Monday, May 18th, 2015

MAC The Matte Lip Collection

Launching online on May 28th, MAC The Matte Lip Collection ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) features 22 shades of Retro Matte and Matte finish lipsticks. Over half are shades that have been previously released or are found in the permanent range, with the new shades including Tropic Tonic (which I don’t have), D for Danger, Men Love Mystery, Matte Royal, Antique Velvet, Stone, Whirl, Persistence, and Naturally Transformed. I’m still awaiting the full press release and will post full launch information and descriptions as soon as I receive. Here’s a sneak peek of 21 of the 22 shades…

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Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

MAC Wash & Dry Collection will launch online on May 14th and head to stores on May 21st. The collection features numerous products to choose from for eyes, lips, and face. MAC’s major summer collection is one I look forward to, but this year’s collection is a definite miss for me, personally, as well as in terms of quality.

My favorites were: Morange Lipstick (A) (permanent, though) andDomestic Diva Lipglass (A-). I would have loved to see MAC come out with more unique lipsticks; I feel like they’re doing a red nearly every launch these days, and the reds are mostly matte–they’re just not interesting. I would have loved to see some of their more metallic finishes promoted here (Thrills comes to mind) or something new that was mostly opaque with a glossy, pearly finish. The Freshen Up High-Light Powder (B+) and Crisp Whites Blush (B+) are more similar in color than I think is ideal for releasing the two together; I think the High-Light Powder would have been more interesting if it had a larger section of pink/red and if there was more shimmer running through it (most of it is an over-spray). Long-time cult favorite Hipness Blush (B) had some quality issues present in this iteration that weren’t in my original–namely, blending is more challenging–and the color itself is a couple of shades darker than the original.  The collection felt uninspired across the board with more dupable, we-just-saw-that (from MAC) kind of shades.

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Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

MAC 126SE Split Fibre Large Face Brush
MAC 126SE Split Fibre Large Face Brush

MAC 126SE Split Fibre Large Face Brush ($46.00) is a large, paddle-shaped face brush. It’s split in half, such that one half is made out of natural fibers and the other half is made out of synthetic fibers. The brush is flatter with a very rounded edge that flares upwards from the base. The brush head is 47mm in length, 39mm in width, and 20mm in thickness. It has a total length of 7.5 inches / 19 centimeters with a pinched, multi-colored ferrule. The brush is light-medium in density with a little flop towards the end, as the fibers are cut shorter on the exterior and left longer in the center. The synthetic side was soft and silky against the skin, while the natural side was moderately soft but I could feel some of the individual bristles.

I tried using this for setting powder, finishing powder, and highlighting, and it seemed to work best with finishing powders and highlighting (to a degree). I found it too sparse for setting powder, while dusting a finishing powder all-over with this brush ensured a sheer, diffused application; better for a finishing powder that is soft and more “powdery” in a sense than one that is firmer or already really quite sheer. For a more metallic highlighter, this brush’s shape and density worked well to tamp down some of the frost and make it less emphasizing. I personally didn’t find it really excelled for those products based on my preferences, so it’s not a brush that will find its way into my routine (it is also a little too scratchy compared to other brushes I have). I was surprised at the price point on this, as it doesn’t seem that large or dense to merit being more expensive than the 125SE.

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126SE Split Fibre Large Face Brush

I found it too sparse for setting powder, while dusting a finishing powder all-over with this brush ensured a sheer, diffused application; better for a finishing powder that is soft and more "powdery" in a sense than one that is firmer or already really quite sheer. For a more metallic highlighter, this brush's shape and density worked well to tamp down some of the frost and make it less emphasizing.
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Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

MAC 125SE Split Fibre Dense Face Brush
MAC 125SE Split Fibre Dense Face Brush

MAC 125SE Split Fibre Dense Face Brush ($38.50) is a widened, dense face brush with two distinct sides–one with natural fibers and the other with synthetic fibers. The idea behind these split brushes is that the natural bristles give a “soft, diffused look” while the synthetic bristles “fuse colour onto skin.” The brush head is 25mm in length, 39mm in width, and 19mm in thickness. It has a total length of 6.5 inches / 16.5 centimeters with a pinched, multi-colored ferrule. The weighting is nice and it doesn’t feel too top-heavy nor lightweight.

I wouldn’t describe the edge as blunt, but it is only lightly rounded and more of a narrow, flattened surface, which makes it useful for contouring and getting into the hollows of the cheeks. Both sides of the brush are incredibly soft and smooth, which was a bit of a surprise, as I haven’t found a lot of the recent brush releases to be as soft as brushes from years ago. The synthetic side is good with cream contours or highlighters, while the natural side is really good for blending and buffing out contours and highlighters. The only caveat to that is that it is wide enough that it may not work well for those looking for more precise contour lines or who have smaller hollows where the brush would simply be too large to work with. It would still work well for blending out of contour powders and creams, though. I’ve also used it to apply foundation, which it does a nice job of, but I find I prefer the synthetic side more and would rather an all-synthetic brush (as I work primarily with liquid foundations). I’ve washed it five times, and I haven’t had any issues with dye, smell, shaping, or shedding.

