Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

MAC Lightness of Being Collection for Winter 2014
MAC Lightness of Being Collection for Winter 2014

Poetic colour ushers in a new vitality following winter’s deep chill, as uninhibited shades dance across the face in a free-spirited collection inspired by whimsical flights of fancy. Liberate yourself from darkened tones and explore the freeform movement of frosted lavender, pearlized champagne and pale mint green. Eyes and cheeks explore a new lightness of being in sheer pastels, a perfect complement to rosy lips. Nails leave you free to be, in hushed beige and lavender…Expressive colour for the modern spirit.

Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 U.S. / $26.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Be Fabulous Washed-out pastel pink
  • Luxe Natural Light beige cream (Repromote)
  • Dreaminess Soft cool pink cream (Repromote)
  • Style Surge Neutral coral cream (Repromote)
  • Touch the Earth Light wood brown

Mineralize Glass ($22.00 U.S. / $26.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Poetic Pale champagne pink with pearl
  • Loose & Lively Peachy orange
  • On Cue Gold pearl
  • Boundless Energy Violet pink
  • Beautiful Moves Pale mint with pearl

Mineralize Eyeshadow ($22.00 U.S. / $26.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Spiritual Life Shimmery pale lemon
  • Natural Vigor Shimmery champagne peach
  • Just Breathe Shimmery light blue
  • Uninhibited Shimmery light grey
  • Leap Shimmery lavender
  • Force of Nature Shimmery brown

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

  • Taupe Dark brown
  • Slate Dark grey

Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 U.S. / $37.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Perfect Topping Shimmery pale peach with lavender marble (Repromote)
  • Lightscapade Shimmery off-white with light pink, blue, yellow marble (Repromote)

Mineralize Blush ($27.00 U.S. / $32.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Uplifting Peach with bright orange marble
  • Please Yourself Light pink with plum marble

Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 U.S. / $14.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Lightness of Being Pale beige
  • Modern Movement Pale lavender

Availability: December 26th at all MAC locations, online December 23rd at maccosmetics.com; January 2015 internationally

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Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

MAC Studio Conceal & Correct
MAC Studio Conceal & Correct

Conceal, correct and perfect just like the pros. New Studio Finish Concealer Duo features our iconic Studio Conceal and Correct formula in complementary pairs, delivering exceptional colour and coverage in customizable hues. Lasting up to eight hours, the lightweight, highly concentrated formula helps conceal dark circles, blemishes, moles, tattoos and birthmarks. Pair with Studio Chromagraphic Pencils, which work as an eyeliner, or to sculpt and define the face and body, for a look that’s photo-ready in no time.

MAC Studio FInish Concealer Duo ($25.00 U.S. / $30.00 CDN) (New, Permanent)

  • NW10/NC20
  • NW20/NC25
  • NW25/NC30
  • NW30/NC35
  • NW40/NC45
  • NW45/NC50

MAC Studio Finish Conceal & Correct Duo ($30.00 U.S. / $37.00 CDN) (New, Permanent)

  • Mid Peach/Mid Yellow
  • Pale Yellow/Pale Pink
  • Rich Yellow/Burnt Coral
  • Pure Orange/Ochre

MAC Studio Chromgraphic Pencil ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN)

  • NC15/NW20
  • NW25/NC30
  • NC42/NW35

Prep + Prime Blemish Control Gel ($22.00 U.S. / $26.00 CDN) (New, Permanent)

A gentle, new Prep+Prime formula promotes the healing of blemishes while also helping to prevent future breakouts. The lightweight, transparent gel goes on smoothly and wears comfortably, creating a seal over the blemish, reducing redness and protecting it from debris and further irritation. Suitable for all skin types, Prep+Prime Blemish Control Gel can be worn alone, under makeup or used for touch-ups, keeping your skin protected all day long.

