Sydney Grace Mountain Trail Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches (2023)

Sydney Grace Mountain Trail Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches (2022)

Mountain Trail

Sydney Grace Mountain Trail 9-Pan Eyeshadow Palette ($33.00 for 0.54 oz.) was originally released as a bundle of single pan eyeshadows, and it’s back in palette-form! I found that eight of the nine shades were as good or slightly improved, while one shade (Escape) seemed to have more shimmer and less of an intense, deeper base color (though performance-wise, it was still decent). This has always been one of my favorite bundles from Sydney Grace, so I’m so glad to see it back.

Ingredients

Dirt Road

Dirt Road is a light, more muted yellowy-orange with strong, warm undertones and a matte finish.

  • Opaque coverage
  • Smooth, more velvety feel, not too powdery
  • Blendable, easy to apply, not prone to sheering out
  • Long-wearing (8.5 hours)

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

  • ColourPop Air Temple (LE, $4.50) is brighter, warmer (95% similar).
  • ColourPop Limone Squeezy (LE, $4.50) is darker (95% similar).
  • Sydney Grace Allie (P, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar).
  • ColourPop Paper Tiger (P, $4.50) is brighter (95% similar).
  • Anastasia Cabana (LE, $12.00) is cooler (95% similar).
  • Dior Early Bird #4 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar).
  • Ace Beaute Rye (DC, ) is lighter (90% similar).
  • ColourPop Desire (LE, $4.50) is darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • Huda Beauty Electric #5 (PiP, ) is brighter (90% similar).
  • Viseart Daisy (18) (LE, ) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar).

Dirt Road

PiPPermanent in Palette. $5.00.

Back Woods

Backwoods is a light-medium olive green with strong, warm yellow undertones and a matte finish.

  • Opaque coverage
  • Smooth, more velvety feel, not too powdery
  • Blendable, easy to apply, not prone to sheering out
  • Long-wearing (8.5 hours)

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

  • Lethal Cosmetics Runaway (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar).
  • Sephora Omen (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar).
  • Ace Beaute Golden Apple (DC, ) is darker (90% similar).
  • MAC Natural Wilderness (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).
  • ColourPop Lay Out (LE, $4.50) is more muted (90% similar).
  • Fenty Beauty Phatigue (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar).
  • Too Faced Sweetie Pie (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar).
  • Smashbox Olive (P, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar).
  • Melt Cosmetics Dank (LE, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar).
  • Danessa Myricks Olive You (P, $18.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar).

Be the Sunshine

Be the Sunshine is a darker, tarnished gold with subtle, warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish.

  • Opaque coverage
  • Smooth, moderately-dense but not stiff
  • Picked up evenly with dry brush, applied evenly, blendable
  • Long-wearing (8.5 hours)

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

  • Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 02 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar).
  • Juvia’s Place Wodaabe (P, ) is darker (95% similar).
  • JD Glow Fools Gold (P, $7.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).
  • Clionadh Karat (P, $5.50) is cooler (90% similar).
  • Danessa Myricks Sol (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar).
  • Natasha Denona Imperia (265M) (LE, $29.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar).
  • NABLA Cosmetics Citron (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar).
  • Melt Cosmetics Ganja (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).
  • Urban Decay Stargazer (DC, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar).
  • KVD Beauty Prophet (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).

Light My World

Light My World is a deep, olive gold with strong, warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish.

  • Opaque coverage
  • Smooth, not as dense as most of the brand’s shimmers
  • Picked up evenly with dry brush, applied evenly, a touch of fallout
  • Long-wearing (8.5 hours)

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

  • Juvia’s Place Wodaabe (P, ) is darker, cooler (95% similar).
  • Sephora Bronze (LE, ) is darker, warmer (95% similar).
  • Anastasia My Angels (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar).
  • ColourPop Corona (LE, $4.50) is warmer (95% similar).
  • Urban Decay Stargazer (DC, $20.00) is darker (95% similar).
  • Coloured Raine Lioness (LE, $6.99) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).
  • Coloured Raine Lemon Wheat Grass (LE, $6.99) is lighter (90% similar).
  • NARS Tryst (DC, $25.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • Melt Cosmetics Ganja (PiP, ) is brighter (90% similar).
  • Dior Jungle #4 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar).

Escape

Escape has more of a medium-dark, almost sage green base, with lighter, contrasting greenish-gold shimmer throughout. The version in the palette seemed lighter and more shimmer-heavy with less of an intense, deep green base, which did have the effect of also making it seem a bit sheerer.

