This or That: Green-Teal-Blue Multichromes

by Jeremy

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There are so many cream blushes releasing this year! Today, I thought we’d take a look at two incredibly similar shades of multichrome eyeshadow and see if we could dial-in on why one makes more sense than the other. These are extremely similar, but it definitely made me think long and hard!

Learn how to make more critical comparisons between two products when you’re choosing between two options, whether you’re in decluttering mode or considering a new purchase or have been tempted by something new and shiny!

Clionadh Trefoil vs. Terra Moons Mood Ring

The Analysis

 TREFOIL ClionadhMOOD RING Terra Moons
FinishHigh-shine metallic with fine sparkleSmooth metallic, moderate shine
ColorMultichrome with black base, blue-teal-green shiftMultichrome with black base, blue-teal-green shift
PigmentationOpaqueOpaque
TextureSoft, moderately emollient, slightly denseSoft, lightly emollient, less dense
LongevityStarts fading at 8.5 hours, faded evenlyStarts fading at 8 hours, faded evenly
ApplicationApplied well dry and could be used with a dampened brushApplied well dry and could be used with a dampened brush
AccessibilityOnline only, direct only, based in Canada, pre-orderOnline online, direct only, based in US, pre-order
Price/SizeOn the higher-end for Multichromes, shipping costs may be higher due to Canada location for certain customersSlightly more affordable, shipping may be lower for certain customers
PackagingPan-onlyPan-only

Reasons for Clionadh Trefoil: The color and finish give Trefoil an inkier quality to it as the black base was slightly richer, deeper, while the shine made it appear slightly more intense overall.  The formula is more emollient, slightly creamier, so it had slightly better adhesion and longevity.  I find that the shift stays more intense for longer–by an hour or so–compared to Mood Ring.  If you’re someone who loves the look of eyeshadows applied wet but doesn’t want to actually use a dampened brush, Trefoil has that impact dry.

Reasons for Terra Moons Mood Ring: I think this is slightly easier to work with for someone who hasn’t used Multichromes before as the black base wasn’t quite as intense, so I felt it was more forgiving and easier to use. It wasn’t as emollient, which may be preferred for those who have oilier lids as sometimes denser, more emollient formulas can crease more readily. Because the finish on this shade was smoother and not quite as shiny, I’d expect it to be a little more forgiving of more lid texture. If you are only purchasing one or two shades and live in the US (at least, may apply to other regions!), shipping is more affordable (free over $65 whereas Clionadh’s shipping starts at $15 and there’s no free shipping offered).

Editor’s Pick: I prefer that slightly more emollient quality of Trefoil as well as the shinier, more intense finish. However, if I was only ordering one or two shades from either brand, I would opt for Mood Ring because the difference in cost would be too great for those marginal differences–Mood Ring is still quite smooth and metallic with great intensity, and without owning both, I’d never think there were real differences (even as slight as they are).

Bottom Line: You can’t go wrong with either shade because they are very, very similar. The price point on each is comparable, but it is likely the difference in shipping costs that will determine which is the better “deal.” The colors are nearly the same, while the formulas are both high-performing with subtle differences that result in subtle differences in the overall finish, but the application of the two is similar.

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