MAC x Zac Posen Haute Contour Powder Blush Duo

MAC Haute Contour Powder Blush Duo

MAC Haute Contour Powder Blush Duo ($29.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a split-pan product with one shade being more of your traditional bronzer and the other being a pink-coral. Neither shade performed well, but the more blush-like shade had a really firm, hard press that required jabbing at the powder’s surface to get decent color out of it. This is at least the third time in recent memory that MAC has released a mid-tone brown/pink-coral blush duo, and I wonder why they haven’t been able to jump out of the box–it’s becoming like NARS Laguna/Orgasm over here.

Haute Contour (Bronzer) is a muted, medium brown with warm, orange-yellow tones and a satin finish. It was firmly packed in the pan, which made getting color out of it a little more challenging, and when I did, some of it came away in larger chunks–almost like sand. The consistency was fairly blendable on the skin, and the harder chunks dusted away (didn’t notice them applied). It lasted for seven hours before fading. Guerlain Natural / Brunettes (03) (P, $53.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Skinny Dip (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The High Dive (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Naked Flushed Bronzer (P) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Haute Contour (Blush) is a light-medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a golden shimmer. You wouldn’t know what the color was by going off the swatch, but with enough jabbing and prodding of the powder, I was able to get enough powder to loosen to apply to cheeks to show it in a photo. The shimmer didn’t emphasize pores, and the color itself lasted for six and a half hours before fading on me. NYX Rose Gold (P, $6.50) is more pigmented, warmer (90% similar). MAC Stereo Rose (LE, $32.00) is more pigmented, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Romance (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, more pigmented (90% similar). NYX Menage a Trois (P, $15.00) is more pigmented, warmer (85% similar). NARS Orgasm (P, $30.00) is more pigmented, cooler (85% similar). Becca Lychee/Opal (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Zac Posen Powder Blush Duo Haute Contour
F
Product
5
Pigmentation
6
Texture
4.5
Longevity
7
Application
4
Total
59%
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MAC x Zac Posen Lipsticks

MAC Sheer Madness Lipstick

MAC Sheer Madness Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “sheer nude [with a Lustre finish]. It’s a very light champagne beige with fine champagne and iridescent pink pearl. It seemed to add a little warmth but mostly shimmer when applied to lips. It is sheer, as you might expect a Lustre to me, so this is a shade that can look quite different from person to person. It had a light amount of slip so it didn’t tug, but the color seemed to gather and emphasize lip lines. It was gone after an hour of wear–at least it was drying (though it wasn’t moisturizing either). Bobbi Brown Pink Gold Shimmer (7) (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Sugar Daddy (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, more pigmented (85% similar). Burberry Gold No. 217 (LE, $33.00) is more pigmented (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Darling Clementine Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright orange [with a Matte finish].” It’s a bright, medium orange with warm, orange-red undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had intense color payoff with a smooth, velvety consistency that glided across the lips without tugging. The consistency was a little clingy after an hour or so. On me, it lasted for five and a half hours and was lightly drying. NARS Timanfaya (P, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Illamasqua Soaked (P, $26.00) is darker, glossier (95% similar). Milani Sweet Nectar (P, $5.49) is darker, glossier (95% similar). MAC Temper Tantrum (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Iberico (LE, $25.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Morange (P, $17.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Bite Beauty Warmed Maple (LE, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Bite Beauty Clementine (LE, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Geraldine (P, $32.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC Neon Orange (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D A-Go-Go (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Sounds Like Noise (LE, $17.00) is lighter, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Dangerously Red Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “blue fuchsia [with a Matte finish].” It’s a bold, bright, medium-dark fuchsia red with cool, blue undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had opaque color payoff with a creamy, smooth consistency that applied evenly and easily. This shade lasted for six hours, left behind a stain, and was neither drying nor hydrating over time. Tarte Selfish (P, $20.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Estee Lauder Jealous (P, $30.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Impassioned (P, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Toucan (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Moxie (LE, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Mars (P, $6.00) is less glossy (90% similar). MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $17.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC All Fired Up (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline All Fired Up (P, $7.99) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Revlon Vivacious (120) (P, $8.99) is glossier (90% similar). MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus (LE, $17.00) is lighter, cooler, glossier (85% similar). MAC To Matte with Love (P, $20.00) is darker, more muted, less glossy (85% similar). MAC Good Kisser (LE, $17.00) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (85% similar). Colour Pop Cougar (LE, $5.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Lipstick Sheer Madness
C-
Product
6
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
4
Total
70%
MAC Lipstick Darling Clementine
A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
92%
MAC Lipstick Dangerously Red
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
96%

