Fall Eyeshadow Review

Hey, everyone! I’ve acquired quite a bit of eyeshadow this season, so I decided to review them all for you here on the blog today! I’ve finally hopped on the nude eyes bandwagon after resisting for soooo long, so don’t be surprised if you see me rocking some of these shadows in my everyday life! I’m reviewing shadows from the Mojo Spa (brick-and-mortar location is in Wicker Park), Colourpop, and Urban Decay!

MOJO SPA

So, the Mojo Spa is a downright adorable establishment, and it’s conveniently located in the heart of the hustle and bustle on N. Milwaukee in Wicker Park! I purchased the “Eyeshadows for: Light Brown Eyes Limited Edition” trio because a) I have light brown eyes and b) I’m a sucker for anything that says limited edition. The folks at the spa MADE these eyeshadows, which is super cool (#DIYtillIdie), and they are free of irritants such as talc and fragrance!

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From left to right: Magic Carpet, Tibet, and Seville.

These shadows are designed to be worn together, and the packaging contains instructions as to what part of the eyelid each color is supposed to go. I was skeptical of this, however, because at a glance, it doesn’t seem like silvery blue, brown, and gray-brown would look good together but BOY DO THEY LOOK GOOD TOGETHER.

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APPLICATION:

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These are powder shadows, so application is a tad messy. The extra bits that will inevitably fall all over your face wash off easily, so it’s totally not a big deal.  They are smooth to apply and easily blendable- great if you’re not-so-great at doing makeup!

PIGMENTATION:

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Like I said before, I was skeptical of how these pigments would look all together. They look INCREDIBLE! The shadows are pigmented enough to show up but not so much that it overwhelms your look!

STAYING POWER:

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I wore these shadows to a Russian bath house, and yes, I was wearing primer, but even then these shadows stayed on through the hot steam

COLOURPOP

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From left to right: Stereo, Tang, and Sailor.

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Wearing Stereo.

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Wearing Tang and Sailor together.

I reviewed Colourpop eyeshadows in my Colourpop Review post, so not much has changed this time around. I did note that Stereo did not stay as well as Tang and Sailor did, for whatever reason. But overall, I loved these colors!

NAKED BASICS PALETTE

I love Urban Decay, and everyone and their mom loves the Naked palette, so I finally caved and bought the Naked Basics palette at Sephora.

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The palette comes with six nude shades.

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Wearing Naked 2, Faint, and Crave.

APPLICATION:

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This was super tricky to apply and blend. I had so much trouble getting the pigment to blend correctly across my eyelid, whereas I had no such trouble with the other two brands. After blending and spreading pigment several times with no luck, I gave up and rocked an imperfect look all day. I was disappointed.

PIGMENTATION:

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So, half of the shades don’t even show up on my skin..what is the point. The other shades show up but I’m very disappointed that half of these shades virtually do nothing.

STAYING POWER:

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These stayed on ok, but the staying power could be better.  I saw better results from Colourpop and Mojo Spa in terms of staying power, so I was disappointed in this category as well.

FINAL THOUGHTSimg_1839

Leave it to me to dislike the most hyped-up products (see the Colourpop Review again where I DESTROYED their matte lip stain).  My favorite shadows were by far the Mojo Spa ones, followed by the Colourpop ones. I suggest buying shadows from either for that makeup-obsessed friend in your life for the holidays! I hope you found this review helpful and look out for my annual Broke College Student’s Holiday Gift Guide, due out soon!

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