff is great and it looks almost the same on as it does in the pan. I do find that applying this over a primer will help with color payoff and coverage, even though the opacity is fully opaque without a primer. Wear time on the lid or in the crease was about 8 hours for me and I had no noticeable fallout with this eye shadow.

Dupes:   

  • ABH’s Metallic Eye Shadow is actually a very close dupe, but it’s a little bit lighter.
  • ABH’s Tiger’s Eye Eye Shadow is in the same color family, but it’s much lighter than Grand Daddy is.
  • MAC’s Sumptuous Olive Eye Shadow is darker and more of a true olive.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

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Black Widow:   “This trippy olive shimmer will leave you with a hunger for more”. Black Widow is a medium to medium-dark, cool toned olive with a frosted to truly metallic finish, depending on whether or not you use a dry or damp brush. This is a versatile shadow that you can use for a variety of looks, whether it’s a smoky eye with this all over the lid, a halo eye, or you can use this as a single, all over color.

This eye shadow is just as creamy as the others in this palette and applies easily. Color payoff with Black Widow is good, but it does tend to look a little lighter when swatched or when applied to the lid/crease than it does in the pan. Applying this shadow over a primer will help with that, though. Despite the difference in color payoff, coverage is great and fully opaque, even when using little product. Wear time was 7 hours or so and I had some very minor shimmery fallout with this shadow, but nothing that I couldn’t easily dust away with my powder brush.

Dupes:   

  • ABH’s Metallic Eye Shadow is much lighter and more gold.
  • ABH’s Moss Eye Shadow is darker, less shimmery, and more of a dirty, grayish olive.
  • MAC’s Sumptuous Olive Eye Shadow is a very, very similar dupe but it does have more of a sheen, rather than the shimmer that Black Widow has and it’s very slightly darker.

Overall Rating:   4.6 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Sour Diesel:   “Potent gray olive matte with an immediate opaque payoff”. Sour Diesel is a dark, cool toned olive with a hint of brownish/gray undertones. It’s one of only two matte shadows in this palette but it’s pretty versatile. This shadow works well when worn all over the lid for a smoky eye, as a liner, or in the crease to add some drama to your look. No matter how you’re applying this shadow, I suggest using some sort of natural fiber brush, or a synthetic fiber brush as long as it’s not the type of fibers that are slippery or smooth, since those don’t hold onto matte shadows very well.

For a matte formula, this eye shadow had NO dryness to it at all! It felt buttery and perhaps even smoother than the matte shadows that I have in my eye shadow stacks from Melt Cosmetics. It applied really easily, but did have some fallout. Fortunately, you can dust it away with a light hand and a fluffy powder brush, especially if you baked or powdered under your eyes so the fallout has nothing to stick to. The color payoff when applied isn’t quite as dark as it looks in the pan but it can be finessed a bit to reach that kind of depth. Sour Diesel is a highly pigmented eye shadow with full coverage using very little product. Wear time on the lid or in the crease was between 8 and 9 hours for me before I noticed any fading.

Dupes:   

  • I can’t seem to find a dupe that’s even close to Sour Diesel in my single shadows, but I’ll search through palettes tomorrow (12/3).

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

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Space Queen:   “An out of this world hunter green matte that will inspire creativity”… This eye shadow is a dark, cool toned hunter green, which means it’s a green with subtle blue undertones. It has a matte finish, so it’s great to use in the crease, as a liner, or smudged under the eye or on the inner and outer corners of the lid with a halo/spotlight look. Like Black Widow, this shadow is best applied with a brush that’s not made with a smooth or slippery type of synthetic fiber.

Although this is a matte shadow, it’s not dry at all. The texture is extremely smooth and easy to work with and blend out. It does have a bit of fallout, but you can dust it away as long as you set your under eye area with powder before applying your eye shadow. Color payoff is really nice and looks just about the same on the lid as it does in the pan. It’s incredibly pigmented so coverage is also great and fully opaque without having to use much product. I got over 8 hours of wear time both on the lid and on the crease before I noticed any creasing or fading.

Dupes:   

  •    MAC’s Plumage Eye Shadow is the closest dupe I could find and is similar, but has more of a blue-based undertone.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Mean Green:   “Pungent emerald densely packed with a loud green shift”… Mean Green is a medium-dark to dark, cool toned emerald green with a sort of sage green shift and a glowing, frosted finish. Since this shadow has that type of a shift, it’s easy to intensify it by applying it damp or with a finger. This shadow works well with all of the other shadows in this palette and looks great no matter where you apply it or what kind of look you’re using it for.

The texture of Mean Green feels almost creamy, just like the rest of the shadows in this palette, so it’s really easy to apply. Color payoff is nice, but since it has a shift of sorts, the overall color doesn’t look like it does in the pan once you swatch or apply it. The coverage is also affected a bit by the whole shift thing, so it’s not entirely opaque unless you pack it on over a primer. Wear time was fantastic, though, and this shadow lasted for over 9 hours both on the lid and in the crease.

Dupes:   

  • ABH’s Emerald Eye Shadow is darker and has much more true green/grayish undertones.
  • ABH’s Peacock Eye Shadow is much darker and also has less blue/teal undertones.
  • MAC’s Humid Eye Shadow is a closer dupe than the two ABH shadows, but it’s still more true green/has less blue undertones.

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

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Sweet Tooth:   “No cotton mouth, just sticky icky candy-coated jade shimmer”… Sweet Tooth is a medium to medium-dark, cool toned, minty jade type of green with a very frosted, metallic finish. I absolutely love this shadow on the center of the lid for a halo/spotlight look, or all over the lid with something like Space Queen in the crease. You can use a brush or your finger to apply this shadow, but a damp application with a flat shader brush or a finger application will give you a more pigmented, metallic payoff.

To me, Sweet Tooth felt even more buttery and creamy than the other shadows in this palette and it applied so easily with a flat shader brush. Color payoff is amazing! This shadow looks the same when swatched or applied as it does in the pan and it gives totally opaque, full coverage as well. I had a very, very small amount of fallout with this shadow but if you use a light hand with a fluffy brush, it’s easily swiped away. Wear time on the lid was just over 8 hours before I had any problems with creasing or fading.

Dupes:   

  • ABH’s Venice Eye Shadow is lighter and more blue toned.

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Blue Dream:   “Euphoric concentration of crystalized mint pearl”… Blue Dream is a light, cool toned minty pearl color with a pearlized, frosty finish. It’s gorgeous as a center color with halo look, on the inner corner, or on part of the lid. I actually prefer using my finger to apply this shadow, but you can also use a flat shader brush. If you want the best pigmentation, I definitely suggest using a damp synthetic flat brush or your finger.

This eye shadow feels really creamy and smooth like the other frosted shades in this palette, but it also feel a bit, I don’t know, fragile and crumbly perhaps? The color payoff and coverage seem to reflect that, as it’s lighter when swatched or applied than it is in the pan, and also not completely opaque. The pigmentation and coverage can be improved when applying Blue Dream damp and/or on top of a good primer. There was a bit of dusty fallout with this shadow but like the others in the palette, it was easy to brush away. Wear time on the lid or inner corner was between 7 and 8 hours, which was a pleasant surprise for an eye shadow with this type of color and formula!

Dupes:   

  • ABH’s Venice Eye Shadow is darker and more blue.

Overall Rating:   4 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

 

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

Pat McGrath Mothership V: Bronze Seduction Palette

I’ve been testing this palette for almost a month now and I hate to admit that I’m so in love with such a boujee product, but I am! Not only have I been using this on myself a ton lately, but I’ve used it on a few clients as well and every look I’ve created with it has turned out stunning. This is one of those palettes that’s foolproof, so no matter what shadows you use, your look will end up looking cohesive and beautiful.

