Thursday, October 15th, 2009

MAC Magic, Mirth, & Mischief Collection
Cremesheen Glasses: Ever So Rich, Boy Bait, Partial to Pink

MAC Magic, Mirth, & Mischief Review: Cremesheen Glasses

If you’ve been in the MAC-know for the past year, you probably remember the original launch of the Cremesheen Glasses. The three released with the holiday collection are all repromotes from that launch, so this is your chance to a) stock up if you loved them; b) try them if you passed on them before; or c) save money because you already have/skipped them. I don’t personally love Cremesheen Glasses, as I find them too sheer to bother (they nearly all looked the same on my lips), but I know others love the formula — which is non-sticky, thick, and creamy.

  • Ever So Rich is a pale lilac that goes on like a sheer, milky pinky-purple.
  • Boy Bait is a sheer pinky-peach. This looks just like a milky nude on me (not particularly flattering).
  • Partial to Pink is a sheer medium pink. Like Boy Bait, this looks mostly like a milky pink on me.

You can view the lip swatches I did originally. These just aren’t my thing, but I also think I’m slightly allergic to these (they make my lips tingle and itch), so there’s even less reason for me to like them. I think Ever So Rich is the only shade that I’d feel compelled to get, but I know that has to do with the way it looks in the tube and not so much on my lips.

  • Product: 24/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

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Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

MAC Eyeshadow Product Photos – Part 2

Here’s part two (also the last part) of product photos of permanent MAC eyeshadows! :) You can view part one here.

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

Swatch Challenge: MAC Cosmetics

I would love to round-up as many MAC swatches as we can all muster! Together, I am sure we can get a pretty comprehensive swatch gallery going — so I invite you to share yours! You can link to your swatches, or you can e-mail them to me and I’ll put them up. All credit will go to the swatcher as well :)  So let’s go!

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Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator Review

MAC Style Black included two pieces of limited edition skincare — the ever-raved about Volcanic Ash Exfoliator and previously-mentioned-but-finally-released Volcanic Ash Thermal Mask.

I’ve been a big supporter of MAC’s Volcanic Ash Exfoliator since it released.  I loved it.  I sparingly used it so it would last as long as I could manage.  I managed to make two tubs last me a year or so (it was launched in 2008).  I couldn’t even begin to tell you how excited I was for it to be re-released with Style Black!

The re-released Volcanic Ash Exfoliator is slightly different than the original in a few key ways, though the product still feels, smells, and does the same (for me!) as the original version did.  This release of Volcanic Ash Exfoliator uses both sugar (sucrose, specifically) and silica for exfoliating, whereas the original release only used sugar.  Before, when you scrubbed your face with the exfoliator, the sugar particles would eventually dissolve, but with the addition of silica, you’ll notice a slightly gritty texture the whole time.

From what I can tell, MAC was attempting to address some of the problems/concerns the product created when it was originally launched.  The tub packaging was both unsanitary and was not shower-friendly (which is the most convenient place to use this, because it can be messy).  The tub seemed to get a lot of water in it when I had it in my shower, which kind of resulted in the sugar dissolving faster than I’d like–and the heat of the shower also caused some of the sugar to dissolve, I’d imagine.   Since silica doesn’t dissolve, it also makes it a more shower-friendly ingredient when it comes to exfoliation!  The new tube packaging now makes it more hygienic and shower-friendly, as well.

Considering I ended up having half a tub of exfoliator without any exofliating properties because all the sugar dissolved, I’m happy it’s in a tube!  I also think that while it feels thicker, it’s also hard to judge, because before you were scooping it out of a jar so the two processes are different enough.  I also don’t have any of the old stuff left to compare.  It does, though, feel a little thicker.

In the end, it applies and feels like the original.  I’d say it’s a little grittier than it previously was, with the addition of silica, but it still doesn’t feel like a harsh, aggressive exfoliator.  It’s fairly gentle, and it should be used once or twice during the week, depending on how your skin takes to exfoliants.

