Thursday, August 21st, 2014

MAC Artificially Wild Collection for Fall 2014
MAC Artificially Wild Collection for Fall 2014

Calling wild ones everywhere, nudes rule in colour. Camouflage reigns supreme, while spirited hues for eyes, lips and cheeks stir a restless freedom of expression. Declare independence in subversive greys, golden beige-browns and soft, dirty mauves. Stand out in sexy, statement shades of Lipstick, Lip Pencil, Cream Colour Base and Powder Blush. This season, nude makes an impact in a collection of untamed neutrals that is anything but bare.

Lipglass ($16.50 U.S. / $20.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Obviously Bare Light cream grey nude
  • De-Nude Dirty golden beige
  • Spite Muted plum taupe brown
  • Explicit Golden bronze with icy silver shimmer

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

  • Artificial Earth Soft mauve nude (Satin)
  • Stony Soft grey concrete (Satin)
  • Marsh Soft dirty olive green (Satin)
  • Natural Wilderness Dirty mustard golden nude (Satin)

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

  • Siss Muted golden beige (Satin) (Permanent)
  • Yash Deep neutral (Matte) (Permanent)
  • Icon Frosted neutral beige (Frost) (Repromote; currently Discontinued)
  • Shitake Deep brown glaze (Glaze) (Repromote; currently Discontinued)
  • Photo Golden brown (Satin) (Permanent)

Lip Pencil ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN)

  • Oak Soft beige brown (Permanent)
  • Stone Muted grey-ish taupe brown (Permanent)
  • Cork Muted golden brown (Permanent)

Powder Blush ($22.00 U.S. / $26.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Taupe Soft beige brown (Matte) (Repromote)
  • Next to Skin Soft beige (Matte)
  • Pink Cult Mid-tone dirty neutral pink (Matte) (Repromote)

Cream Colour Base ($21.00 U.S. / $25.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Shell Soft pink beige with shimmer (Permanent)
  • Breaking Ground Light iridescent mauve
  • Au Nature Dirty mustard olive

Availability: Online August 28th; in-stores September 4th (North America), September 2014 (International)

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Thursday, August 21st, 2014

MAC x The Simpsons Collection for Fall 2014
MAC x The Simpsons Collection for Fall 2014

Ladies, gentlemen and Rigellians, on the occasion of its 25th anniversary, M·A·C honours the one, the only, THE SIMPSONS! Be the best Sideshow You with Powder Blush, a classic 7 Lash and two special-edition Eye Shadow x 4 in shades that glimmer like Lisa’s Spikes. Electric hues of Lipglass gleam with radioactive vibrancy and new Nail Stickers, starring the most beautiful of Bouviers, Marge, set the finishing touch.

Lipglass ($16.50 U.S. / $20.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Nacho Cheese Explosion Bright neon lime yellow
  • Grand Pumpkin Bright creamy orange
  • Red Blazer Bright fuchsia
  • Itchy & Scratchy & Sexy Electric blue violet

That Trillion Dollar Look Quad ($44.00 U.S. / $53.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Lisa’s Spikes Lime green (Frost)
  • Apple Squishee Mid-tone Kelly green (Frost)
  • 2 Dozen and One Greyhounds Dirty olive green (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Chalkboard Dreams Deep blackened teal (Velvet)

Marge’s Extra Ingredients Quad ($44.00 U.S. / $53.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Harpooned Heart Light baby pink (Lustre)
  • Sexy PB&J Mid-tone bright violet (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Beehive Blue Mid-tone bright blue (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Vivacious Vacuum Cleaner Bag Deep navy (Frost)

Powder Blush ($24.00 U.S. / $28.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Pink Sprinkles Cute blue pink (Satin)
  • Sideshow You Light peach coral (Satin) (Online Exclusive)

Extras (Limited Edition)

  • Marge Simpson’s Cutie-cles Nail Stickers ($16.50 U.S. / $19.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)
  • #7 Lashes False eyelashes ($18.50 U.S. / $22.00 DCN) (Limited Edition)

Availability: Online August 28th; in-stores September 4th (North America), September 2014 (International)

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Saturday, August 16th, 2014

It’s actually hard to find a cool-toned brown that’s permanent AND not only available in a palette. No wonder so many readers are waiting desperately for a brand to release a truly cool-toned set of neutrals! What are your favorites?