If you want to see everything I’m testing, loving, and planning on posting reviews for, be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram! Also, if you’ve used this palette, be sure to let me know what you think of it in the comments!

Note: Some photos are of a used palette or used shadows. I’m so sorry but I had to redo them to get photos that were true to color. Also, some of these shadows have a shift to them, so they look different in various lighting and at different angles.

Dupes will be posted on Monday, October 29th, as well as additional brush suggestions.

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The Mothership V: Bronze Seduction palette is a lovely mix of mostly warm toned shadows which, like I said, are versatile, so this palette can take you from a soft, daytime look to a dramatic, sparkly or smoky look for a night out. The price point for this palette is definitely up there and these aren’t shadows that everyone needs, but if you do purchase it, it’s probably something that you’ll use all the time. If you have the extra money to spend on the Mothership V palette, go for it!

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This palette sells for $125 from both Sephora and the Pat McGrath Labs website. It contains a total of 10 shadows, weighing in at 1.32 g / 0.05 oz each, for a total of 13.2 g / 0.47 oz of product. If you compare these to other palettes out there, not many compare as far as price goes, but you do get about twice as much product in this palette than you do in something like an ABH palette. The shadows in Pat McGrath’s palettes are actually a lot bigger than the shadows you find in most palettes, and are about the same size as individual shadows from Anastasia Beverly Hills or MAC. If you think about it that way, the Mothership V palette is actually a pretty good deal! MAC shadows sell for $17 each, and ABH shadows go for $12 each, so buying this palette is about the same price or a little cheaper than if you bought 10 individual shadows from those brands.

Pat McGrath Labs is a cruelty-free company, but this palette is not vegan because some shadows do contain Carmine. You can check out the photos of the ingredients list below.

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The palette itself is very heavy and sturdy, and is a glossy black plastic with a golden, metal back on it. As you can see in one of the above photos, the black plastic shows every single fingerprint or speck of dust that lands on it, which can be irritating if you’re super OCD like I am at times, but it’s whatever… What’s inside is what really matters! The golden/brassy, metal backing on the palette is really different and adds some seriously lux vibes to the Mothership V palette. It has “use without caution, shade throwing and eye ecstasy, may result with prolonged use” etched into it, which I thought was pretty epic and cute. The names of the shadows are not on the palette itself anywhere, so it looks really sleek and clean, but it can also get annoying if you want to know exactly what you’re using and be able to share that on IG or in a video or something. The names of the shadows are on an insert that’s under the palette when you open it up, so just make sure you don’t throw that away!

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Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Swatches are on MAC NC10-15 skin with just one back and forth swipe of my finger.

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Skinshow Divine Glow:   This shadow is described as a “golden champange”. It’s a light, pretty neutral, almost white gold with a soft, satin finish that has a very subtle glow to it. At some angles and in some lighting, the golden undertones show a little more. This shadow is great as a brow or inner corner highlight, or you can pop it onto the lid with something like Entrapment in the crease for a simple but gorgeous, natural daytime look. To apply this shadow, I like to use either a natural or synthetic brush and use a dry application. If you’d like some extra sheen, using a damp synthetic brush will do the job!

The texture of this shadow is extremely smooth and buttery, so it applies very easily and glides right on. Color payoff is great and this looks just like it does in the pan when layered or applied damp, but it does look a little softer with a dry application. Coverage isn’t fully opaque unless you do a damp application, but I don’t think this shadow was meant to be intense and fully opaque. I didn’t notice any fallout with this shadow and wear time on the lid, on the inner corner or below the brow is great! I had no fading with this shadow until I had it on for a solid 8 to 9 hours.

Dupes:   

This is not a terribly unique color, so there are a ton of dupes out there. You probably have several in your makeup collection already, but here are a few of my favorites:

  • MAC Nylon Eye Shadow is much lighter and has more white/creamy tones.
  • MAC Dazzlelight Eye Shadow is lighter and more pinky toned.
  • MAC Ricepaper Eye Shadow is darker and has more peachy tones. It’s also got less of a sheen to it.
  • MAC Shroom is lighter and has more peachy pink tones.
  • ABH’s Soft Gold is lighter and more of a cream/white color.
  • ABH’s Legend is the closest dupe I found, and it looks almost identical but it lacks the soft shift that Skinshow Divine Glow has.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Entrapment:   Entrapment is a “tawny terracotta matte” with a matte finish. It’s a medium, warm toned brown. Is it unique? No, but this shadow is necessary in any palette and makes a great transition color or crease color if you’re doing a more toned down, natural, daytime look. You can also pop it all over the lid and blend it out and up into the crease if you’re in a hurry and just need to quickly put on a single eye shadow. If I’m popping this all over the lid and into the crease, or even applying this below my lower lash line, I like to use a small to medium, somewhat stiff but still fluffy brush, like a MAC 217 or TIME Los Angeles 204 brush. If I’m using this shadow in a more diffused way, like as a transition color, I usually reach for something like a MAC 224 or TIME 203 brush.

Entrapment’s texture is very soft and smooth for a matte shadow, so it’s easy to blend out. Color payoff looks just like it does in the palette and is fully opaque when applied with a flat brush. If you apply it with a fluffy brush, it’s less opaque of course, but it’s still got great color payoff. There’s some powdery kickback in the palette but it’s minimal, and I didn’t have any fallout when using this shadow. Wear time was over 9 hours whether I wore this in the crease or all over my eye.

Dupes:  

  • MAC’s Saddle Eye Shadow is incredibly similar but leans a bit more neutral. When blended out, it’s hard to tell the difference between the two.
  • ABH’s Caramel Eye Shadow is much warmer and reddish brown.
  • ABH’s Fawn is lighter and cooler toned.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Bronze Blaze:   This eye shadow is a “glittering golden bronze” and has a glowing, shimmery finish. It is a medium to medium-dark, very warm toned golden bronze that’s actually pretty bold for this type of color and formula. It’s gorgeous all over the lid with any of the matte shadows in this palette in the crease. Because this shadow is glittery, it applies best either dry or damp with a flat, dense brush like a MAC 248 or TIME 205 brush. If you apply it damp, it’s going to take on a much more metallic finish. You can also apply this shadow with your finger, which is the method I use for a lot of the shadows in this palette that are not matte.

Bronze Blaze feels ultra smooth and almost creamy without the roughness that you find in many glittery shadows. Color payoff is just as intense once it’s applied as it is in the palette, and the coverage is insane! The pigmentation of this shadow makes it fully opaque with one little swipe of your brush or finger, even when used dry. There is definitely some glittery fallout with this shadow, so make sure you either do your eyes first or have enough powder under your eyes that you can easily dust off any shadow that may fall. If I wear Bronze Blaze on my lid, it does fade a little closest to the crease within about 5 hours, but it stays on the rest of the lid for 7 to 8 hours. If you apply this over a glitter glue, you won’t get as much fallout and it will help with the creasing and wear time.

Dupes:   

  • MAC’s Amber Lights Eye Shadow is darker and doesn’t have any glitter, but it’s kinda close.
  • ABH’s Amber is a lot lighter, slightly cooler toned, and has no glitter.
  • Colourpop’s Side Kick Super Shock Shadow is similar as far as the finish goes, but it’s a lot more coppery/orange.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

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Yep, this is the same shadow! It takes on a much more silvery tone when you see the shift of it.

Rose Gold 005:   This shadow is described as a “gleaming rose gold” and has a very sparkly type of finish with multidimensional shimmer. It’s a light, mostly neutral, pinky rose gold but it can look more warm or cool toned depending on what it’s worn with or from what angle you look at it. It’s honestly hard to describe! To me, this shadow looks best when applied as a lid color or in the center of a halo eye. To apply it, I usually use my finger, but you can also use a very dense, flat brush like a MAC 248 either dry or damp, but a damp application will give you better color payoff and more shimmer.

