MAC Fashion Pack Collection for June 2016

MAC Fashion Pack Collection
MAC Fashion Pack Collection


Lead the way with a new wave of front-row worthy hues. Fuchsia, violet, emerald, deepest plum, midnight…ready to wear, any way we dare! So, be a doll and show us how — the Fashion Pack is always in the know.

Availability

Online June 9th, in-stores June 23rd

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The Details

She's a Model Eyeshadow x 9 Palette | $32.00 U.S. / $42.00 CAD | Limited Edition

  • Fresh Blade Pale frosted yellow (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Gilded Lids Bright yellow with pearl (Satin)
  • Sample Sized Dirty golden olive (Frost)
  • She’s a Model Blackened teal with pearl (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Big Attitude Dirty grey (Frost)
  • Not Basic Black Charcoal brown with pearl (Velvet)
  • Fab Accent Soft nude (Matte)
  • Cool Complement Dirty mid-tone neutral (Matte) (Repromote)
  • Dance in the Dark Deep cool brown (Matte) (Repromote)

Runway Worthy Eyeshadow x 9 Palette | $32.00 U.S. / $42.00 CAD | Limited Edition

  • Runway Worthy Soft frosty white (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Dress Me Up Dirty pink (Satin)
  • Frock Talk Blackened cherry (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Paradise Island Soft warm pink (Satin)
  • Available in Petite Frosty raspberry (Velvet)
  • Snappy Style Deepend black plum (Satin)
  • Hypnotizing Frosted greyed mauve (Frost) (Repromote)
  • Zip Me Up Mid-tone violet (Satin)
  • Nice Fit Blackened blackberry (Frost)

Lipstick | $17.00 U.S. / $21.00 CAD | Limited Edition

  • By Special Order Deep reddened fuchsia (Amplified)
  • Aim for Gorgeous Bright fuchsia (Matte)
  • Stylist’s Tip Deep violet (Amplified)
  • Pressed & Ready Soft whitened nude (Lustre)

Studio Nail Lacquer | $12.00 U.S. / $14.00 CAD | Limited Edition

  • Style Matters Metallic golden green (Frost)
  • Like My Gown? Dirty reddish purple (Creme)

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MAC Transformed Huggable Lip Colours

MAC Bonsai Bloom Huggable Lipcolour

Now available online (originally slated for a June 2nd launch; in-store date is June 9th on my press release!), there are new, limited edition shades (along with some repromotes) of MAC Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.), which is described as a hydrating, “gel-like lipstick with rich, glossy shine” that wears for “six hours.” The formula tends to be semi-sheer to semi-opaque with moderate shine, lightly clingy (not in an uncomfortable way, but it wears longer than more slippery formulas) with decent wear (four to five hours) and light to moderate hydration. It is the type of formula that feels denser in the tube and softens as it “melts” against the warmth of the lips. I’ve also noticed that some shades self-level after a minute or so after being applied. I think they’re best suited for someone who likes sheerer lipsticks that are comfortable but not slippery and wants some hydration.

MAC Bonsai Bloom Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “cool nude-pink.” It’s a muted, medium rosy pink with subtle, cooler undertones and a fine, gold pearl and light shine. It had medium coverage, and as it is a color naturally more similar to my lip color, it may look wildly different from to person as the natural lip color comes through a lot. The texture was thin, lightweight, and sat fairly well on the lips. The color went on evenly and lasted for four hours. I found it lightly hydrating overall. Guerlain Kiss Blossom (LE, $37.00) is more pigmented, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Conte (202) (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Gemma (P, $55.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented (85% similar). Colour Pop Juice Bar (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Cantonese Carnation Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “warm rose.” It’s a medium-dark rosy pink with subtle, cooler undertones and a fine, gold pearl. It had semi-opaque coverage that went on evenly and allowed the natural lip color to still come through. The consistency was lightweight but had enough suspension in it that the glossier texture didn’t sit in lip lines noticeably. This shade lasted for four and a half hours on me and was lightly hydrating. MAC Love Beam (LE, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Eblouissante (165) (P, $36.00) is warmer (85% similar). Guerlain Madame Reve (862) (LE, $55.00) is cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Raspberry Shimmer (1) (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC I'm Game (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Chanel Etourdie (98) (P, $35.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Good Luck Mochi Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “rosy mid-tone pink.” It’s a medium-dark, slightly brighter, pink with subtle, warm undertones and a creamy finish. This shade didn’t have pearl like a lot of the other Huggables. It had more coverage–closer to truly semi-opaque–but color pulled into lip lines a bit, and it did not seem to go on as evenly. This shade lasted for four hours on me and was lightly hydrating. Laura Mercier Raspberry Ripple (P) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Spring Pink (P, $35.00) is brighter, more pigmented (90% similar). MAC Little Buddha (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, more pigmented (90% similar). Givenchy Rose Boudoir (204) (P, $36.00) is brighter, warmer (80% similar). Estee Lauder Ambitious Pink (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter, more pigmented (80% similar). Chanel Edith (424) (P, $37.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Huggable Lipcolour Bonsai Bloom
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7
Application
5
Total
83%
MAC Huggable Lipcolour Cantonese Carnation
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
87%
MAC Huggable Lipcolour Good Luck Mochi
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
Total
80%
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Urban Decay Uptight, 1993, Backdoor, Conspiracy, Nighthawk Vice Lipsticks