  1. MAC Mystery — a medium-dark, neutral-to-cool brown with a matte finish
  2. NARS Bali — a dark brown with subtle, cool undertones
  3. Inglot #363 — a plummy brown with cool undertones and a matte finish
  4. Inglot #326 — a burugundy brown with cool undertones and a matte finish
  5. Ulta Mink — a cool-toned brown with a satin finish

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Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

MAC Plumluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette
MAC Plumluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette

MAC Plumluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.14 oz.) contains “five complementary shades that glide on and blend beautifully for infinite day-to-night looks.” MAC describes it as a “hybrid formula” that can be applied dry for sheer color, wet for opaque color. This might be better titled as “Purpleluxe,” since it’s more like variations on purple than plum. It’s characterized by a lot of glitter, sparkle, and metallic finishes, which makes it harder to wear on its own as the powdery, sometimes crumbly, quality of the glittery shades shows up on the lids and creates a lot of fall out both during application as well as throughout the time I wore them. I think the way the Veluxe Pearlfusion formula sparkles can be really pretty, but they can be such a high maintenance product to apply/wear.

Plumluxe #1 is described as a “frosty white.” It’s a glittering, bright white with a metallic finish and subtle warm undertones. It had semi-sheer color payoff applied dry and more opaque pigmentation when applied damp. The texture wasn’t glittery exactly, but it wasn’t smooth–almost crumbly where flecks of sparkle/shimmer acted more like chunks. I had a lot of fall out with this shade when I wore it. Too Faced La Croisette (P, $16.00) is less glittery. Tarina Tarantino Glinda’s Kiss (LE) is less glittery. Dior Golden Snow #3 (LE) is warmer. MAC 2x Dare #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. theBalm Sassy (P, $16.00) is more muted. Inglot #453 (P, $6.00) is less glittery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Plumluxe #2 is described as a “white pink with pearl.” It’s a subtly, cool-toned, light-medium pink with a sparkly, metallic finish. It had sheer color that was very powdery when applied dry, which was more opaque when applied with a dampened brush. It had moderate fall out when worn, though the color itself didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. Milani Bella Pink (13) (P, $3.99) is less glittery. MAC Violet Blend #1 (LE) is less glittery. Laura Mercier Diamond Pink (LE, $23.00) is lighter. MAC Pink Sensibilities #2 (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC A Medley of Mauves #1 (P, $21.00) is less glittery. Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #2 (P) is similar. Too Faced Marshmallow (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Pinkluxe #1 (P) is darker. Urban Decay SWF (P, $18.00) is less glittery. MAC Invincible Light (LE, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Maribu (LE, $32.50) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Plumluxe #3 is described as a “lavender.” It’s a cool-toned, light-medium purple with silver and white sparkle/shimmer. It had a more glittery, metallic finish. Applied dry, it was sheer and a bit crumbly, and applied with a dampened brush produced smoother, more pigmented results. I had some fall out with this shade when I wore it, though the color didn’t start fading until after seven and a half hours of wear. NARS Jardin Perdu (Right) (LE, $24.00) is darker. NARS Kauai #2 (P, $24.00) is darker. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #6 (LE, $16.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Bewitched (P, $6.99) is warmer. Sleek MakeUP Romance in Rome (LE, $9.99) is darker. Urban Decay Voodoo (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Black Grape (P, $21.00) is similar. theBalm Lavish Latoya (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly, darker. Urban Decay ACDC (P, $18.00) is darker, less sparkly. Milani Purr-fect Purple (P, $6.99) is similar. MAC Grand Galaxy (LE, $19.50) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Plumluxe #4 is described as a “dark purple with light pearl.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned purple with a pearly shimmer. It was sheer and powdery when applied dry, and it was more opaque when applied with a dampened brush, which helped most of the powderiness. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Dior Lilas Mitzah (176) (P, $29.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Freakshow (P, $18.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Vice (LE, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Highly Charged (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Plumluxe #5 is a dark gray with a pearly sheen and subtle,c ool undertones. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer but not powdery, and then applied damp, it was slightly more pigmented. The color lasted for almost eight hours before fading. There is a surprisingly amount of shades very similar to this — see comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, August 8th, 2014

MAC x Brooke Shields Collection for September 2014
MAC x Brooke Shields Collection for September 2014

M•A•C’s romance with the iconic The Real Brooke Shields is forever! A limited-edition colour collection of shades and finishes chosen by Brooke herself celebrates the two sides to every woman. Online in September 2014 and in stores October 2014. — MAC Cosmetics Facebook

You can check out an interview with Brooke Shields on her collaboration at WWD. The collection will feature products priced from $17-85, including a 15-pan eyeshadow palette ($85), Veluxe Brow Liner ($20), brow set with clear gel ($17), Veluxe Pearlfusion Palettes ($44), Cremeblend Blush Duo ($31), lipstick ($22), bronzer ($27.50), Lipglass ($22), nail lacquer ($17). October 2nd is the in-store launch date (North America), but the collection will be available in 76 countries internationally.