In the pan, the texture of Rose Gold 005 feels smooth, but there’s a hint of grittiness (although very finely milled) once you apply it, especially if you use your finger to do so. Color payoff is good but it’s not as intensely pigmented on the eye as it is in the palette. Coverage isn’t fully opaque when applied dry, but it’s almost there. I feel like this isn’t supposed to be some super intense shadow, though, and is supposed to be more of a wash of color and shimmer to add an ethereal glow to any look. If you use a damp brush to apply it, it will definitely be more glittery/metallic and have better color payoff and coverage. Unfortunately, this eye shadow has quite a bit of fallout, mostly with a dry application using a brush, but it drops little glittery bits no matter what. The shimmery particles also travel onto anything you blend next to this shadow, so blend carefully unless you want shimmer all over the place! Rose Gold 005 wears best over a glitter glue… If it’s not applied over something like that, it fades closest to the crease really quickly (like an hour) but will hang on to the lid for 5 or 6 hours.

Dupes:  

  • MAC’s Slow/Fast/Slow Dazzle Shadow is quite a bit darker and has more plum tones.
  • MAC’s Last Dance Dazzle Shadow is lighter, cooler, and has a pink to purple shift.
  • ABH’s Pink Champagne is lighter and more of a cool mauve, and has no glitter.
  • Colourpop’s Catnip Super Shock Shadow is more cool toned and mauve but pretty similar as far as the finish goes.

Overall Rating:   3.5 / 5

Application:   3

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

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VR Fire Opal:   VR Fire Opal is described as a “color shifting chartreuse” and has a glowy, glimmering finish. When looked at straight on, it’s a light, golden champagne color with a soft, shimmery glow. Both in the pan or applied to the eye, it takes on a teal to chartreuse shift from one angle, and from another angle, it takes on a pinky, fuchsia shift. It’s pretty much impossible to capture any of that in photos or videos, so it’s one of those colors you just have to see yourself to appreciate. I love this shadow as a lid or inner corner color or in the center of a halo eye. Like Rose Gold 005, it applies best with a finger or a damp flat brush and can be quite dusty if it’s applied with a dry brush.

The texture feels similar to Rose Gold 005, but it’s a bit smoother with less grittiness. Color payoff definitely looks different once applied than it does in the palette, but if you layer it or apply it damp, it does look more pigmented. Coverage is also a little sheer, but also like Rose Gold 005, I feel like it’s probably supposed to be and that VR Fire Opal is more like a multidimensional, shifting topper rather than a super pigmented eye shadow on it’s own… If that makes any sense at all. This shadow does have some fallout but not as much as Rose Gold 005. Applying this over a sticky primer or glitter glue will minimize that and also increase the pigmentation and coverage. Wear time on the lid is about 6 to 7 hours before any fading or creasing occurs, but only 4 to 5 hours on the inner corner.

Dupes:   

  • MAC’s I Like 2 Watch has the same type of finish and a little bit of a shift, but it’s much darker and more of a green/gold.

Overall Rating:   3.7 / 5

Application:   3

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Xtreme Aubergine:   This eye shadow is a “blackened matte violet” with a very matte finish. It’s a dark, blackened purple that can pull either slightly warm or slightly cool toned depending on what your own skin tone is and what shadows you pair it up with. You can use this all over the lid with something like Entrapment in the crease for a smoky eye, or you can wear this in the crease or as liner. A dry application is best with matte shadows, and this applies well with pretty much any dense, flat brush for the lid or a fluffier, domed brush for the crease. The only time I’ve used this shadow with a damp brush is if I’m using it as an eyeliner, and any angled brush will work well for that.

Xtreme Aubergine feels very similar to the texture of Entrapment, although this shadow is a bit more dry. Color payoff looks almost just like it does in the palette but it can look a little darker, more cool toned, or more warm toned depending on how you apply this and what shadows you use with it. Coverage is totally opaque if you apply this with a dense, flat brush, so don’t let the swatch fool you! There’s no fallout with this shadow at all and it wears well on the lid for 6 to 7 hours before any fading or creasing occurs, and more like 8 to 9 hours in the crease.

Dupes:   

  • MAC’s Shadowy Lady Eye Shadow is really similar but more cool toned.
  • ABH’s Violet is lighter and more of a true purple.
  • ABH’s Deep Plum is close, but has more of a brownish tone to it.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Gilty Pleasure:   This eye shadow is a “silky bronze taupe” and has a satiny, shimmery finish. It’s a medium, cool to neutral toned bronzy taupe with a sort of patina sheen to it. The base of this shadow is more of a satin finish, while the shimmery part is made up of very smooth, finely milled glittery bits. I like using Gilty Pleasure best on my lid or in the center of a halo eye. It applies easily with a finger, or you can use a flat, dense shadow brush like a MAC 239 or 248, either damp or dry.

The texture of this shadow is super smooth and buttery and it applies like a dream. Color payoff is really nice and when applied to the eye, this looks just like it does in the palette. Coverage is fantastic and fully opaque without having to layer and pack on a ton of product. There’s a little bit of fallout with Gilty Pleasure, but it’s minimal and can easily be dusted away if you powder under your eyes before doing your eye makeup, or do your eyes first. Wear time on the lid is a full 8 to 10 hours before any creasing or fading happens.

Dupes:   

  • MAC’s Sumptuous Olive Eye Shadow is a lot more olive/green and has no glitter or shimmer.
  • ABH’s Chiffon Eye Shadow is similar in color, perhaps a bit more olive toned, but it doesn’t have any glitter or shimmer.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Disobedient:   Disobedient is a “classic matte mahogany” with a very matte finish (don’t worry, the shimmery bits in the photo above are from other shadows in the palette). It’s a dark, warm toned brown with reddish undertones. It’s not the must unique shadow ever, but like Entrapment, it’s one of those shadows that can be used by anyone, and with any other shadow in this palette. It looks nice all over the lid for a warm, subtle smoky eye, or in the crease or as liner. All over the lid, I like to use a dense, flat brush and in the crease, I like to use something tapered and dense, but still fluffy, like a MAC 217 or TIME 204 brush.

This shadow’s texture is consistent with the other two mattes in the palette and feels very soft and blends out quite easily. The color payoff and pigmentation is amazing, as is the coverage. You hardly have to use any product to get perfect color payoff and full opacity. I didn’t have any fallout with this shadow and it wore well for 9 to 10 hours.

Dupes:   

  • MAC’s Embark Eye Shadow is very similar but slightly more cool toned.
  • ABH’s Deep Plum Eye Shadow is almost a perfect dupe but it’s a little more purple.
  • ABH’s Beauty Mark Eye Shadow is also nearly a perfect dupe.
  • ABH’s Fudge Eye Shadow is another almost identical shadow but it’s very slightly more warm toned.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Photo taken indoors using natural light + a ring light.
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Photo taken indoors using natural light + a ring light.
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Photo taken using natural, indirect sunlight.
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Photo taken using natural, indirect sunlight.

Blitz Flame:   This shadow is by far my favorite in the entire Mothership V palette! It’s described as a “molten metallic crimson” and has a glowy, satin-like to metallic finish. It’s a medium, mostly warm toned red that can look more cool or more warm, depending on what other shadows you pair it up with, what angle you look at it from, and how you apply it. I love this shadow in any form of application… In the crease, on the lid, blown out below the lower lash line, on the inner corner for a more edgy look… It honestly all looks amazing because this color is SO unique and versatile. I’ve never seen an eye shadow like this before! You can use any application technique with this shadow, but it definitely has a more metallic finish when using a damp brush.