MAC x Zac Posen Collection for Spring 2016

MAC x Zac Posen Collection for Spring 2016
MAC x Zac Posen Collection for Spring 2016


After dazzling women with his modern but timeless designs on the runway and red carpet for 13 years, New York designer Zac Posen presents his debut colour collection for MAC. From the iconic packaging to the square-handled contour and buffer brushes that boast the designer’s mark, every loving detail that Posen adorns on the female form takes on new shape for the face.

Availability

February 25th, 2016 (North America), February 2016 (International), at select MAC Locations

MAC Cosmetics

The Details

Eye Z You Eyeshadow x 6 Palette | $43.50 U.S. / $52.00 CAD | Limited Edition

  • Cozy Grey Soft white pearl (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Phloof! Frosted off-white (Frost)
  • After Dusk Deep lilac (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Performance Art Soft lilac with multi-pearl (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Palatable Deep frost-grey (Satin)
  • Mauve Over Soft mid-tone mauve (Veluxe Pearl)

Lipstick | $18.00 U.S. / $22.50 CAD | Limited Edition

  • Sheer Madness Sheer nude (Lustre)
  • Darling Clementine Bright orange (Matte)
  • Dangerously Red Blue fuchsia (Matte)

Powder Blus Duo | $29.00 U.S. / $34.00 CAD | Limited Edition

  • Haute Contour Matte neutral brown/pink coral with pearl

Prep + Prime Finishing Powder | $27.00 U.S. / $32.50 CAD | Limited Edition Packaging

  • Transparent Transparent pressed powder

Fluidline Pen | $23.00 U.S. / $25.50 CAD | Limited Edition Packaging

  • Retro Black Solid flat black

Brushes | Limited Edition

  • 182 Buffer ($54.00 U.S. / $64.50 CAD)
  • 168 Large Angle Contour ($36.00 U.S. / $43.50 CAD)

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Natasha Denona Glaze, Gray-Brown, Vintage, Calypso Blue, Electric Violet, Powder Blue, Navy Eyeshadows

Natasha Denona Navy (01V) Eyeshadow

Natasha Denona Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.08 oz.) comes in 66 shades with four distinct finishes (Matte, Duo-Chrome, Metallic, and Sparkling). According to the brand, the eyeshadow formula is supposed to have “full, rich and intense color that won’t fade out, be “long-lasting,” and smooth. The majority of the shimmery shades were very pigmented with a soft consistency that was something just right and other times a little prone to crumbling/loosening in the pan, while the mattes were smooth but quite powdery, which resulted it color that didn’t adhere to bare skin as readily. The texture of most shades is soft, blendable, and most of the shimmery shades I’ve tested applied well to bare skin. The wear was fairly consistent, but there was some variance from shade to shade (which didn’t seem related to finish). The wear has ranged from five to eight hours, depending on the shade. Primer helps with longevity, adding two to three hours to the shade’s no-primer wear time, but they seem like shorter-wearing eyeshadows compared to most powder formulas I’ve tried.

Check out my first review for more depth about the formula as well as a pricing breakdown for singles compared to palettes.

Glaze (12M) is a light-medium champagne with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, lightly powdery consistency that blended well and stayed on for seven hours before creasing slightly.

Gray-Brown (38M) is a medium-dark, taupe brown with cooler gray leanings but still had a warmer base paired with a frosted sheen. It had great pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture that wasn’t too firm or too soft. This shade applied well, blended out nicely, and wore for seven and a half hours on me.

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Natasha Denona Metallic Eye Shadow Glaze (12M)
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
87%
Permanent
Natasha Denona Metallic Eye Shadow Gray-Brown (38M)
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
91%
Permanent
Natasha Denona Duo-Chrome Eyeshadow Vintage (49M)
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
96%
Permanent
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