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Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

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What are your best tips and tricks for dealing with under eye bags? What has worked??

Temptalia's AnswerWater and sleep have been the only things that help minimize them in a meaningful way, but good concealer/brightener can be a temporary fix. I don’t have really large under eye bags, more like dark circles for me, though.

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Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

MAC Wash & Dry Collection will launch online on May 14th and head to stores on May 21st. The collection features numerous products to choose from for eyes, lips, and face. MAC’s major summer collection is one I look forward to, but this year’s collection is a definite miss for me, personally, as well as in terms of quality.

My favorites were: Morange Lipstick (A) (permanent, though) andDomestic Diva Lipglass (A-). I would have loved to see MAC come out with more unique lipsticks; I feel like they’re doing a red nearly every launch these days, and the reds are mostly matte–they’re just not interesting. I would have loved to see some of their more metallic finishes promoted here (Thrills comes to mind) or something new that was mostly opaque with a glossy, pearly finish. The Freshen Up High-Light Powder (B+) and Crisp Whites Blush (B+) are more similar in color than I think is ideal for releasing the two together; I think the High-Light Powder would have been more interesting if it had a larger section of pink/red and if there was more shimmer running through it (most of it is an over-spray). Long-time cult favorite Hipness Blush (B) had some quality issues present in this iteration that weren’t in my original–namely, blending is more challenging–and the color itself is a couple of shades darker than the original.  The collection felt uninspired across the board with more dupable, we-just-saw-that (from MAC) kind of shades.

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Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

ColourPop Between the Sheets Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Between the Sheets Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Between the Sheets Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone beige pink in a matte finish.” It’s a muted, pink-coral-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It’s lighter and pinker than a peach-brown, but it’s so muted, that it doesn’t read coral either. Tarte Fame (LE, $26.00) is brighter, warmer, powder. Colour Pop Quarters (P, $8.00) is darker. Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is browner, powder. Surratt Beauty Parfait (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, powder. Illamasqua Flirtatious (LE, $26.00) is similar. Make Up For Ever #215 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is pinker, lighter. bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is powder. MAC Melba (P, $21.00) is powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Super Shock Cheek formula has buildable coverage that ranges from light-medium to fully opaque, depending on your choice of application. According to the brand, fingertips will yield the greatest amount of coverage, which holds true, and then using a duo fiber brush (often the go-to for a cream-based blush) will have the sheerest coverage, which also holds true. I really love how consistent the formula has been for me: the pigmentation is exactly as described, and the wear is excellent at ten hours. The texture is lightweight, like a cream-powder hybrid with some give that you’d expect in a cream, but it lacks the slip and shine of the average cream blush formula. It tends to feel and act more like a powder product once you apply it to the skin. I think there’s a bit of a learning curve when working with these, but once you figure out the best method for you, they become really easy to use.

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Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

MAC 126SE Split Fibre Large Face Brush
MAC 126SE Split Fibre Large Face Brush

MAC 126SE Split Fibre Large Face Brush ($46.00) is a large, paddle-shaped face brush. It’s split in half, such that one half is made out of natural fibers and the other half is made out of synthetic fibers. The brush is flatter with a very rounded edge that flares upwards from the base. The brush head is 47mm in length, 39mm in width, and 20mm in thickness. It has a total length of 7.5 inches / 19 centimeters with a pinched, multi-colored ferrule. The brush is light-medium in density with a little flop towards the end, as the fibers are cut shorter on the exterior and left longer in the center. The synthetic side was soft and silky against the skin, while the natural side was moderately soft but I could feel some of the individual bristles.

I tried using this for setting powder, finishing powder, and highlighting, and it seemed to work best with finishing powders and highlighting (to a degree). I found it too sparse for setting powder, while dusting a finishing powder all-over with this brush ensured a sheer, diffused application; better for a finishing powder that is soft and more “powdery” in a sense than one that is firmer or already really quite sheer. For a more metallic highlighter, this brush’s shape and density worked well to tamp down some of the frost and make it less emphasizing. I personally didn’t find it really excelled for those products based on my preferences, so it’s not a brush that will find its way into my routine (it is also a little too scratchy compared to other brushes I have). I was surprised at the price point on this, as it doesn’t seem that large or dense to merit being more expensive than the 125SE.