Blitz Flame is a very smooth, almost creamy feeling eye shadow that glides right on. Color payoff looks just like it does in the palette if you layer it or apply it with a finger or a damp brush, and coverage is full and opaque using little product. I didn’t have any fallout with this shadow, no matter how I applied it, and it wore well both in the crease and on the lid for a solid 8 to 10 hours without any creasing or fading.

Dupes:   

  • MAC’s Let’s Roll Dazzle Shadow is actually pretty similar, but it’s more pink and has more true glitter.
  • Colourpop’s Cuteologist Super Shock Shadow is a lot more orange/red and doesn’t have the same type of sheen that Blitz Flame has.
  • Colourpop’s Fooling Around Super Shock Shadow is really, really similar but has little more of a magenta/red tone and has actual shimmer in it.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Astral Luna Gold:   This eye shadow is described as a “glistening white gold” and it has an incredibly glowy, glittery finish. It’s a light, silvery/blue, white gold that reminds me of moonstone or quartz crystals. The shimmery/glittery part of this shadow is really intense and picks up more purple, teal, gold, and icy blue tones. It’s almost impossible to describe this shadow and even staring at it in person, it’s hard to wrap my head around everything going on with Astral Luna Gold. This works best when applied damp or with a finger all over the lid or on the inner corner and this shadow can also be used as a topper over other shadows.

The formula and texture for Astral Luna Gold is unlike any eye shadow I’ve used before…  It’s smooth and feels quite silky, but it has a little powdery grit to it as well (probably from all of the glittery particles). Color payoff looks almost like it does in the pan if you apply this shadow in layers and damp, but it’s pretty sheer otherwise, so coverage isn’t fantastic unless you are willing to work with this shadow. Like I said earlier, this is almost like a shimmery glow and topper for other shadows rather than a great stand-alone shadow. When used dry, there’s an awful lot of fallout with Astral Luna Gold, but if you apply it over a glitter glue or sticky primer, that helps. That will also help with the wear time, which is only 4 to 6 hours without a something to adhere to before fading or creasing happens.

Dupes:

  • I honestly cannot find a dupe for this shadow. It’s way too unique to compare to anything in my collection!

Overall Rating:   3.3 / 5

Application:   3

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

 

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

 

 

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill: The Vault Collection Armed & Gorgeous Palette

I’ve been testing this palette for the past week and well, I’m slightly more impressed with the Armed & Gorgeous palette than I was with the Bling Boss palette (you can read about that little disaster here). While I only have the “V2” versions of The Vault palettes, I’ve heard that they perform only slightly better than the originals. That said, everyone has a different experience with every product, and hopefully some of you have had better luck with these palettes than I have! I’m curious to know what you think of these palettes, so let me know in the comments if you’ve used them and how they worked for you!

Dupes will be added on Tuesday, October 2nd! I’m rearranging my makeup room right now and can’t get to all of my eye shadow palettes tonight!

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As with the Bling Boss palette, there are inconsistencies in formulation between different colors in Armed & Gorgeous, but I’ll get into that in the individual rundowns for each shadow. I definitely think that Morphe’s shadows found in their 35, 15, and other eye shadow palettes are better quality, and much more consistent between different shades. I don’t own the original Jaclyn Hill palette, but judging by the few times I’ve played around with it, it’s also much higher quality than The Vault palettes are. I so wanted to love these palettes, and like I said, Armed & Gorgeous is easier to work with than Bling Boss was, but it’s still just not something I’d reach for all the time. There are other shadows and palettes out there that may cost a little more, but are a lot more fun to play around with and much easier to apply!

Most of the shadows in Armed & Gorgeous were well pigmented, so that was a nice surprise. However, some were still difficult to blend out or ended up looking patchy. The first look I did using three of the shadows was awesome and I got a lot of compliments on it! The second look… Ehhh not so great. The third was alright, but I had enough difficult blending out some of the shadows that I wasn’t happy with the finished look and didn’t end up photographing it. Overall, just like with Bling Boss, I don’t think that Armed & Gorgeous is worth the $15, or my time. I’m still going to give the other two Vault palettes a shot, but I need to take a little break from them so I can play with some of the other new products I’ve picked up lately that seem more promising. I hope you all are cool with that!

Speaking of upcoming reviews and new products, if you want to keep up with me and see what I’m testing or check out looks I post with all of my favorite and new products, you can follow me on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat! You can find me @lesley_makeup on all social media platforms. I love hearing from all of my readers and followers, so don’t be afraid to say hi!

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The Armed & Gorgeous palette can be purchased from Morphe or Ulta, either online or in stores, just like the other palettes in The Vault collection. Individually, the palettes cost $15, or you can buy all four of them as a set for $49. I don’t know if Ulta sells them as the set in stores, but they’re available from Ulta individually. Each palette contains ten 1″ pan shadows weighing in at 1.6 g / 0.056 oz of product each. That’s a total of 16 g / 0.56 oz of shadow for the whole palette. If you divide up the price, it comes out to be $1.50 per shadow, which is a steal, but is also why I didn’t really expect miracles from these palettes.

If you compare The Vault palettes to something like palettes from Anastasia Beverly Hills, you’re getting four less shadows in The Vault palettes but the shadows in them are bigger, and it’s a better deal based on cost alone (ABH palettes will run you $42). In comparison to something like the Shayla x Colourpop Perception Palette, Perception contains six more shadows than Armed & Gorgeous does, weighs in with the exact same amount of product, and costs $23 ($8 more than Bling Boss, but only costs you $1.44 per shadow). Now for individual comparisons, Anastasia Beverly Hills shadows are 0.07 g larger the shadows in the The Vault palettes, but they cost $12 each. MAC Eye Shadows in refill pan form are 1.6 g smaller than the shadows in the The Vault palettes are and cost $7.  Colourpop’s individual, pan-only shadows are even cheaper at $4 each, and contain 1.5 g of product.

Armed & Gorgeous and the other Vault palettes aren’t a bad deal as a whole and are basically cheaper than anything else out there, but you’re not paying for quality as much as I feel like you’re paying for someone’s name and sparkly logo stamped onto them. If you have the spare money to blow on this palette or The Vault collection as a whole, I say go for it if you see a two or three shadows that catch your eye. A few shadows are unique and really pretty, and I see myself reaching for those, but only occasionally. However, if you want to play with color and want a better quality palette, just get one of Morphe’s 35 palettes! They’re awesome and you get more colors for your money that way.

On the plus side, Morphe is a cruelty-free company! Each palette may not be vegan, though. Carmine is on the ingredients list under “may contain”, so I can’t tell you which shadows are and are not vegan. Since Carmine is a red dye, it’s more than likely in a few of the shadows in this palette.

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The packaging for The Vault and for this palette is cute. It’s pretty clean, it’s classy, it’s very “Jaclyn”, and I like it! The box that The Vault set comes in has the Morphe x Jaclyn Hill logo on it and features the four colors for each palette mixed together with the metallic silver in the little burst logo. The box also has a little bit about how this collection came to be and a photo of Jaclyn on the back, and the ingredients listed on……….. As for the set itself, it’s held in another box which is open on one side so you can see the palette labels. It’s really neat and has a ribbon inside of it that you pull on to slide the palettes out, making it easy to grab them without messing up your nails or desperately trying to pry them out of there. The Bling Boss palette features the typical Jaclyn Hill silver burst logo with little purple confetti mixed in, representing the color theme of the shadows inside. Oh and one more thing… There’s a mirror in each of The Vault palettes! It’s a good quality mirror too and not one of those cheap, plastic types that distorts your pretty face, so that’s a positive thing about this palette!

Note: Some photos below have been edited to represent the shadow color as accurately as possible.

All reviews are based on how these shadows perform when applied and tested over a primer, just like how I always wear every other eye shadow. My primer of choice is MAC’s Soft Ochre Pro Longwear Paint Pot, set with whatever powder I use on my face (usually Laura Mercier Translucent or MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural).

