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Friday, March 6th, 2015

MAC Acai Lipstick
MAC Acai Lipstick

MAC Acai Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vivid deep violet [with a Matte finish].” It’s a lightly brightened, medium-dark fuchsia-berry with cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. The texture was a little drier, though it didn’t drag too much when applied, but it seemed to emphasize any dryness/natural texture on the lips as it wasn’t as thick or as velvety in feel as some of MAC’s recent matte finishes have felt. It had mostly opaque color coverage that wore well for six hours but was fairly drying. Tom Ford Beauty Xavier (LE, $32.00) is lighter. MAC Fashion Revival (LE, $16.00) is darker. NARS Fanny (P, $32.00) is lighter. MAC Splurge (LE, $22.00) is lighter, glossier. Marc Jacobs Beauty Cabaret (146) (LE, $30.00) is glossier. Estee Lauder Insolent Plum (P, $30.00) is glossier. YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (P, $34.00) is glossier. Illamasqua Shard (P, $24.00) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty Little Pretty (130) (P, $30.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Venom (P, $22.00) is brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Violet Fatale (P, $50.00) is more shimmery. MAC Rebel (P, $16.00) is glossier. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Boca Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “soft pink nude [with a Satin finish].” It’s a light-medium, muted rosy pink with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had opaque color payoff that went on evenly and smoothly with a lightly creamy consistency. It lasted for five hours and was slightly drying after four hours of wear. Tom Ford Beauty Addison (LE, $32.00) is pinker. Bobbi Brown Blush (P, $26.00) is similar. NARS Barbara (P, $32.00) is glossier. NARS Anita (P, $32.00) is darker, pinker. NARS Sex Machine (P, $25.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Petite Red Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “strawberry cream [with a Satin finish].” It’s a bright, neon pinky-red with cool, blue undertones and a satiny sheen. It had mostly opaque pigmentation though it had a slightly thinner, more emollient consistency than most satin finishes (e.g. Boca). It lasted for seven hours on me, feathered slightly along the upper lip line after five and a half hours, and felt drying after six hours of wear. Chanel La Petillante (49) (LE, $34.00) is warmer. MAC Damn Glamorous (LE, $16.00) is darker, more matte, warmer. Kat Von D Bachelorette (P, $21.00) is more matte. Guerlain Provocative (863) (LE, $51.00) is more shimmery. MAC Relentlessly Red (P, $16.00) is more matte. MAC All Fired Up (P, $16.00) is pinker, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

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Acai

B+

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Boca

A

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Petite Red

A-

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, March 6th, 2015

Free for Haul Friday

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul: MAC 9x palettes
  • Weekend plans: Grocery shopping, going out for Indian food (I’m SOOO excited!!), work on retirement planning (boo! adulthood!), taxes
  • What was the best meal you’ve ever had?: Wedding reception meal! We did it at my favorite fancy restaurant (it was a small wedding), so it was just great to have a private room with family AND excellent food.

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TOO EARLY!

Friday, March 6th, 2015

MAC Morganite Eyeshadow Duo
MAC Morganite Eyeshadow Duo

MAC Morganite Eyeshadow Duo ($22.00 for 0.09 oz.) is one of three neutral duos in the upcoming Julia Petit collaboration collection. It’s always disappointing when one shade out-performs the other, because it’s hard to justify a duo when half of it is less than stellar. The lighter shade is a drier, more glittery shade that is hard to apply without a tacky base to help it adhere to the skin. The darker shade has such a beautiful, workable texture, and again, the combination of shades could easily work well.

Sunstoned is described as a “soft pink champagne [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a frosted, sparkly finish. It had sheer coverage (which is more in line with the type of finish it is) with a dry, thin texture, but it didn’t have as gritty of a feel as Druzy, though it has similar issues such as poor adhesion to bare skin and fall out (during wear as well as during application). It lasted for six hours on me and had a significant amount of fall out over time. Giorgio Armani #10 (P, $32.00) is similar. MAC Natural Vigor #1 (LE, $21.00) is less sparkly. Dior Golden Shock #5 (LE) is less shimmery. Anastasia Blush (LE, $12.00) is lighter. MAC Faire Maiden (LE, $15.00) is darker, less sparkly. Too Faced Nutmeg (LE, $16.00) is darker. Stila Kitten (P) is less glittery. Dior Sundeck #2 (LE) is less glittery. Maybelline Beige-ing Beauty (85) (LE, $6.99) is a cream product. MAC Until Dawn #2 (LE, $21.00) is sparkly. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is darker. Too Faced Moon on Their Wings (LE, $16.00) is more glittery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Choco Cake is described as a “dark chocolate [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was really soft, smooth, and almost creamy with how finely-milled and velvety the powder was. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it went on evenly and was buildable to opaque color. I found this really blendable and more like MAC’s Matte2 finish than their typical matte finish–a major plus. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading. Hourglass Infinity #4 (P) is lighter. Kat Von D Orion (LE) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. Anastasia Chocolate (P, $12.00) is similar. Too Faced Chocolate Cake (LE, $16.00) is yellower. Make Up For Ever M630 Sweet Chestnut (P, $21.00) is lighter. Chanel Charming #4 (LE) is darker. MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Ground Brown (P, $15.00) is redder. MAC Cross-Cultural (LE, $15.00) is similar. Inglot #327 (P, $6.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

LE
palette

Morganite

B-

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunstoned

C-

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

6.5/10

Longevity

5/10

Application

4/5

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Choco Cake

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What are the top three items on your beauty wish list right now? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI don’t which three, but IT Cosmetics’ Velvet Luxe brushes!! Probably an eyeshadow/crease brush, powder brush, and a blush brush.

Thanks to Telesilla for today’s question! Do you have a question idea? Submit yours here.

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

MAC x Bao Bao Wan Collection Overview

The MAC x Bao Bao Wan Collection is available in-store today, though it has mostly sold out online. I’ve now finished reviewing all of the products I had to test from this collection (I do not have the nail polishes), so hopefully the reviews help you determine whether tracking down a particular product is worth it or if some of the dupes may make more sense. The colors and finishes of the collection are gorgeous, even if some products could have been better executed. The lipsticks were the “standout,” though they’re shades we have seen before.

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Thursday, March 5th, 2015

The Hit List

What’s the Most Used Makeup Palette that you’ve tried?

Share your pick!  And don’t forget to share why :)

It’s either Urban Decay Naked (original) or Guerlain Turandot!

Thanks to Yvonne for today’s topic!