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MAC @ Prabal Gurung S/S 2012

MAC @ Prabal Gurung S/S 2012
MAC @ Prabal Gurung S/S 2012

The Art of Araki … The lip is an orchid bursting from within. – Charlotte Tilbury

MAC @ Prabal Gurung S/S 2012

Beauty Breakdown

  • Face: Studio Moisture Cream — hydrates and illuminates skin, Matchmaster SPF 15 Foundation — lightly buffed into skin to perfect, Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder — applied through the middle of the face for a polished effect, Luna Cream Colour Base — blended in a “C” shape around the temple and eye area to highlight, MAC Pro Sculpt Sculpting Powder Pro Pallette — blended through lower planes and temples to contour
  • Eye:  Young Venus In Extra Dimension Eye Shadow (available Spring/Summer 2012) — blended over the eyelids as a base and highlight, Warm Thunder In Extra Dimension Eye Shadow (available Spring/Summer 2012) — applied through the crease and pulled outwards to elongate Strobe Cream — a dot applied over the eye shadow for a subtle shine
  • Lip: MAC Pro Process Magenta Chromagraphic Pencil — slightly overdrawn with a blunted tip to achieve the look of just kissed lips, MAC Pro Black, Burgundy, and Fuchsia Lipmix — mixed together and applied through the centre of the lip for more impact
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MAC @ Suno S/S 2012

MAC @ Suno S/S 2012
MAC @ Suno S/S 2012

MAC @ Suno S/S 2012

Beauty Breakdown

  • Face: Studio Moisture Cream – hydrates and illuminates skin, Matchmaster SPF 15 Foundation – buffed lightly over the skin with 188 Brush, Cake Mix Cream Eye Shadow (available S/S 2012) – applied over high planes to highlight
  • Eye: Bisque Eye Shadow – swept over the eyelids for a base, Copperplate and Satin Taupe Eye Shadows – blended together to create a custom taupe halo around the eyes, MAC Pro Shine Mixing Medium – blended with Satin Taupe Eye Shadow and applied over the eyelids for a light sheen, Cake Mix Cream Eye Shadow (available S/S 2012) – applied precisely through the inner corners of the eyes for a highlight
  • Lip: Studio Finish Concealer – used to camouflage the outer edge of lips, MAC Pro Red Lipmix – blended through the center of the lip for a “bitten” effect

MAC @ Peter Som S/S 2012

MAC @ Peter Som S/S 2012
MAC @ Peter Som S/S 2012

MAC @ Peter Som S/S 2012

Beauty Breakdown

  • Face: MAC Pro Sculpting Powder Pro Palette – blended over natural looking skin to emphasize contours, Fleur Power Powder Blush and Peaches Sheertone Blush – blended together and softly dusted over the apples of cheeks with 129 Brush for a flush
  • Eye: Young Venus in Extra Dimension Eye Shadow (available S/S 2012) – dusted over the eyelids with 242 Brush for a soft highlight, Fig. 1 Eye Shadow and MAC Pro Indian Ink Small Eye Shadow Pro Palette – blended together with 219 Brush to define the crease with a hard, rounded contour, MAC Pro Rich Purple Chromagraphic Pencil – applied through the lower lashline to define, Coal Black Pro Lash Mascara – applied over upper and lower lashes
  • Lip: Innocence, Beware! Lipstick (available S/S 2012) – rubbed into lips for a natural glossy stain
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MAC @ Jason Wu S/S 2012

MAC @ Jason Wu S/S 2012
MAC @ Jason Wu S/S 2012

MAC @ Jason Wu S/S 2012

Beauty Breakdown

  • Face: Studio Finish Concealer – perfects skin only where needed, Blot Powder/Press – applied over the center of the face for a polished effect, Silver Dusk Iridescent Powder – dusted above cheekbones, over bridge of nose, and inner corners of the lower lashes for a highlight, Cubic Powder Blush – blended over the lower apples of cheeks with 129 Brush
  • Eye: Blacktrack Fluidline – applied with 210 Brush with precision through the upper lashline only with a minute extension on the outer corners, MAC Pro Gloss Texture – dabbled over eyelids for a soft sheen
  • Lip: Redd Lip Pencil – contours and defines the lip, Scarlet Ibis Lipstick (available S/S 2012) – applied over the entire lip, MAC Pro Acid Orange Pigment – patted over the lips with 219 Brush to finish

