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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8.5/10

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7/10

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8/10

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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

MAC Rain of Flowers, Anti-Fashion, Girl Trouble Studio Studio Nail Lacquers
MAC Rain of Flowers, Anti-Fashion, Girl Trouble Studio Studio Nail Lacquers

MAC Rain of Flowers Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep violet with pink and blue pearl [with a Pearl finish].” It’s a deepened, subtly warm-toned blackened violet purple with brighter violet pearl and shimmer. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but there was a hint of nail line at times. The consistency is slightly thin, almost watery, but it wasn’t too difficult to work with. Zoya Belinda (P, $9.00) is lighter. NARS Fury (LE, $20.00) is a cream, warmer. L’Oreal The Mystic’s Fortune (LE) is is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / / view dupes.

MAC Anti-Fashion Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a ”
mid-tone dirty purple with pearl [with a Frost finish].” It’s a dusty, muted purple-taupe with fine, iridescent purple shimmer and warm undertones. It was mostly opaque after I applied two coats of polish. The formula on this shade was slightly thick, so be careful when applying as it had a tendency to pool along the edges. Chanel Charivari (603) (P, $27.00) is darker. NARS Manosque (LE, $20.00) is warmer. MAC Festive Finery (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. China Glaze Below Deck (LE, $7.50) is a cream. Zoya Jana (P, $9.00) is lighter, cream. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Girl Trouble Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “super glitter pink [with a Pearl finish].” It’s a slightly muted lavender with warmer, almost golden pearl/shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation after two coats, while the consistency was slightly thin, but it dried down fairly quickly and didn’t streak or bubble. There were a few visible brush strokes, but most of them disappeared as it dried down. NARS Night Rider (LE, $20.00) has larger sparkle. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Rain of Flowers

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8/10

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9/10

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4.5/5

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9/10

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9/10

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Girl Trouble

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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9/10

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Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

MAC Global Glow Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Global Glow Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Global Glow Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “neutral tan with silver sheen.” It’s a muted, medium copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Bronzer (LE) is warmer. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #3 (LE) is warmer, more golden. MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $32.00) is more orange. Urban Decay Baked (P, $26.00) is similar. MAC Gold Deposit (P, $32.00) is more orange. MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $32.00) is more orange, coppery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The last time I swatched this shade was when it released in 2007, so it’s been awhile! I couldn’t find one in my stash, so I’m not able to compare the original to the current version. The texture of the powder was soft and fairly smooth, but it was powdery, so there was excess product kicked up in the pan as well as when applied. It will buff away easily enough, but I wish it was smoother. It had good color payoff, and it could be applied with a lighter hand or a fan brush for a warm glow with less color, but it does yield a fair amount of color. The finish is quite metallic and though MAC says “silver sheen” it reads golden on my skin. There was some emphasis of pores and the skin’s natural texture, unfortunately. Applied, the color wore well for seven hours before looking faded and patchy. It’s neat to see MAC bring back a long-ago shade from the range to make permanent, but between this, Cheeky Bronze, and Gold Deposit, they really could have brought back one or two other, more differentiated shades.

The new packaging is glossy black, but the size is the same as the previous compacts. The bottom of the compact is curved inward, so these will fit more snugly together for better storage. They contain the same amount of product, but MAC increased the price from $30.00 to $32.00.

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8/10

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9/10

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7.5/10

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7.5/10

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Monday, June 30th, 2014

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer
MAC Studio Nail Lacquers — Delicate, Quiet Time, Coffee Break, Nocturnelle

MAC Delicate Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “pale sheer ballet pink [with a Cream finish].” It’s a sheer, light pink with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. Despite the new formula and brush applicator, this shade still applied streakily. The consistency was thicker and didn’t seem to be quite as uneven once applied as it self-leveled to a degree, it didn’t have a great end result. Zoya Rue (P, $9.00) is opaque, darker. MAC Confectionary (LE, $16.00) is more pigmented. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Quiet Time Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “beige nude [with a Cream finish].” It’s a light-medium, gray-beige with subtle neutral undertones and a cream finish. It was fully opaque after two coats of polish, and the consistency leaned slightly thick, but it didn’t show up in the application. It applied well without streaking or pooling along the edges. YSL Beige Gallerie (39) (LE, $25.00) is darker. MAC Sandpiper (LE, $16.00) is sheerer, lighter. Chanel Frenzy (P, $27.00) is darker, grayer. Zoya Farah (P, $9.00) is similar. Zoya Cho (P, $9.00) is lighter. Essie Sand Tropez (LE, $8.00) is grayer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Coffee Break Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “midtone cool taupe [with a Cream finish].” It’s a medium-dark, neutral taupe brown with a cream finish. The polish had full color coverage after two coats were applied, though it nearly opaque in a single coat. The texture leaned slightly thick, but I didn’t find it to be a problem during application, as the color didn’t pool along the edges or bubble. MAC Triumphant (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Essie Hot Coco (LE, $8.00) is darker, redder in tone. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Nocturnelle Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “rich true black [with a Cream finish].” It’s a rich, medium-dark black with a cream finish. It was almost opaque in a single coat, though I applied two to be sure. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so two coats does give it a glossier, plusher look once it dries down. There’s a natural shine to the dry down as well. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Delicate

