Sydney Grace Eyeshadows Reviews & Swatches (“Thunderous Sunset” Look)

Below Zero

Sydney Grace Below Zero Pressed Pigment Shadow ($6.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a medium-dark purple with subtle, cool undertones and a soft, metallic sheen. It had rich color coverage with a smooth, lightly creamy texture that was blendable and easy to work with. The “downside” to this shade was that it appeared rather blue in the pan and, when used, turned out to be much more in the purple family. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading slightly.

Buxom Posh Purple (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar).Colour Pop Rest More (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar).Kat Von D Danzig (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar).BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #24 (LE, ) is more shimmery, brighter, cooler (85% similar).Viseart Grande Pro (Vol. 2) #20 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar).Tom Ford Beauty TFX6 (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar).Anastasia Deep Purple (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar).Bad Habit Andromeda (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar).Makeup Geek Caitlin Rose (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar).Huda Beauty Gemstone #9 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, brighter, cooler (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$6.00/0.06 oz. – $100.00 Per Ounce

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

Ingredients

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

Deliverer

Sydney Grace Deliverer Pressed Pigment Shadow ($6.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a bright, light-medium purple with warm undertones and a sparkling sheen. It had good pigmentation in a single layer, which applied somewhat evenly but had to buffed and smoothed out for a true, even application. The consistency was a bit looser, a touch drier, than most shades in the brand’s range of shimmery eyeshadows. It stayed on nicely for eight hours on me before fading visibly.

Huda Beauty Gemstone #5 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (95% similar).Urban Decay Flash (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar).Viseart Coy #8 (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar).Huda Beauty Electric #2 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).Huda Beauty Amethyst #6 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar).Ciate Patty Cake (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar).Viseart Violet (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar).NYX Volatile (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, warmer (80% similar).Sephora Faerie (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar).

Formula Overview

$6.00/0.06 oz. – $100.00 Per Ounce

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

Ingredients

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

Golden Rose

Sydney Grace Golden Rose Pressed Pigment Shadow ($6.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with subtle, warm undertones paired with warmer, golden shimmer. The texture was incredibly smooth, cream-like, and blendable; it was denser without being thick or stiff in the pan. The pigmentation was opaque in a single pass, and it adhered well to bare skin with a smooth, even lay down of product. It lasted nicely for eight and a half hours on me before creasing faintly.

Fenty Beauty Meteor Crush (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar).Givenchy Inattendue #3 (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).NARS Elektra (DC, $25.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar).Sydney Grace Always Yours (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar).Colour Pop Roy G Biv (LE, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar).Juvia’s Place Zuba (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).Natasha Denona Daisy (190CK) (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar).Sydney Grace Lucky Peach (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).Coloured Raine Pinkleberry (LE, $6.99) is darker (90% similar).Stila Tulip Twinkle (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar).

Formula Overview

$6.00/0.06 oz. – $100.00 Per Ounce

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

Ingredients

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

Sydney Grace Guardian Angels Shimmer Shadow

Sydney Grace Guardian Angels Shimmer Shadow

Guardian Angels

Sydney Grace Guardian Angels Shimmer Shadow ($5.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a soft, golden copper with strong, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The color payoff was fantastic with rich coverage achieved in a single layer. The texture was smooth to the touch, lightly creamy, blendable, and easy to work with as it applied evenly to my lid and didn’t have any fallout. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me before it started to crease a bit.

Top DupesFormula Overview
Sydney Grace Blushed (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar).bareMinerals Bare Skin (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (95% similar).Colour Pop Faze (LE, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar).Sephora Mystic Queen (330) (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).NARS Basic Instinct (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).NARS Shooting Star (DC, $25.00) is more shimmery (90% similar).Laura Mercier Copper (LE, $23.00) is darker (90% similar).Smashbox Rose Quartz (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar).bareMinerals Bubbles (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar).Make Up For Ever D712 Crème Brûlée (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).

Formula Overview

$5.00/0.06 oz. – $83.33 Per Ounce

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

Sydney Grace itsaboy Matte Shadow

Sydney Grace itsaboy Matte Shadow

itsaboy

Sydney Grace itsaboy Matte Shadow ($5.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a deep blue with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation but needed a second layer for full color coverage. The texture was slightly thin but blended out without too much effort, though it could have been more blendable. It started to show signs of fading on my skin after eight hours of wear.

Top DupesFormula Overview
Natasha Denona Navy (01V) (P, $29.00) is warmer (95% similar).Melt Cosmetics Dim-out (PiP, ) is cooler (90% similar).Coloured Raine Romance (LE, $6.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).LORAC Navy (PiP, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).NABLA Cosmetics Blue Velvet (P, $8.00) is cooler (85% similar).NARS L’Amour, Toujours L’Amour #10 (DC, $25.00) is lighter (85% similar).Huda Beauty Sapphire #1 (LE, ) is brighter (85% similar).Viseart Cool Matte #9 (PiP, ) is cooler (85% similar).MAC Blk-ish (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar).NARS China Blue (P, $19.00) is cooler (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$5.00/0.06 oz. – $83.33 Per Ounce

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

Mystery

Sydney Grace Mystery Pressed Pigment Shadow ($6.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a pale lavender with cooler undertones and a pink-to-violet shift. It had good color coverage in a single layer that could be built up to full color coverage with a second layer. The consistency was soft, a little dusty in the pan, but it applied well and blended out with minimal effort. It stayed on well for eight hours on me before I noticed any fading.

Smashbox Spectacle (PiP, ) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar).Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #1 (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar).Sephora Moonstone (LE, ) is darker (90% similar).Makeup Geek Mood Ring (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).MAC Shine De-light (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar).MAC Triple Impact (LE, $20.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar).Ciate Paradise (PiP, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar).Kat Von D Amethyst (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar).Make Up For Ever D914 Crystalline Mauve (DC, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar).bareMinerals Shiver (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar).

Formula Overview

$6.00/0.06 oz. – $100.00 Per Ounce

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

Ingredients

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

Redeemer

Sydney Grace Redeemer Shimmer Shadow ($5.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a light-medium lavender with warm, pink undertones and a cooler, violet-to-blue shifting shimmer. It had rich pigmentation with a soft, lightly dusty texture that was blendable without losing its intensity. This shade went on evenly over bare skin and lasted well for eight hours before showing signs of wear.

I was so sad this was one of the shades they discontinued recently!

Top DupesFormula Overview
NARS Parallel Universe (Right) (DC, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Tarte Get Surreal (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Colour Pop Canele (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Colour Pop Subdue (PiP, $5.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #11 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar).Huda Beauty Twilight (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).Anastasia Macaroon (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).Colour Pop Voila (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar).Giorgio Armani #14 (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar).Colour Pop Mahalo (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$5.00/0.06 oz. – $83.33 Per Ounce

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