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Both sides of the brush are incredibly soft and smooth, which was a bit of a surprise, as I haven't found a lot of the recent brush releases to be as soft as brushes from years ago. The synthetic side is good with cream contours or highlighters, while the natural side is really good for blending and buffing out contours and highlighters.
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Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

MAC Wash & Dry Makeup Bag
MAC Wash & Dry Makeup Bag

MAC Wash & Dry Makeup Bag ($35.00) is a new, limited edition zippered, rectangular makeup bag that will be available at select MAC stores and online at maccosmetics.com beginning May 14th (stores on May 21st). It’s tapered so the bottom widens and flattens out, so the bag retains most of its shape even with nothing in it, which helps it stand up as well. The bag is 8 inches / 20 centimeters in length, 4.5 inches / 11.5 centimeters in height, and 2 inches / 5 centimeters in depth. The exterior is 100% PU (a poly synthetic leather), and the interior lining is 100% polyester, which is black in color.

I would have loved to have seen a metallic gold zipper instead of a black plastic one, or at least the zipper pull in a coordinating shade/style to the rest of the bag. It feels comparable to past limited edition MAC makeup bags, which I’ve never had an issue traveling with, but I don’t travel extensively. I think the zipper felt a little cheaper in the type or weight of the plastic use, and it is a bag that will not allow a lot of over-stuffing, as it tapers towards the top and will not zip if you attempt to put much near the top. It’s priced similarly to other MAC makeup bags with similar size dimensions.

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Wash & Dry Makeup Bag

It feels comparable to past limited edition MAC makeup bags, which I've never had an issue traveling with, but I don't travel extensively. I think the zipper felt a little cheaper in the type or weight of the plastic use, and it is a bag that will not allow a lot of over-stuffing, as it tapers towards the top and will not zip if you attempt to put much near the top.
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Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

MAC Green Clean Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio
MAC Green Clean Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio

MAC Green Clean Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio ($27.50 for 0.07 oz.) is a green-themed set of shades that ranges from a light, washed-out green, chartreuse, and olive green. The three shades worked well together, and I liked that the finishes varied a bit. The formula is inconsistent with the color payoff, but the three shades wore well on the eyelid and were fairly easy to use, so if the variance in opacity doesn’t bother you, it may still be worth a look if you’re a big fan of green.

Green Clean #1 is described as a “pale white-green.” It’s a light-medium, soft green with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had very sheer color payoff applied dry, and it was semi-sheer applied damp. It was buildable up to semi-opaque coverage with two to three passes when used damp. The color wore well for seven and a half hours. Make Up For Ever I318 Linen Khaki (P, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever D316 Crystalline Pinky Green (P, $21.00) is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #4 (P) is cooler-toned. Tarina Tarantino Secret Pond (LE) is less shimmery. Fyrinnae Electric Stardust (P, $6.80) is cooler-toned. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #3 (LE) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Wicked (P) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Green Clean #2 is described as a “lime.” It’s a brightened, chartreuse green with warm, yellow undertones and a pearly sheen. It had opaque pigmentation both wet and dry, though damp application gave it a stronger sheen. (The formula is supposed to be sheer when used dry.) The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable on the lid, while the color adhered well and didn’t start to fade until after eight and a half hours of wear. Colour Pop Sour (P, $5.00) is a cream product. MAC Lisa’s Spikes (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever S336 Lime (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, darker, less shimmery. Make Up For Ever I340 Lime Green (P, $21.00) is brighter. NARS Tropical Princess #1 (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery. MAC Chartreuse Bouquet (LE, $21.00) is slightly brighter. Kat Von D Birdcage (LE) is similar. NARS Rated R #1 (P, $24.00) is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Green Clean #3 is described as a “deep khaki with gold pearl.” It’s a muted, medium-dark olive green with warm, brown tones and a golden sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation when applied dry, and it was more intense and darker applied damp, but the coverage level didn’t get much higher. It was buildable to opaque coverage with two to three layers of product both wet and dry. The texture was soft, but it could have been more blendable. The color lasted for eight hours on me. Kat Von D Covenant (LE) is darker. LORAC Jade (P) is similar. MAC Olive Blend #2 (LE) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Smoky Emerald (P) is a cream product. Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #1 (LE) is darker. theBalm Lead Zeppelin (P, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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