Tue. Mar 19th, 2019

Ciate The Jessica Palette Review & Swatches

The Jessica

Ciate The Jessica 9 Shade Eyeshadow Palette ($39.00 for 0.48 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette that features nine shades with three mattes and six shimmers. There was not one shade that was good; decent would be a stretch for maybe one or two shades–it might even be kind to say it’s mediocre rather than what it really is: a prettily packaged piece of garbage that Ciate should be ashamed to have put on the market, let alone marketed to add “va-va-voom” to one’s look. That the formula is supposed to be “ultra-blendable and creamy,” which couldn’t be further from the truth.

The shimmer formula was firm, stiff, and densely-packed and difficult to pick up with a brush, even if I jabbed and prodded and tried to discover its secrets of any of the shimmer-based shades. There were dry, difficult to apply (even with fingertips!) as the product went on unevenly, caught on and emphasized texture on my skin (frankly, didn’t realize I had so many dragon scales on my eyes), and had tons of fallout from attempting to apply/blend/build up the product. The three mattes were soft and blendable but very powdery and prone to sheering out, so they ended up being more like a veil of disappointment all over one’s lid.

Oh, all the shimmers developed hard pan after two uses and needed to be roughed up with a paper towel to even be “usable” for third and fourth go-round over primer and with wet brushes, which I’m here to report didn’t help in a meaningful way. They just got worse the more I used them–sheerer and drier in their pans (except the mattes, those didn’t develop hard pan and remained the same in texture). The “look” shown took 45 minutes for one eye (I normally spend 10-15 minutes per eye) and represents packing and pressing of multiple layers, using fingertips to press into place, and then giving up as the more I tried to blend or build up color, the more it started to lift in places.

Ciate Love Letter Eyeshadow

Ciate Love Letter Eyeshadow

Ciate Love Letter Eyeshadow
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Love Letter

Love Letter is a medium-dark, reddish copper with warm undertones and a satin finish. The consistency was incredibly stiff and firmly-pressed in the pan, so I had to jab at the surface to get product to come off and have something to put on my brush. There was fallout, poor adhesion, and it had to be blended out with a fingertip to get the stiff edges to diffuse at all. It had decent pigmentation the first two uses, but the third usage was where it had developed significant hard pan and seemed to get drier. It lasted for six hours before fading visibly on my skin.

Natasha Denona Apollo (PiP, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (95% similar).Urban Decay Warning (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (95% similar).Colour Pop Filly (LE, $5.00) is brighter (90% similar).MAC French Lesson (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Kylie Cosmetics Duke (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar).MAC Red Alert (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Natasha Denona Atmosphere (120M) (PiP, $29.00) is more shimmery (90% similar).Juvia’s Place Nubian #7 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).Tom Ford Beauty Leopard Sun #3 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar).Huda Beauty Gemstone #6 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).

Ingredients

Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Talc, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Zinc Stearate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Silica, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Tocopherol, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140)

Ciate Oh, Roger Eyeshadow

Ciate Oh, Roger Eyeshadow

Oh, Roger

Oh, Roger is a blackened purple with flecks of glitter. It had sheer coverage, a dry, crumbly texture that felt gritty against my skin. It was firmly pressed in its pan and did not want to come out to play–don’t bother trying to soften the edge of this one! I had some luck building and packing this shade on, at least, though there was lots of fallout for my troubles. The glitter migrated while worn , while the base pigment seemed to start fading after six hours of wear.

Stila Spellbound (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar).NABLA Cosmetics Selfish (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).Stila G*psy (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).NARS Chile (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar).MAC Plumluxe #3 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar).Tom Ford Beauty Winter 2018 #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar).Urban Decay Magnetic (PiP, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar).Urban Decay Hoodoo (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar).Too Faced Sugared Violet #2 (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar).Tom Ford Beauty Daydream #4 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar).