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Photo taken outdoor on a cloudy day. Eye Shadows swatched on MAC NC15 skin.

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VIP:   This is described as an “icy white shimmer” and has a more frosted finish than a shimmery one. It’s a light, neutral toned white with a bit of sheen to it. It’s a little hard to pick up the finish in the swatch photo, but it’s definitely there in person. This shadow is great for an inner corner highlight or even on the lid of you apply it lightly, or if you just like a light, intense lid color.

The texture of this felt pretty dry for a shadow with this type of finish, and it seems to go on better when swiped across the lid with a finger or a flat, synthetic brush, rather than using something with natural fibers. Color payoff is pretty good, especially for these palettes, although it’s not as intense once applied as it is in the pan. Coverage is mostly opaque but not fully, unless you layer VIP a bit. I didn’t notice fallout with this shadow, but it does have some kickback in the pan. Wear time on the inner corner/inner part of the lid was about 5 hours before it began to fade.

Dupes:

  • MAC’s Crystal Avalanche Eye Shadow is similar but a bit less cool toned.
  • MAC’s White Frost Eye Shadow is even closer to VIP, but is also very slightly less cool toned, but it has better pigmentation.

Overall Rating:   3.7 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

Value:   4

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Access:   Morphe refers to this eye shadow as a “matte turmeric gold”. It’s a very matte, warm toned, light-medium to medium, orange-gold. I used this as a transition color in and above my crease, and it performed pretty well. I didn’t think I’d like this color all that much, but it’s really pretty when paired with other shadows from this palette.

Like most other mattes in The Vault collection, Access feels very dry, but still smooth. Color payoff is alright, but it looks a little more muted once applied than it does in the pan. Coverage is just alright too… It’s definitely not very opaque unless it’s layered, as you can see in the swatch. If you apply a light colored primer, like MAC’s Soft Ochre Pro Longwear Paint Pot, it will improve both the color payoff and coverage with this shadow. There was a little powdery fluff in the pan when I dipped my brush into this shadow, but there’s no real fallout. Wear time was about 6 hours before I had any fading or creasing occur.

Dupes:

  • I didn’t find a great dupe foe this, but you could use a lot of orange/gold matte shadows to take the place os Access! Let me know in the comments if you’ve found a great dupe!

Overall Rating:   3.1 / 5

Application:   3

Coverage:  2

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

Value:   3

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Gilt Trip:   Morphe describes Gilt Trip as a “gold leaf shimmer”. It’s a light-medium, true gold with an almost metallic finish. This shadow was actually really nice and worked well as a lid color. It would also be pretty as an inner corner highlight, especially with some of the deeper shadows in this palette or on dark or deep skin tones.

The texture of Gilt Trip is smooth and much more buttery than the mattes in this palette. Color payoff is nice, although it’s not as intense once it’s on as it is in the pan, unless you dampen your brush to apply this shadow. Coverage is ehhh, 80-90% opaque with a dry application, but fully opaque when applied with a damp brush or layered with a finger. I didn’t have any fallout with this shadow and it wore well on my lid for just over 6 hours.

Dupes:

  • ABH’s Tiger’s Eye Eye Shadow is similar, but more warm toned.
  • ABH’s Gold Rush Eye Shadow is nearly identical.

Overall Rating:   4 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Value:   4

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Coin:   This shadow described as a “glitzy gold sheen” and is a much more rich type of gold than Gilt Trip is. Coin is a medium, cooler toned type of gold that has a frosted finish, but also has some glittery bits in it. It’s a lovely color for the lid and fits right in with the fall vibes this palette gives.

Coin’s texture feels pretty dry, but it’s not as dry as the matte shadows in The Vault palettes. However, it’s also not as smooth as the more frosted shadows like Gilt Trip. The “glitz” seems to add a bit of grittiness to the formula of this shadow. Color payoff is, as usual, not as bold or intense once applied as it is when you see it in the palette, and it’s better with a finger or a damp application than it is with a brush. Same goes for coverage… It’s not fully opaque when applied with a dry brush like a MAC 239, and only gives full coverage if you apply it with something like a dampened synthetic brush (think a small, flat concealer type of brush). I had a little fallout with Coin, but it stayed in place on my lid without creasing or fading for between 6 and 7 hours.

Dupes:

  • Melt Cosmetics’ Ganja Eye Shadow (from the Haze stack) has a little less of an almost greenish undertone than Coin does, but it’s very, very similar and feels incredibly creamy. It’s also a lot more pigmented.

Overall Rating:   3.7 / 5

Application:   3

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Value:   4

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Agent:   Agent is a “matte saffron” that’s kind of a darker, more brown version of Access. This shadow is a medium to medium-dark, warm toned brownish-orange with a very matte finish. It’s a great color for the crease or lower lash line (if you can get it to show up), and would work well with pretty much any skin tone.

Unfortunately, Agent is another super dry, chalky feeling shadow out of The Vault, which sticks to certain areas, doesn’t show up in other areas, and is overall pretty patchy and hard to work with or blend out. This eye shadow has the potential to be great and has great pigmentation, but color payoff is lacking unless you really layer it or pack it on. Coverage is also pretty pathetic unless you layer this shadow or it decides to randomly stick to one spot, like it has a tendency to do. Agent is so chalky and blah that there’s not really any fallout, so that’s sort of a plus. Wear time is great if you can actually manage to apply this shadow, and it lasted for about 8 hours in my crease before it faded.

Dupes:

  • ABH’s New Wave Eye Shadow (Subculture Palette) is a little lighter than Agent, but much easier to apply and more pigmented.

Overall Rating:   2.6 / 5

Application:   1

Coverage:  2

Color Payoff:   2

Texture:   1

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Value:   3

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Photo taken outdoor on a cloudy day. Eye Shadows swatched on MAC NC15 skin.

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Top Secret:   This shadow is described as a “matte absinthe green”. It’s a medium-dark, cool toned olive drab sort of green with a matte finish. This color is gorgeous, or it would be if it actually showed up, but most of the time, it doesn’t. I tried this all over the lid for a smoky look and it was SO patchy and hard to layer or work with. It applied a little better in the crease, but it was still really patchy and hard to apply even then. It’s such a bummer too, because this would have been such a pretty shadow otherwise.

Top Secret feels chalky, very dry, and overall horrible. Like many of the mattes in these palettes, color payoff is not good at all. It’s very patchy, doesn’t really show up, and has no coverage or opacity either. Color payoff is actually okay if you layer this in the crease by going over it again and again with a fluffy brush, but even then is sticks to some spots, misses other, and is difficult to blend out. Layering this shadow doesn’t even work well to get heavier coverage because it becomes sooo patchy. I didn’t get any fallout with this shadow, although it’s pretty powdery and causes a lot of kickback in the palette. Wear time in the crease was a solid 8 hours, so that’s one positive thing about Top Secret!

Dupes:

  • Melt’s Leo Eye Shadow (Gemini Palette) is pretty much identical, but a lot more pigmented and feels almost creamy it’s so finely milled and smooth.
  • MAC’s Flourishing Eye Shadow is similar, maybe a little lighter, but it’s long been discontinued 😦

Overall Rating:   2.3 / 5

Application:   1

Coverage:  1

Color Payoff:   2

Texture:   1

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Value:   2

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Smooth Criminal:   Smooth Criminal is referred to as a “matte cognac”. It’s a medium-dark to dark, very warm toned brown with strong reddish or rusty undertones and a very matte finish. This shadow wasn’t very impressive, which sucks because I love this color in the pan. It worked best for me when applied in the crease or below the lower lash line using a MAC 217 brush or something similar.

