Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Gray can be a very versatile shade to have in one’s stash, as it can be used to darken (without overwhelming, like a black eyeshadow might) any shade, but it can also be used to add depth and dimension. What are your favorite grays?

  1. Makeup Geek Galaxy — a medium-dark, shimmery gray
  2. Urban Decay Desperation — a medium-dark, lightly shimmered gray with warm undertones
  3. MAC Typographic — a matte, medium gray
  4. MAC Nehru — a matte, medium-dark gray with cooler undertones
  5. Inglot #451 — a shimmery, cool-toned gray

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Saturday, September 20th, 2014

One common color combination I feel I’ve been seeing more often as we get into autumn is a mix of copper, gold, and plum. Here’s my current favorite mix of shades in that vein! :) These could all be worn together or as three or four shades.  Subra is great for making the look appear smokier, cooler, while Goddess and Deep Damson create dimension with their less frosted finishes.  I’d love to hear what shades you’re using to recreate the combination as well.

  1. Make Up For Ever ME728 Copper Red — a metallic, golden copper
  2. Makeup Geek Goddess — a satiny, orange with hints of brown
  3. Make Up For Ever ME654 Cauldron — a rich bronze with a frosted sheen
  4. MAC Deep Damson — a matte, plummy burgundy
  5. NARS Subra — a deepened yet muted purpled burgundy with a soft, frosted finish

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Friday, September 5th, 2014

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipglass
MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipglass

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “cool mauve with red frost.” It’s a sheer, gray-ish tinted gloss with iridescent pink and silver shimmer and sparkle. MAC Reckless Desire (LE, $15.00) is pinker, finer. Chanel Songe (191) (LE, $29.50) is finer shimmer. MAC Vacant (LE, $15.00) is more lavender. MAC Icescape (LE, $15.00) is pinker. Bobbi Brown Firefly (P, $24.00) is more silvered. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The base is almost clear, though there’s a general cool/gray vibe that translates onto lips by giving them a more muted, toned down look. Otherwise, it is primarily shimmer/sparkle that gets noticed. I wish MAC had thought to include/indicate that it was a sheer gloss in the description or else amped up the pigmentation to actually fit the description. I think it’s a shade that is best for layering, as it adds a pretty sparkle over anything you may layer it over. It’s thinner than the average Lipglass but still tacky and thicker on. The color lasted three hours on me and was neither hydrating nor drying. This shade will be available for the next six months, and it comes with a metallic red, rubberized cap instead of a glossy black one. Viva Glam is one of the best charitable causes in beauty, as every cent of the selling price goes to the MAC AIDS Fund.

The Glossover

LE
product

Viva Glam Rihanna 2

C+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

6.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, September 5th, 2014

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “warm mauve with silver frost.” It’s a muted, dark brown with copper, mauve, and silver flecks of shimmer in it. The finish is more frosted, lightly metallic. MAC Icon (DC, $16.00) is several shades lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had mostly opaque color coverage with a lightly creamy consistency, but it didn’t apply as evenly as I’d like. It doesn’t feel gritty in the tube, despite the high shimmer content, initially or as it wears away. On me, the color lasted four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating over time. It is a Viva Glam, limited life, shade, and it is packaged in a metallic red, rubberized tube. Viva Glam is one of the best charitable causes in beauty, as every cent of the selling price goes to the MAC AIDS Fund.

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Viva Glam Rihanna 2

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, September 4th, 2014

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipglass & Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipglass & Lipstick

Here’s a quick peak at the upcoming MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipstick & Lipglass. It launches online September 8th and in-stores September 11th. It’ll be available for six months. Full reviews, photos, and swatches tomorrow! :)

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Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

MAC x Rocky Horror Picture Show Collection
MAC x Rocky Horror Picture Show Collection

The Rocky Horror Picture Show kicks off the celebration of its 40th anniversary in wild style with an untamed M∙A∙C collaboration, featuring an outrageous collection of hues and products specially designed to recreate the looks of your favourite characters from the 1975 cult classic film. Transform yourself into a sex-swapping mad scientist, heroic newlywed, alien from Transylvania or even the time-warped Riff Raff, with an orgy of colour worthy of any midnight mayhem at The Frankenstein Place.

Availability: Online September 29th, in-stores October 2nd at MAC Stores Only. Available internationally October 2014, excluding China, at MAC stores only.

Lipstick ($17.50 U.S. / $21.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Strange Journey Yellowish brick red (Matte)
  • Oblivion Vivid bluish-red (Amplified)
  • Sin Deep dark blue red (Matte) (Permanent)
  • Frank-N-Furter Deep raspberry wine (Matte)

Lip Pencil ($17.50 U.S. / $21.00 CDN)

  • Vino Intense violet purple (Permanent)

Riff-Raff Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 U.S. / $53.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Graphic Style Deep silver (Veluxe Pearl) (Repromote)
  • Oh, Rocky!!! Soft muted white with pearl (Frost)
  • Carbon Black Intense black (Matte)
  • Heavy, Black and Pendulous Grayish blue with pearl (Frost)
  • Blackberry Muted burgundy-plum brown (Matte) (Permanent)
  • Crystal Violet duochrome with pearl (Frost) (Permanent)

Glitter ($23.00 U.S. / $28.00 CDN)

  • Gold Sparkling chunky gold (Permanent)
  • 3d Black Black with silver holographic effect (Permanent)

Pigment ($23.00 U.S. / $28.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • It’s Not Easy Having a Good Time Sparkling burgundy

Chromagraphic Pencil ($17.50 U.S. / $21.00 CDN)

  • Black Black Black (Permanent at PRO)
  • Basic Red Primary red (Permanent at PRO)

Greasepaint Stick ($21.00 U.S. / $25.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • B Bright yellow blue
  • Black Intense black

Superslick Liquid Eye Liner ($20.00 U.S. / $24.00 CDN)

  • On the Hunt True black (Permanent)

Powder Blush ($24.00 U.S. / $28.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Crazed Imagination Muted plum with a hint of pink pearl

Sculpt and Shape Powder ($27.50 U.S. / $33.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Bone Beige/Emphasize Palest cream/tan

Nail Lacquer ($13.50 U.S. / $16.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Bad Fairy Red with red multi-changing pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Formidable Teal green with pink multi-changing pearl (Permanent)

Lashes ($18.50 U.S. / $22.00 CDN)

  • 7 Lash (Limited Edition Packaging)

Availability: Online September 29th, in-stores October 2nd at MAC Stores Only. Available internationally October 2014, excluding China, at MAC stores only.

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