I regret that I was unable to squeeze LMdB’s 33 permanent eyeshadows onto three concise arms, but as I was swatching, I also came across shades that I thought ought to be swatched again/swatched together… so I thought I’d make a disambiguation post. You haven’t yet seen Bordeaux (red plum shimmer), Plum (hyacinth shimmer), or Corinthian (a muted red grape shimmer).
When I first swatched Sequoia, I was really disappointed by the texture. It had an unpleasant, dusty, chalky feel. I asked the sales associate if she’d noticed a difference in this particular shade, and upon looking at the pan, she said it had probably been used wet. She 86′ed the offending tester and found me another one (which is why I have three swatches of Sequoia on this arm). First is the used-wet pan, then a new pan (much nicer in texture; heavy swatch), then a single swipe of that same new pan (light swatch).
I also wondered how similar Plum was to Water Sapphire; you can see that Plum is more blue and Water Sapphire is more red (or more purple, depending how you want to describe it). Alexandrite is not too similar to Plum or Water Sapphire, but I wanted to see it side-by-side with Bordeaux…
When they’re right next to each other you can see that Bordeaux is more red-brown and Alexandrite is more red-plum. Which shade you prefer is probably a question of taste and skintone.
I also had great difficulty distinguishing between Thunder and Noir. When they’re side-by-side, I think you can see that Thunder is slightly greyer and maybe slightly more shimmery (a dark charcoal). Noir is very slightly more black (a soft, sooty black?), but neither shade is truly “black.”