Thursday, September 24th, 2009

MAC Dazzleglass Creme Collection: Lip Swatches

Of course, I’m not going to leave you without lip swatches! I also included side-by-side comparisons of my natural lips vs. the lipgloss — let me know if you like the inclusion of these. I still included the full-size close-ups of each shade, though.

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Thursday, September 24th, 2009

MAC Dazzleglass Creme
Amorous, Creme Allure, Totally Fab, Do It Up, Perfectly Unordinary, My Favourite Pink, Soft Dazzle, Luscious Spark, Sublime Shine

MAC Dazzleglass Creme Collection: Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC’s Dazzleglass Creme Collection features nine shades of their newest gloss formula–dazzleglass creme. The new formula is kind of like the pigmentation of a lipglass with the texture of cremesheen glass and the shimmer of dazzleglass. It’s non-sticky, fairly thick (but not overly so, just not thin or feels sheer like dazzleglass–more like cremesheen glass, but perhaps touch thicker) and doesn’t feel heavy, and the majority of the shades are more pigmented. I think they deliberately made some shades sheerer than others to offer customers variety, so I don’t knock the sheerer shades for lacking pigmentation.

Dazzleglass Creme

  • Amorous is a deep, rich red with subtle gold and red shimmer that applies semi-opaquely. I get a decent amount of color, but I still see my natural lip color peeking through, so it’s not 100% solid in color. It’s very holiday-esque to me.
  • Creme Allure is a creamy, lightly shimmered hot pink that goes on semi-opaque with noticeably coloring and darkening of my natural lip color. The shimmer is almost a fuchsia-purple.
  • Totally Fab is a orange-y red with slight gold sparkle and has a creamy look to it (like Creme Allure vs. Amorous). I found this one went on nearly opaque on my lips.
  • Do It Up is a lighter, slightly more lemonade-y bright medium pink compared to Creme Allure (which has a bit of fuchsia tone to it). This one has a silvery sparkle and goes on semi-opaque.
  • Perfectly Unordinary is a milky pale pink with pale gold sparkle. It looks milky on lips, but it does show up and pale down lips.
  • My Favourite Pink is a slightly pinker, but still milky, shade compared to Perfectly Unrodinary, but it has a silver sparkle in it. It’s a little rosy in comparison. When going through the photos, I almost didn’t distinguish the differences between the two.
  • Soft Dazzle is a softer, paler milky pink compared to Perfectly Unordinary but it has brighter and more shimmer (which is pale gold).
  • Luscious Spark is an orangey coral with gold sparkle. It reminded me of a less sparkly, less red Lychee Luxe (with a less gritty texture). It applies semi-opaque with some color without being solid.
  • Sublime Shine is a sheer, peachy-nude with golden shimmer. This is the sheerest shade of the nine, and it looks a lot like Bare Necessity in the tube, but I think it is actually peachier and has more color pay off.

I’m actually VERY pleased with the Dazzleglass Creme collection! I’d actually recommend checking these out if you enjoy dazzleglass or lipglass, because you get enough color and pigmentation that they’re not just sheer shimmery concoctions. They have a lot of the sparkle and oomph of dazzleglass but the intensity of lipglass. There are lots of shades to love, though there are a few that feel too redundant to really merit getting all nine (unless you’re addicted, like yours truly!).

Temptalia’s Recommendations

Must-Haves: Amorous, Creme Allure, Do It Up, Luscious Spark
Nice-to-Haves: Perfectly Unordinary, Totally Fab
Skip: No need to get Perfectly Unordiniary, My Favourite Pink, AND Soft Dazzle — they’re SO similar!

  • Product: 9/10
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 8/10
  • Packaging: 8/10

Recommendation: If you like a gloss that’s not sticky, has lots of shimmer, and decent pigmentation, definitely try out a dazzleglass creme!

