Friday, July 18th, 2014

MAC All About Nude Look in a Box
MAC All About Nude Look in a Box

MAC All About Nude Look in a Box ($39.50) includes a full-sized lipstick, full-sized lipgloss, full-sized eyeliner, and a Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow trio (0.07 oz.). The lipstick and gloss are worth $31, eyeshadows are worth $20 (based on price per ounce of the full-sized Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palettes), and the eyeliner is worth $16 for a total value of $67 (not sure where they get $72 MAC and Nordstrom confirm it is $72 value as they are stating the value of the Veluxe Pearlfusion Trio at $25).  I will review the other kits as well — please give me time as there is a lot to test!

Soft Savour Lipstick is described as a “mid-tone beigey pink [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned pink with a soft shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage, wore for three hours, and was neither drying nor hydrating on me. YSL Nude Beige (1) (P, $34.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Native (P, $22.00) is similar. NYX Chic (P, $4.00) is warmer. MAC Giddy (P, $16.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Feeling Fine Lipglass is described as a “soft beigey pink with pearl.” It’s a light pink with gold and silver sparkle. It had sheer–almost no color–coverage when applied to lips, and the effect was mostly sparkly and glossy. It wears for three hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Lovingly Yours (P, $22.00) is less sparkly, more pigmented. Bobbi Brown Rose (LE, $24.00) is lighter. NARS Bimini (P, $26.00) has finer shimmer. MAC Steel Kiss (LE, $15.00) has finer shimmer. MAC Oh My Darling (LE, $15.00) has finer shimmer. Dior No Angel (353) (P, $29.50) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cool Companions #1 is described as a “gold.” It’s a muted, almost green-tinged gold with a metallic, sparkling finish. It was sheer when applied dry, and then it was slightly more opaque when applied with a dampened brush but it was somewhat clumpy. It was a finicky shade to work with, and I had noticeable fall out when wearing this, though the color portion didn’t fade or crease for eight hours. MAC In the Meadow #2 (LE, $21.00) is less sparkly. Dior Pastel Fontanges #3 (LE) is lighter. Dior Golden Flower #3 (LE) is similar. MAC Gilty Morsel (LE, $15.00) is less sparkly. MAC Greenluxe #2 (P) is similar.Dior Khaki Design #2 (P) is darker. Make Up For Ever #101 (P, $20.00) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cool Companions #2 is described as a “forest green.” It’s a medium-dark green with subtle, warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had so-so pigmentation applied dry, and it was semi-opaque when applied with a dampened brush. The color lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. YSL Avant Garde #1 (P) is darker. MAC Silver Sun (LE, $19.50) is cooler-toned. Sleek MakeUP Fauna (P, $9.99) is cooler-toned. Ulta Sage (P, $10.00) is similar. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #2 (P) is darker, less shimmery. Kat Von D Gunner (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Greensmoke (P, $15.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cool Companions #3 is described as a “black.” It’s a medium-dark black with subtle warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. Applied dry, it had semi-opaque color coverage, and it was more opaque and much more intense when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was soft and smooth, and the color stayed on well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Graphblack Technakohl is a black, twist-up pencil eyeliner, which I’ve reviewed several times in the past (it is also part of the permanent range).

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8/10

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Thursday, July 17th, 2014

MAC All About Pink Look in a Box
MAC All About Pink Look in a Box

MAC All About Pink Look in a Box ($39.50) includes a full-sized lipstick, full-sized lipgloss, full-sized eyeliner, and a Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow trio (0.07 oz.). The lipstick and gloss are worth $31, eyeshadows are worth $20 (based on price per ounce of the full-sized Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palettes), and the eyeliner is worth $16 for a total value of $67 (not sure where they get $72 MAC and Nordstrom confirm it is $72 value as they are stating the value of the Veluxe Pearlfusion Trio at $25).  I will review the other kits as well — please give me time as there is a lot to test!

