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Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

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Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

MAC Force of Nature Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Force of Nature Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Natural Vigor Mineralize Eyeshadow ($22.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “shimmery champagne peach.” MAC described the finish as “half pearl/half frost.” It seems less like a duo differentiated by finish and more like a traditional duo with one lighter and one darker shade, though they’re both in the same color family.

Natural Vigor #1 is a light-medium, yellow gold with a frosted finish. Applied dry, it was mostly opaque, and applied damp, it was fully opaque and slightly more metallic. The texture was soft and fairly smooth, and the color wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. Too Faced Butter Pecan (P, $16.00) is a smidgen lighter. Too Faced Nutmeg (LE, $16.00) is darker. Ardency Inn Sunday (P, $21.00) is brighter. Tarte Golden Locket (LE) is less yellow. Stila Vitality (P) is darker. Dior Sundeck #2 (LE) is less shimmery. Maybelline Beige-ing Beauty (85) (LE, $6.99) is a cream product. theBalm #41 (P, $6.50) is lighter. Urban Decay Blunt (P, $18.00) is yellower. Dior Night Golds #4 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Natural Vigor #2 is a muted, medium gold with brown and a more metallic finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation applied dry, and it was more opaque applied damp but not fully opaque. On me, this shade lasted well for seven and a half hours with some sparkle fall out. Tarte Dare to Be Gold (LE) is darker. Too Faced Nutmeg (LE, $16.00) is less orange. Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #1 (P) is slightly redder, darker. Urban Decay Baked Cowboy (P, $18.00) is brighter, yellower. Giorgio Armani Organica (Right) (LE) is very similar. MAC Rocket Girl (LE, $15.00) is darker. Milani Bella Sand (02) (P, $3.99) is slightly yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Force of Nature Mineralize Eyeshadow ($22.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “shimmery brown [with a half pearl/half frost finish].” I really liked one side, but the other side was drier and sparkly enough where it was prone to fall out.

Force of Nature #1 is a medium-dark, taupe brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. Applied dry, it was less frosted but had good color payoff, and then applied damp, it was more shimmery and reflective. The consistency was soft, smooth, and easy to blend on the skin. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me before fading. Makeup Geek Mesmerized (P, $9.99) is darker, cooler-toned. Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #2 (LE) is yellower. Laura Mercier Crystal Beige (LE, $23.00) is similar. Anastasia Custom (P, $12.00) is lighter. MAC Mortal #5 (LE) is less shimmery, cooler-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #3 (LE) is similar. Make Up For Ever D562 Taupe Platinum (P, $21.00) is yellower. Sleek MakeUP Genie (LE, $9.99) is darker. Sleek MakeUP Aladdin’s Lamp (LE, $9.99) is more sparkly, yellower. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #1 (P) is darker. Sleek MakeUP Paradise on Earth (P, $9.99) is slightly cooler-toned. Urban Decay Mugshot (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Until Dawn #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Platinum (LE, $42.00) is a cream product. Urban Decay YDK (LE, $18.00) is similar. Chanel Topkapi #2 (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Force of Nature #2 is a dark taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones, but it is a lot grayer than the lighter shade in the duo. It was sheer when I applied it dry, but it was more opaque applied with a dampened brush. The texture is drier, and as a result, it doesn’t apply as smoothly as one might like. I felt like the brush had to be fairly damp to really get it to smooth down. The color showed signs of fading after seven hours of wear with some fall out. Makeup Geek Mesmerized (P, $9.99) is darker, cooler-toned. LORAC Granite (LE) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #4 (LE) is darker, less shimmery. Make Up For Ever ME614 Graphite Brown (P, $21.00) is browner, brighter, darker. Sleek MakeUP Genie (LE, $9.99) is darker. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #1 (P) is less shimmery. YSL Saharienne #4 (P) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek Moondust (P, $5.99) is warmer. MAC Silver Dawn (LE, $19.50) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Mugshot (P, $18.00) is similar. Urban Decay Vaporize (LE, $18.00) is cooler-toned, grayer. Chanel Topkapi #2 (LE) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Natural Vigor

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8.5/10

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LE
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Natural Vigor #1

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Natural Vigor #2

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Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

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Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

MAC Please Yourself Mineralize Blush
MAC Please Yourself Mineralize Blush

MAC Please Yourself Mineralize Blush ($27.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light pink with plum marble.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pink with cool undertones and silver sparkle and finer silver shimmer. Tarte Embraced (LE, $26.00) is less sparkly, darker. Sleek MakeUP Icing Sugar (P, $6.99) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Love is the Drug (P, $40.00) is darker, less sparkly. Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE) is less sparkly. Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $55.00) is less sparkly, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture was fairly soft, but there is a lot of sparkle/glitter in the blush, so it doesn’t feel totally smooth on the skin. The sparkle is very noticeable on the skin, and it did seem to get everywhere. Beyond the sparkle, it has a frosted sheen that slightly emphasize pores. It had decent pigmentation, which was buildable to mostly true-to-pan color if desired. The color blended nicely and looked even and smooth on the cheeks. On me, the blush lasted for six and a half hours on me, but there was a lot of glittery bits all over my face by the end of the day.

