Thursday, January 7th, 2010

MAC All Ages, All Races, All Sexes Collection
MAC All Races Eyeshadow

MAC All Ages, All Races, All Sexes Collection: Eyeshadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches

None of the eyeshadows really spoke to me, which may be more a reflection of them being a little too neutral, too safe and me having more than enough neutral favorites through their permanent line. I suppose my feelings are much like they were with Warm & Cozy from last week — I’d loved to have seen new and different neutrals. I also wish Showstopper would go into retirement for at least a few years! Of the four, my favorite was All Races, and I do think that one is the most worth picking up, because it’s not a shade I’ve seen by MAC at all (no immediate dupes came to mind).

Eyeshadows ($14.50 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • All Races is a cool-toned lilac with a little gray edge. It has a matte finish, and it is a creamy, silky matte–no chalky texture here. I can’t remember seeing a shade like this by MAC. Maybe once or twice, but nothing I can remember at the moment!
  • Banshee is a dirty pink with a little brown to it — it has a silver glitter that makes it a little chunky. It has a lustre finish, which definitely accounts for the glittery feel. I imagine you may have some issues with fall out with this shade.
  • Cross-Cultural is a medium-dark chocolate brown with a matte finish. This is definitely a shade you could use to contour your eye space with; it has a nearly neutral finish, not being too cool nor warm.  I’d say this is similar to maybe Era/Texture or a lighter version of Espresso.
  • Showstopper is an ultra dark charcoal brown with a cool feel to it. This is a shade that’s not permanent yet it comes out often enough that it never feels like you need to stock up. This also has a matte finish to it.  This is similar to Mystery/Brun.

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Thursday, January 7th, 2010

MAC Give Me Liberty of London Collection

U.S. Launch Date: March 11, 2010
International Launch Date: April 2010

Edit #1: Now with a few images! :)  Not everything, but at least you get an idea about the packaging — which I think looks phenomenal.  They don’t look like stickers, and as long as they’re not, this may be some of the best packaging MAC has put out in awhile. (1/6/2010)

Edit #2: Now with a few MORE images — including an image of the very richly priced scarf.  (1/7/2010)

The very latest in a series of famous M·A·Coll aborations, it was only a matter of time before the demure-to-daring kaleidoscopic prints of Liberty of London coloured our world with Brit wit and bohemian chic. From the unstudied, Sienna Miller style of Spitalfields Market to the grit-and-glamour of Portobello Road, the swinging London girl has always been an unstoppable M·A·C makeup force! Spring 2010 insists on the ultimate flower fusion, with M·A·C joining forces with Liberty, creating cool Britannia compacts and Lipsticks, Eye Shadows, Powder, Blush, Nail Lacquers and, of course – blushing, bountiful, quite British accessories.

Beauty Powder ($25.00 U.S. / $30.00 CDN)

The luxurious, soft pearl finish of M·A·C Beauty Powder packaged in a glossssy white compact. Lid is decorated with an exclusively created flower and bird pattern for the Give Me Liberty of London collection. Limited edition.

  • Shell Pearl Pale peach with gold pearl (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Summer Rose Soft violet pink with pearl (Limited Edition) (Repromote?)

Eyeshadow ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Give Me Liberty of London Flat creamy pink (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Free to Be Creamy true coral (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Dame’s Desire Frosty mid-tone reddish purple (Frost) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Birds & Berries Frosted dark green blue (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Bough Grey Mid-tone bluish grey (Satin) (Limited Edition)

Lipstick ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • Ever Hip Creamy light coral (Cremesheen) (Limited Edition)
  • Peachstock Neutral peach (Satin) (PRO)
  • Petals & Peacocks Creamy bright magenta pink (Amplified) (Limited Edition)
  • Blooming Lovely Creamy greyed lilac mauve (Amplified) (Limited Edition)

Lipglass ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • Frankly Fresh Neutral pink beige with soft pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Perennial High Style Creamy bright pink coral (Limited Edition)
  • English Accents Creamy mid-tone blue pink (Limited Edition)
  • A Different Groove Deep purple brown with pearl (Limited Edition)

Blush ($18.50 U.S. / $22.00 CDN)

  • Dirty Plum Sheer dark plum (Limited Edition)
  • Prim & Proper Neutral nude (Limited Edition)