Embrace Me Lipstick is a brightened, cool-toned fuchsia pink with a matte finish. This shade was released before, but when I compared the two, the version included in this set has a bluer undertone and appears a bit lighter, which gives it a brighter overall look. It lasted for six hours and was lightly drying when worn. It had rich, opaque color coverage and didn’t tug too much at the lips when applied. Melt Cosmetics Stupid Love (P, $19.00) is brighter. Melt Cosmetics Shady Lady (P, $19.00) is darker. MAC Quick Sizzle (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unlimited Style Lipglass is a medium, blue-based pink with fuchsia and silver sparkle. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and some of the color did pull into lip lines but the opacity helped camouflage some of it. It had a slightly thick consistency and wore for four and a half hours. It was neither drying nor hydrating. NYX Sugar Cookie (P, $5.00) is sheerer. Urban Decay Crush (P, $19.00) is cooler-toned, less glossy, less sparkly. Milani Flashy (P, $7.49) is more shimmery. MAC Style Packed (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Silly (LE, $15.00) is lighter, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fabulous Three #1 is described as a “soft beige.” It’s a light-medium, yellowed beige with a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation applied both wet and dry, though it was smoother when applied with a dampened brush. The color stayed true for eight hours before fading. YSL Saharienne #1 (P) is less shimmery. Too Faced Riviera (P, $16.00) is similar. Kat Von D Galore (LE) is lighter. MAC Ricepaper (P, $15.00) is yellower. MAC Femme-Fi (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Estee Lauder Halo (P, $24.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fabulous Three #2 is described as a “frosted peach.” It’s a metallic champagne beige with a high-shine finish and sparkle. This shade had good color payoff both wet and dry, though it was slightly darker when applied with a dampened brush. I didn’t notice any fading until after eight hours of wear, but there was some fall out. Marc Jacobs Beauty Honey Bunny (400) (P, $28.00) is a cream product. Divergent Humble Sheen (LE) is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #4 (P) is similar. bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE) is warmer. Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Summer Honey (LE, $21.00) is more glittery. Milani Champagne Toast (P, $6.49) is a cream product. MAC Ice (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Benefit RSVP (P, $10.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fabulous Three #3 is described as a “burgundy.” It’s a medium-dark purpled burgundy with a satin finish. It had good coverage applied dry, but it appeared darker and more intense when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was soft and fairly smooth without being powdery. This shade wore well for eight hours before fading. Kat Von D Wonderland (LE) is more shimmery, darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #7 (P) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #4 (LE) is darker. Burberry Mulberry (24) (P) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Photogravure Technakohl is a dark brown with cool undertones and a matte finish. I’ve reviewed it previously here. It had decent to good color payoff and wears for eight hours on me.

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All About Pink

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4.5/5

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Unlimited Style

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8/10

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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

MAC Dainty Mineralize Blush
MAC Dainty Mineralize Blush

MAC Dainty Mineralize Blush ($27.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light yellow pink with gold pearl.” It’s a medium pink with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is more neutral, rosier. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Streak Blush (P) is brighter, warmer, more matte. Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is darker, less shimmery. Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is warmer. Tarte Crave (LE, $26.00) is darker. NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is darker, more matte. NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is darker, more matte. NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture was soft, finely-milled, and lightly powdery, though it was certainly easy to blend when applying to the skin. It doesn’t look powdery on the skin, once blended and buffed on. According to MAC, the Mineralize Blush formula is described as a “sheer and lightweight” formula where “colour builds lightly” with “luminous, pearlized shimmer.” This had semi-sheer color payoff in one layer, though it was buildable to richer, more opaque coverage in two to three layers (depending on how much you grab each time). This newly repackaged version (I still haven’t received confirmation on whether or not the formula was updated) seems to have a smoother consistency than the older version, though the color seems about the same. On me, this shade wore well for seven hours before fading.

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9/10

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Monday, July 7th, 2014

MAC x Marge The Simpsons Collection for Fall 2014
MAC x Marge The Simpsons Collection for Fall 2014, Image via Pret-a-Reporter

On the occasion of their 25th anniversary, M•A•C celebrates everyone’s favourite animated family, The Simpsons, with a vivacious colour collection that can only be described in one word: Eeeeexcellent. Debuts this fall.

Updated at 7/7/2014: According to Pret-a-Reporter, the collection will be available for one-day only (July 26th) during Comic-Con at the 234 Fifth Avenue, San Diego store. The collection is set to release in full on August 28th online and in-stores on September 4th.


More details to come as they are available…

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

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Bitter is described as a “vivid green with shimmer [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a brightened, chartreuse green with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lime is described as a “lime green [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium green with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lucky Green is described as a “bright lime [with a Frost finish].” It’s a medium, gold-shimmered green with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sour Lemon is described as a “acidy yellow chartreuse [with a Satin finish].” It’s a brightened, light-medium chartreuse that leans yellow with a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sumptuous Olive is described as a “khaki with pearl [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s an olive brown with warm undertonews and a soft, frosted finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Swimming is described as a “hi-shine sea green [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a lightened, medium green with warm, yellow undertones and a gold sparkle. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

MAC Green Room Eyeshadow
MAC Green Room Eyeshadow

MAC Green Room Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone teal [with a Satin finish].” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark green-teal with a mostly matte finish. There’s a very, very subtle sheen to it, but applied, it really looks and acts like a matte finish eyeshadow. Giorgio Armani Iridescent Jade (LE) is more shimmery. NARS Misfit #2 (P, $24.00) is brighter. MAC Newly Minted (DC, $15.00) is warmer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Turquoise (P, $14.00) is brighter, lighter. Make Up For Ever #53 (P, $20.00) is greener. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture of the powder was thin, slightly dry, though it had decent to good color payoff and wasn’t too difficult to blend. It didn’t seem to stain my lids while worn, which was nice, as a lot of the deeper teal eyeshadows have a tendency to do so. I wish the texture was denser, because I think it would make the product easier to work with and more pigmented. Applied, it wore well for almost eight hours before fading.

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Green Room

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8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

8/10

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4.5/5

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