Thursday, April 30th, 2015

MAC Wash & Dry Lipsticks
MAC Wash & Dry Lipsticks

MAC Creme d’Nude Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light beige-pink nude [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a muted, light peachy-beige with a hint of pink and a natural sheen. It had semi-sheer color coverage that went on unevenly and tended to catch on any imperfection on the lips, so I highly recommend exfoliating prior to applying this one. It wore well for three hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. This is a permanent shade. Tom Ford Beauty Vanilla Suede (DC, $50.00) is pinker. MAC Romantic Breakdown (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Sheer Walk of Shame (P, $20.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Orlando (LE, $32.00) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Holden (LE, $32.00) is pinker. NARS Adriatic (LE, $26.00) is lighter. MAC What’s Haute? (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Peach Beige (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more opaque. MAC Woodrose (LE, $16.00) is pinker. MAC Fleur d’Coral (LE, $16.00) is glossier. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pout (142) (LE, $30.00) is slightly darker. Maybelline Blushing Beige (915) (P, $7.49) is similar. MAC Pret-a-Pretty (LE, $17.00) is lighter, more matte. MAC Innocence Beware (LE, $16.00) is pinker. Buxom Nudist (P, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Morange Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vivid orange [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a bold, brightened orange with warm, red undertones and very, very fine lighter orange shimmer. It had fully opaque color payoff that went on smoothly. The texture was slightly thicker with a more velvety, satin-like feel with a natural finish. On me, it lasted for five hours. This shade is also part of the permanent range. MAC Love Feeling (LE, $20.00) is darker, glossier. MAC Ravishingly Rich (P, $23.00) is similar. NARS Geraldine (P, $32.00) is similar. Illamasqua Soaked (P, $26.00) is similar. Bite Beauty Clementine (LE, $24.00) is darker, more matte.NARS Timanfaya (P, $25.00) is similar. Milani Sweet Nectar (P, $5.49) is similar. MAC Booyah (LE, $18.00) is slightly redder, darker. MAC Fashion Nomad (LE, $16.00) is similar. Inglot #103 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Steam Heat Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vivid yellow-red [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark red with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. It had rich pigmentation that covered the lips well with even, smooth application. The consistency was lightly creamy with a sort of velvety, light-medium thick feel that stayed on well. This shade wore for six hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Rita (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer. NARS Annabella (P, $32.00) is brighter. Guerlain Red Strass (327) (P, $37.00) is more shimmery. MAC True Love’s Kiss (LE, $16.00) is glossier. MAC Head in the Clouds (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more shimmery. NARS Mysterious Red (LE, $25.00) is more matte. MAC Ruffian Red (LE, $16.00) is slightly brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Tumble Dry Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light peachy coral [with a Lustre finish]. It’s a muted, peach-orange with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had semi-sheer color coverage–which is in line with the Lustre formula–that is a little streaky going on. It lasted for two hours and was drying for me. Marc Jacobs Beauty Severine (112) (P, $30.00) is more opaque. MAC Sweet & Sour (P, $16.00) is more opaque, pinker, more matte. MAC Posh Tone (P, $22.00) is darker, more matte. MAC Delectable (LE, $16.00) is darker, more matte. MAC Cozy Up (LE, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Wash & Dry Collection will launch online on May 14th and be available in-stores on May 21st.

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Creme d'Nude

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7.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

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7.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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Morange