This shadow’s texture feels just like the other mattes in this palette and the rest of The Vault… Upon swatching it, it’s smooth but very dry and almost chalky. Color payoff was a little better with Smooth Criminal than it was with Top Secret, but it still wasn’t intense. Coverage was pretty much translucent and incredibly patchy, even when lightly layered with a fluffy crease brush like a MAC 224 or TIME Los Angeles 203 brush, which usually gives an incredibly even, blown out type of application, even with the most problematic shadows. There was no fallout with Smooth Criminal, but I mean, there wasn’t much of anything else either. Wear time in the crease was good, and this shadow lasted over 8 hours without creasing.

Dupes:

  • Melt Cosmetics’ Rust Eye Shadow is nearly a perfect dupe but is MUCH more pigmented and buttery feeling.

Overall Rating:   2.4 / 5

Application:   1

Coverage:  2

Color Payoff:   2

Texture:   1

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Value:   2

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Secure:   This eye shadow is a “matte tangerine” and is one of the better mattes in this palette. It’s a medium, warm toned orange with a matte finish. This worked really well for me as a transition/crease color and looks nice with any other shadow in this palette.

The texture of Secure felt nicer than any of the other matte shadows in this palette and was smooth and a little dry, but not to the point of being chalky, so it applied evenly and buffed out easily with a fluffy crease brush. Color payoff wasn’t amazing, but it was good, and this layered well so it is possible to make this shadow quite intense. Coverage wasn’t full, but it wasn’t bad, especially if it’s layered or applied with a dense brush. I swiped this on heavily below my lower lash line with a pencil brush like a MAC 219 and it looked bold and nearly opaque using little product. There was no fallout with Secure and it lasted both in the crease and below my lower lash line for over 7 hours.

Dupes:

  • MAC’s Rule Eye Shadow is close, but is a little more cool toned and orange.
  • ABH’s New Wave Eye Shadow (Subculture Palette) is a perfect dupe and is also more pigmented and smooth in texture.

Overall Rating:   4 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Value:   4

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Prowl:   Prowl is described as a “matte dark truffle” and is similar to Secure as far as formulation goes, so this is another good matte shadow out of The Vault collection. It’s a dark, warm toned brown with a matte finish that works really well to darken the crease and smudge below the lower lash line for a warm, smoky look.

Prowl’s texture is smooth and a little dry, but it feels nice to apply and goes on evenly. Color payoff is better than most mattes from The Vault, but still not as great as some other brands matte formulas. Coverage is still not quite full, but you can make this opaque with a little layering. That said, it’s still a bit patchy when applied and packed onto the lid. There wasn’t much kickback in the palette with Prowl, and it had no fallout. Wear time was great and this shadow lasted for about 9 hours in my crease before I noticed any fading or creasing.

Dupes:

  • ABH’s Fudge Eye Shadow is slightly warmer and a little lighter, but it’s very close and has better pigmentation.
  • ABH’s Hot Chocolate Eye Shadow is nearly identical, perhaps with less reddish undertones, but it’s a great dupe and is a lot more pigmented.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   4

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Classified:   This shadow is a “shimmering burnt gold” and would be a great lid color… If it showed up a little better. It’s a medium to medium-dark, shimmery, slightly cool toned gold that somehow looks totally different and much warmer once it’s swatched or applied.

Classified’s texture was very dry, which made it hard to apply and work with. To get it to remotely show up, you have to use your finger or a damp brush and really do some layering and finessing. Color payoff was weird, not great, and like I said, it looked much warmed once I had applied it, which was disappointing. Coverage was bad and isn’t opaque unless you apply layer upon layer of this shadow. It had some fallout, too, but it was mostly shimmery particles that were easy to sweep away. When I finally got this to show up on my lid, it only lasted a little over 4 hours before I noticed it fading and beginning to crease.

Dupes:

  • I honestly didn’t find a dupe for Classified because it’s such a barely-there shadow to begin with. Pretty much any golden, patina type of eye shadow would be better than this *shrug*. If you know of a good dupe, leave me a comment and let me know!

Overall Rating:   1.9 / 5

Application:   1

Coverage:  2

Color Payoff:   1

Texture:   1

Wear Time:   2

Packaging:   5

Value:   2

 

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

Shayla x Colourpop: Perception Eye Shadow Palette

I know this post is a little late, but right about the time it restocked, I got a puppy and haven’t had a much time to work on the blog and write since then! Every item in the collection is currently in stock, so you can get your hands on this palette, as well as everything else. If you want to see the reviews for the rest of the collection, just click the links below:

Shayla x Colourpop: Neat Freak Ultra Glossy Lip

Shayla x Colourpop: C’Mon Sis, Oouuuu!, and Quickie Lux Lipsticks

Shayla x Colourpop: Boomin’ and Pose Luster Dust Loose Highlighters

The Perception palette is on par with all of the other eye shadow palettes from Colourpop as far as quality goes, and contains a wide variety of colors, so you can do a natural look, smoky eye, or even something with a bright pop of color. I feel like these things would make this palette appealing to everyone, and also suitable for all ages and skin tones, since none of the shadows are too bright, too cool, too warm, too sparkly… You get the idea. I’m pretty sure I could come up with a new look every day for the next few months at least, using the Perception palette. Because there’s such a big variation of color with these shadows, I also feel like it’s challenged me to step out of my comfort zone of warm neutrals, so that’s always fun, and if you’re just getting into makeup, you will learn so much by getting a palette like this that you can really play around with!

I’ll get into more detail about each shade in the individual rundowns below, so keep scrolling if you’d like to see those reviews!

Also, if you want to keep up with me on Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat, my name is lesley_makeup on all three platforms. I love hearing from you guys and I always use those to post updates about when I’m making blog posts and what I’m testing out or loving lately!

Note:   If some of the photos look like they were taken in different lighting, or if some were taken AFTER I started using the palette, I’m so sorry! My camera battery officially died while I was in the middle of shooting this collection, so I had to go back and redo some photos so they would all be as accurate as possible and represent the colors of the shadows properly.

Also, ALL shadows are tested over a primer, so keep that in mind when reading the reviews.

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Photo taken indoors using a ring light/studio lighting.

The Shayla x Colourpop Perception eye shadow palette can be purchased on www.colourpop.com. It sells for $23 by itself, or you can get then entire collection for only $59 as a kit, which includes this palette, both Luster Dust Loose Highlighters, all three Lux Lipsticks, and the Ultra Glossy Lip. As you can see, this palette has a whopping 16 shadows, each of which contain 1.1g / 0.039oz of product, for a total product weight of 17.6g / 0.624oz (as shown on the packaging… On the website it says it contains 16 x 1.0g / 0.035oz per shadow for a total of 16g / 0.56oz). That’s actually a teeeeeny bit larger than the shadows contained in other Colourpop palettes, plus this palette is WAY cheaper than most other brands, so I consider this a steal as well as a must-have!

Colourpop is a cruelty-free company, and this particular product is mostly vegan. ❤ I say “mostly” because a few of the shadows do contain Carmine, but according to the website, it’s only found in Shade, Revenge, and September. For a full listing of ingredients, you can check out the link above to their website.

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The box for this palette features the matte black, purple, and rose gold colors as seen with the rest of the collection, and it has a drip design. It also features the names of each color on the back, just like the palette itself does.

The packaging for the palette also features the matte black with purple and metallic rose gold accents, with the splatter pattern you see on the packaging of the rest of this collection. It also shows the names of the colors on the back, even though they’re also printed below the shadows themselves.

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The formula for these shadows is amazing! The pigmentation, coverage, and selection of colors makes this palette a must-have to me, and I feel like it’s perfect for anyone, really. Especially if you’re tired of digging for palettes or having to use more than one for a makeup look. The Perception palette contains everything you need!

I’ll get into more details about each shadow in the individual rundowns below, so keep scrolling down to see those!

