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5 Long-Wearing Cream Eyeshadows


5 Long-Wearing Cream Eyeshadows

It seems like a lot of readers are looking for cream eyeshadows that are also long-wearing on their lonesome, and these are five of the best I’ve personally tested and reviewed!

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MAC Magically Cool Liquid Powders Swatches, Photos, Reviews

MAC Honey Rose Magically Cool Liquid Powder
MAC Honey Rose Magically Cool Liquid Powder

MAC Magically Cool Liquid Powders

Relaunching on May 5th, Magically Cool Liquid Powders (each $29.50 for 0.84 oz.) will join MAC’s permanent range with three shade offerings: Honey Rose (sheer rosy beige with multidimensional shimmer), Cajun (sheer bronze shimmer with reflects gold), and Truth & Light (sheer shimmer that reflects silver and pink). Honey Rose is new, while Cajun and Truth & Light are repromotes from Venomous Villains.

  • Honey Rose is a pink-tinged champagne with a metallic-frost finish. It has very subtle cool undertones but should work well on warmer skin tones. On extremely pale skin tones, it might work as a blush, but overall, it is much more likely to be a highlighter.
  • Cajun is a medium tan with soft golden sheen and warm undertones. It gives my cheeks a tanned look.
  • Truth & Light is a soft, beige nude with a peach sheen. Like Honey Rose, this is best as a highlighter or possibly all-over powder. It’s more sheen than color.

Magically Cool Liquid Powder is a cool product–it does feel like liquid when you initially apply it, and it quickly transitions to a powder finish within mere seconds. It’s certainly a fun product to play around with and swatch. Personally, I find it more difficult to apply and blend out, because once it dries, it doesn’t like to move or diffuse. It’s less concerning with lighter shades like Honey Rose and Truth & Light, but with a more color-loaded shade like Cajun, yields a blotchy look.

I found the best application method was with a stippling brush and using a very feathery touch, because it gives you more room for error. Since they do not like to blend out once dried, they do wear well (eight hours).

When these are brand new, there is a black sticker that covers the entire inside portion of the jar, which keeps all of the product locked in. For photography purposes, I removed the entire label, but I would recommend only lifting it to reveal a few holes (perhaps 5 or so), and cutting the lifted area, but keeping the majority of the lid still sealed. The sifter just allows far too much powder to come through, and a lot of it will puff and disperse in the area each time you go to open it (my jeans were covered in micro-shimmer after opening Cajun, which I’ve had since September).

MAC Magically Cool Liquid Powders Swatches, Photos, Reviews

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MAC Flighty Collection – Preview Swatches


MAC Flighty Collection – Preview Swatches

It’s really important to me to really test out products in full before reviewing them, which is why I will not be posting my reviews for the new Big Bounce Shadows until tomorrow or Sunday (depending on how today’s testing goes).  I’m trying to test them for a full twelve hours today, which is why I can’t get a review up immediately.

I do understand, of course, the desire to see things right away, so I have included a group shot of the five I received for review and swatches for them. The full review will have more photos. I’m still trying to get an official description of what these eyeshadows are supposed to do or how they are supposed to be used.

I will, as always, purchase the remaining products as soon as I am able to.  I apologize in advance that I do not have all of them to show you.

Initial Thoughts

  • They really do work about a billion times better applied with a brush (the 242 specifically, which is launched with this collection).
  • They remind me of motor oil in their pots (not a compliment!).
  • They have a long dry down time.
  • I wore one as a base underneath eyeshadow, and it lasted without creasing for 8 hours (I had planned to sleep in it, but I just couldn’t!).

Swatches…

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MAC Fashion Flower Eyeshadows Swatches, Photos, Review

MAC Aqua Eyeshadow
MAC Aqua Eyeshadow

MAC Fashion Flower: Eyeshadows

The collection features six shades of Eyeshadows (each $14.50 for 0.05 oz.) — three are limited edition, while three are available in the permanent range; though, all of the editions in this launch are imprinted with the flower design, while permanent editions will be normal. The six shades include: Aqua (aqua blue), Bows & Curtseys (metallic hunter green), Free to Be (bright true coral), Fresh Daisy (frosty white yellow), Groundcover (mid-tone warm grey), and Lucky Green (frosted mid-tone lime).