  • Semi-paque coverage
  • Smooth, moderately-dense but not stiff
  • Picked up evenly with dry brush, applied evenly, blendable
  • Long-wearing (8.5 hours)

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

  • Too Faced Clover (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar).
  • Sydney Grace Fallen Splendor (PiP, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).
  • Pat McGrath Citrine Envy (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar).
  • MAC Golden Olive (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar).
  • Give Me Glow Joker (P, $7.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar).
  • Too Faced Very Merry (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar).
  • Terra Moons Icono (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar).
  • Viseart Boheme Dream #6 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar).
  • LORAC Moss (LE, $19.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (85% similar).
  • Coloured Raine Side of Olives (DC, $6.99) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar).

Escape

PiPPermanent in Palette. $6.00.

Rustic

Rustic is a deep, olive-brown with muted, warm undertones and a satin sheen.

  • Opaque coverage
  • Smooth, more velvety feel, not too powdery
  • Blendable, easy to apply, not prone to sheering out
  • Long-wearing (8.5 hours)

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

  • Make Up For Ever M322 Khaki (P, $17.00) is less shimmery (90% similar).
  • Make Up For Ever S324 Bronze Khaki (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar).
  • Make Up For Ever S628 Reptile (DC, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar).
  • Burberry Khaki (08) (DC, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).
  • Melt Cosmetics Fire OG (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar).
  • NARS Submissive (DC, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar).
  • Chanel Noir Supreme #4 (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (80% similar).
  • Chanel Blurry Green #2 (PiP, ) is darker (80% similar).
  • LORAC Jade (PiP, $19.00) is darker (80% similar).
  • Coloured Raine Congo Basin (LE, $6.99) is less shimmery, brighter, warmer (80% similar).

Rustic

PiPPermanent in Palette. $6.00.

Wildlife

Wildlife is a medium, olive green with moderate, warm undertones and a matte finish. The version in the palette seemed a bit smoother and more velvety than the original.

  • Opaque coverage
  • Smooth, more velvety feel, not too powdery
  • Blendable, easy to apply, not prone to sheering out
  • Long-wearing (8.5 hours)

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

  • KVD Beauty Lala (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (95% similar).
  • Glaminatrix Camo (P, $7.30) is cooler (95% similar).
  • Urban Decay Kale (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar).
  • Make Up For Ever M322 Khaki (DC, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar).
  • Lethal Cosmetics Syncope (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar).
  • ColourPop Rebel (LE, $6.00) is darker (95% similar).
  • Clionadh Bramble (P, $4.50) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).
  • ColourPop Fiddlehead (LE, $4.50) is darker (90% similar).
  • MAC Marsh (P, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar).
  • Sydney Grace Ivy League (P, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).

Wildlife

PiPPermanent in Palette. $5.00.

To Earth

To Earth is a blackened green with cool undertones and a smooth, metallic finish. It seemed less emollient than the original version I have, which made it easier to work with using a dry brush.

  • Opaque coverage
  • Smooth, moderately-dense but not stiff
  • Picked up evenly with dry brush, applied evenly, blendable
  • Long-wearing (8.5 hours)

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

  • Persona Driven (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar).
  • Tom Ford Beauty TFX11 (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar).
  • Too Faced Christmas Tree (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar).
  • Sydney Grace Timber (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (95% similar).
  • Linda Hallberg Cosmetics Lakuna (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar).
  • Danessa Myricks Secret Garden (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • Linda Hallberg Cosmetics Draco (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).
  • Huda Beauty Emerald #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).
  • Melt Cosmetics Paranormal (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • LORAC Evergreen (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).

To Earth

PiPPermanent in Palette. $6.00.

Trailhead

Trailhead is a deep forest green that was slightly desaturated and had a matte finish. It was smoother and easier to use than the original version, which had been on the stiffer side.

  • Nearly opaque coverage
  • Smooth, lightly velvety, not too powdery
  • Blendable, easy to apply, not prone to sheering out
  • Long-wearing (8.5 hours)

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

  • Morphe Enchanted (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (95% similar).
  • LORAC Forest (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).
  • Sydney Grace Island Paradise (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).
  • NARS Momentum (DC, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).
  • Cle de Peau Harmony (Left) (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
  • MAC Beatallica (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).
  • MAC Palm Leaves (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
  • KVD Beauty Sage (Define) (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).
  • Natasha Denona Rhino (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar).
  • Coloured Raine Showtime (LE, $6.99) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar).

Trailhead

PiPPermanent in Palette. $5.00.

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