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7/10

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10/10

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10/10

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Sunday, June 29th, 2014

MAC Ever Amethyst Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo
MAC Ever Amethyst Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo

MAC Ever Amethyst Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo ($22.00 for 0.07 oz.) is one of three new (and permanent!) shades available in the updated Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo range. (I will review the other two new duos soon!) The Mineralize Eyeshadow formula is supposed to be sheer when used dry, more intense when used with a dampened brush, as it is a wet/dry formula. Both halves of the duo had soft, slightly powdery, textures that felt finely-milled and were easy to blend on the lid. Using either shade with a dampened brush helped to minimize the powderiness of the formula.

Ever Amethyst #1 is described as a “soft violet.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy brown with a soft, golden shimmer and sheen. Applied dry, it had semi-sheer coverage and felt a bit more powdery, and then applied with a dampened brush, it applied more smoothly and looked slightly more shimmery. The color wore well for seven hours before starting to fade. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #3 (P) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Great Beyond #1 (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. NARS China Seas #2 (P, $24.00) is darker, more plum. MAC A Medley of Mauves #3 (P, $21.00) is darker, more plum. Chanel Quadrille #1 (LE) is more plum, less shimmery. Makeup Geek Twilight (P, $5.99) is lighter. theBalm Just This Once Jamie (P, $16.00) is similar. MAC Universal Appeal (LE, $21.00) is less brown. MAC Shale (P, $15.00) is less shimmery, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ever Amethyst #2 is described as a “deep violet.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned reddish plum with a soft, pearly sheen. It was semi-opaque applied dry, and it was fully opaque and smoother when applied with a dampened brush. On me, this shade started to fade after seven hours of wear. NARS Desdemona (P, $29.00) is less red. Anastasia Pink Sapphire (LE) is darker. Makeup Geek Enchanted (P, $6.99) is more shimmery. Sleek MakeUP A Vow in Venice (LE, $9.99) is cooler-toned. Lancome Colour du Jour (P, $19.00) is darker, browner. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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Sunday, June 29th, 2014

MAC Tropical, Soiree, Quick Million Studio Studio Nail Lacquers
MAC Tropical, Soiree, Quick Million Studio Studio Nail Lacquers

MAC Tropical Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “black with rainbow multi-pearl [with a Glitter finish].” It has a sheer, black-tinted base with small-sized light orange and orange-copper glitter (no rainbow glitter–wondering if the description is wrong). After two coats, it was mostly opaque, as the formula spread evenly across the nail–didn’t have to play with the glittery bits to get them into place. It dried down to a slightly bumpy/textured finish, but a layer of top coat will smooth it out without having to apply multiple coats. Cult Nails Blaze (DC, $12.00) is smaller in size and is a top coat so it looks somewhat similar if it is layered over black. China Glaze Electrify (LE, $7.50) has larger glitter in a clear base.See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Soiree Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “sparkly light bronze gold [with a Pearl finish].” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned peachy beige with fine threads of metallic shimmer. It had opaque color coverage after two coats. The consistency was slightly thick but manageable without any major impact on application. It dried down to a lightly shiny finish. There were very slightly visible brush strokes, but only from certain angles. L’Oreal The Statement Piece (LE, $6.99) is lighter, yellower. Zoya Tomoko (P, $9.00) is lighter, yellower. MAC Shimmerfish (LE, $17.50) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Quick Million Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “gold glitter with large particle pink glitter [with a Glitter finish].” It has fine white gold shimmer and pearl with larger chunks of pink glitter. Some of the pink glitter ends up looking gold due to the other shimmer in the base. The consistency was slightly thicker, but the glitters spread fairly well without a lot of work. If you don’t like textured or bumpy nails, though, this one is noticeably chunky when it dries down. Even with two layers of top coat, it still felt a bit textured. It had semi-opaque color coverage after two coats. I’m not sure of a dupe for this one, so I’d love to hear your suggestions!

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Tropical

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

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4.5/5

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9/10

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10/10

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9/10

Longevity

9/10

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7/10

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6.5/10

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7.5/10

Longevity

9/10

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