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.

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Viva Glam Rihanna 2

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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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Sunday, August 31st, 2014

MAC Diva Lipstick
MAC Diva Lipstick

MAC Diva Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as an “Intense reddish-burgundy [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned deepened red with a slightly muted quality–it is a lighter and brighter burgundy to me–and has a semi-matte finish. NARS Charlotte (P, $32.00) is glossier, slightly redder. MAC Hearts Aflame (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Studded Kiss (LE, $16.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Fixed on Drama (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $26.00) is slightly warmer. NARS Amsterdam (P, $26.00) is similar. MAC Deeply Adored (LE, $16.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Over the years, I’ve had a lot of questions asking whether such-and-such new shade was like MAC Diva, but I didn’t have it to compare to–now I do! I’d love to include more reviews of MAC’s permanent range, but with so many limited edition products, I try to use the time between launches to focus on other brands and products. Diva had rich, opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly. The consistency was lightly creamy; just enough that it didn’t tug much on the lips, but it still retained its more matte finish. It’s one of the brand’s more comfortable mattes, and it lasts for six and a half hours while leaving behind a reddish stain. It didn’t dry out my lips, but I wouldn’t call it a hydrating formula either. As always, MAC’s lipsticks are vanilla scented but have no discernible taste.

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Diva

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Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Burgundy can be such a warm and cozy color, which is why it reminds me of autumn! Here are a few of my favorites right now…

  1. Laura Mercier Kir Royal — a satin, warm-toned burgundy
  2. Makeup Geek Burlesque — a shimmery reddish-burgundy
  3. MAC Deep Damson — a matte burgundy
  4. Inglot #452 — a bold, deepened red-burgundy
  5. NARS Subra — a muted, deep burgundy

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<