Saturday, March 21st, 2015

MAC Blush Pink High-Light Powder
MAC Blush Pink High-Light Powder

MAC Blush Pink High-Light Powder ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “light pink with silver.” It’s a light, pink-peach with a semi-matte finish. The silver is an over-spray that will disappear after one use. NARS Paloma Highlight (P) is lighter. NARS Sex Appeal (P, $29.00) is slightly darker. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Like Nude Pink, this performed more like a setting powder than a highlighter. It took away the natural luminosity of the skin and made my skin look dull and flat, but on the upside, even the paleness of this product didn’t look chalky against my skin tone. Instead of brightening or highlighting, it helped to remove shine and gave my skin a smoother appearance where pores were minimized. I think the powderiness of the texture made it dull the skin, as you could see the powdery finish once applied. If you have oilier skin, it might not look as dry applied (I am normal on my cheeks). It was hard for me to judge how long this wore, but the mattifying effect lasted for six and a half hours before breaking down.

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Saturday, March 21st, 2015

MAC Nude Pink High-Light Powder
MAC Nude Pink High-Light Powder

MAC Nude Pink High-Light Powder ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “champagne base with silver.” It’s a light-medium peachy-beige witha very fine gold shimmer. The silver is merely an over-spray and disappears the first time the brush swishes across the surface (which I removed prior to swatching/using). bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery. Guerlain Perles d’Etoiles (LE, $60.00) is warmer. Surratt Beauty Duchesse (P, $32.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) (P, $30.00) is darker, more matte. MAC Amber Glow (LE, $27.00) is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Bareness (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

This is one of the more confusing formulas released by MAC, as it is called a “High-Light Powder,” yet the effect of the shimmer was almost imperceptible on my skin–even in person. I’m not surprised that it barely produces color on my medium skin tone (it is too close to my natural coloring), but I thought it might work to give a luminous, natural sheen to the skin. Instead, it seemed to make the skin appear smoother but made the skin look flat, so it seemed more like a setting powder in regards to what the end result was. On fairer skin tones, this might work as a really subtle blush or brightener, and it may reduce some redness due to its generally peachy tone. The texture is really soft and finely-milled but fairly powdery, so I would recommend using a very light touch to avoid a lot of excess powder kicked up in the pan. What little color I could see seemed to last for eight hours on me.

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Saturday, March 21st, 2015

MAC Maria Moretti Lipstick
MAC Maria Moretti Lipstick

MAC Maria Moretti Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “cherry red [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a brightened, medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a very fine ruby red pearl with a light shine. It had mostly opaque color coverage that applied with really even, smooth color in a single stroke. The consistency was lightly creamy and never dragged when I applied it from the tube. On me, the color lasted for six hours and left a stain behind. It was neither drying nor hydrating. It is slightly shinier and brighter compared to Cardinal from the collaboration with Philip Treacy. Tom Ford Beauty Luciano (LE, $32.00) is cooler-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Alejandro (LE, $32.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Carmine Rouge (LE, $30.00) is lighter, pinker. MAC Evening Posh (LE, $16.00) is similar. NARS Deadly Catch (LE, $26.00) is a touch darker. Guerlain Rouge Parade (820) (LE, $51.00) is brighter. MAC Oblivion (LE, $16.00) is slightly cooler-toned. MAC True Love’s Kiss (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is brighter. Estee Lauder Vengeful Red (P, $30.00) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Vampire Kiss (LE, $50.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay 69 (P, $22.00) is darker. Maybelline On Fire Red (P, $7.49) is similar. Guerlain Greta (P, $51.00) is slightly darker. Guerlain Gala (P, $51.00) is slightly cooler-toned. Buxom Scoundrel (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side. MAC has a lot of reds out there, including matte reds, which I didn’t include as this has a significant sheen with plenty of dupes with a simialr color and finish, but you can compare this to other matte reds here.

MAC High Tea Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “beige pink with pearl [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a muted, light-medium beige-brown with lighter gold shimmer and a luminous sheen. It had sheer color coverage that lightened and warmed up my natural color while added a frosted sheen. It lasted for two hours and was drying over time with some color pulling into lip lines after an hour and a half of wear. Tom Ford Beauty Vanilla Suede (DC, $50.00) is lighter. MAC Romantic Breakdown (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Orlando (LE, $32.00) is slightly lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Holden (LE, $32.00) is lighter. Burberry Gold No. 217 (LE, $33.00) is sheerer. Too Faced Shimmering Naked Dolly (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery. MAC Naked Bud (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Altered Beige (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Get comparison swatches /compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, March 21st, 2015

MAC Blacktrack Pro Longwear Fluidline
MAC Blacktrack Pro Longwear Fluidline

Here are the other shades of MAC Pro Longwear Fluidline ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) that I received and have finished testing. I really can’t tell if the formula is really different between the original Fluidlines and the Pro Longwear Fluidlines. At most, they seem a little more emollient/thinner with a longer drying time (but not long), but it’s such a subtle difference that it could just be that my original version is also older (and could therefore have dried out slightly over time).