  • Aqua is a bluish aqua with a matte finish. This is a permanent shade but I felt like it was a little less pigmented here than my permanent pan.
  • Bows & Curtseys is a blackened forest green with bluish shimmer. It looks nearly black when swatched on my arm with the green being hinted at as the color plays with light. When I wore it in a look (albeit with a sheer green base), it seemed to pull out the forest green more. This has a satin finish.
  • Free to Be is a medium-dark coral-red with a matte finish. This is a permanent shade, but I felt like it was a little less pigmented here than my permanent pan.
  • Fresh Daisy is a very bright white with only a hint of warmth. It has a frost finish, but it really looks rather metallic. I tried to wear it as a highlighter, but it’s too frosted and stark on me–I imagine it would be more appropriate on someone with a lighter skin tone. It is, however, very pigmented.
  • Groundcover is a matte, taupe-ish brown gray. It is nicely pigmented but lacks the buttery texture that makes mattes easier to use.
  • Lucky Green is a bright, chartreuse-shimmered grass green with strong yellow undertones. It has a veluxe pearl finish. This is a permanent shade. It’s one of my favorite colors, because it is so pigmented and soft.

MAC Fashion Flower Eyeshadows Swatches, Photos, Review

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MAC Fashion Flower Collection for Summer 2011

MAC Fashion Flower Collection
MAC Fashion Flower Collection

MAC Fashion Flower Collection for Summer 2011

U.S. Launch Date: April 28th, 2011
International Launch Date: July 2011

Bloom brightly with a stylish fusion of the floral and the fashionable in the summer color collection that evoke the cool side of the hottest season. Fashion Flower girls are free to be, each one with cultivated connection to the green house and the fashion house. Unfolding and flourishing these perennial prima donna embrace the growing tend of cheeks and eyes lightly dusted with daisy debossed beauty powder and shadows.

Their confidence steams from petal-light lashes that sprout dramatically with studio fix bold-black lashes dew lips that sparkle sweetly in Budding Beauty Lipgelee and Summer Shower, a softly sheer aqua blue lipstick. Ever him join these rare blossoms and succumb horticulturally to bouquet that’s equal parts of fleur and couture.

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

  • Summer Shower Light aqua (Glaze) (Limited Edition)
  • Mlle Light white pink (Glaze) )(Repromote) (Limited Edition)
  • Ever Hip Bright creamy coral (Cremesheen) (Repromote) (Limited Edition)
  • Growing Trend Mid-tone taupe nude (Amplified Creme) (Limited Edition)

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

  • Now in Season Pale yellow with pearl pigment (Limited Edition)
  • Fashion Flower Pale pink with pearl pigment (Limited Edition)
  • Budding Beauty Pale coral with pearl pigment (Limited Edition)

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

  • Lucky Green Frosted mid-tone lime (Veluxe Pearl) (Permanent)
  • Fresh Daisy Frosted mid-tone yellow white (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Bows & Curtseys Metallic hunter green (Satin) (Limited Edition)
  • Aqua Aqua blue (Matte) (Permanent)
  • Free to Be Bright true coral (Matte) (Permanent)
  • Groundcover Mid-tone warm grey (Matte) (Limited Edition)

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

  • Alpha Girl Soft peach pink with gold nuances (Repromote) (Limited Edition)
  • Light Sunshine Pastel neutral pink with soft gold and pink sparkle (Limited Edition)

Studio Fix Lash ($14.00 U.S. / $17.00 CDN)

  • Bold Black Deep intense black (Permanent)

Penultimate Eyeliner ($17.50 U.S. $21.00 CDN)

  • Black Pure black (Permanent)

See promo photos… 

MAC Light Sunshine Beauty Powder Swatches, Photos, Review

MAC Light Sunshine Beauty Powder
MAC Light Sunshine Beauty Powder

MAC Fashion Flower: Light Sunshine Beauty Powder

MAC Light Sunshine Beauty Powder ($25.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “pastel neutral pink with soft gold and pink sparkles.” This shade has a lot more of a sheen in its finish compared to Alpha Girl, which looks nearly matte on skin. The color is a very pale, light pink. It’s more like a white-washed pink, because it is quite light. It is, however, rather pigmented, but also noticeably powdery because of the paleness of the base color.
It doesn’t work well on my medium skin tone, because it lightens my cheeks instead of brightening them. I think those with light and pale skin tones would like it as a subtle highlighter or finishing powder (if used with a light hand), but it may be ashy on deeper skin tones.

Light Sunshine definitely reminded me of Play It Proper (Stylishly Yours, ’10), though Play It Proper is a smidgen lighter and more cool-toned, but on, I think those differences are downplayed. It also seems comparable to Flower Mist Dew (Emanuel Ungaro, ’08) but more pigmented.

MAC Beauty Powder Light Sunshine
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
86%
Total

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