Ingredients

Mica, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Talc, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Zinc Stearate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Silica, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Tin Oxide, Tocopherol, Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

Ciate Sunset Blvd Eyeshadow

Ciate Sunset Blvd Eyeshadow

Ciate Sunset Blvd Eyeshadow
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Sunset Blvd

Sunset Blvd is a medium gold with strong, warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, though that only lasted for the first two uses, and though I tried to rub away the hard pan that had developed, it seemed like it had dried out and became stiff, difficult to pick up with a brush, and more and more challenging to apply evenly or to build up coverage of on my lid. The first time I wore it, the color wore decently for six and a half hours, but the second time, it looked faded within four hours of wear.

NARS Alhambra II (PiP, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar).Tom Ford Beauty Leopard Sun #1 (PiP, ) is cooler (95% similar).Urban Decay Dash (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar).Pat McGrath Gilt Trip (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).NARS Privilege (DC, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar).Colour Pop Fawn (LE, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar).Anastasia 5th Ave (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar).Milani Bella Sand (02) (P, $4.49) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Colour Pop Ginger (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Bobbi Brown Overheated (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).

Ingredients

Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Talc, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite,Zinc Stearate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Silica, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Tin Oxide, Tocopherol, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate [May contain / Peut Contenir / +/-: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)]

Ciate I'm Not Bad Eyeshadow

Ciate I’m Not Bad Eyeshadow

Ciate I’m Not Bad Eyeshadow
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I’m Not Bad

I’m Not Bad is a medium copper with warm undertones and a satin sheen. This was another shade that seemed like it was decent, but the eyeshadow seemed to dry out between uses and went from “maybe this is workable” to “is there anyway to revive this?” The first time I used it, the product adhered unevenly, seemed blendable, but then it started to lift away. The second and third time I used it, I could only get semi-sheer pigmentation that looked splotchy applied. It lasted for six hours before fading noticeably on me.

MAC Rose (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar).Pat McGrath Copper Toned (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar).Ciate Gilt (PiP, ) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar).Smashbox Pushup Bronze (PiP, ) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar).NARS Belle-Ile (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).MAC Red Alert (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).Too Faced Werkshop (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar).Make Up For Ever I702 Mahogany (P, $17.00) is more shimmery (90% similar).Too Faced Wet Kisses (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).Make Up For Ever D708 Pinky Copper (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).

Ingredients

Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Talc, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Zinc Stearate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Silica, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Alumina, Tin Oxide, Tocopherol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

Ciate Patty Cake Eyeshadow

Ciate Patty Cake Eyeshadow

Patty Cake

Patty Cake is a light purple with warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had semi-sheer coverage that did not build up. The texture was dry, firmly pressed in the pan, and difficult to pick up with a brush, let alone making attempts to blend out the product. In case that wasn’t enough, the texture of this applied emphasized my skin’s texture and made me wonder if I might be part dragon–then again, it did take five attempts to layer it on to get a visible effect so it was… caked on (I’ll see myself out). It wore for five hours before fading noticeably on my eye.

Urban Decay Flash (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).Milani Bella Violet (14) (P, $4.49) is darker, cooler (90% similar).Sydney Grace Deliverer (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar).Viseart Coy #8 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar).Kat Von D Selena (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar).MAC Violet Impact (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar).Too Faced Follow Me (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar).MAC Zip Me Up (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar).Colour Pop Fault Line (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar).Illamasqua Trance (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar).

Ingredients

Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Talc, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Zinc Stearate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Silica, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Tin Oxide, Tocopherol, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)

Ciate Drawn That Way Eyeshadow

Ciate Drawn That Way Eyeshadow

Drawn That Way

Drawn That Way is a light, yellowed peach base with flecks of pink and gold sparkle. Initially, it had promise, but upon second, third, and fourth use, it was progressively sheerer, drier, and almost grainy to the touch. I had to push and jab at the surface to dislodge product to try and apply it to my skin. It was so firmly-pressed that even fingertips proved to be little help against the dark magic this formula possessed. What little I managed to transfer to my skin stayed on decently for six hours on me but had fallout over time.