Product value on this could be better, because they took out about an ounce of product and tacked on an additional fifty cents.  I can handle the slight price increase, but I’m less than impressed with the decrease in the product itself (particularly since it’s 3.4 oz.), since it represents about 20-25% decrease in how much you get for your money.

Bottom line: It’s a mild exfoliator that has an earthy, ashy smell that’s not unpleasant (at least not to me), nor is it like ohhh, yummy! , it’s just kind of the scent I’d expect from it.  It leaves skin feeling soft, smooth, and may even give you a lil’ bit of that glow.  I still love it, but I’m not quite as in-love as I was originally (I think that’s more because of all the other exfoliators that I also love).  I definitely still recommend trying it out–ask for a sample if you’re unsure–because it is a fantastic exfoliator!

  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation:  If you liked the original, I think you’ll still like this slightly reformulated version!  It’s a good, mild exfoliator!

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Thursday, October 1st, 2009

MAC Mischief Makers

MAC Cosmetics Magic, Mirth, and Mischief Collection: Lip/Eye Bags

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

Put a Spell On You/Pink Lip ($36.50 U.S. / $43.50 CDN)

  • Dream Mid-tone pink with intense pearlized pigments (Glaze) (Lipstick) (Limited Edition)
  • Baby Sparks Pale pink with violet pearlized pigments (Dazzleglass) (Permanent)
  • Dervish Low-key mauve (Lip Pencil) (Promo Size) (Permanent)

House of Mirth/Deep Lip ($36.50 U.S. / $43.50 CDN)

  • Fantasia Deep rose (Lustre) (Lipstick) (Limited Edition)
  • Get Rich Quick Warm yellow brown (Dazzleglass) (Permanent)
  • Cedar Rich, rose-flushed brown (Lip Pencil) (Promo Size) (Permanent)

Naughty Noir/Eye ($36.50 U.S. / $43.50 CDN)

  • Blacktrack Solid flat black (Fluidline) (Permanent)
  • Shimmertime Soft baby pink (Pigment) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Zoomblack Mascara (Promo Size)
  • 209SE Brush

Alakazam! Chocolate/Eye ($36.50 U.S. / $43.50 CDN)

  • Rich Ground Reddened coco with frost (Fluidline) (Permanent)
  • Melon Soft bright golden peach (Pigment) (Permanent) (Repromote)
  • Zoomblack Mascara (Promo Size)
  • 209SE Brush

Edited:  Now with product photos!

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Thursday, October 1st, 2009

MAC Mischief Makers

MAC Cosmetics Mischief Makers Collection

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

Mini Lipglass/Lustreglass ($29.50 U.S. / $35.50 CDN)

Sexy Shenanigans/Soft

  • Elle White pink with pearlized pigments (Lipglass) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Poetic License Coral rose (Lipglass) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Cruise Control Pastel pink with white pearlized pigments (Lipglass) (Limited Edition)
  • Ensign Peachy pink with white and gold pearlized pigments (Lustreglass) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Morning Glory Pale pearlized pink (Lustreglass) (Permanent)

Frisky Business/Bright

  • Silly Girl Pastel peach with multi-coloured pearlized pigments (Lipglass) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Totally It Sheer bright pink with pink pearlized pigments (Lipglass) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Beaute Bright coral with pearlized pigments (Lipglass) (Limited Edition)
  • Pinkarat Soft-toned pink with gold pearl (Lustreglass) (Permanent)
  • Wonderstruck Lustred-up clean pink coral (Lustreglass) (Permanent)

Models Misbehaving/Deep

  • Pinkular Bronzed copper (Lipglass) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Magnetique Frosted violet fuchsia (Lipglass) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Gitane Burnt red orange with pearlized pigments (Lipglass) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Angelwing Deep plum with golden pearlized pigments (Lustreglass) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Instant Gold Lustre-shined light neutral gold (Lustreglass) (Permanent)

Edited: Now with photos!

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