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Please Yourself

B-

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

MAC Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a light beige with subtle, warm undertones and a golden, pearlescent sheen–the base looks almost neutral-to-cool but the shimmer is strong enough that I think it ends up leaning warm. This version seemed slightly less frosted/metallic to me than the permanent version. Chanel Camelia de Plumes (LE, $76.00) is cooler-toned. Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is pinker. Urban Decay Luminous (P, $29.00) is more sparkly. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is warmer, darker. MAC Too Chic (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery. Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I swear, I review this Mineralize Skinfinish at least once a year! I actually purchased this shade to review when it was added to the permanent earlier this year, but I never got around to it (such is the life of a permanent product–go sit in the corner until I’m done with these limited editions!). It gives a a soft sheen that’s luminous without being metallic, so it doesn’t emphasize pores or skin imperfections. The color payoff is decent, but it is a more buildable product than one that’s intense right out of the pan. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and goes on smoothly without looking powdery on the skin. On me, it actually lasted six and a half hours, which is improved from a few years ago–I have found that MAC has improved their Mineralize products over the years (especially in regards to texture).

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Lightscapade

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

6.5/10

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Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Sephora + Pantone Universe 2015 Color of the Year Collection
Sephora + Pantone Universe 2015 Color of the Year Collection

SEPHORA and Pantone proudly introduce the 2015 PANTONE® Color of the Year Collection in Marsala 18-1438, an extraordinary new assortment of cosmetics for eyes, lips, and cheeks in celebration of Pantone’s complex and robust nude shade. Now in its fourth year, this collaboration brings SEPHORA’s innovative textures, finishes, and product forms to the beauty category with a limited edition collection that reinvents and redefines neutrals with captivating dimension, shifting in intensity from boldly pigmented to modestly sheer.

“A naturally robust and earthy wine red, Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability,” noted Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute™. “Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while it’s grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.”

The exclusive collection, designed by SEPHORA, evokes the sleek, modern lines of the iconic PANTONE Chip with a captivating ombre color variation for a stunning presentation. Each color product features Sephora Collection’s high performance formulas that offer rich color payoff and a luxurious feel during wear, with refined finishes like matte, pearl, metallic, and shimmer.

An incredibly versatile color for beauty, Marsala is an appealing and sophisticated shade that’s flattering for any skin tone. It pairs exquisitely with monochromatic mixes of peachy pinks, and sparkles against antiqued gold metallics, offering a range of lipstick and blush options. On the eyes, Marsala illuminates smoky-neutral color combinations, and adds a dramatic touch to bronze, for looks that can be worn from morning until night.

Facets of Marsala Multi-Finish Eye Palette ($39.00) (Limited Edition)

Create an infinite amount of looks with this eye shadow palette containing matte, glitter, pearl, and shimmer finishes, and 24 coordinating shades to accompany them.

Bold Marsala Mascara & Brow Highlighter ($20.00) (Limited Edition)

Achieve a dramatic color effect with this moisturizing and volumizing mascara that can be used both on lashes and brows. The vitamin-enriched formula contains natural Jojoba oil and a blend of soft waxes to keep lashes healthy, improving flexibility and preventing breakage. On the brows, it helps to groom and hold unruly hairs while adding a rich Marsala tone.

Marsala Metalshine Liquid Liner ($18.00) (Limited Edition)

This long-wearing liquid liner delivers a bold swipe of Marsala at the lash line with a striking metallic finish. The soft, flexible brush makes application effortless for high-impact eyes.

Marsala Layering Lip Collection ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

Mix and layer tones of Marsala with this set of five ombre nude pencils that provide sheer coverage and a dewy finish. The buttery formula contains hyaluronic filling spheres for plumping, and resveratrol, an antioxidant derived from red wine grapes, for hydrating color that shines.

Pure Marsala Matte Lip Crème ($18.00) (Limited Edition)

Discover one of the most breathtaking ways to wear the Color of the Year with this gorgeous hue in an exclusive case. Formulated with extracts, oils and Resveratrol, an anti-aging ingredient derived from red grapes, it leaves behind a rich, long-lasting, natural satin finish.

Cooling Marsala Multi ($25) (Limited Edition)

This lightly-pigmented balm cools on contact while delivering a sheer wash of flattering Marsala that is ideal for cheeks, contouring, and highlighting. The caffeine and coconut oil-based stick adds moisture while de-puffing and cooling on contact for immediate skin relief.

Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

This chic compact contains two matte blushes in Marsala, paired with a cream highlighter. The triple jet milled process allows for intense color payoff and a luxurious, velvety texture, while the unique blend of naturally-derived oils and powders enhance the skin’s overall appearance. For flawless application, apply with the Marsala Pro Angled Blush Brush #49.

Marsala Pro Angled Blush Brush #49 ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

The slanted-bristle design of this brush easily hugs the contours of the face for even, precise application in a single sweep. Use with the Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio for a dazzling Color of the Year look.

Availability: December 26th, 2014 at Sephora

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