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Photo taken outdoors in direct sunlight. Shadows swatched on MAC NC20-ish skin.

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Unbothered:   This shadow is described as a “metallic ivory with a peachy flip”. It’s a light ivory with warm, almost yellow/champagne undertones and a finish that’s a soft type of metallic… Kind of like somewhere between a satin and a frost. It’s a great color for a highlight on the inner corner or brow bone, but it also works as a light lid color.

The formula for Unbothered felt smooth, but not as buttery as I would have imagined from something that’s supposed to be metallic. It felt a little powdery at times too, but not dry… That seems to depend on what brush I’m using to apply it, though. Color payoff looks nearly the same as it does in the palette once it’s applied, but because everyone has different skintones and undertones, this can look warmer/cooler, or lighter/darker, depending on who is wearing it. Coverage is easily made fully opaque if you apply this to the lid using a dense, flat brush or even your finger, but you can also sheer it out by dusting it on with a fluffier brush (like as a brow highlight). As far as wear time goes, I always apply my shadows on top of a primer like a MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot, so I got about 10 hours of wear on the lid before I noticed any fading.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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I rephotographed this shadow after using it because I thought it showed the true color better, as well as the texture of the shadow.

TF:   TF is a “metallic true gold” with a true metallic/frosted finish. You can apply this shadow dry or damp, but it will be MOST metallic if applied damp. It’s a medium, very bright gold with warm undertones and like I said, a very metallic finish. This makes the perfect lid color when used with pretty much any other shadow in the Perception palette!

The texture of TF is nice and smooth and applies well with a flat brush, but as you can see above, it does have some little bitty particles to it, which add to the metallic-ness. Color payoff looks just like it does in the palette, and because the finish and type of shadow this is, that should apply to everyone who wears it. It’s fully opaque using VERY little product, especially when applied damp or with your finger. Wear time was around 8 hours before any fading occurred, and that was just on the area closest to the crease (I wore this color on my lid).

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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Photographed straight on, using a ring light.
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Photographed at a slight angle, using natural sunlight, so you can see the colors of the reflect particles.

Titus:   Titus is a “metallic gunmetal” with a satin to frosted/metallic finish, depending on how you apply it. Like the previous two shadows, you can use dry or damp application. Titus is a medium-dark to dark gunmetal color, with cooler blue undertones, but it can actually show up more brown/blue on different people, in different lighting, and with different application techniques. It also has gorgeous, multi-dimensional, pink, teal, and silver reflects so it was quite hard to capture in a photo!

Also, if you’re a follower of Shayla, you probably know why this shadow is named Titus and it may or may not make you tear up a bit… It’s the same color as her precious little French Bulldog who left this world far too soon, and I think it’s a very sweet tribute to the little guy (I’m not crying, YOU’RE crying).

The texture for this shadow is very smooth and almost creamy feeling, which makes it apply like a dream whether you pack it onto the lid for a smoky look, or buff it into the crease or outer corner to darken your shadow a bit. Even though it’s considered a metallic finish, it works and wears well in both areas. Color payoff is fantastic, but as I mentioned, it will pull warmer/cooler or more blue/brown with different lighting and on different people, which is kinda cool IMO. Coverage is perfectly opaque without having to apply much product. Wear time was about 7 to 8 hours before I noticed any fading when I wore this in my crease, and 9 to 10 hours when I wore it on the lid.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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I accidentally stabbed this shadow with my nail… Oops.

Stallion:   Stallion is a “matte black with blue glitter” and has an overall matte finish, but it does look much more shimmery than it actually is when seen in the pan/palette. Once applied, it’s exactly what Colourpop describes it as. While it’s definitely a dark, very matte black, it’s also a softer type of black which looks a little less bold due to the blue glitter, but that’s a good quality in a black shadow sometimes! It makes it less harsh and more wearable, both on the lid and in the crease.

Stallion’s texture is smooth, but a bit on the drier side since it’s matte. It still applies well, but if you don’t want any patchiness when applying it to the lid, make sure you use a dense, flat, preferably natural fiber brush and apply it over a primer that you’ve set with a powder! Color payoff is, of course, different than it looks in the pan/palette, but it’s still great for a matte black and looks gorgeous! Coverage, as I brought up, can be a little patchy but that’s really only if you use your finger (like I did to swatch), or a brush that’s too fluffy. However, I do recommend a fluffier brush for a crease application. Wear time is between 8 and 9 hours in the crease and 10 and 11 hours on the lid.

Overall Rating:   4.6 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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Photo taken outdoors in direct sunlight. Shadows swatched on MAC NC20-ish skin.

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Spill the Tea:   Spill the Tea is a “metallic warm taupe” with a very frosted to metallic finish, which appears more metallic with a damp application. It’s a light-medium, warm toned, nude-taupe with pinky/champagne tones and a very reflective, metallic finish. You don’t even have to apply this damp for it to be quite metallic, but it will add a little extra somethin’ to it if you wish to use a damp application. I find that the damp application is best on the lid and inner corner, but is unnecessary on areas like the brow bone.

This shadow feels nice and buttery, but can have a very small amount of dry fallout, probably due to the super shimmery particles. That hasn’t been much of an issue for me, though, and I still use this shadow all the time. Color payoff is superb and shows up true to pan color, no matter what your skintone or undertones may be. Coverage is almost opaque with a dry application, but is best when layered, applied over a primer, or damp. I had no creasing or fading occur until well after 10 hours of wearing Spill the Tea.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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I photographed Diva after using it so I could stir up the shadow and show you all the texture.

Diva:   This shadow is described as a “metallic amber” and is a medium, coppery-gold with warm undertones and a toned down type of metallic finish that’s shinier and more reflective with a damp application or when packed on with a flat, synthetic brush or your finger. It’s a gorgeous lid color when paired up with just about any shadow combination in this palette!

Diva’s texture is smooth and almost creamy for the most part, but can feel a little powdery at times… Mostly because the shimmery particles. They cause more kickback in the palette than they do fallout, which I wanted to show you in the photo so you weren’t surprised by it! I feel like Diva is the most “fluffy” of all the shadows in this palette in that regard. It still applies easily and pretty evenly, though. The color payoff is excellent and looks just like it does in the palette… Perhaps a little darker if it’s applied damp or with a finger (since it mixes with the oils on your skin that way). Coverage is even and opaque without having to apply much shadow at all. Wear time was between 8 and 10 hours on the lid before I noticed any fading.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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The ring light picked up the golden tones in this a lot for some reason :/   The color is true in the swatch, though, and in the photo of the whole palette. Sorry about that!

I.E.:   This is described as a “metallic olive”, which is spot on! It’s a medium-dark olive color with mostly neutral to cool undertones, but as you can see in the photo of the shadow itself, it picks up more golden in some lighting. That may be because it has a hint of multicolored, multi-dimensional reflects to it. Like the other metallic shadows in this palette, you can apply I.E. damp or dry. This shadow also works well on both the lid and in the crease, since it’s a less intensely frosted type of metallic finish.

The texture of I.E. is really smooth, which makes it apply easily and evenly. Color payoff is great and looks just like it does in the pan (the photo of the whole palette is more accurate btw). Coverage is nearly opaque when quickly swiped on with your finger like in the swatch, but fully opaque when it’s properly applied with a brush. I got about 8 hours of wear when I popped this into my crease, and closer to 10 hours when I wore it on the lid.

Overall Rating:   4.9 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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14:   This shadow is described as a “metallic navy”… It’s a medium-dark, bright navy blue with cool undertones and a frosted finish. I don’t feel like this is all that metallic unless it’s applied damp. It’s very pretty, though, as well as versatile. This makes for a gorgeous pop of color under the eye, a fun crease color, or a great all over lid color, but I definitely recommend wearing it over a primer. You can even wear this on top of a black cream shadow or gel/cream liner to make the blue REALLY pop!

