MAC Cherry Popping & Rollergirl Dazzleglasses

MAC Cherry Popping Dazzleglass ($20.00 for 0.06 fl. oz.) is described as a “fuchsia with purple pearl.” It’s a muted, pinky-red with lighter violet and pink sparkle and shimmer. It was semi-sheer on lips with noticeable color that went on evenly but still let the natural lip color come through. The texture was medium-thick with a tacky feel. On me, the gloss lasted for four and a half hours and was lightly hydrating. MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus (LE, $15.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Social Season (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Love Alert (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter. L’Oreal Dazzle Me (LE, $9.99) is cooler. Bobbi Brown Electric Violet (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Cherry Popping Dazzleglass
MAC Dazzleglass Cherry Popping
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
89%
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MAC I Like 2 Watch Dazzleshadow Eyeshadow

MAC I Like 2 Watch Dazzleshadow ($20.00 for 0.06 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone brown with gold sparkles.” It’s an almost green-tinged gold set over a warmer, copper-brown base with a sparkling, metallic finish. Applied dry, it is sheer and dusty, which made it hard to work with as it diffused everywhere and tended to fade faster. Applied damp, it was much more opaque and smoother, so it adhered better to the lid and wore for seven and a half hours with moderate fall out. YSL Avant Garde #4 (P, ) is less shimmery. Lit Cosmetics Rich & Famous (P, $12.95) is more shimmery. Too Faced Twinkle (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Fyrinnae Lucky Charmed (P, $6.80) is less shimmery. NARS Etrusque (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Stargazer (P, $20.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Spell #1 (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Maybelline Bold Gold (P, $6.99) is less shimmery. MAC Gaelic Gold (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Old Gold (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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MAC I Like 2 Watch Dazzleshadow
MAC Dazzleshadow I Like 2 Watch
D+
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
7
Longevity
6.5
Application
4.5
Total
69%

Top 10: Best of MAC Cosmetics

This was a tough one, because MAC’s range is ridiculously expansive and most formulas have a lot of shades, so it can be difficult to narrow it down to a mere ten favorites! (You can check out my initial pull of favorites here.) I’ve only included permanent favorites, but these are some of my all-time favorite MAC products from over the years.  What are your favorite MAC products, past or present?

  1. MAC Satin Taupe Eyeshadow
  2. MAC Lucky Green Eyeshadow
  3. MAC Blue Peep Fluidline
  4. MAC Marque Lipstick
  5. MAC Sea Worship Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
  6. MAC Viva Glam I Lipstick
  7. MAC Be a Lady Lipstick
  8. MAC Copperplate Eyeshadow
  9. MAC Fathoms Deep Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
  10. MAC Lovecloud Blush

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MAC x Giambattista Valli Lipsticks

MAC Bianca B Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “pale white-pink [with a Matte finish].” It is a brightened, very light pink with a strong, white base and a mostly matte finish. It applied without tugging on the lips, but it pulled and separated into every lip line. It’s a product that really needs a primer or heavier lip pencil base and then applied with a lip brush to minimize some of the application issues. The lipstick lasted for five hours, but it was somewhat drying and settled into lip lines more and more as the color wore on. MAC Weekend 1 (LE, $16.00) is more muted, warmer. NYX Rose (P, $6.00) is darker. NARS Stourhead (LE, $25.00) is darker, less pigmented. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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MAC x Giambattista Valli Lipsticks
MAC Lipstick Bianca B
B-
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4
Total
82%
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MAC x Giambattista Valli Collection

MAC x Giambattista Valli Collection
MAC x Giambattista Valli Collection

Fashion designer Giambattista Valli brings his effortless elegance and luxurious celebration of the female form to a stunning collection of timeless lipsticks.

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

  • Bianca B Pale white-pink (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Tats Bright hot pink (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Margherita Yellow bright peach (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Charlotte Rich yellow-red (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Eugenie Dark cherry with blue undertone (Matte) (Limited Edition)

Crystal Glaze Gloss ($23.00 U.S. / $27.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Lena Clear with subtle multicoloured pearl (Limited Edition)

Availability: July 9th at select MAC locations and maccosmetics.com; July 2015 for International (excluding China)

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MAC 137, 221, 267 Brushes Reviews & Photos

MAC 137 Long Blending Brush ($42.00) is a long, tapered cheek/face brush made out of natural fibers. It’s supposed to be used for a “light dusting of any powder.” The brush head is 22mm in width, 22mm in thickness, and 49mm in length. It had a total length of 7.4 inches / 18.7 centimeters and an open, metal ferrule. This brush was manufactured in Japan. The brush has a really light, feathery feel and is perfect for dusting highlighters onto cheek bones, down the bridge of the nose, or applying a finishing powder all over with more control than a fan brush would give you. What I was most surprised by was how soft the brush is, because a lot of MAC’s recent brushes have been rougher in feel, and many of their cheek and face brushes (even from before) aren’t that soft, but this is one of the softest MAC brushes I’ve come across that has natural fibers. This is very comparable to Wayne Goss Brush 14 ($33) as far as length and purpose go, though MAC’s is significantly more tapered, longer by 8mm, a little less soft, and a bit denser (though not a dense brush by any means).

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MAC 137 Long Blending Brush
MAC   137 Long Blending Brush
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Product
0
Pigmentation
0
Texture
0
Longevity
0
Application
0
Total
0%
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