Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

MAC Light English Red Lipglass
MAC Light English Red Lipglass

MAC Light English Red Lipglass ($30.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer beige nude.” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and fine white shimmer. MAC Bijou (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Lots of Laughs (LE, $15.00) is lighter. NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is warmer, less shimmery. MAC Next Fad (P, $19.50) is cooler-toned. Chanel Insolence (P, $32.00) is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Pink Sorbet (P, $24.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had semi-opaque color coverage (definitely not sheer) that applied surprisingly evenly. There was some minor settling of the color into lip lines, but it wasn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance. The texture was thin, light-medium in weight, lightly tacky, and fairly comfortable to wear. It wore well for three and a half hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating. Given that the formula does feel much like regular Lipglass, this is double the price with the same amount of product in the tube. I was really disappointed with the way the tube felt in my hands, though; it’s so light that it feels cheap and just doesn’t have any of the hallmarks of high-end, designer packaging. MAC’s regular Lipglass feels better to me, as far as packaging goes.

The Glossover

LE
product

Light English Red

B

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

MAC Coral Lumineux Cream Colour Base
MAC Coral Lumineux Cream Colour Base

MAC Coral Lumineux Cream Colour Base ($70.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “vivid coral creme.” It’s a brightened, medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a satin finish. Guerlain Petrouchka #9 (LE) is a powder. Makeup Geek Summer Fling (P, $9.99) is lighter, powder. MAC Ocean City (LE, $30.00) is powder. YSL Corail Affranchi (07) (P, $40.00) is more orange. NARS Exumas (P, $39.00) is more matte. Make Up For Ever #420 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #410 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is pinker. Illamasqua Sleek (P, $26.00) is more muted, pinker. Chanel Presage (62) (LE, $38.00) is brighter. NYX Cinnamon (P, $5.00) is darekr, powder. MAC Out for Fun (LE, $20.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Not that this luxury holiday collection is a value proposition by any means, but regularly-sized and packaged Cream Colour Bases retail for $21.00 for 0.12 oz. or $175/oz., and this limited edition, over-sized version is $250/oz. It is over twice the amount of product in a regular CCB, though a little goes a long way. The compact is incredibly weighty–it’s probably not one you’d want to keep in a bag for on-the-go, because it is really that heavy–which does give it a more luxe and high-end feeling. It felt sturdy while still being functional. I found that this was less emollient than other Cream Colour Bases, which was a good thing, as it was longer-wearing at seven and a half hours, and yielded richer color payoff from the get-go. It looks more satin-to-matte applied once it sets and dries down.

The Glossover

LE
product

Coral Lumineux

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

MAC x Prabal Gurung Collection for Holiday 2014
MAC x Prabal Gurung Collection for Holiday 2014

The modern glamour and immaculate style of fashion designer Prabal Gurung comes to M•A•C in an opulent collaboration featuring smoky, gilded hues and ultra-smart, custom gold packaging.

Lipstick ($30.00 U.S. / $36.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Light English Red Sheer beige red (Lustre)
  • Carmine Rouge Clean true red (Matte)
  • Ultramarine Pink Mid-tone dirty violet (Satin)

Lipglass ($30.00 U.S. / $36.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Light English Red Sheer beige nude
  • Carmine Rouge Clean true red
  • Ultramarine Pink Mid-tone dirty violet

Eyeshadow Duo ($40.00 U.S. / $48.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Satin Ochre Soft pale white gold (Frost) / Coral orange (Matte)
  • Terre Shimmering neutral beige (Veluxe Pearl) / Mid-tone warm brown (Satin)
  • Cinder Smoky cool grey (Lustre) / Dark charcoal (Matte)

Kohl Power Eye Pencil ($20.00 U.S. / $24.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Feline Rich black

Chromagraphic Pencil ($20.00 U.S. / $24.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • NW25/NC30 Flesh-toned

Cream Colour Base ($70.00 U.S. / $84.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Coral Lumineux Vivid coral creme

Bronzing Powder ($70.00 U.S. / $84.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Matte Bronze Bare shouldered bronze

Brush ($70.00 U.S. / $84.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • MAC + Prabal Gurung Square Handled Buffer

Availability: Online November 20th; November 26th at select MAC stores (North America); December 2014 at select MAC stores (International, exlcuding China)

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Saturday, November 8th, 2014

‘Tis the season for red lips–or at least, that’s often how it feels–so how about a top five of creamy, glossy reds? (For this one, I specifically wanted to highlight shimmer-free shades.) What are your must-haved reds?

  1. Dior Vie d’Enfer (869) — medium, blue-based red
  2. Laura Mercier Poppy — a bold,, medium red with orange undertones
  3. Milani Red My Lips — a bright, neutral red
  4. Maybelline Signature Scarlet — a warm red
  5. MAC Russian Red — a blue-based red cream

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

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

MAC Viva Glam x Miley Cyrus for 2015
MAC Viva Glam x Miley Cyrus for 2015

M•A•C Cosmetics is thrilled to announce the next #VIVAGLAM spokesperson: Miley Cyrus. Arriving January 2015. Every cent of the selling price of #VIVAGLAM goes toward helping women, men and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Viva Glam Lipstick ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Hot pink (Amplified)

Viva Glam Lipglass ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Hot pink with sparkling pearl

Availability: January 22nd, 2015 (North America), February 12th, 2015 (International)

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

MAC x Nasty Gal Collection
MAC x Nasty Gal Collection

M∙A∙C partners with Nasty Gal, the style destination for risk-takers and tastemakers, in a high-intensity collection of shades as daring and dramatic as the #GIRLBOSS herself, Sophia Amoruso. Deep purple, bombshell red and rich burgundy lipsticks pair perfectly with a fiery nail lacquer. This season, style has attitude, and so do you.

Availability: December 4th, 2014 at select MAC locations and maccosmetics.com; February 2015 at select international locations

Lipstick ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Stunner Clean red (Matte)
  • Runner Burgundy (Matte)
  • Gunner Deep purple (Matte)

Nail Lacquer ($12.00 U.S. / $14.00 CDN)

  • Flaming Rose True red (Creme) (Permanent)

Availability: December 4th, 2014 at select MAC locations and maccosmetics.com; February 2015 at select international locations

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