The texture of 14 felt smooth, but also a little dry at the same time. Fortunately, that’s not  something that makes it impossible to work with, it just might take some finessing or extra blending for certain applications. Color payoff is nice, but not as bright on the eye as it looks in the palette. However, applying it over a darker base or primer fixed that. Coverage was honestly a bit patchy for me, both on the lid with a flat brush, and in the swatch. I had to layer it or apply it damp to get full opacity. The wear time for 14 was great! I didn’t notice any fading in the crease until hour 8-ish, and it lasted about 10 hours on the lid.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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Photo taken outdoors in direct sunlight. Shadows swatched on MAC NC20-ish skin.

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Strut ‘ Slay:   Strut ‘n Slay is a “metallic rosy copper”… It’s kind of the more rosy version of Diva and Spill the Tea’s lovechild, and it is a medium to medium-dark, rosy copper with warm undertones and loads of frostiness. It’s stunning as a lid color, and would make a gorgeous inner corner and brow highlight on dark to deep skin tones.

This shadow feels SO buttery and glides on like a dream! Since I just use this on my lid, I like to apply it with a dense, flat brush, preferably one make of synthetic fibers, or my finger. You can also apply it damp for a true metallic finish. The color payoff looks just like it does in the palette once it’s applied, and coverage is fully opaque, even when used dry with little product. Wear time was 11-12 hours when worn over a primer before I noticed any fading.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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Culture:   Culture is a “matte soft brown” and IT IS EVERYTHING! It’s a medium, warm toned brown that is THE perfect blending/diffusing/transition color for ALL skin tones, and you can use it with any look or combination of shadows from this palette! It’s also great as just a quick, soft crease color if you’re in a hurry and have primed and powdered your lids, and just need a little something else to add dimension to your eyes.

The texture of Culture is wonderful! Even though it’s matte, it’s very soft and blends out so easily. Color payoff is the same as it looks in the pan, but of course has a softer payoff once blended out. It may also look warmer/peachier on some people… When I’m not spray tanned and am a MAC NC15 or lighter, it definitely looks warmer but I still use it every day! Coverage is fully opaque if you’re using it all over the lid, and you don’t need to apply much shadow to achieve that kind of opacity. Wear time for me was about 11 hours on the lid and actually over 12 in the crease!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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Sassy wanted to be blurry AF up close because of the shift it has… I’ll get the hang of this camera soon enough, I hope.

Sassy:   Sassy is a “metallic eggplant with a teal flip”, which is really hard to tell unless you see this in person and can move the palette and see all the different colors that live inside this pretty little eye shadow. It’s a medium-dark to dark, plummy, bronze, teal with  a really gorgeous, multidimensional shift and metallic finish. It’s an absolutely stunning color all over the lid and smudged along the lower lash line. You can play with this color by applying different colors of primers/cream eye shadows underneath. If you apply a black, brown, blue, teal, purple, red, neutral… ANY different color underneath Sassy, it’s going to transform it each time. Personally, I love to use this shadow for a different twist on a smoky eye. Oh, and if you’re familiar with or a fan of MAC’s Club Eye Shadow or Blue Brown Pigment, you’ll LOVE Sassy!

Sassy felt extra buttery and smooth and applied really well for me whether I used it dry or damp, or with my finger or a brush. Color payoff and coverage are both superb using little product. This shadow is like Culture as far as wear time goes… I didn’t notice any fading on my lid until after hour 11 or 12, and no creasing or fading when worn in my crease until hour 9 or 10!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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September:   This shadow is described as a “metallic pinky violet”, which is pretty much what it is! It’s a medium to medium-dark, rosy purple of sorts, with cool undertones once it’s applied. I feel like this could pull warmer or cooler, depending on your own skintone and also what you pair this with. Like most of the other shadows in this palette, September can be applied damp or dry, and will appear the most metallic when applied damp.

The texture of this shadow is very smooth and almost creamy, so it applies very easily and evenly. Color payoff is great and it looks just about the same on the eye as it does in the palette, but like I said, it may pull warmer or cooler on some people. Coverage is full and opaque with one swipe of a brush, and wear time is excellent! On the lid, I got nearly 10 hours of wear before I noticed any fading. I haven’t tried this in the crease yet.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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Photo taken outdoors in direct sunlight. Shadows swatched on MAC NC20-ish skin.

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Revenge:   Revenge is a “matte red brown” and is one of my favorite shadows in this palette! It’s a medium-dark, terracotta type of reddish brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. Warm, matte neutrals are my jam, so I was so happy to see a color like this in the Perception palette… It can be worn with pretty much any look!

Revenge feels smooth, although a bit dusty at times… I say dusty more than powdery because it’s more of a dry, potentially patchy vibe if it’s not applied over a primer, but it’s still a nice shadow that’s pretty easy to use. Color payoff is actually quite good and it looks the same on as it does in the palette. Coverage, like I said, *can* be patchy at times, but that’s really only on the lid, and if you don’t use a primer and/or flat brush to pat it on with. Wear time is awesome, and when worn in the crease, I don’t notice any fading until around 11 hours. On the lid, I haven’t seen any fading occur until about hour 9 or 10.

Overall Rating:   4.6 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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Thic:   Thic is described as a “matte vibrant orange”, and is a bright, medium to medium-dark orange with warm undertones and a very matte finish. While it’s a bright orange, the matte finish makes it softer looking and more wearable.

Like Revenge, Thic feels smooth but a wee bit dry… However, unlike Revenge, it doesn’t make it patchy. Color payoff is a little softer than it looks in the palette once it’s been applied, but no less bright, if that makes any sense. Coverage is almost fully opaque with one quick layer of shadow, but if you want to wear this on the lid and use a natural fiber flat brush, you can just keep gently patting it on to get full coverage. Wear time on the lid was a little over 9 hours for me before I saw any fading occur, and about 10 hours in the crease.

Overall Rating:   4.6 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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Played Out:   Played Out is a “matte chocolate brown” and is another one of my favorite shadows in this palette. It’s a dark, slightly reddish/almost plummy brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. This color is really pretty buffed into the crease with a look using other shadows like Culture, Thic, and Revenge, or you can wear this all over the lid for a different, warm twist on a smoky eye.

Played Out feels soft and smooth, and isn’t quite as dry as Revenge and Thic are. Color payoff seems a bit darker on the skin than it is in the palette, but that’s not unusual with some matte shadows. Coverage is fully opaque without having to do any layering as long as you pat it all over the lid with a flat, dense brush (if that’s what you’re doing with this shadow, anyway). Wear time on the lid is around 8 to 9 hours before any fading occurs, and is actually longer in the crease, at around 10 to 11 hours before I noticed any fading or creasing.

Overall Rating:   4.9 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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Shade:   Shade is a “deep matte purple with violet glitter”… It’s a dark, brownish-eggplant type of purple that has pretty warm undertones, with violet glitter that actually reflects almost golden at times. This color is stunning to use all over the lid for a smoky eye, but is also great in the crease and buffed out under the lower lash line for a little added drama.

Shade has a very nice, smooth texture that doesn’t feel all that dry, despite the matte finish. Color payoff is maybe a little lighter on the skin than it is in the palette, but not by much… It’s actually very close to how it looks in-pan. Coverage is full and opaque without having to use much shadow at all, and it’s not the least bit patchy! Wear time on the lid (over a primer, as usual) is 8 to 9 hours before it starts to fade on me, and over 10 hours in the crease.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

 

For tips and tricks on how to apply damp or dry……. I’ll be making a post about TONS of different shadows later this month! I’ll cover damp and dry application tricks, as well as my favorite brushes and setting sprays to use with them!

 

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.