MAC @ Doo.RI S/S 2012

MAC @ Doo.RI S/S 2012
MAC @ Doo.RI S/S 2012

MAC @ Doo.RI S/S 2012

Beauty Breakdown

  • Face: Pro Longwear SPF 10 Foundation – applied to achieve flawless matte perfection, Immortal Flower Powder Blush (available S/S 2012) – blended over cheeks for a healthy flush from within, Fusion Gold Metal X Cream Shadow (available S/S 2012) – applied as a highlight above cheekbones with fingertips
  • Eye: Fusion Gold Metal X Cream Shadow (available S/S 2012) – blended from the upper lashline up through the brow and outwards to the temples with fingertips, with a heavy application on the inner corners of the eyes and over brows
  • Lip: Innocence, Beware! (available S/S 2012) – applied over the entire lip directly from the bullet for full coverage

MAC Posh Paradise Mattenes Swatches, Photos, Review (Sneak Peek)

MAC Mattenes
MAC Mattenes

MAC Posh Paradise Mattenes (Sneak Peek)

Debuting on September 15th (for North America), Posh Paradise also features ten new and limited edition hues of Mattene Lipsticks ($14.50 for 0.08 oz. each). I have four of them to share with you today. They are: Delectable (orange-beige), Deliciously Forbidden (mid-tone berry), Eden Rouge (bright blue-red), and Legendary (mid-tone brick red).

  • Delectable is a darkened peach with a healthy dose of orange, but it’s surprisingly not too warm or orange. It has a semi-matte finish with a light sheen. The lighter coloring does make it so it emphasizes any imperfections of the natural lip. It is similar to Cle de Peau Calliope, MAC Imagine This (which is touch darker), and MAC Peachstock (which is a tough lighter).
  • Deliciously Forbidden is a pinky-red berry with a semi-matte finish. It has opaque color coverage. It’s similar to Milani Sexy Rose, MAC Rebel (which is darker, redder, more vibrant),
  • Eden Rouge is a vibrant blue-based red with nearly opaque color coverage (you can still see my lip freckle peeking through) and a semi-matte finish. It is similar to so many reds. It’s a nice red, but keep an eye out on the reds you already own, because it is a more dupeable shade.
  • Legendary is a brownish red with subtle gold micro-shimmer and a satiny shine. I found this one to have a more pronounced sheen compared to the other three shades I tried. This was also the most opaque. It is similar to Shiseido Mystery, MAC Underworld (which is several shades darker and browner), Bobbi Brown Blackberry, MAC Dark Deed (which is redder), and MAC Kittenish (which is lighter, less brown).

This is only part of a larger selection of new shade varieties of the Mattene formula, but these felt creamier, with better slip and comfort, than previous iterations of Mattenes (I think the last time we saw them was with Style Black).  I wore Delectable on half of my lips (half of the upper/half of the lower) with Eden Rouge on the other side, because I like to test shades from both the lighter and darker ends of the spectrum to get a handle on the length of wear.  Delectable wore off within three hours, while Eden Rouge wore about five.  I think the increased slip and creaminess of the formula has reduced the wear time by a bit–at least in these shades.

I didn’t see anything in the marketing/press release on these about them being long-wearing but did glean that they are supposed to be soft enough to glide-on with semi-matte finishes, intense color, and moisturizing. They’re far more moisturizing than the average matte lipstick.  After wearing the two I tested for wear, I did want balm, but I didn’t feel like my lips were cracking or dry. These are packaged in slim tubes with matte black on the outside and a shiny rim around the middle.  They only contain 0.08 oz., which is less than their regular lipsticks, which are 0.10 oz.

MAC Posh Paradise Mattenes Swatches, Photos, Review (Sneak Peek)

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