Thursday, November 13th, 2014

MAC x Black Friday
MAC x Black Friday

This Black Friday, M∙A∙C offers an exclusive online-only edition of Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow. The Smoky Black Friday palette features a new trio of complementary noir shades that blend beautifully for infinite nighttime looks. This is Eye Shadow innovation like you’ve never seen before:
the pure power of pigment in a creamy, lightweight hybrid. Applies wet for a super saturation of colour with metallic brilliance, or dry for sheer coverage with a soft finish.

Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Trio ($25.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Smoky Black Friday Silver, gray, black

Availability: November 28th (North America only), exclusively online

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

MAC Ultramarine Pink Lipstick
MAC Ultramarine Pink Lipstick

MAC Ultramarine Pink Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone dirty violet [with a Satin finish].” It’s a brightened, medium-dark berry-magenta with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. Bite Beauty Framboise (P, $24.00) is brighter. MAC Catharina (P, $23.00) is similar. Urban Decay Ladyflower (LE, $22.00) is lighter. Fyrinnae Sexy Nerd (P, $7.00) is very shimmery. NARS Fanny (P, $32.00) is darker. Illamasqua Glissade (P, $26.00)is lighter, brighter. MAC Flat Out Fabulous (P, $16.00) is more matte. Givenchy Croisiere Fuchsia (309) (LE, $36.00) is lighter. NARS Yu (P, $25.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on evenly, while the consistency was lightly creamy and didn’t drag or tug at the lips. It felt a little thinner and clingier overall compared to other Satins. This hugged enough that it felt drying after three hours of wear, though the color lasted for six in total, plus a residual stain that wouldn’t quit. The packaging has a little more heft than the Lipglass did, but there is still a really glaring, plastic component on the interior. I think for the extra $15, it they had done a filigree cage over a gold cap, maybe it would give it that extra oomph for the price increase.

The Glossover

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product

Ultramarine Pink

A

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

MAC Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder
MAC Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder

MAC Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder ($70.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “bare shouldered bronze.” It was a medium-dark, tan brown with a subtle gray-tinge and warm undertones. It had a matte finish. MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is rosier. Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is similar. MAC Aphrodite’s Shell (LE, $33.00) is lighter. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is similar. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is more satin. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It is housed in a large, hefty metal compact (there’s no lack of weight with this compact). The product inside is part of the permanent range, which can be add for a mere $25.00 (and is also 0.35 oz. in size), so with this you are truly paying $45 just for packaging. It had decent to good color payoff, but the texture wasn’t impressive. It feels almost soft, yet dry, where the powder clumps and sticks together but doesn’t blend out easily. It’s hard to explain, but it lacks silkiness and blendability. On me, it lasted for eight hours before fading. I wish MAC had chosen to create a new, limited edition highlighter, probably with a design on the actual powder, with a really lovely texture; something that would rival luxury, seasonal highlighters that brands like Dior and Chanel release.

The Glossover

LE
product

Matte Bronze

B-

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

MAC Light English Red Lipglass
MAC Light English Red Lipglass

MAC Light English Red Lipglass ($30.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer beige nude.” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and fine white shimmer. MAC Bijou (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Lots of Laughs (LE, $15.00) is lighter. NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is warmer, less shimmery. MAC Next Fad (P, $19.50) is cooler-toned. Chanel Insolence (P, $32.00) is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Pink Sorbet (P, $24.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had semi-opaque color coverage (definitely not sheer) that applied surprisingly evenly. There was some minor settling of the color into lip lines, but it wasn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance. The texture was thin, light-medium in weight, lightly tacky, and fairly comfortable to wear. It wore well for three and a half hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating. Given that the formula does feel much like regular Lipglass, this is double the price with the same amount of product in the tube. I was really disappointed with the way the tube felt in my hands, though; it’s so light that it feels cheap and just doesn’t have any of the hallmarks of high-end, designer packaging. MAC’s regular Lipglass feels better to me, as far as packaging goes.

The Glossover

LE
product

Light English Red

B

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

MAC Coral Lumineux Cream Colour Base
MAC Coral Lumineux Cream Colour Base

MAC Coral Lumineux Cream Colour Base ($70.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “vivid coral creme.” It’s a brightened, medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a satin finish. Guerlain Petrouchka #9 (LE) is a powder. Makeup Geek Summer Fling (P, $9.99) is lighter, powder. MAC Ocean City (LE, $30.00) is powder. YSL Corail Affranchi (07) (P, $40.00) is more orange. NARS Exumas (P, $39.00) is more matte. Make Up For Ever #420 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #410 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is pinker. Illamasqua Sleek (P, $26.00) is more muted, pinker. Chanel Presage (62) (LE, $38.00) is brighter. NYX Cinnamon (P, $5.00) is darekr, powder. MAC Out for Fun (LE, $20.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Not that this luxury holiday collection is a value proposition by any means, but regularly-sized and packaged Cream Colour Bases retail for $21.00 for 0.12 oz. or $175/oz., and this limited edition, over-sized version is $250/oz. It is over twice the amount of product in a regular CCB, though a little goes a long way. The compact is incredibly weighty–it’s probably not one you’d want to keep in a bag for on-the-go, because it is really that heavy–which does give it a more luxe and high-end feeling. It felt sturdy while still being functional. I found that this was less emollient than other Cream Colour Bases, which was a good thing, as it was longer-wearing at seven and a half hours, and yielded richer color payoff from the get-go. It looks more satin-to-matte applied once it sets and dries down.

The Glossover

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Coral Lumineux

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

MAC x Prabal Gurung Collection for Holiday 2014
MAC x Prabal Gurung Collection for Holiday 2014

The modern glamour and immaculate style of fashion designer Prabal Gurung comes to M•A•C in an opulent collaboration featuring smoky, gilded hues and ultra-smart, custom gold packaging.

Lipstick ($30.00 U.S. / $36.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Light English Red Sheer beige red (Lustre)
  • Carmine Rouge Clean true red (Matte)
  • Ultramarine Pink Mid-tone dirty violet (Satin)

Lipglass ($30.00 U.S. / $36.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Light English Red Sheer beige nude
  • Carmine Rouge Clean true red
  • Ultramarine Pink Mid-tone dirty violet

Eyeshadow Duo ($40.00 U.S. / $48.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Satin Ochre Soft pale white gold (Frost) / Coral orange (Matte)
  • Terre Shimmering neutral beige (Veluxe Pearl) / Mid-tone warm brown (Satin)
  • Cinder Smoky cool grey (Lustre) / Dark charcoal (Matte)

Kohl Power Eye Pencil ($20.00 U.S. / $24.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Feline Rich black

Chromagraphic Pencil ($20.00 U.S. / $24.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • NW25/NC30 Flesh-toned

Cream Colour Base ($70.00 U.S. / $84.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Coral Lumineux Vivid coral creme

Bronzing Powder ($70.00 U.S. / $84.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Matte Bronze Bare shouldered bronze

Brush ($70.00 U.S. / $84.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • MAC + Prabal Gurung Square Handled Buffer

Availability: Online November 20th; November 26th at select MAC stores (North America); December 2014 at select MAC stores (International, exlcuding China)

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