Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

MAC x Pedro Lourenço Lipglasses
MAC x Pedro Lourenço Lipglasses

The MAC x Pedro Lourenço collection has two new, limited edition shades of Lipglass. It is specially packaged with a rubberized, soft black cap. Both shades were semi-opaque, and they had a high-shimmer finish that looked almost metallic in person.

MAC Gold Mirror Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “neutral gold.” It’s a medium, brown-ish gold with multi-colored shimmer, though it is dominated by peachy-gold shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage. This shade lasted for four hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. It is totally loaded with shimmer, though, and that’s really why it is more distinct compared to other gold-shimmered glosses, including the recently released MAC Pussywillow (LE, $15.00), which is a lot less packed with shimmer. MAC Water Deities (LE, $15.00) is less gold. MAC Pure Sophistication (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Mirror Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “neutral silver.” It’s a subtly warm-toned, pewter gold with silver and gold shimmer that dominates, but it also includes multi-colored shimmer that adds a rainbow-esque glimmer to it. Again, it is totally jam-packed with shimmer, which gives it a near-metallic finish. The overall result was semi-opaque coverage. It wore well for four hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this one.

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Gold Mirror

B+

Product

9/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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9/10

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9/10

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Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

MAC x Pedro Lourenço Lipsticks
MAC x Pedro Lourenço Lipsticks

MAC x Pedro Lourenço Lipsticks ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) will be available in four new, limited edition shades. The collection launches online on May 29th and in-stores on June 5th. All four shades are Amplified finishes, so they are more opaque and longer-wearing than the average MAC Lipstick. None of these were hydrating on me, but none were drying either. They were all more dupable than not, so you may want to check your stash for similar shades.

Peach Beige is described as a “light pinky nude [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a light, pink-beige with a satiny sheen. It had full, opaque color coverage, and the consistency was really creamy, almost a little wet. It has a tendency to create lines if you press your lips together, so it is more high-maintenance than you might want. The color lasts about four hours on me and isn’t drying (though not hydrating), but it pulls into lip lines slightly. MAC Strip Poker (LE, $16.00) is warmer but very similar, more matte. Maybelline Bare All (910) (P, $7.49) is sheerer, lighter. MAC Pret-a-Pretty (LE, $17.00) is pinker. MAC Ruffian Naked (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Myth (P, $16.00) is pinker. MAC Fleshpot (P, $16.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Roxo is described as a “deep red [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a medium-dark, blue-based red with a satiny sheen. It’s just slightly muted overall. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly and smoothly. The color wore for six hours on me, plus left a stain behind, but I had some slight feathering along the upper lip line. Urban Decay Gash (LE, $22.00) is slightly brighter. MAC Just a Bite (LE, $16.00) is redder. NARS Mascate (P, $26.00) is more matte. MAC Charmed, I’m Sure (LE, $16.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Absolute Power (LE, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ruby is described as a “mid-tone blue red [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a bright, medium red with very subtle blue undertones–it almost looks warm-toned against my complexion. It had good, nearly full color coverage, and it applied smoothly without settling into lip lines. It wore well for almost six hours and left a stain behind, and I didn’t have any feathering issues with this shade. I would describe it more as a neutral red. There are a surprising number of shades that are similar, so this list isn’t quite exhaustive. MAC True Love’s Kiss (LE, $16.00) is a touch darker. MAC Head in the Clouds (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Estee Lauder Vengeful Red (P, $30.00) is similar. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse (01) (LE) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty Neo-Noir (126) (P, $30.00) is a touch darker. Edward Bess Eternal Passion (P, $32.00) is similar. Maybelline On Fire Red (P, $7.49) is slightly warmer. MAC Everyday Diva (P, $22.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