Nail Lacquer ($12.00 U.S. / $14.50 CDN)

  • Vestral White Creamy white (Cream) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Blue India Dark green blue with pearl (Cream) (Limited Edition)

Liberty of London Makeup Bags

  • Small A limited-edition laminated makeup bag decorated with an exclusively created flower and bird pattern for the Give Me Liberty of London collection. Zip closure boasts a fabulously outsize floral pull. Measures 8″ x 2.75″ x 3.5″. ($22.00 U.S. / $26.50 CDN)
  • Medium A limited-edition laminated makeup bag decorated with an exclusively created flower and bird pattern for the Give Me Liberty of London collection. Zip closure boasts a fabulously outsize floral pull. Measures 8″ x 2.75″ x 5″. ($25.00 U.S. / $31.00 CDN)

Liberty of London Scarf ($95.00 U.S. / $115.00 CDN)

A limited-edition scarf designed with an exclusively created floral pattern for the Give Me Liberty of London collection. Rows of coral, orange, yellow and blue flowers form a repeating pattern on a white background. The fabric is a soft wool/viscose blend. Made in Italy. Measures 27″ x 82″.

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Monday, January 4th, 2010

Make sure you also read the follow-up to this post, which compares Kitschmas vs. Kitschmas.

Old vs. New MAC Pigment Jar Packaging: A Tale of Comparisons

The news may be old, but the feelings are still raw. MAC has changed up their packaging for their pigments, which are loose color (often multi-purpose). The MAC website, just today, updated and not reflects the new jar packaging.

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Here’s why some are upset:

  • New packaging (we often do not like change, period)
  • Sizing has decreased from typical 7.5g/0.26 oz. to 4.5g/0.15 oz.
  • Pricing is the same ($19.50 U.S.)

Because this post is designed to give you a very detailed insight into the differences between the sizing and packaging of both the old and the new…

Here is a summary for those find this post too long to read.

After dumping a new jar and an old jar, seeing it in real life, looking at the heighths, widths, density, etc., I suspect you’re losing around 1/2 teaspoon worth of pigment.  It may be more, it may be less, depending on the pigment in question.  (I estimate roughly 4 teaspoons of pigment per old jar, on average.)  You’re still getting plenty of pigment for your money–likely more than the majority of us will use up in a lifetime. Pigments often differ in texture and density; they’re not all made alike. Some are very chunky (e.g. Kitschmas) while others are very smooth (Vanilla). At the end of the day, I think you’re still getting much more than you think (and you’re not getting as little as you think).

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Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

MAC Freckletone Lipstick
MAC Freckletone Lipstick

The Spring Season: MAC Freckletone Lipstick

MAC Freckletone Lipstick ($14.00) is a semi-sheer luster-finish peachy nude. It’s definitely a nude kind of lip color, but it has a surprising amount of warmth, because of the peachy undertones. Even though it’s distinctly peach, it isn’t orange, which is something that can often be present in more peach-based nudes. Being of the lustre variety, Freckletone has a glossy finish and a very smooth, moisturizing feel, though not hydrating. Unlike a lot of lustres I’ve encountered over the years, Freckletone is surprisingly pigmented. Of course, one or two layers won’t get you opaque coverage, but you are able to build up to a fairly opaque result. (I have a freckle on my bottom lip, and it makes measuring a color’s pigmentation really easy — if I can’t see it, it’s full coverage.)

Is this peachy nude the one for you? Would you wear it?

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

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Thursday, December 31st, 2009

This is an archival post, meant to help direct anyone looking for certain information or reviews regarding collections MAC released in 2009.

Previous 2009 Launches

Blonde, Brunette, Redhead

U.S. Launch Date: January 8th, 2009

Well-Defined

U.S. Launch Date: February 5th, 2009

MAC & Hello Kitty

U.S. Launch Date: February 12th, 2009 (Unveiling Parties February 3rd, 2009)