MAC Dust Off (LE, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar).NARS L’Amour, Toujours L’Amour #5 (DC, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).Makeup Geek Artemis (LE, $6.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar).NARS Mythos (DC, $25.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar).Urban Decay Bathwater (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar).theBalm #38 (P, $6.50) is more shimmery (90% similar).LORAC Unlocked (PiP, $19.00) is more shimmery, brighter, more pigmented (90% similar).LORAC Cashmere (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).NARS Rio de la Plata (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).Kat Von D Thunderstruck (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).

Ingredients

Talc, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Dimethicone,Mica, Lauroyl Lysine, Zinc Stearate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Phenyl Trimethicone,Sorbic Acid, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Dimethiconol [May contain / Peut Contenir / +/-: Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)]

Ciate Carrot Cake Eyeshadow

Ciate Carrot Cake Eyeshadow

Ciate Carrot Cake Eyeshadow
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Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake is a light-medium orange with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation but instantly sheered out to a semi-sheer layer of product and could not be built up due to the incredibly powdery, drier texture. There was some fallout as a result, and it did not improve much when I tried it over eyeshadow primer. It lasted for five and a half hours before it had faded noticeably on me.

Viseart Meringue (LE, ) is darker (95% similar).MAC Sandy Crotch (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar).MAC No Mercy (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (95% similar).Urban Decay Bailout (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar).Colour Pop Go Wish (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar).Colour Pop Nekkid (PiP, $5.00) is darker (90% similar).Colour Pop Magical (PiP, $5.00) is darker (90% similar).Colour Pop I Spy (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery (90% similar).LORAC Dance ‘Til Dawn Eyeshadow #3 (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).Morphe Butter (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar).

Ingredients

Talc, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Dimethicone,Mica, Lauroyl Lysine, Zinc Stearate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Phenyl Trimethicone,Sorbic Acid, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Dimethiconol [May contain / Peut Contenir / +/-: Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)]

Ciate Toon Kisses Eyeshadow

Ciate Toon Kisses Eyeshadow

Ciate Toon Kisses Eyeshadow
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Toon Kisses

Toon Kisses is a pale mauve with neutral undertones and a matte finish. It had sheer coverage, wasn’t buildable, and had tons of fallout due to the incredibly powdery texture. It seemed like more product disappeared into the air as I tried to pick up product with my brush than made it to my lid at all. It had a drier texture, though it was easy to diffuse and blend out (also hard to see), and started to fade on me after four hours of wear.

Viseart Embrace (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar).Pretty Vulgar Unruffled (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar).NYX Undress Me (P, $4.50) is darker, cooler (90% similar).Sephora Scented Candle (229) (P, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).Tarte Modern Icon (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar).Sydney Grace Winter Wonder (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar).MAC Marzipan (LE, $17.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar).Wet ‘n’ Wild Petalette #1 (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar).Viseart Grande Pro (Vol. 1) #13 (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar).Chanel Quiet Revolution #1 (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar).

Ingredients

Talc, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Dimethicone,Mica, Lauroyl Lysine, Zinc Stearate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Phenyl Trimethicone,Sorbic Acid, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Dimethiconol [May contain / Peut Contenir / +/-: Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)]

Ciate Honey Bunny Eyeshadow

Ciate Honey Bunny Eyeshadow

Ciate Honey Bunny Eyeshadow
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Honey Bunny

Honey Bunny is a light-medium peach with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer coverage at best paired with a very powdery, dusty formula that dispersed more product into the air than onto my lid, no matter how much I packed on or whether I used primer. What little I could see seemed to stay on for four to five hours at most.

Dose of Colors Basic (LE, ) is darker, cooler (95% similar).Sydney Grace Summer Magic (P, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar).Dior Matte Nude (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (95% similar).Tarte Plank (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (95% similar).LORAC Mimosa (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar).LORAC Pink Nude (PiP, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar).Dominique Cosmetics Nude Tea (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar).Smashbox Relaxed (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar).LORAC Dance ‘Til Dawn Eyeshadow #1 (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar).Becca Ombre Nudes #1 (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar).

Ingredients

Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Talc, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite,Zinc Stearate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Silica, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Tin Oxide, Tocopherol, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate [May contain / Peut Contenir / +/-: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)]

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