MAC x Brooke Shields Collection for September 2014
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Thursday, August 7th, 2014

MAC Amberluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette
MAC Amberluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette

MAC Amberluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.14 oz.) contains “five complementary shades that glide on and blend beautifully for infinite day-to-night looks.” MAC describes it as a “hybrid formula” that can be applied dry for sheer color, wet for opaque color. Amberluxe is a warm-toned, orange-y palette that goes from warm white to dark brown. The formula is quite blendable, but some shades are so soft that they are almost crumbly and prone to powderiness. I highly recommend applying the palette prior to any base makeup, as there is a ton of fall out (both in the form of powder and glitter/sparkle) during application, even when lightly patting color on. There is fall out during wear as well with the more sparkly/glittery shades. I find these look prettier on and in person than they appear in photos, but you have to like a fairly glittery look. I have the best luck applying these when using a dampened brush, as the dry application tends to go on unevenly as the powder doesn’t adhere quite as well.

Amberluxe #1 is described as a “white.” It’s a white gold with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted finish. Applied dry, it was sheer, and when applied damp, it was fully opaque and smoother. It wore well for eight hours before creasing slightly. MAC Fabulous Three #1 (LE) is very similar. MAC Apricot Blend #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #3 (P) is cooler-toned. MAC Phresh Out #1 (LE) is less golden. Kat Von D Galore (LE) is similar. Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Amberluxe #2 is described as a “yellow gold.” It’s a light-medium, yellow gold with a pearly sheen. Applied dry, it was sheer, and it was mostly opaque after applying it with a dampened brush. The texture was a bit powdery, though. It lasted for eight hours before fading slightly. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #4 (LE) is more metallic. theBalm #40 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Sunset Blvd. (LE) is warmer. theBalm D1 (LE, $16.00) is lighter. CoverGirl Melted Gold (320) (P, $4.99) is darker. Disney by Sephora Triton (LE) is similar. NARS Goldfinger (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Gorgeous Gold (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Goldmine (P, $15.00) is similar. bareMinerals Remix (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Amberluxe #3 is described as a “bronze.” It’s a brightened, coppery brown with a pearly sheen. It was actually quite pigmented applied dry–it was opaque regardless of application method, which is great for those who prefer to skip that step, but it isn’t true to the formula’s promise (so you’ll see the rating reflect that). It wore well for eight hours before fading. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #3 (LE) is darker. MAC Olive Blend #1 (LE) is lighter. theBalm #21 (P, $6.50) is more muted. Kat Von D Dog Roses (LE) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #3 (P) is browner. Tarina Tarantino Amber (P) is similar. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #2 (P, $21.00) is more metallic. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #10 (P, $9.99) is more metallic. NARS Isolde #1 (P, $24.00) is darker. MAC Amber Lights (P, $15.00) is warmer, richer. bareMinerals Hoopla (LE) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Amberluxe #4 is described as a “peachy orange.” It’s a sparkling, medium orange with warm undertones and a glittery finish. The texture of this shade was somewhat crumbly, so it was very prone to fall out during application and doesn’t bind together as well as the other shades. It was semi-sheer applied dry, and it was more opaque applied damp. The color lasted for seven and a half hours, but there was a lot of fall out during wear. MAC Golden Hours #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Chessa (LE, $15.00) is less sparkly. Chanel Pearl River #4 (LE) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Amberluxe #5 is described as a “dark brown.” It’s a dark brown with subtle, neutral-to-cool undertones with a satin finish. Applied dry, it was sheer, and applied damp, it was mostly opaque, but the texture was stiffer and difficult to blend. On me, the color stayed true for seven and a half hours before fading. MAC Rising Passions (LE, $15.00) is more matte. MAC Collective Chic #3 (LE) is warmer. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #5 (P) is darker. MAC Well Put Together (LE, $15.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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