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126SE Split Fibre Large Face Brush

I found it too sparse for setting powder, while dusting a finishing powder all-over with this brush ensured a sheer, diffused application; better for a finishing powder that is soft and more "powdery" in a sense than one that is firmer or already really quite sheer. For a more metallic highlighter, this brush's shape and density worked well to tamp down some of the frost and make it less emphasizing.
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Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

MAC 125SE Split Fibre Dense Face Brush
MAC 125SE Split Fibre Dense Face Brush

MAC 125SE Split Fibre Dense Face Brush ($38.50) is a widened, dense face brush with two distinct sides–one with natural fibers and the other with synthetic fibers. The idea behind these split brushes is that the natural bristles give a “soft, diffused look” while the synthetic bristles “fuse colour onto skin.” The brush head is 25mm in length, 39mm in width, and 19mm in thickness. It has a total length of 6.5 inches / 16.5 centimeters with a pinched, multi-colored ferrule. The weighting is nice and it doesn’t feel too top-heavy nor lightweight.

I wouldn’t describe the edge as blunt, but it is only lightly rounded and more of a narrow, flattened surface, which makes it useful for contouring and getting into the hollows of the cheeks. Both sides of the brush are incredibly soft and smooth, which was a bit of a surprise, as I haven’t found a lot of the recent brush releases to be as soft as brushes from years ago. The synthetic side is good with cream contours or highlighters, while the natural side is really good for blending and buffing out contours and highlighters. The only caveat to that is that it is wide enough that it may not work well for those looking for more precise contour lines or who have smaller hollows where the brush would simply be too large to work with. It would still work well for blending out of contour powders and creams, though. I’ve also used it to apply foundation, which it does a nice job of, but I find I prefer the synthetic side more and would rather an all-synthetic brush (as I work primarily with liquid foundations). I’ve washed it five times, and I haven’t had any issues with dye, smell, shaping, or shedding.

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Both sides of the brush are incredibly soft and smooth, which was a bit of a surprise, as I haven't found a lot of the recent brush releases to be as soft as brushes from years ago. The synthetic side is good with cream contours or highlighters, while the natural side is really good for blending and buffing out contours and highlighters.
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Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

MAC Wash & Dry Makeup Bag
MAC Wash & Dry Makeup Bag

MAC Wash & Dry Makeup Bag ($35.00) is a new, limited edition zippered, rectangular makeup bag that will be available at select MAC stores and online at maccosmetics.com beginning May 14th (stores on May 21st). It’s tapered so the bottom widens and flattens out, so the bag retains most of its shape even with nothing in it, which helps it stand up as well. The bag is 8 inches / 20 centimeters in length, 4.5 inches / 11.5 centimeters in height, and 2 inches / 5 centimeters in depth. The exterior is 100% PU (a poly synthetic leather), and the interior lining is 100% polyester, which is black in color.

I would have loved to have seen a metallic gold zipper instead of a black plastic one, or at least the zipper pull in a coordinating shade/style to the rest of the bag. It feels comparable to past limited edition MAC makeup bags, which I’ve never had an issue traveling with, but I don’t travel extensively. I think the zipper felt a little cheaper in the type or weight of the plastic use, and it is a bag that will not allow a lot of over-stuffing, as it tapers towards the top and will not zip if you attempt to put much near the top. It’s priced similarly to other MAC makeup bags with similar size dimensions.

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It feels comparable to past limited edition MAC makeup bags, which I've never had an issue traveling with, but I don't travel extensively. I think the zipper felt a little cheaper in the type or weight of the plastic use, and it is a bag that will not allow a lot of over-stuffing, as it tapers towards the top and will not zip if you attempt to put much near the top.
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