Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

MAC A Fantasy of Flowers Cremesheen Glasss
MAC A Fantasy of Flowers Cremesheen Glass

For spring, MAC has six shades of Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 for 0.09 fl. oz.) in the A Fantasy of Flowers Collection due in-stores on the 6th. Three shades–Galaxy Rose, Pagoda, and Star Quality–are repromotes, while the other three–Flare of Fantasy, Nectarsweet, and Playful Petal–are new; all are limited edition. The formula is light-medium in thickness, creamy, non-sticky, and comfortable to wear, but it is a very short-wearing gloss on me (I usually get three to four hours on average with most gloss formulas) and tends to wear two hours or less. The other major downside is that each gloss contains about half as much gloss as the average gloss; MAC Lipglass contains 0.17 fl. oz. and costs less, so that’s just something to keep in mind as the containers look quite large but aren’t actually that big on the interior.

Flare for Fantasy Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 for 0.0.09 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone pink beige.” It’s a light-medium, muted pink-coral with fine, multi-colored shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage; added warmth, a little color, and lots of shimmer. The gloss lasted two hours on me. Revlon Pango Peach (P, $7.99) is less shimmery. MAC Dynasty at Dusk (LE, $20.00) is less pigmented, more muted. Guerlain Frizzy Mango (LE, $32.00) is darker. Burberry Cameo Pink (P, $27.00) is pinker, darker. See comparison swatches.

Galaxy Rose Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 for 0.0.09 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone violet pink.” It’s a brightened, raspberry pink with neutral-to-warm undertones. When swatched, it seems almost cool-toned, but when applied, it reads warmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage, which was somewhat even but the gloss had a tendency to settle into lip lines. This shade lasted a little longer than three hours on me. Chanel Sonate (178) (P, $29.50) is lighter, warmer. Giorgio Armani #519 (P, $29.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

Nectarsweet Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 for 0.0.09 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft pink peach.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned peach with peach and gold shimmer. It had sheer color payoff with most of the noticeable effect being shimmer, though it added warmth and lightness to my natural lip color. The gloss lasted a mere hour and a half on me. Urban Decay Naked (P, $20.00) is darker, slightly. NARS Bimini (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Zephyr (377) (LE, $29.50) is milkier. MAC Rich & Witty (LE, $15.00) is more pigmented. MAC Kiss Me Softly (LE, $20.00) is more muted. MAC Double Happiness (LE, $20.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Pagoda Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 for 0.0.09 fl. oz.) is described as a “frosted cool pink.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned milky pink with white shimmer. It is a milkier gloss, so it does settle into lip lines and is difficult to apply evenly. It lasted for two hours on me. MAC loves to do a cool-toned, milky pink gloss so there are plenty of iterations in the archive. Urban Decay Lovechild (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $19.00) is similar. NARS International Velvet (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery. MAC The Wee Coquette (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. MAC Stay Sweet (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Pink Fade (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. MAC Going Casual (LE, $20.00) is slightly darker, less shimmery. Chanel Bagatelle (P, $29.50) is more pigmented. See comparison swatches.

Playful Petal Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 for 0.0.09 fl. oz.) is described as a “electric magenta.” It’s an iridescent, muted fuchsia pink. The underlying color is rather sheer–it will tint lips pinker unless you have a lot of natural pigmentation (then it won’t do much in the way of changing the color)–but the selling feature is the iridescent fuchsia sparkle that switches between fuchsia, lavender, and blue. It lasts for an hour on me. I didn’t have anything that I could think of that was quite like this–with the way it sparkles. Maybelline Blush Essence (095) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery, while Chanel Insolence (P, $32.00) has no similar but has a similar coloring effect on the lips. See comparison swatches.

Star Quality Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 for 0.0.09 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright orange-coral.” It’s a light-medium coral-pink with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage and applied evenly for the most part. It lasted for almost three hours on me.  MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Fever Isle (LE, $20.00) is shimmery. NARS Viva (LE, $26.00) is more orange/brown. MAC Kiss & Don’t Tell (LE, $15.00) is pinker. Hourglass Nectar (P, $28.00) is more orange. See comparison swatches.

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Flare for Fantasy

B-

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8.5/10

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9/10

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9/10

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6/10

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Galaxy Rose

B+

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8.5/10

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10/10

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9/10

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8/10

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4.5/5

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Nectarsweet

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8.5/10

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10/10

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Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

MAC in the Meadow Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC in the Meadow Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC in the Meadow Mineralize Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a single eyeshadow with four quadrants–like a pinwheel. Long-time readers will know that I’m not a huge fan of the Mineralize Eyeshadow formula, and this iteration doesn’t do much to sway me otherwise. The texture was on the dry side across the board, and it’s a product that doesn’t wear well–I get six hours of wear in total, but I noticed some fading after five hours. If I don’t use an eyeshadow base or apply these with a damp brush, the colors instantly look faded when I’ve applied them. They’re just so prone to fading away!