Kitty Kouture

U.S. Launch Date: March 5th, 2009

Cream Team

U.S. Launch Date: February 5th, 2009

Grand Duos

U.S. Launch Date: March 12th, 2009

Sugarsweet

U.S. Launch Date: March 19th, 2009

Viva Glam VI Special Edition

Colour Ready

U.S. Launch Date: April 2nd, 2009

Rose Romance

U.S. Launch Date: April 23rd, 2009

Double Dazzle

U.S. Launch Date: April 30th, 2009

Trip Phase II Collection

Launch Date: June-August 2009 at Duty Free Shops, requires international ticket

Style Warriors

U.S. Launch Date: May 28th, 2009

Naked Honey

U.S. Launch Date: June 11th, 2009

Euristocrats II

U.S. Launch Date: July 2nd, 2009

Colour Craft

U.S. Launch Date: July 9th, 2009

Graphic Garden

U.S. Launch Date: July 9th, 2009

Summer Trend Bags

U.S. Launch Date: July 9th, 2009 (MAC Store Exclusive)

Baby Bloom

U.S. Launch Date: July 23rd, 2009

Love That Look

U.S. Launch Date: July 23rd, 2009

Lightful

U.S. Launch Date: July 30th, 2009

Makeup Art Cosmetics

U.S. Launch Date: August 20th, 2009

Flirt With Fall

U.S. Launch Date: August 27th, 2009

Nail Trend F/W 2009 / Jin Soon Choi for MAC

U.S. Launch Date: August 27th, 2009

In High Def

U.S. Launch Date: September 10th, 2009

Fall Trend F/W ’09 Collection

U.S. Launch Date: September 17th, 2009

Dazzleglass Cremes

U.S. Launch Date: September 24th, 2009

Style Black

U.S. Launch Date: September 24th, 2009

Zoom Fast Black Lash

U.S. Launch Date: September 24th, 2009

DSquared

U.S. Launch Date: October 15th, 2009

Magic, Mirth, and Mischief

U.S. Launch Date: October 15th, 2009

Mischief Makers

U.S. Launch Date: November 5th, 2009

Baroque Boudoir

U.S. Launch Date: November 25th, 2009

Love Lace

U.S. Launch Date: December 26th, 2009

Warm & Cozy

U.S. Launch Date: December 26th, 2009

MAC In the Studio Collection

U.S. Launch Date: December 26th, 2009

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

MAC Cosmetics Spring Forecast Collection

MAC Cosmetics Spring Forecast Collection

In February 11th, 2010, you’ll see this hit counter…  Debbie confirmed it’ll be in four separate displayers, but on a single day.  Which is worse, because now you can’t spread out the costs!

Edited:  Added more product photos! (12/27)

Spring Colour 1 Forecast

Lipstick ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • Bubble Gum Light lavender pink (Glaze) (Limited Edition)
  • Laugh-a-lot Mauve pink (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
  • Phlox Sheer light pink (Glaze) (Limited Edition)
  • Pink Burst Clean bright pink with pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)

Lipglass ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • Cultureclash Frosty clear baby pink with multi-dimensional pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Hush, Hush Rose Mid-tone blue with pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Electric Fuchsia Bright violet with blue pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition_

Eyeshadow ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Da Bling Pink with gold pearl (Veluxe Pearl) (Permanent)
  • LaLa Mid-tone pink (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Rosy Outlook Frosted baby pink (Satin) (Limited Edition)
  • Very Violet Dark violet (Frost) (Limited Edition)

Crush Metal Pigment: Stacked 1! ($32.50 U.S. / $38.50 CDN)

Crush Metal Pigment in a shade wave of four stackable jars, specially selected for the Spring Colour Forecast collection. Provides intense colour payoff and medium coverage with highly reflective metallic sparkle. Creamy, crease-resistant. Long-wearing. Limited edition.

  • Pale pink, light lilac, mid-tone rose, dark purple (Limited Edition)

Plushlash ($13.00 U.S. / $15.50 CDN)

  • Plushblack Black

Blush Ombre ($25.00 U.S. / $30.00 CDN)

  • Azalea Blossom Light cool pink (Limited Edition)

Nail Lacquer ($12.00 U.S. / $14.50 CDN)

  • Galore Pink Creamy mid-tone blue pink (Cream) (Limited Edition)

Creations: Pinkaura ($25.00 U.S. / $30.00 CDN)

  • Lingeringly floral, slightly foxy. Starts off green then bursts into a flowery bouquet of freesia, black violet and magnolia petals. Sashays into a rich warm amber and balmy vetiver. (Limited Edition) (Repromote)

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