Availability: MAC Cosmetics

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Thursday, September 24th, 2009

MAC Style Black Collection: Overall

OVERALL, Style Black puts out an interesting mix of products all that take inspiration from shades of black. There’s such a wide mix of different types of products — from mattenes to mineralize eyeshadows to the new greasepaint stick. I think some will love it, others will be leery of it, and still others will be unimpressed. I’m kind of in the middle; I appreciate the collection for its uniqueness amongst prior MAC launches, and I do like seeing a variety of products. I also like how a lot of the colors coordinate across product types (e.g. Glimmerglasses and Nail Lacquers). If you like mineralize eyeshadows, you’ll likely fall for these (I recommend using them wet!), and if you like jelly-esque glosses, Glimmerglass might catch your eye. My favorite part of the launch was easily the two new nail lacquers (Seriously Hip and Baby Goth Girl)!

Edited: If you want something from this collection, I think you can make it work for you.  Not every product is perfect right out of the box/tube, so if something about it calls to you, don’t be afraid to see how it works for you.  Use a concealer base (or MAC Lip Erase) to help combat some of lipstick unevenness/application issues; lip liner to prevent intense lip colors from bleeding; sheer glosses over more intense lip color to add dimension; and so on.  It’s just a matter of what you’re looking for, whether you want to experiment to see what works best, etc.  Personally, I like things to work well with little effort, but that’s just me. :)

Temptalia’s Recommendations

Must-Haves: Seriously Hip Nail Lacquer, Bling Black Glimmerglass, Volcanic Ash Exfoliator, Black Greasepaint Stick
Nice-to-Haves: Baby Goth Girl Nail Lacquer, Night Violet Mattene, Midnight Media Mattene, Blackfire Glimmerglass, Volcanic Ash Thermal Mask
Skip: Black Knight Lipstick, Nocturnelle Nail Lacquer

Reviews, Photos, Swatches

P.S. – I will do a review of the Volcanic Ash Exfoliator and Thermal Mask after using both for a week or two :) I LOVED VAE when it first came out, so if it’s the same stuff… I will love it equally as much. I would recommend snatching both up if you’re leaning towards yes, because I know a ton of people are stocking up on both so sell-out risk seems high!

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

MAC Cosmetics DSquared Collection

MAC Cosmetics DSquared Collection

Every season the fashion crowd is up and on the run, crazy for the fierce and sexy fun we’ve come to expect from designers Dan and Dean Caten, the Canadian twins who know how to pack a punch – and throw a party!

With their haute hi-jinx and body-beautiful clothes for boys and girls, a collaboration with M·A·C simply could NOT be avoided! “DSquared² and M·A·C are on the same trip!” says Dan. It starts with a strong, sooty, blackest-ever wild-child eye… a new Greasepaint Stick also in blue and violet versions, and Pro Gloss to create it. Neutral and perfected skin will get more drama with highlighting and low lighting from Sculpt and Shape Powders and the 165 Tapered Cheek/Highlight Brush all the better to achieve it. And finally, the totally nude Pro Lip Erase does its stuff, followed by a light Lipstick and Lip Conditioner to put the lilt and lift back in….

But the cynosure of this season’s scintillating collaboration is the daring, dramatic, slightly demented DSquared² eye. Have fun with it! This collection brings us to the Ziegfeld Follies by way of Grey Gardens, a bit dishevelled, a litt le Girl Interrupted, both dramatically hip and dangerously sexy.

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

  • Nude Rose Sheer light neutral pink (Lustre)
  • Blood Red Clean deep berry (Lustre)

Tinted Lip Conditioner ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • Fuchsia Fix Deep pink sheen

Gloss Texture ($18.00 U.S. / $22.00 CDN)

  • Clear

Sculpt and Shape Powder ($21.00 U.S. / $25.00 CDN)

Bone Beige/Emphasize Palest cream/Tan
Accentuate/Sculpt Pale blushed beige/Soft taupe brown

Greasepaint Stick ($17.50 U.S. / $21.00 CDN)

  • V Bright blue violet
  • B Bright yellow blue
  • Black Intense black

Kohl Power Pencil ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Feline Rich black

Lip Erase ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN)

  • Dim Similar to N37

Brush ($34.00 U.S. / $41.00 CDN)

  • 165 Tapered Cheek/Highlight Provides perfect blending and application of all face products

Availability: September 28th, 2009 at all North American MAC locations. October 2009 for International MAC locations.