In the Meadow #1 is described as an “ice shimmering white.” It’s a pale, silvery white with a frosted sheen. It had sheer color payoff when applied dry (and was quite powdery and difficult to apply to the lid), and then semi-opaque color payoff when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was somewhat powdery and chunky, so this was my least favorite texture in the “quad.” See comparison swatches.

In the Meadow #2 is described as a “pale yellow.” It’s a pale, yellow gold with a frosted finish. Applied dry, it was nearly opaque, and applied with a dampened brush, it was as pigmented but smoother and less powdery. See comparison swatches.

In the Meadow #3 is described as a “golden mint.” It’s a pastel, light-medium green with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It applied semi-sheer dry, and then more semi-opaque when applied with a dampened brush. The consistency was on the drier side, so it needs to be applied over a base if used dry or else with a dampened brush. See comparison swatches.

In the Meadow #4 is described as a “dirty olive green.” It’s a murky, dirty green-tinged brown with a bronze shimmer-sheen. The texture was on the drier side, so the color payoff when applied dry was sheer and powdery. It was smoother and more pigmented when applied with a dampened brush. See comparison swatches.

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In the Meadow

C+

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

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In the Meadow #1

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7.5/10

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8.5/10

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6.5/10

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In the Meadow #2

B-

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9/10

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8/10

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6.5/10

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Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

MAC Chartreuse Bouquet Pigment
MAC Chartreuse Bouquet & Lily White Pigments

MAC Chartreuse Bouquet Pigment ($21.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “shimmering acid green.” It’s a brightened, yellowed chartreuse wtih a soft, frosted sheen–somewhere between pearl and frost. Applied dry, it’s semi-opaque and yellower, and applied with a dampened brush, it’s greener, brighter, and opaque. It wore well for eight hours before starting to crease. Makeup Geek Pixie Dust (P, $5.99) is warmer, yellower. Kat Von D Birdcage (LE) is very similar–perhaps not as bright. CoverGirl Lime Light (310) (LE, $4.99) is lighter. Dior Peacock (434) Eyeshadow #1 (LE) is lighter, more muted. Make Up For Ever #304 (P, $20.00) is brighter, more metallic. NARS Rated R #1 (P, $24.00) is less shimmery. MAC Double Feature #2 #1 (LE, $15.00) is yellower. MAC Lucky Green (P, $15.00) is much darker. Make Up For Ever #171 (P, $20.00) is cooler-toned–less yellow. See comparison swatches.

Lily White (2014) Pigment ($21.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “pale butter-yellow shimmer.” It’s a pale gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It was semi-opaque when applied dry, and then it was opaque when applied with a dampened brush. The color lasted well without fading until after eight hours. Makeup Geek Bling (P, $5.99) is lighter. theBalm D3 (LE, $16.00) is darker. theBalm C1 (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Sand in the Glass (LE) is very similar. Make Up For Ever #101 (P, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Nylon (P, $15.00) is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches.

As a heads up, Lily White (2014) is nothing like the version previously released. I’ve included a side-by-side comparison swatch for reference–it reminded me of how dazzling Lily White (2007) is.

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Chartreuse Bouquet

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Lily White (2014)

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Product

9/10

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9/10

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9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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5/5

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Saturday, February 1st, 2014

MAC Phlox Garden Fluidline
MAC Phlox Garden Fluidline

MAC Phlox Garden Fluidline ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vivid violet.” It’s a medium-dark, fuchsia plum with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color in a single stroke, but it was buildable to mostly opaque color. The consistency was creamy, easy to apply, and sets down and lasts eight hours on my lower lash line. Worth noting, however, that it did fade after eight hours, whereas I rarely see Fluidlines fade before ten to twelve hours.

Sassy Moss Fluidline ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vivid green.” It’s a brightened, medium, slightly cool-toned green with a warmer, gold shimmer-sheen finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in a single stroke, but it was buildable to 90% opacity. This shade wore well for twelve hours without showing signs of fading on my lower lash line. The consistency was gel-like, creamy, and easy to apply as an eyeliner.  I also tried it as a cream eyeshadow, and it’s something that would work better as a base with shadow on top, as it can get a little dry to work with as a cream eyeshadow (sets very quickly–great for eyeliner, not as great for eyeshadow!); this latter method was more for experimentation/fun and didn’t impact the rating.  NARS Puerta del Sol (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery. Sephora Collection Indulge Yourself (22) (P, $9.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

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Phlox Garden

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Sassy Moss

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9.5/10

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9/10

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10/10

Longevity

10/10

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Saturday, February 1st, 2014

MAC A Fantasy of Flowers Lipsticks
MAC A Fantasy of Flowers Lipsticks

MAC Dreaming Dahlia Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “sheer red-coral [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a muted, medium orange-coral with a luminous shine. It had semi-sheer color coverage, which applied evenly and smoothly. The consistency was lightly creamy, while the color lasted three hours on me. Givenchy Brun Createur (103) (P, $36.00) is more matte, muted. Too Faced Coral Fire (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter, more matte. Givenchy Croisiere Coral (310) (LE, $36.00) is slightly lighter, more matte. See comparison swatches.

