Byredo Fetes Noires Eyeshadow Palette Evaluation & Swatches

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Fetes Noires

Byredo Fetes Noires 5 Colours Eyeshadow Palette ($70.00 for 0.28 oz.) is all about black eyeshadow with five takes on it–though the lightest shade is more of a dirty sage green or antique pewter kind of color. It’s not for someone who wants anything but darker, smoky black eyeshadows, though, but I don’t think that it was done at the highest level of quality as a few shades had issues.

The color story worked best in duos rather than using more than that together, and it would work well as a complementary palette to other shades of shimmer that are no doubt in our collections.

Ingredients

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Gothique

Gothique is a medium-dark black with neutral undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had mostly opaque, buildable color coverage with a firmer, slightly stiffer feel in the pan. For a palette that seems to be celebrating black eyeshadow, it seemed like it should have been more blendable, especially along the edges. It lasted well for eight hours before fading visibly.

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

  • Kevyn Aucoin Blackout (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar).
  • Melt Cosmetics Bonnie (LE, ) is less shimmery, more muted (95% similar).
  • Makeup by Mario N12 (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar).
  • Tarte Ink (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar).
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Dancin’ Shoes (PiP, ) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar).
  • Dose of Colors Finders Keepers (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar).
  • Dior Smoky Sequins #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar).
  • Dior Celebrate in Gold #5 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar).
  • Wet ‘n’ Wild Lights Out #3 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar).
  • L’Oreal Noir C’est Noir (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).

Formula Overview

Byredo’s eyeshadow formula is supposed to be “easy to blend,” “long-lasting,” and have “rich colour pay-off.” They have a generally firmer feel than most eyeshadows have on the market, so using a firmer, moderately dense brush and moderate pressure are necessary to pick up product evenly when using a brush. The brand does indicate that they’re “especially” blendable when using fingertips, though the narrow pans may not suit everyone’s fingertips. I did not find using fingertips was necessary to achieve coverage or blendability overall.

Some of the brand’s eyeshadow palettes include a glittery “top-coat,” and these have a transparent base chocked full of fine glitter particles (which, by the ingredient list, appear to be Bio-glitter rather than plastic, or PET, glitter, but there’s no callout about it when it seems like it would be a selling feature). The texture of these top coats is lightly tacky, and they work best with a fingertip and then patted exactly where one wants, as they don’t really spread out at all.

The eyeshadows were typically pigmented, smooth to the touch, and blendable, with some of the low-sheen shades “melting” on the lid a bit for a very seamless finish. They wore around eight hours before fading visibly.

Browse all of our Byredo Eyeshadow swatches.

Wrath

Wrath is a medium-dark black with neutral undertones and a matte finish with flecks of silver sparkle scattered on top. The consistency was soft, smooth, and more firmly-pressed into the pan, but the underlying powder remained blendable on my lid. The issue I had was that the sparkles did not seem to bind as well with the base, so there was fallout during application and little that translated so it was less distinguishable from Gothique in practice. It stayed on well for eight hours with slight fallout over time.

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

  • Viseart Royal (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar).
  • MAC Illuminaughty (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).
  • Chanel Noir Lamé (908) (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).
  • Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $17.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • Pat McGrath Black Metal (PiP, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
  • L’Oreal Eternal Black (P, $7.99) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).
  • NABLA Cosmetics Plastick (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • Dose of Colors X-Ray (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar).
  • Natasha Denona Full Metal Black (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).
  • KVD Beauty Onyx (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).

Formula Overview

Byredo’s eyeshadow formula is supposed to be “easy to blend,” “long-lasting,” and have “rich colour pay-off.” They have a generally firmer feel than most eyeshadows have on the market, so using a firmer, moderately dense brush and moderate pressure are necessary to pick up product evenly when using a brush. The brand does indicate that they’re “especially” blendable when using fingertips, though the narrow pans may not suit everyone’s fingertips. I did not find using fingertips was necessary to achieve coverage or blendability overall.

Some of the brand’s eyeshadow palettes include a glittery “top-coat,” and these have a transparent base chocked full of fine glitter particles (which, by the ingredient list, appear to be Bio-glitter rather than plastic, or PET, glitter, but there’s no callout about it when it seems like it would be a selling feature). The texture of these top coats is lightly tacky, and they work best with a fingertip and then patted exactly where one wants, as they don’t really spread out at all.

The eyeshadows were typically pigmented, smooth to the touch, and blendable, with some of the low-sheen shades “melting” on the lid a bit for a very seamless finish. They wore around eight hours before fading visibly.

Browse all of our Byredo Eyeshadow swatches.

Wrath

LELimited Edition.

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Mysteres

Mysteres is a dark, sage green with cooler undertones and flecks of larger, gold sparkle throughout. There was light fallout during application with this shade as the base didn’t have quite enough binder to capture all those larger sparkles when applied to bare skin, so I’d recommend using a fingertip and/or pairing with an adhesive base/spray to help improve overall application and wear. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that wore decently for eight hours with some fallout over time.

