MAC Eye Z You Eyeshadow Palette (Zac Posen)

MAC Eye Z You Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Eye Z You Eyeshadow Palette ($43.50 for 0.19 oz.) is a pink and plum-hued palette with a subdued gray in the mix. There are six shades, and two appear to be totally new-to-me, while three are repromotes from past releases (two are from larger permanent palettes) and one is permanent as a single (Phloof!). It’s decent, and I was able to use all six shades on their own with some success, but some of the shades are drier to work with.

Also, apologies for the close-up photos of the eyeshadows individually: I completely screwed up and forgot to take close-up shots altogether, so I had to make-do with the further away photo of the palette (they were already used, so I couldn’t re-shoot!).

Cozy Grey is described as a “soft white pearl [with a Matte finish].” It’s a subdued, light-medium taupe with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. (The official description didn’t make any sense to me.) It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth consistency that was just a smidgen dusty but otherwise applied just fine. The color lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Inglot #390 (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Combust (P, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Inner Strength (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $18.00) is darker (85% similar). LORAC Black #1 (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Night Crawler (LE) is darker (80% similar). MAC Brains & Brawn (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). MAC Camel Coat (P, $18.50) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Performance Art is described as a “soft lilac with multi-pearl [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a medium, mauve with a sparkly, frosted sheen. The consistency was drier and looser to work with, which gave it less opaque coverage and made it prone to sheering out on the skin. There was some fall out during application and a few stray sparkles during wear. It wore for seven hours. Dior House of Pinks #4 (LE) is lighter, cooler, lower quality (90% similar). Colour Pop Prickly Pear (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Twilight (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Flannel (08) (P, $38.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Catch Me If (P) is darker (90% similar). NARS Dolomites (Left) (LE, $25.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC After Dusk (P, $16.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Tarte Make a Mauve (LE) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Natasha Denona Glaze (12M) (P) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Eyeshadow x 6 Palette Eye Z You
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
84%
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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

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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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