Saturday, July 4th, 2009

Beauty Basics: MAC Face Brushes

Beauty Basics is a series covering basic products and tools that help to make applying your makeup easier. To view the entire series to date, be sure to visit the beauty basics, or you can view posts within the series about MAC Face Brushes.

Focus On: MAC 168 Large Angled Contour Brush

MAC 168 Large Angled Contour Brush ($32.00) is a goat-haired bristled rounded, angled brush with a bit of fluffiness. It’s famous as a contouring brush, particularly for larger areas — like the hollow of the cheeks, forehead, and jaw line. It’s a bit oversized for smaller areas like the nose. It’s an incredibly soft brush with minimal shedding (at least, in my experience). Despite being touted as a contour brush, the 168 works well for applying thicker foundatoins like Studio Sculpt, applying blush more precisely, and blending out product. I definitely consider this one of those classic, basic brushes that you can never go wrong purchasing.

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Friday, July 3rd, 2009

MAC Lightful Collection for Summer 2009

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

“INNER” GLOW IS OVERRATED! M·A·C revivifies the look and luminescence of our high-beam brightening skincare formulations, using our own exclusively developed Charged Water technology – boosted beyond breakthrough this season with the new infusion of red tourmaline and silk, to shift skin’s receptivity, shake up its energy level.

Mousse it up and see triple-activate brightening with green tea anti-free-radical extract, vitamin C brightening prowess, tuberose protection from dehydration. Science trumps style…Beauty and the Geek go all the way! NEW POWER, PALE, PRETTY NEW PACKAGING, A NEW LIGHT ON BRIGHT!

Lightful Foaming Creme Cleanser ($24.00 U.S./$29.00 CDN)

Soothing whipped creamy mousse. Cleanses and re-balances skin. Rinses quickly. Leaving skin feeling clean and comfortable. Never stripped or dehydrated.

Lightful Charged Essence ($40.00 U.S./$48.00 CDN)

Concentrated, lightweight gel-like essence, absorbs quickly into the skin. Helps skin look and feel smoother,s ofter, more resilient and brighter.

Lightful Deep Ultramoisture Creme ($38.00 U.S./$46.50 CDN)

Lightweight gel-like cream. Provides a moisture-locking barrier for long lasting protection. Instantly hydrates the skin for a smoother skin surface. Helps skin look more luminous over time.

Lightful Active Softening Lotion ($30.00 U.S./$36.00 CDN)

Super-hydrating watery lotion. Absorbed quickly into skin. Immediately infuses depleted skin with moisture. Leaves skin refreshed, soothed, soft with a more even-toned look.

Availability: July 30th, 2009 at MAC Retail Stores, 1.800.588.0070, and www.maccosmetics.com.

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Friday, July 3rd, 2009

Beauty Basics: MAC Face Brushes

Beauty Basics is a series covering basic products and tools that help to make applying your makeup easier. To view the entire series to date, be sure to visit the beauty basics, or you can view posts within the series about MAC Face Brushes.

Focus On: MAC 165 Tapered Cheek & Highlighter Brush

MAC 165 Tapered Cheek & Highlighter Brush ($34.00) is a medium-sized, tapered face brush with natural bristles. This was a limited edition brush that was launched with Brunette, Blonde, and Redhead in early 2009. It will be making a reappearance in October 2009, for those who wish to purchase it, too. (As of time of this writing, it is still available via Nordstrom.com.) I adore using this brush to highlight cheek bones. It just works effortlessly and places the highlight perfectly. It is a soft, dense brush, so it picks up color easily, deposits well, and doesn’t eat up product. It works well to blend out color and powder products, too.  This is one of my favorite brushes, so I would definitely urge you to pick it up if an opportunity presents itself!

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Friday, July 3rd, 2009

Beauty Basics: MAC Face Brushes

Beauty Basics is a series covering basic products and tools that help to make applying your makeup easier. To view the entire series to date, be sure to visit the beauty basics, or you can view posts within the series about MAC Face Brushes.

Focus On: MAC 150 Large Powder Brush

MAC 150 Large Powder Brush ($42.00) is a large, domed-shape densely-packed brush. It’s ideal for use with loose and pressed powders. I do believe MAC encourages using this with blush, too, but I find it far too large and dense for that purpose; particularly because there are so many better brushes to use (like the 116 and 129). This isn’t the softest brush I own by MAC, but it’s still incredibly soft and doesn’t feel scratch to me. Personally, I find I only use this for applying loose/pressed powders to set my makeup. I find it is fluffy enough to blend and give me thorough coverage, but it is dense enough that product doesn’t get wasted. I use this brush everyday, but I do wish it was more of a multi-tasker for its price!

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Thursday, July 2nd, 2009


Soft Dazzle, Sublime Shine, Perfectly Unordinary

MAC Dazzleglass Cremes Collection

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

Flashing Flecks of lustrous glimmer give the 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 enrich, keep 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 Cremes ($18.00 U.S. / $21.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

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

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Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

MAC Cosmetics Colour Craft Collection: Face

An Artist’s signature is the finishing touch, the decisive moment when colour, composition, and creativity come together in equal measure.

Colour Craft is all about making it your own…perfection as The Muse intended. This unprecedented assortment of Mineralize Skinfinish shades work it out beautifully, with three new mosaic combinations: Triple Fusion, Smooth Merge, Warm Blend; or simply singular one-shade Sunny By Nature, just Porcelain Pink, or rich Cheeky Bronze. 131 Duo Fibre Brush with built-in short natural fibres AND longer optic fibres all-in-one comes together as the ultimate Artist’s tool for sleek shading and haute highlighting.

Mineralize Skinfinish ($27.00 U.S./$32.50 CDN)

  • Sunny By Nature Rich Bronze with pink pearl
  • Cheeky Bronze Soft Golden Coral with bronze pearl
  • Porcelain Pink Soft pinky coral with gold veining
  • Triple Fusion Left : Soft Champagne Gold; Center: Soft Golden Pink; Right: Rose Pink with Golden Nuances
  • Smooth Merge Left: Soft Champagne Pink; Center: Deep Rose; Right: Pale Cool Pink
  • Warm Blend Left: Antique Gold; Center: Mahogany Bronze; Right: Copper

Brush

  • 131 Duo Fibre Powder/Blush Flat, tapered brush that contains a combination of short and long fibres. Ideally suited for Mineralize Skinfinish Powders ($40.00 U.S./$48.00 CDN)

Available: North America July 9, 2009 at all M·A·C locations, 1.800.588.0070 and www.maccosmetics.com, International July 2009 at all M·A·C locations, 1.800.588.0070 and www.maccosmetics.com.

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