Sunday, August 31st, 2014

MAC Diva Lipstick
MAC Diva Lipstick

MAC Diva Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as an “Intense reddish-burgundy [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned deepened red with a slightly muted quality–it is a lighter and brighter burgundy to me–and has a semi-matte finish. NARS Charlotte (P, $32.00) is glossier, slightly redder. MAC Hearts Aflame (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Studded Kiss (LE, $16.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Fixed on Drama (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $26.00) is slightly warmer. NARS Amsterdam (P, $26.00) is similar. MAC Deeply Adored (LE, $16.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Over the years, I’ve had a lot of questions asking whether such-and-such new shade was like MAC Diva, but I didn’t have it to compare to–now I do! I’d love to include more reviews of MAC’s permanent range, but with so many limited edition products, I try to use the time between launches to focus on other brands and products. Diva had rich, opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly. The consistency was lightly creamy; just enough that it didn’t tug much on the lips, but it still retained its more matte finish. It’s one of the brand’s more comfortable mattes, and it lasts for six and a half hours while leaving behind a reddish stain. It didn’t dry out my lips, but I wouldn’t call it a hydrating formula either. As always, MAC’s lipsticks are vanilla scented but have no discernible taste.

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Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Burgundy can be such a warm and cozy color, which is why it reminds me of autumn! Here are a few of my favorites right now…

  1. Laura Mercier Kir Royal — a satin, warm-toned burgundy
  2. Makeup Geek Burlesque — a shimmery reddish-burgundy
  3. MAC Deep Damson — a matte burgundy
  4. Inglot #452 — a bold, deepened red-burgundy
  5. NARS Subra — a muted, deep burgundy

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

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Here are a few eyeliners in shades of autumn–browns, coppers, tarnished gold, and plum! What eyeliners do you gravitate towards during fall?

  1. Marc Jacobs Brown(out) — a medium-dark brown with a pearly sheen
  2. MAC Rich Ground — a coppery gel eyeliner
  3. Sephora Sun Tan — a golden copper
  4. Bobbi Brown Black Plum — a deep plum purple
  5. MAC Lord It Up — a sparkly dark brown

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

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

When I think about blushes for fall, my mind goes to plum and coppers/browns, which today’s post features. Any recommendations?

  1. Becca Papaya/Topaz — a shimmering, copper brown
  2. MAC Sweet as Cocoa — a rich, reddish brown
  3. Kevyn Aucoin Natura — a medium-dark warm brown
  4. Burberry Earthy — a medium, neutral-warm brown with a satin-matte finish
  5. NYX Taupe — a cool-toned, taupe

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

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

MAC x The Simpsons Collection
MAC x The Simpsons Collection

MAC x The Simpsons Collection will pop up online on August 28th and head to stores and counters on September 4th. It’s a smaller collection, and it wasn’t particularly impressive. A lot of the shades were dupable, and the quality wasn’t always there. I wish MAC had included lipsticks with this launch, and since this is such an iconic collaboration, I was surprised not to see more merchandise (mirrors, makeup bags/totes, brushes, and so on).

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Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Though we’ve been knee-deep in fall color collections since July, now that we’re nearing September, the idea of fall doesn’t seem so far away. Here are a few of my favorite plum blushes. I’d love to hear yours!

  1. theBalm Cabana Boy — a medium-dark, cool-toned plum
  2. MAC Plum Foolery — a shimmery, medium-dark plum
  3. NARS Oasis — a gold-shimmered, medium-dark plum
  4. NARS Dolva Vita — a bolder, reddish plum
  5. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal — a soft, satiny warm plum

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