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9/10

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10/10

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Application

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9/10

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Thursday, April 30th, 2015

MAC Blush
MAC Wash & Dry Blushes

MAC Crisp Whites Blush ($24.50 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “pale tangerine with pearl.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-orange with warm, yellow undertones and a soft, satiny sheen. It had a fairly soft, smooth texture that was blendable on the skin, while the finish appears pearly at times, once on the skin, it seemed more semi-matte to satin-like, but it wasn’t noticeably shimmery. The color seemed to darken slightly when applied to bare skin (unless you’re very dry, it can happen with some blushes due to the natural oils on the skin) and shows subtly on my medium complexioni, but it is likely a color better suited to lighter skin tones unless you’re going for subtle. It wore well for eight hours on me. MAC Freshen Up (LE, $35.50) is darker, brighter (and potential to be redder). Urban Decay Kinky (P, $26.00) is darker. Urban Decay Indecent (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, cooler-toned. MAC Style Cast (LE, $21.00) is slightly more shimmery. Makeup Geek Smitten (P, $9.99) is darker, more matte. Dior Amber (002) (LE, $56.00) is yellower. NARS Luster (P, $30.00) is darker, more shimmery. MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $25.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Hipness Blush ($24.50 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “light peach.” It’s a medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, thinner texture that wasn’t powdery but was harder to blend on the skin. It seemed to stick in certain areas and darken in some areas but not in others–I highly recommend using a translucent powder under this to make it easier to apply, as it wasn’t forgiving. The version released in this collection is about two shades darker than the version I have from the Fafi collaboration many years ago, and the older version I have didn’t stick or darken in places like this one did. On me, it wore well for eight hours before fading. Colour Pop Early Bird (P, $8.00) is a cream blush, pinker. Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is pinker. MAC Secret Admirer (LE, $22.00) is a cream product. Tarte Pampered (LE, $26.00) is lighter. MAC Fleeting Romance (P, $23.50) is warmer, more orange. Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $26.00) is pinker. Tarte Bashful (LE, $26.00) is similar. Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is similar. Surratt Beauty Ponceau (P, $32.00) is darker. Guerlain Coral Blush (LE) is darker. Tarte True Love (P, $26.00) is similar. Tarte Crave (LE, $26.00) is similar. Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is similar. NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is similar. NYX Pinched (P, $5.00) is darker. NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is a smidgen lighter. NARS Amour (P, $30.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The collection will be available online on May 14th and in-stores on May 21st.

The Glossover

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Crisp Whites

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Hipness

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Product

8/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

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Thursday, April 30th, 2015

MAC Freshen Up High-Light Powder
MAC Freshen Up High-Light Powder

MAC Freshen Up High-Light Powder ($35.50 for TBA oz.) is described as a “color wave ranging from coral to neutral.” Mixed together, it’s a lightly brightened, peachy tangerine with warm, reddish-orange tones and a very, very fine shimmer-sheen finish. (Keep in mind, most of the gold sheen on the surface is an over-spray, which I removed prior to swatching!) Urban Decay Kinky (P, $26.00) is darker. Urban Decay Indecent (P, $26.00) is peachier. Laura Mercier Rosegold Shimmer (LE) is more shimmery, darker. Too Faced Luminous Peach (LE) is more shimmery. Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is less orange. YSL Rebelle (7) (P, $47.00) is darker. MAC Style Cast (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. Makeup Geek Smitten (P, $9.99) is lighter, less shimmery. Surratt Beauty Cantaloup (P, $32.00) is brighter, yellower. Guerlain Orange Blush (LE) is darker, less shimmery. Dior Amber (002) (LE, $56.00) is lighter. MAC Fresh Honey (LE, $27.00) is darker. MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery. MAC Ripe Peach (LE, $32.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It’s a tri-colored powder that consists of a deeper, medium-dark coral with warm orange-red tones, yellowed tangerine, and a light yellow beige. As you might expect, it can vary in how light or dark, how yellow or red it is based on where you concentrate your brush. It tends to lean lighter than darker, as the lighter sections make up a greater amount in the compact. I don’t know how much is in the compact, but it is the same size as MAC’s face powders (Beauty Powders, High-Light Powders, Bronzing Powders, etc.) and those typically hold 0.35 oz. or so. The texture is soft, fairly smooth, and doesn’t have the thinner, firmer texture that some of the more recent limited edition cheek/face powders have had. That being said, the texture of the lightest shade seemed a bit firmer compared to the other two shades. I dug through the sections, and the three colors appeared to go all the way through. On my medium complexion, it is subtle, and the finish is satiny, so there is only a smidgen of sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that was easily used semi-sheer to semi-opaque depending on application methods/tools. For reference, on my medium skin tone, the color itself is subtle with a low level sheen that didn’t emphasize pores. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading. Though labeled a “High-Light Powder,” this is a product type that rarely seems to act like a traditional highlighting powder, and for fair to medium skin tones, this is more of a blush than a true highlighter, while darker skin tones may need to concentrate their brush towards the darker coral shade to get more of a blush out of it.