Ivy is described as a “fresh leaf green.” It’s a muted, emerald green with a pearly sheen. It is more slippery and tends to sheer out when applied; it takes some layering, but you really have to wait for it to fully dry down before adding another layer of product. This shade wore well for ten hours. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Lowlights is described as a “deep deep brown.” It’s a deep, subtly cool-toned brown with a mostly matte finish (not as flat of a matte finish as Blacktrack). It had semi-opaque coverage in one pass when I tested it on my lower lash line, and it lasted for ten hours. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Macroviolet is described as a “sparkly purple.” It’s a lightly brightened eggplant purple with warm undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation and wasn’t too slippery. This shade stayed put for ten hours. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Siahi is described as a “deep ocean blue.” It’s a muted, blue with a hint of green and a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in a single stroke that was somewhat buildable to semi-opaque coverage, but it tended to look faded, even when built up. The version here is more muted, less shimmery/more blue-leaning than my prior version. It lasted for ten hours–this formula just doesn’t budge on me. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Silverstroke is described as a “silver.” It’s a brightened silver with a metallic sheen. It had a more emollient consistency that resulted in sheer pigmentation. It was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage with two layers. Once in place and dry, it lasted for ten hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Please note, Royal Wink is a limited edition shade that’s part of the collaboration with Philip Treacy, but for the sake of minimizing posts during the MAC madness, I’ve included it here!

Royal Wink is described as a “bright ink blue.” It’s a bold, brightened cobalt blue with a satin finish. It had rich color payoff but had a slightly more emollient consistency so you have to be careful not to go back and forth, as it will sheer out if you do so–it goes on fairly evenly with more opaque coverage in one stroke. It wore well for ten hours on me. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Friday, March 20th, 2015

MAC Pro Longwear Fluidlines
MAC Pro Longwear Fluidlines

MAC Pro Longwear Fluidline ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is set to add sixteen shades to the existing range of Fluidlines. It seems like this is similar to when MAC redid the Paint Pot range by adding “Pro Longwear” to the name and determined a new set of permanent shades to be available (primarily pulling from long-time favorites and past limited edition releases). I couldn’t really determine too many differences between these and my experience with the regular Fluidline formula; at most, some of these seemed to have more slip and a longer dry-down time (though not long). Once dry, they lasted until I took them off (ten hours) regardless of whether I used them as an eyeliner or as a cream eyeshadow, though they are designed as a gel eyeliner (I just happened to try a few on Wednesday as eyeshadows to pair with Bouffant eyeshadow from the collection!).

Blacktrack is described as a “solid flat black.” It’s a deep black with a matte finish. It dries to a really flat, matte finish in about thirty seconds and stayed put for ten hours as an eyeliner. It had mostly opaque coverage but is best applied in short strokes for maximum coverage. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Blitz & Glitz is described as a “intense black with gold pearl.” It’s a deepened black with warm undertones and fine gold shimmer. It had opaque coverage in a single stroke when I tested it on my lower lash line (I used MAC’s 263 to apply). This shade wore well for a full ten hours. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Blue Peep is described as a “turquoise blue.” It’s a brightened, muted, medium blue with almost “warm” undertones–there’s a teal vibe, but it is bluer than green. It had an ultra matte finish. The liner went only with mostly opaque coverage in one pass and lasted for the full ten hours I wore it for. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Brassy is described as a “brassy gold.” It’s a brightened, golden copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage in one stroke, but it had more slip than a lot of the other shades, so it applied better in short strokes and layered after it sets slightly. Once on, the color stayed put for ten hours. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Copperthorn is described as a “copper bronze.” It’s a medium-dark copper brown with chunky gold and copper sparkle/glitter. It’s extremely chunky and sparkly with more of a sheer base color–the majority of this one is sparkle. I actually found it chunkier than when it was previously released. The majority of the eyeliner seems to stay in place (I can tell where I put it and still see that distinct line after ten hours), but there were glittery bits underneath my eye and on my cheek during wear. Get comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

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Friday, March 20th, 2015

MAC is Beauty Lipsticks
MAC is Beauty Lipsticks

This set of MAC is Beauty Lipsticks ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is more of a miss as all six in this post have a Lustre finish. This type of finish is characterized by sheerer color payoff and a shinier finish by design. Unfortunately, my experience with these (and Lustres in general) is uncomfortable, as they are drying. They’re typically shorter-wearing (two to three hours) and some can apply unevenly. If you normally find this finish hydrating, these may perform like past Lustres, as these performed consistent with past Lustres for me (I just don’t have good results!).

Call the Hairdresser! is described as a “rosy mauve [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a muted, rosy coral with warm undertones and a soft sheen. It had semi-sheer color coverage that went on fairly evenly. This shade wore well for almost three hours but was drying. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Catty is described as a “light creamy pink [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light pink with warm, yellow undertones and a soft shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage–more than you’d expect given the finish–but goes on a bit unevenly and is very prone to settling into lip lines. I experienced settling after initial application, which worsened as the color wore away in an hour and a half. It was also drying. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

French Twist is described as a “light pink nude [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a muted, light-medium peachy beige with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly but did have some streakiness. I had some settling into lip lines both initially as well as over time. This shade lasted for two hours on me and was drying. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Highlights is described as a “very pale creamy peach [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light, muted gold with warm, yellow undertones and a gold, frosted sheen. It had sheer pigmentation that highlighted every lip line on my bottom lip (this was probably the second or third shade I had even applied for swatching, so I was truly surprised at how dry this made my lips look!). The formula looked a bit uneven in places. This shade was gone within an hour of wear and seemed drying (always harder to tell with short wear like that). Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Notice Me is described as a “pale lilac [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light lavender with a hint of pink and a luminous sheen. It applied unevenly and yielded semi-opaque color coverage. It wore well for two hours and was drying over time with some of the color settling into lip lines. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Pure Vanity is described as a “pale peach nude [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light-medium, peachy beige with warm undertones and a soft sheen. It is brighter than French Twist by a little bit. It had semi-sheer color coverage that applied fairly evenly but could have been better. It lasted for two hours on me, was lightly drying, and some color settled into lip lines. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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