True Red is described as a “vivid bright coral red [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a bright, medium-dark orange with reddish tones. It almost looks like it has very, very fine orange shimmer in it. It had rich, opaque color coverage, and it was easy to apply and didn’t tug on the lips. The color lasted for six hours before fading, and it was comfortable to wear. It’s a lovely color and nice formula overall, but this color is extremely common. Estee Lauder Impassioned (P, $30.00) is lighter. NARS Short Circuit (LE, $26.00) is slightly more orange. Dior Trafalgar (844) (P, $34.00) is similar. Urban Decay Bang (P, $22.00) is more orange. Maybelline Orange Edge (LE, $7.49) is very similar. Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin (P, $7.49) is very similar. MAC Scarlet Ibis (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Sail La Vie (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Lady Danger (P, $16.00) is more matte. Buxom Rogue (P, $21.00) is lighter. Inglot #103 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Peach Beige

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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9/10

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9/10

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9/10

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10/10

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Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

MAC Hush Cream Colour Base
MAC Hush Cream Colour Base

MAC Hush Cream Colour Base ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “soft peach with icy shimmer [with a Frost finish].” It’s a warm-toned, peachy-beige with a frosted sheen. MAC Diamonds (LE, $22.00) is similar. MAC Highlighter (LE, $30.00) is a powder. Becca Guava/Moonstone (P, $27.00) is darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Spanish Villa (LE) is lighter, powder. IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is a powder. Urban Decay Glint (LE) is a powder. Tom Ford Beauty Blush Guilt (LE, $58.00) is more beige. Urban Decay Naked Flushed Highlighter (P) is a powder. MAC Soft & Gentle (P, $30.00) is a powder. bareMinerals The Love Affair (LE, $26.00) is a powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

If you’re unfamiliar with Cream Colour Bases, they’re designed to be a multi-purpose product that can be used on eyes, lips, or cheeks. They can be used under or over foundation, as a sheer “veil” of color or yield “highly dramatic” color, “depending on method of application.” Hush is part of the permanent range, so if the packaging doesn’t sway you, you can save $2 by going for the regular, black compact version instead. This shade lends itself to highlighting easily, though on fairer skin, you may see some warmth come from applying it, too. The consistency is creamy, lightweight, and very blendable. The effect is luminous, dewy, and doesn’t seem to emphasize pores. It only lasts about six hours on me, but it is a product that can take a translucent setting powder without totally getting lost, if you need better wear.

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Hush

B

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

MAC Refresh Mineralize Skinfinish Duo
MAC Refresh Mineralize Skinfinish Duo

MAC Refresh Mineralize Skinfinish Duo ($33.00 for 0.32 oz.) contains two shades, which are most easily considered a bronzer and highlighter. This set of shades was less powdery than Jolly Good, but it was still slightly powdery and didn’t wear quite as long as the average cheek colors do.

Bronzer is described as a “light summer peach tan.” It’s a medium, yellowed brown with warm, orange-yellow undertones and a satiny sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, and it wasn’t too powdery, so most of the color stayed on the skin as applied, rather than disappearing when you went to blend it. The color lasted for six and a half hours before fading. MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Divergent Intelligent Bronze (LE) is yellower. MAC Love, Rihanna (LE, $25.00) is more matte. MAC Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer (LE, $25.00) is darker. Burberry Copper Glow (P, $48.00) is darker, more matte. Dior Pink Glow Bronzer (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Highlighter is described as a “golden pink.” It’s a champagne-peach with warm undertones with a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff, was slightly powdery, but it adhered fairly well. It does emphasize pores and any imperfections on the skin. The highlighter lasted for six hours on me before starting to look faded and patchy. Sephora + Pantone Universe Spanish Villa (LE) is lighter, cooler-toned. IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Fairly Precious (LE, $30.00) is more orange. MAC Sparkling Rose (LE) is lighter. Urban Decay Glint (LE) is less warm-toned. Urban Decay Naked Flushed Highlighter (P) is less orange/peach. MAC Soft & Gentle (P, $30.00) is very similar, slightly more beige. Le Metier de Beaute Whisper (P, $30.00) is less orange. bareMinerals The Love Affair (LE, $26.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

