Battle of the Black Eyeshadows

Black never goes out of style. It's likely the most timeless color in fashion and beauty. Where makeup is concerned, a strongly pigmented, effortless eyeshadow is coveted by many. So, which of these eyeshadows beats the competition?

The contenders:
Milani Powder Eyeshadow in Pitch Black
Sugarpill Pressed Eyeshadow in Bulletproof
wet n wild ColorIcon Eyeshadow Single in Panther
MAC Eyeshadow in Carbon

**The comparisons in this post are made mostly on pigmentation and product quality, but price is also factored in.

Milani Powder Eyeshadow in Pitch Black, $5.99

Sugarpill Pressed Eyeshadow in Bulletproof, $12.00

wet n wild ColorIcon Eyeshadow Single in Panther, $1.99

MAC Eyeshadow in Carbon, $15.00 for a pot, $12.00 for a refill

Swatches, left to right (2 swipes with a flat shader brush over Too Faced Eyeshadow Insurance):
Milani, Sugarpill, wet n wild, MAC

Let's just get the obvious out of the way, shall we? MAC Carbon eyeshadow definitely doesn't hold up against the others. It's nowhere near as pigmented or smooth in appearance; it applied so splotchy! Poor quality paired with it's $12-$15 price tag-Carbon, you're out!

So, with MAC out of the way, we're left with Milani, Sugarpill, and wet n wild. wet n wild is the next least pigmented. However, it's not bad and it applies smoothly. Plus, it's only $1.99. That's insanely affordable.

Milani and Sugarpill are so close in pigmentation. However, Sugarpill is ever-so-slightly darker. It's definitely a true black. They're both totally effortless to apply. Sugarpill is a bit more velvety though. Milani is about $6; Sugarpill is $12.

Sugarpill Bulletproof and Milani Pitch Black are tied for first place.
wet n wild Panther is second best.
MAC Just no.

I just couldn't choose between Milani and Sugarpill! Milani is half the price, but Sugarpill is slightly better. If I'm looking for a true black, Sugarpill is it. If I need something cheaper, Milani wins. They're both exactly what I'd look for in a black eyeshadow.

Which of these black eyeshadows do YOU think wins? Do you know of any that are better (or worse) than the ones here?


A Bit Prissy said...

Yay for Sugarpill! Super disappointed by MAC though!

Taime said...

I eventually want to try MUG's black (I think it's Corrupt?) WOW Milani! I definitely love my Bulletproof for all things black! :) nice comparison post!! :)

Drea J. said...

MAC should be embarrassed to have one of their "staple" shadows fail in comparison with a $2 drugstore eyeshadow. And they need to stop putting it in every other quad too like it's valued lol.
Kudos to Milani, though, going toe to toe w/ Sugarpill!!

Zadidoll said...

I did almost the same comparisons a few weeks ago except I did Milani vs Sugarpill vs Makeup Geek vs Saucebox and I didn't use a primer. I found that MUG was much darker than Sugarpill or Milani as both were more on the gray side than a real black but again that was swatching it bare skin as some people don't use a primer on their eyes.

I would suggest trying Black Widow from Saucebox since that's darker than MUG's Corrupt which is darker than Sugarpill or Milani.

If I had to pick Milani or Sugarpill I'd pick Sugarpill because on me it lasts longer on my skin than Milani does.

Icequeen81 said...

woow sugar pill

A Brilliant Brunette said...

Zazidoll is always a plethora of info! :)

I definitely want to give MUG a try sometime. I've heard great things. Maybe when I'm out of Sugarpill and Milani!

Rola said...

Thanks of the comparison. I have only used MAC Carbon, good to open my eyes.

Jacquelyn said...

I will have to get Bulletproof one day! I really love Urban Decay's Blackout! It's another rich black that I really love!

Liza Nicole Chung said...

How does Urban Decay Blackout stack up?

Maria Veronica said...

MAC not performing is a shocker, especially for that price :o If I were to choose.. I'd go with Milani! Great value-for-money :D


Beauty on a College budget said...

I'm not surprise the mac eyeshadows didn't perform well. I'm not a fan of their eyeshadows, I find them hard to blend. I think since Milani is easier to get my hands on I'm gonna need to pick this up since I don't have any matte black shadow!

A Brilliant Brunette said...

Liza...I'm not sure. I only own the matte blacks that I featured here. I'm heading to Ulta tomorrow though so I'll check out UD Blackout :)

princessnjj said...

have you tried glamourdolleyes?

A Brilliant Brunette said...

I have. The GDE black is pretty serious. I no long have it though...had a spill :( It's messier since it's loose though, and matte loose minerals are more difficult to work with (for me anyway). It's crazy pigmented though.

Merrybelly said...

I say milani takes home the metal :) my favorite black eyeshadow is NYX black I love it!!

GirlieBlogger@Beauty Fashion Blog Seattle said...

I am in loooooooooooove with black shadows. I'd love to try Wet n' Wild.
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Mahrukh Hayyat said...

my vote is for wet n wild as per price and availability

All Things Pretty said...

We don't have Milani in the UK so Sugarpill is the winner for me I love UD Blackout too. After reading these comments I want to get myself some MUG shadows Marlena seems so lovely too x

Zadidoll said...

You should try MUG or even Saucebox (which I love her intense colors). Here's the link to Black Widow ($9 for 5 grams of shadow). If you have her Creme de la Creme palette it's the same black.

NeutraKris said...

Milani and Sugarpill are definitely close! I'm so surprised at Carbon's performance. What a shame.

Emi at Project Swatch said...

I did a comparison like this on my blog a while back - I hope it's okay to link to it, not trying to spam!

The interesting thing to me is that for you, the Sugarpill looks absolutely fantastic, but for me it was really patchy and didn't perform well at all. I'm wondering if I just got a dud or something, if there was a bad batch - because I've heard such good things about it. I'm actually thinking about buying another to see if it's better!

macface2adore said...

Hi there. I totally agree with you. For years I felt like I was supposed to love Carbon because everyone said so, but it always turned blue, never stayed black. I tried every base, primer, watched what colors I mixed it with, etc. However, it just never stood up to what I was finding. I am now using one from The Balm that I haven't swatched to compare, but doesn't turn blue on me. Great advice. I would love to try sugarpill...the money tree did poorly in the backyard this year. Not that they are too expensive. I just find it so hard to keep up with all of the products I want to review and the requests. Have a great day. I don't always comment, but I look at your looks and love them. Take care!

A Brilliant Brunette said... are adorable with the "money tree" thing <3 *hugs* I'm so glad you found a black that works for you though!

KimberlyP said...

I pick Milani because Sugerpill is only a little bit darker but not almost 3 times as much, as the price is. I definitely use a primer when I use a black shadow.

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