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Uptight Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “warm nude [with a Comfort Matte finish].” It’s a medium, peachy brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had fully opaque color payoff in a single stroke, and the color applied evenly due to the very creamy, smooth consistency. I noticed that the texture seemed to emphasize lip lines just slightly after I applied, but it did worsen as the color wore off (over a four and a half hour period) as the color gathered into lip lines. Marc Jacobs Beauty No Angel (242) (P, $30.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Pillow Talk (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Discreet (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Pinch (DC, $5.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Marion (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Pander Me (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Whirl (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Persistence (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Carnal (DC, $22.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay 1993 Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “medium brown [with a Comfort Matte finish.]” It’s a medium-dark brown with warmer, slightly orange-y undertones and a satiny sheen. It had rich color payoff that covered the lips with smooth, even coverage. The texture was very creamy, lightweight, and comfortable to wear and never tugged on the lips when applied from the tube. On me, the color lasted for five hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Urban Decay 1993 (DC, $22.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Uber Nude (P, $24.00) is cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Molasses (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Among the Fireflies (LE, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Carnal (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Gustavo (LE, $35.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Whirl (P, $17.00) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (85% similar). MAC Persistence (P, $17.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Uber Suede (P, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Double Shot (P, $17.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Royally Riotous (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Marion (P, $18.00) is lighter (80% similar). Bite Beauty Marzipan (P, $28.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). NARS Het Loo (P, $25.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Backdoor Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “frosted dusty brown [with a Metallized finish].” It’s a medium-dark, reddish brown with warmer undertones and a lot of fine pearl. It had mostly opaque pigmentation where the natural lip color came through very slightly, but this was one of the more pigmented Metallized shades. The texture was also a bit denser than most of the Metallized range, though it was still thinner than a Cream and had more slip. It lasted for four and a half hours and was lightly hydrating. MAC Caliente (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Blake (LE, $35.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Temptation Waits (LE, $52.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Amulet (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Inspiree (164) (LE, $36.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Carnal Instinct (LE, $17.00) is darker (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Guillermo (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). MAC Subverted (LE, $17.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Conspiracy Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “plum-bronze shimmer [with a Metallized finish].” It’s an intense, deep reddish-brown with warmer undertones and a lot of fine, copper pearl. Like Backdoor, it was more pigmented than not with a lightly creamy texture that applied easily and went on smoothly but could have been a smidgen more even on. This shade lasted for five hours and was lightly hydrating. MAC Subverted (LE, $17.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Derek (P, $35.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Uptight
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
88%
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick 1993
A
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
93%
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Backdoor
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
91%
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The Dupe List + Swatch Gallery Updates for May 2016

The Dupe List + Swatch Gallery Updates for May 2016
The Swatch Gallery

You might have caught my mention of working on a project (which I have now determined may be never-ending!) last week, and it was all about breaking down every single swatch in the Swatch Gallery into additional characteristics: how light or dark the shade is, how cool or warm the shade is, and how much shimmer the shade has. The driving force behind this project is just the sheer number of swatches we have in the gallery and rather than continue to add colors (e.g. light brown, medium brown, not just brown), why not really drill it down into a range so that it’s never an issue again?

I’ve combed through over 30,000 swatches in the last two weeks to assign these characteristics to them, and I’ve gone through them twice more. My goal is to try to be as consistent as possible with how I categorize everything, and I know I’ve changed quite a few shades from one color category to another as well as switched some undertones since this project gave me the opportunity to really see all swatches and go through them (so if you see review text that doesn’t quite line-up, that would likely be why).

I still have more tweaking to do over the next couple of weeks to really get the shades in the best order I possibly can.  The process has been truly overwhelming (which I should have anticipated, as we’ll celebrate our ten-year anniversary in the fall!), from trying to better understand exactly what is warmer, what is warm (in the case of brighter purples), how to categorize desaturated shades that don’t look right alongside much brighter shades, even though they seem like they’re both medium in lightness/darkness, and the like.

The Dupe List + Swatch Gallery Updates for May 2016
The Swatch Gallery

It is also designed to help me help you faster by making it a little easier to narrow down dupes or easily grab a bunch–say for a medium to medium-dark, copper eyeshadow, which there are numerous ones–or I can easily bypass light blues when I know I’m only interested in navy blues. I know I’m looking forward to being able to refine brown eyeshadows or pink lipsticks better (those colors, by the way, were the most numerous in number of swatches)!  You can also do neat things like sort by editor’s highest rated and see what the highest rated medium, very cool-toned fuchsia lipstick is.

The Dupe List + Swatch Gallery Updates for May 2016
The Swatch Gallery

So while this allows for even further refinement should you be browsing swatches, it also enables us to provide much more accurate “possible dupes.” I hope this helps readers in three ways: 1) when I’ve uploaded a swatch but have not reviewed yet, you’ll now be able to see possible dupes in a meaningful way; 2) for older shades that may have less dupes, a better list of possibilities will be there; and 3) to catch any similar shades that I might have missed (I think I will miss less now, though!). (Here’s an example: MAC Invite Intrigue has not yet been reviewed, so you can see possible dupes and how very close are! I’m on the way to eliminating myself out of a job! Haha!)

We have configured the possible dupes section to be slightly broader than what would generate near-perfect dupes so that slightly lighter or darker possibilities might show as some colors have lots of dupes and others might have only a handful that are much lighter/darker so we didn’t want to go so narrow that there’d be no results too often!

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