Availability: December 26th, 2014 at all MAC locations, December 23rd at maccosmetics.com; international excluding Asia February 2015 (January 2015 for Prep + Prime Blemish Control Gel)

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Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

MAC x BollyDoll Brush Kit
MAC x BollyDoll Brush Kit

MAC x BollyDoll Brush Kit ($49.50) includes five travel-sized brushes and a patterned brush rkeper. The brushes have glossy black handles with golden patterns on them and white bristles (except the 204SE Lash, which is a black mascara spoolie). The brush holder has a shiny black ribbon that ties it together, and on the interior, there are five slots so each brush has its own home. The brush holder is made out of 100% polyester with a very smooth, soft feel on the exterior and a slightly more textured fabric on the interior.

The brushes are consistent with this past holiday’s brush sets in that they seem improved over the last few years of brush set releases, but the full-sized versions will still out-perform, mostly in regards to softness, though I felt like the shapes of the eye brushes were larger, more rounded, and fluffier here than their full versions. The shapes of the brushes just seem a lot less precise with less defined shape here, particularly in the case of the 217SE. The 204SE Lash and the 168SE Large Angled Contour were the most similar to their full versions. The 219SE is longer and more rounded, so it can actually be nicer for smudging out color (less tapered/sharp). The 239SE seems fluffier and less flat, so it wasn’t as good for packing on color, but it worked well for blending.

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Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

MAC x BollyDoll/Blue Makeup Bag
MAC x BollyDoll/Blue Makeup Bag

MAC x BollyDoll Makeup Bags ($36.00) are available in two prints, one with bluer shades and the other with pinker shades. Each bag is made out of 100% polyester and measures 6.75 inches / 17 centimeters width, 1.75 inches / 5 centimeters in depth, and 5 inches / 12 centimeters in height. The outside feels very soft and smooth, while the inside is slightly more textured. There is a small, clear plastic pocket on the interior. The side of the bag has a black fabric loop, and it has a black zipper. The bags seem durable and should be able to take a little dirt/makeup debris when traveling and be easily wiped down. I would consider them medium in size; large enough for a multi-day trip as well as to be used as an everyday makeup bag.

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Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

MAC x BollyDoll Collection
MAC x BollyDoll Collection

BollyDoll is the colourful world created by visual artist and singer Amrita Sen, whose illustrious and imaginative illustrations tell the story of a magic land filled with music and art, while drawing inspiration from Indian prints from the Moghul era. With her debut M·A·C accessory collaboration, Sen’s lovingly detailed hand sketches and paintings spring vividly to life in a limited-edition illustrated Brush Kit and coordinating Makeup Bag.

Makeup Bag ($36.00 U.S. / $43.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • BollyDoll/Pink
  • BollyDoll/Blue

Brush Kit by BollyDoll ($49.50 U.S. / $59.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • 168SE Large Angled Contour
  • 217SE Blending
  • 219SE Pencil
  • 239SE Eye Shading
  • 204SE Lash

Availability: January 1st, 2015 at select MAC locations and maccosmetics.com (North America and International)

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Sunday, December 7th, 2014

MAC Red Obsessed Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Red Obsessed Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Red Obsessed Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour ($22.00 for 0.08 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft rose.” It was a light-medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a soft, golden frosted finish and a natural sheen. Maybelline Just Pinched Pink (10) (P, $8.99) is pinker. Hourglass Luminous Flush (P, $35.00) is a powder. Physicians Formula Natural (P, $11.99) is a powder. MAC Keep It Loose (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes. Here are some dupes for it as a lip color.

It had semi-sheer, buildable color coverage, though this one was definitely running sheerer overall. It had a glossy sheen that was noticeable on the cheeks, and even when applied to lips, there was still some shine and creaminess to it, which isn’t the norm for the formula. I found it to be drying when I wore it on lips, and it lasted about three hours. It worked better on cheeks, as it was easily blended on the skin and sat well without emphasizing pores. The color wore well for seven hours as a blush.

Just to reiterate, this has 0.08 fl. oz., which is a huge reduction from the 0.43 fl. oz. that came in the clear pot (which I believe last released in April 2014, so it wasn’t that long ago).

The Glossover

LE
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Red Obsessed

B

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

5/5

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