MAC Vibe Tribe Lipsticks

MAC Tanarama Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a light-medium, pale gold with warm undertones and a frosted shimmer-sheen finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied fairly evenly, but I noticed it tended to emphasize lip lines and separate slightly near them. I could feel the texture of the shimmer particles when applying, but it wasn’t chunky or rough to apply or to wear. This shade was lightly drying but lasted for three hours. MAC You've Got It (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Rory (LE, $35.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC All I Want (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). NARS Redemption (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Tanarama Lipstick
MAC Lipstick Tanarama
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
82%
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MAC Adobe Brick & Painted Canyon Blushes

MAC Adobe Brick Blush ($23.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a medium red with warm, orange undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good color payoff with a thin, slightly drier texture that was harder to blend out on the skin. I would recommend patting loose powder over the skin first, and then applying the blush as it helped to make the blush more blendable for me. The color lasted for eight and a half hours before fading noticeably. Urban Decay Slowburn (P) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Fira (P, $37.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). KIKO 107 Tomato (P, $12.00) is more muted (85% similar). Becca Lantana (P, $32.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). NYX Crimson (P, $6.50) is cooler (85% similar). NARS Exhibit A (P, $30.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Adobe Brick Blush
MAC Powder Blush Adobe Brick
B-
Product
7
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7
Longevity
9
Application
3.5
Total
81%
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Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Waterproof Eye Pencils for Summer 2016

Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliners
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliners


A pro artist favorite, Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Liner’s superior, long-lasting formula will not smudge, crease, or fade until you remove it. Its innovative formula blends intense, rich color with a super-gliding texture. This versatile liner’s smooth texture effortlessly glides onto lids without skipping or tugging while delivering intense, one-swipe color that lasts all day. Perfect for creating a tight line or smudging for a shadow effect, it features shades that range from everyday neutrals to bright pastel pops.

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The Details

Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner | $21.00 | New, Permanent

  • M-92 Matte pastel purple
  • I-90 Iridescent pop purple
  • M-80 Matte plum
  • D-62 Diamond brown
  • M-60 Matte dark brown
  • S-50 Satiny taupe
  • ME-42 Metallic bronze
  • M-40 Matte pastel yellow
  • I-36 Iridescent khaki
  • I-34 Iridescent pop green
  • M-30 Matte pastel green
  • I-32 Iridescent lagoon green
  • M-26 Matte pastel blue
  • I-24 Iridescent blue with green sparkles
  • M-22 Matte majorelle blue
  • S-20 Satiny navy blue
  • M-16 Matte white
  • M-14 Matte charcoal gray
  • D-12 Diamond black
  • M-10 Matte black

Charli XCX Festival Faves | $49.00 | VIB Rouge, Limited Edition, Online Only

Instantly create intense liner looks with Charli XCX Festival Faves 4 Waterproof Eyeliners. MAKE UP FOR EVER joined forces with pop star Charli XCX, best known for chart-topping hits, such as “Boom Clap,” “Fancy” with Iggy Azalea and “I Love It” with Icona Pop. Her bold, artistic, transformative nature and energetic stage presence exemplify the creative spirit of MAKE UP FOR EVER and the Aqua XL collection. These eye pencils feature an innovative formula with an ultra-creamy glide and waterproof, rich color for fun makeup looks that last from show to show. Includes:

  • M-10 Matte black
  • I-24 Iridescent blue with green sparkles
  • M-80 Matte plum
  • M-30 Matte pastel green

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MAC Pro Longwear Colour Sticks (Part 1)

MAC Pro Longwear Colour Stick ($22.00 for 0.049 oz.) is supposed to be a “medium-to-full coverage” cream eyeshadow pencil that can be used “all-over” the lid or as “statement liner.” The formula is described as “long-wearing, vibrant, and impactful” as well as waterproof. They have decent to good color payoff with fairly smooth consistencies, but they aren’t the creamiest nor the most emollient, so some shades can tug (the more metallic/shimmery shades tended to be the more emollient, while some of the matte to semi-matte shades were drier) or pull on the lid or lash line. The formula is waterproof and fade/smudge-proof; I didn’t have any issues with creasing after ten hours of wear with any of them. I did, however, find them hard to apply and blend out, as they dry down almost instantly. They are pretty hard to use together, as they don’t like to blend into each other, whether you use fingertips, a brush, silicone applicator, foam applicator, damp brush, synthetic brush, natural brush, or the shadow stick itself. This is also true with an attempt to use it all over the lid as a single color; I had the best luck using some of the lighter shades as a wash of color and applying with my fingertip, which helped to keep the product a little more malleable. They are easiest to use as a base, but they have a drier texture that made powders look a little dry/chalky on top at times.

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MAC Flat White Pro Longwear Colour Stick
MAC Pro Longwear Colour Stick Flat White
C+
Product
7
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
10
Application
2.5
Total
79%
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Sneak Peek: ColourPop Matte X Lippie Stix Photos & Swatches

ColourPop Matte X Lippie Stix
ColourPop Matte X Lippie Stix

ColourPop Matte X Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.035 oz.) is a new, permanent formula that launches today. There are 15 shades available from light beige to deep burgundy. According to the brand, it’s supposed to be a “super intense, super matte” formula that is still flexible and lightweight. Full reviews to come!

ColourPop Matte X Lippie Stix

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Sneak Peek: MAC Vibe Tribe Photos & Swatches

MAC Wild Horses Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Wild Horses Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Vibe Tribe Collection will launch online on May 12th and be in-stores on May 19th. Here are photos/swatches….

Editor’s Note: MAC’s newest collection–Vibe Tribe–has generated some controversy over the last couple weeks for cultural appropriation and/or cultural insensitivity. Both Refinery29 and The Huffington Post posted earlier this week with an official statement from the brand, which stated that: “The collection, including the visuals, product lineup, and naming, is inspired by art, outdoor music festivals, and the colors of the desert. The collection has absolutely no connection to nor was it inspired by the Native American cultures.”

Outdoor festivals are rife with instances of cultural appropriation in the form and manner many dress and accessorize (one of the more egregious examples is the wearing of headdresses–something some festivals have actually banned to avoid future instances of cultural appropriation). I don’t think it’s a surprise that between the pattern on the packaging, some of the shade names, promotional imagery, and a collection name with “tribe” in it that it is making some consumers at least question the inspiration/connection. I wish MAC would have considered partnering with a Native designer or artist to create a collection that could truly pay homage to that person’s culture, roots, and inspiration of their craft. They have done this in the past where we have seen the collaborator’s inspiration in the forms of shade names and packaging, so it is a disappointment that they didn’t go that route here. I hope the brand will consider doing more research into their themes going forward.

MAC Vibe Tribe

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