Just to confirm, YES, DSquared is releasing on September 28th, a Monday. DSquared will be showing in Milan on the same day, so MAC wants them to coincide with each other :)

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Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

MAC Cosmetics Dazzleglass Creme Collection

MAC Cosmetics Dazzleglass Creme Collection

Flashing flecks of lustrous glimmer give lips a new kind of high-beam shine, while the balm-effect of the pillow-top comfort creme keeps the supple going and going. Ultra-luxurious, no sticky smack or drag, Aloe and Vitamin E enriched, keeps lips lightweight but strong-willed, for long-lustre, ultimate luminosity. Wear it alone for medium-sheer, dewy coverage…. For dazzle with absolute comfort, it’s better than brilliant. And the accompanying applicator brush is a dream.

Dazzleglass Creme ($18.00 U.S. / $21.50 CDN)

  • Sublime Shine Light coral brown with gold pearl
  • Soft Dazzle Mid-tone peach pink with gold pearl
  • Perfectly Unordinary Bright yellow pink with gold pearl
  • My Favourite Pink Light blue pink with pearl
  • Do It Up Bright blue pink with pearl
  • Luscious Spark Light orange with gold pearl
  • Totally Fab Bright yellow red with pearl
  • Creme Allure Bright yellow plum with pearl
  • Amorous Deep brown red with pearl

Availability: September 24th, 2009 at all North American MAC locations. October 2009 for International MAC locations.

P.S. – Our review will be up around noon (PST). But for now, you can check out our sneak peek on three of the nine shades :)

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Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

MAC Cosmetics Fall Trend F/W '09 Collection

MAC Cosmetics Fall Trend F/W ’09 Collection

As designers deepen their fascination with all things architectural, from Raf Simon’s structural dresses for Jil Sander to the futuristic, constructed ‘pod’ shoes that we saw at Balenciaga, so too goes the modern face.

The shapes and steely colours in this collection are an expression of the trend, an ode to the strength of a woman, rendered with true architectural precision. The geometry of eyes in graphic, graphite tones of grey with the beguiling blue sheen of an elegant grid of sky-reflecting windows on a stunning concrete skyscraper, Trend F/W ’09 is a living tower of power! Lips are dark or seductively nude. The fragrance? Asphalt Flower, a limited-life scent as bold and urbane as the modern metropolis.

Fragrance ($20.00 U.S. / $24.00 CDN)

  • Asphalt Flower Glossy violet and iris petals cast an ebonized sheen over dark clouds of vanilla and patchouli like a shimmering lace veil this scent caresses and envelops of glamour and drama. Top note: violet, ylang; Mid: iris, heliotrope; Dry: olibanum, patchouli, vanilla.

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

  • Red Full Stop Bright neon coral (Lustre)
  • Hipster Burgundy with frost (Frost)
  • Faultlessly F/W Blackened blue violet (Amplified)
  • Our Pick Cement taupe grey (Satin)

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

  • Runway Fave Grey tone neutral with high pearl (Frost)
  • New Berry Deep plum (Cream)
  • So This Season Deep blue violet (Cream)

Eyeshadow x4: Tone: Grey ($36.00 U.S. / $43.00 CDN)

  • Tone: Grey Dirty grey (Satin)
  • Waft Dark smoky blue grey (Frost)
  • A Warmer White Pale green grey (Satin)
  • The Right Smoke Rich blue with white pearl (Frost)

Availability: September 17th, 2009 at all North American MAC locations. October 2009 for International MAC locations.

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