Fleur d’Coral Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “pale creamy peach [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light peach with warm undertones and a luminous shine. It had semi-sheer pigmentation when applied to lips. If you have warmer lips, this may look more true peach applied, but my corpse-like natural coloring made it look cooler when applied. I wish it applied just a bit more evenly, but it is a shade that shows “lines” if you press your lips together at all. I noticed some of the color settled into lip lines after an hour of wear, and the color lasted two hours on me (average lipstick lasts four hours). Marc Jacobs Beauty Pout (142) (LE, $30.00) is more matte, warmer. Chanel Melba (75) (LE, $34.00) is sheerer. MAC Woo Me (LE, $18.00) is glossier, more opaque. Make Up For Ever #N40 (P, $19.00) is similar in color. See comparison swatches.

Heavenly Hybrid Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone berry [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a luminous shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage–more pigmented than the typical Lustre finish–and wore well for four hours. Givenchy Croisiere Fuchsia (309) (LE, $36.00) is more matte. Revlon Fuchsia Shock (P, $7.99) is brighter. MAC Midnight Mambo (LE, $22.00) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. Revlon Lollipop (P, $7.49) is shimmery, darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Naked Bud Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “neutral sheer nude [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light, peachy-beige with a golden sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and it wore for an hour and a half on me–just very quick to vanish. It is a shade that will show some lines if you press your lips together. Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) (P, $30.00) is more opaque. MAC Touche (LE, $20.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Rose Lily Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “sheer pastel pink [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light, cool-toned pink with blue undertones and a luminous shine. It had semi-sheer color coverage that wasn’t quite even when applied. It was also a shade that was difficult to keep even-looking, as the minute your lips touched, you could see where they were! The color wore well for two and a half hours on me. NARS Stourhead (LE, $25.00) is lighter. MAC Raspberry Swirl (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, slightly darker. NARS Roman Holiday (P, $26.00) is brighter, darker. MAC Dreaminess (P, $22.00) is not as blue-based. See comparison swatches.

Snapdragon Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone blue pink [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light-medium pink with moderate blue undertones and icy pink shimmer. It had semi-sheer color payoff when applied to lips. This shade lasted for three hours on me but felt rather clingy. NARS Villa Lante (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC What a Feeling! (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter. NARS Roman Holiday (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. MAC Divine Choice (P, $22.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

MAC’s Lustre formula is drying in my experience; my lips were dry and chapped after wearing all of these back-to-back. Some readers find Lustres hydrating, others are more neutral, and some find them drying. If you have good luck with Lustres generally, then I’m sure you’ll be just fine, as these feel very par for the course for the formula.

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Dreaming Dahlia

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

5/5

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Fleur d'Coral

B

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8/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

4.5/5

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Heavenly Hybrid

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, February 1st, 2014

MAC Azalea in the Afternoon Mineralize Blush
MAC Azalea in the Afternoon Mineralize Blush

MAC Azalea in the Afternoon Mineralize Blush ($25.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone cool pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with very subtle, cool undertones and a high, frosted finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, which could be applied lightly and then built up in its intensity or blended out. The texture was mostly smooth with the typical dryness of Mineralize products, and it was somewhat powdery and prone to fading–it was noticeably faded after six hours of wear. MAC Stunner (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Porcelain Pink (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Blonde (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer. Chanel Pink Cloud (LE, $43.00) is less frosted, more muted. See comparison swatches.

Petal Power Mineralize Blush ($25.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “coral pink with gold shimmer.” It’s a brightened, medium coral with warm, orange undertones and a golden, frosted finish and sheen. It had a fair amount of sheen, and it did slightly emphasize pores when I wore it. The color payoff was great, though, and the texture, though a little powdery, was easy to blend out on the skin. This blush lasted for six and a half hours on me. NARS Soulshine (Together) (LE, $29.00) is darker. Physicians Formula Warm (P, $11.99) is slightly pinker. MAC Fleet Fast (LE, $21.00) is darker. NARS Orgasm is pinker, slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

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Azalea in the Afternoon

B-

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

4.5/5

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Petal Power

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

5/5

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