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

  • NARS Filth and Fury (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).
  • Chanel Éclat Énigmatique #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar).
  • L’Oreal Gilded Envy (755) (P, $7.99) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar).
  • JD Glow Fairy Acid (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar).
  • Natasha Denona Glam Green (18M) (PiP, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar).
  • Morphe Diva (LE, ) is darker, cooler (80% similar).

Formula Overview

Byredo’s eyeshadow formula is supposed to be “easy to blend,” “long-lasting,” and have “rich colour pay-off.” They have a generally firmer feel than most eyeshadows have on the market, so using a firmer, moderately dense brush and moderate pressure are necessary to pick up product evenly when using a brush. The brand does indicate that they’re “especially” blendable when using fingertips, though the narrow pans may not suit everyone’s fingertips. I did not find using fingertips was necessary to achieve coverage or blendability overall.

Some of the brand’s eyeshadow palettes include a glittery “top-coat,” and these have a transparent base chocked full of fine glitter particles (which, by the ingredient list, appear to be Bio-glitter rather than plastic, or PET, glitter, but there’s no callout about it when it seems like it would be a selling feature). The texture of these top coats is lightly tacky, and they work best with a fingertip and then patted exactly where one wants, as they don’t really spread out at all.

The eyeshadows were typically pigmented, smooth to the touch, and blendable, with some of the low-sheen shades “melting” on the lid a bit for a very seamless finish. They wore around eight hours before fading visibly.

Browse all of our Byredo Eyeshadow swatches.

Eternite

Eternite is a deep black with neutral-to-cool undertones and fine sparkle throughout. It had a lightly emollient texture that was slightly thin and more firmly-pressed into the pan, but it wasn’t stiff to work with, just needed a bit of firmer pressure initially to pick it up. The product applied evenly to bare skin with minimal fallout during application and had opaque coverage. It lasted well for eight hours with faint fallout over time.

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

  • Linda Hallberg Cosmetics Void (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar).
  • Tarte Steel the Show (P, $22.00) is more shimmery (95% similar).
  • Dior Black Bow #5 (PiP, ) is more shimmery (95% similar).
  • Dose of Colors Game Over (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).
  • City Color Oh So Naughty (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).
  • Tarte Beat Drop (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).
  • NARS Smash It Up (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar).
  • Sydney Grace Revival (DC, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
  • Buxom Black Tie (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).
  • Estee Lauder Black Myrrh (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).

Formula Overview

Byredo’s eyeshadow formula is supposed to be “easy to blend,” “long-lasting,” and have “rich colour pay-off.” They have a generally firmer feel than most eyeshadows have on the market, so using a firmer, moderately dense brush and moderate pressure are necessary to pick up product evenly when using a brush. The brand does indicate that they’re “especially” blendable when using fingertips, though the narrow pans may not suit everyone’s fingertips. I did not find using fingertips was necessary to achieve coverage or blendability overall.

Some of the brand’s eyeshadow palettes include a glittery “top-coat,” and these have a transparent base chocked full of fine glitter particles (which, by the ingredient list, appear to be Bio-glitter rather than plastic, or PET, glitter, but there’s no callout about it when it seems like it would be a selling feature). The texture of these top coats is lightly tacky, and they work best with a fingertip and then patted exactly where one wants, as they don’t really spread out at all.

The eyeshadows were typically pigmented, smooth to the touch, and blendable, with some of the low-sheen shades “melting” on the lid a bit for a very seamless finish. They wore around eight hours before fading visibly.

Browse all of our Byredo Eyeshadow swatches.

We hope you’ll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

Whisper

Whisper has a transparent base chocked full of fine, black glitter. The formula felt somewhat tacky and performed that way as I had to pat it into place and then pick up more if I wanted to keep going, as it did not spread from wherever it was initially placed–this minimized fallout opportunities during application but did require one to be precise about application. It had light fallout/migration after eight hours of wear.

Full disclosure, I did not wear it on my eyes as I am not comfortable with the particle size in this quantity near my eyes at this time. I tested longevity as a cheek product to see migration/fallout of the glitter over time.

  • Natasha Denona Full Metal Black (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar).
  • Danessa Myricks Cosmic (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, more pigmented (90% similar).
  • Pat McGrath Black Metal (PiP, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar).
  • ColourPop Golden Age (LE, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar).
  • Tom Ford Beauty SS18 (LE, $36.00) is less shimmery, lighter, more pigmented (85% similar).
  • Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, more pigmented, cooler (85% similar).
  • Dior Black Bow #5 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar).
  • Viseart Eclipse (GPV2 #7) (P, ) is lighter (80% similar).
  • L’Oreal Eternal Black (P, $7.99) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar).
  • Tarte Steel the Show (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar).

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