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Refresh

B-

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

6.5/10

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4.5/5

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Bronzer

B-

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8/10

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7/10

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4.5/5

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Highlighter

B-

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8/10

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10/10

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8/10

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Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

MAC Peaches & Cream Blush
MAC Peaches & Cream Blush

MAC Peaches & Cream Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone rose [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium, subtly cool-toned pink with a soft, silvery sheen. MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $30.00) is very similar, just less shimmery. Clinique Plum Pop (04) (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Milani Bella Rosa (11) (P, $7.99) is darker, more matte. Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is lighter. MAC Weekend Getaway (LE, $20.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The finish of this gets really lovely and luminous the more the powder is blended and buffed into the skin–you can see in the swatch photo how when it is blended out, the silvery sheen becomes more pronounced, but it’s never over-the-top; it doesn’t emphasize pores or skin imperfections. It was nicely pigmented with a soft, blendable texture that never felt powdery. The color wore well and lasted for eight hours on my skin before starting to fade around the edges.

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Peaches & Cream

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

MAC Duchess Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Duchess Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Duchess Eyeshadow Quad ($44.00 for 0.19 oz.) contains three limited edition shades and one permanent shade. It’s from the upcoming MAC x Osbournes collaboration collection. The textures of the eyeshadows in this quad were fairly good, with the matte shade being a little drier and harder to blend on the skin. All four shades work well together, but there have been many warm-toned quads like it before, so it may also be more dupable depending on what products you already have.

Sweet Eyes is described as a “light golden nude [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a light, peach with a frosted finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the texture was soft, buttery, and blendable. This shade lasted for almost eight hours on me before starting to fade. This may be a repromote from a long-ago holiday eyeshadow palette, but the one in the 2008 palette seems a bit lighter/more beige and was also listed as a satin finish, so I don’t think they’re really the same. Divergent Humble Sheen (LE) is warmer, darker. theBalm #18 (P, $6.50) is lighter. theBalm #14 (P, $6.50) is similar. MAC Tenderly (LE, $15.00) is similar. theBalm D2 (LE, $16.00) is has a smoother sheen. LORAC Nude (P) is slightly pinker. theBalm Promiscuous Pearl (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Sellout (P, $18.00) is lighter. Illamasqua Slink (LE) is a touch cooler. Dior Fairy Golds #1 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sexy Eyes is described as a “soft warm bronze [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a medium, coppery brown with a gold-shimmered, frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and fairly smooth, blendable and easy to work with on the lid. It wore well for eight hours before showing signs of fading. MAC Gingersnap (P, $15.00) is redder. Urban Decay Trick (P, $18.00) is more sparkly. MAC Star Myth (LE, $15.00) is a touch darker. bareMinerals Imagine (P) is similar. See comparison swatches
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Femme Fatale is described as a “golden brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark, warm brown with a soft, gold micro-shimmer and yellow undertones. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, blendable, and only a tiny bit powdery. It stayed well on my lids for seven and a half hours before fading. Sisley Paris Toffee (7) (P, $47.00) is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild Naked Truth #5 (P, $2.29) is darker, less yellow-toned. Makeup Geek Brown Sugar (P, $5.99) is darker, more red-toned. theBalm C4 (LE, $16.00) is very similar. CoverGirl Melted Caramel (330) (P, $4.99) is less warm-toned, more shimmery. MAC Glimpse of Flesh (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Exposed (LE, $15.00) is a touch darker, slightly redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Embark is described as a “dark reddish brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a dark brown with subtle, warm red undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff, but the texture is a combination of soft yet dry, so it doesn’t yield the best color payoff, though it is buildable. It isn’t quite as effortlessly blended, but it is workable. This shade is permanent, though the one included in the quad was less pigmented than the permanent one I have. Make Up For Ever #162 (P, $20.00) is darker, richer. Bobbi Brown Cocoa (P, $22.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Duchess

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sweet Eyes

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

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9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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5/5

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Sexy Eyes

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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