The Wash & Dry Collection will launch online on May 14th and be available in-stores on May 21st.

The Glossover

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Freshen Up

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, April 30th, 2015

MAC Wash & Dry Collection

Here’s a sneak peek of the upcoming MAC Wash & Dry Collection, which launches online on May 14th and hits stores on May 21st. Full reviews to come! :)

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Thursday, April 30th, 2015

MAC Wash & Dry Collection
MAC Wash & Dry Collection

It’s full steam ahead as the M·A·C Wash & Dry Laundromat opens for business, so make a date with good, clean fun. The suds are rising and the gossip is flowing with this breezy bronzing collection inspired by bright, fresh hues perfect for a full spin or just a quick tumble. All in super-sleek packaging to set your cycle to chic!

Lipstick ($17.50 U.S. / $21.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Morange Vivid orange (Amplified) (Permanent)
  • Creme d’Nude Light beige-pink nude (Cremesheen) (Permanent)
  • Steam Heat Vivid yellow-red (Satin)
  • Tumble Dry Light peachy coral (Lustre)

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

  • Girl on Board Light creme nude (Repromote)
  • Laundry List Vivid orange
  • Hot/Cold True Red
  • Domestic Diva Frosty watery pink

Technahol Liner ($17.50 U.S. / $21.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Practice Makes Perfect Deep blue-green
  • Sudsy Marine blue
  • Colour Matters Lime (Repromote)
  • Coin Operated Metal grey with silver pearl

Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Trio ($27.50 U.S. / $33.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Green Clean Pale white-green, lime, deep khaki with gold pearl
  • Warm Wash White with orange-gold pearl, peachy orange, copper gold bronze
  • Permanent Press White beige, calm brown-bronze, black with gold pearl

Blush ($24.50 U.S. / $29.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Crisp Whites Pale tangerine with pearl
  • Hipness Light peach (Repromote)

High-Light Powder ($35.50 U.S. / $41.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Freshen Up Color wave ranging from coral to neutral

Studio Nail Lacquer ($13.50 U.S. / $15.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Monday Blues Blue (Cream)
  • Washeteria Blue green (Cream)

Fluidline Brow Gelcreme ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN) (TBA)

  • Deep Dark Brunette Rich brunette
  • Dirty Blonde Soft taupe-brown
  • Redhead Muted golden brown
  • Ash Blonde Pale soft taupe
  • True Brunette Soft brown

Eye Brows ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN) (TBA)

  • Tapered Red-brown
  • Accentuated Ashy-grey brown
  • Delineated Cork taupe
  • Stylized Brown

Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powder ($35.50 U.S. / $41.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Delicates Neutral deep bronze with fine gold shimmer
  • Golden Rinse Light brick reddish bronze with fine shimmer

Bronzing Powder ($27.50 U.S. / $33.00 CDN) (Permanent)

  • Refined Golden Finely spun golden with soft pearl (Permanent)
  • Matte Bronze Bronze (Permanent)

Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set ($17.00 U.S. / $20.00 CDN) (Permanent)

  • Emphatically Blonde Soft muted beige taupe
  • Toasted Blonde Dirty blonde
  • Bold Brunette Muted blackish brown
  • Brown Ebony Asphalt black
  • Red Chestnut Gold brown with gold shimmer
  • Quiet Brunette Muted mid-tone grey

Brushes (Limited Edition)

  • 125 Split Fibre Dense Face Brush ($38.50 U.S. / $46.00 CDN)
  • 126 Split Fibre Large Face Brush ($46.00 U.S. / $55.50 CDN)

Makeup Bag ($35.00 U.S. / $42.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Wash & Dry Makeup Bag (Select MAC Stores and online only.)

Availability: Online May 14th, in-stores on May 21st (North America); May 2015 (International)

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Monday, April 27th, 2015

MAC Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) will release online on May 7th and hit stores on May 14th. The best way to describe these is that: it’s a semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage formula with moderate shine, some cling, and moderate wear with some hydration. They apply best if you let the formula melt slightly against the warmth of your lips prior to pulling the bullet across your lips. Some of the shades are more similar to each other than not, so not all nine (that I have, there is one more that I don’t have) will appear distinct, especially if you have more color to your natural lips than I do.

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