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MAC A Tartan Tale Collection: Viva Glam for Holiday 2010 Official Photos & Info

MAC A Tartan Tale Collection: Viva Glam for Holiday 2010

U.S./Canada Launch Date: October 28th, 2010
International Launch Date: November 2010

For all the Bravehearts and beautiful souls that keep the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund flowing, we say, ’Tis Noble to Give… and with every purchase of this gorgeous, grandiloquent world-clan collectible, you are helping to keep the coffers confident – because every cent from every M∙A∙C VIVA GLAM purchase always goes directly to the women, men and kids affected by HIV/AIDS everywhere. It’s our heritage, our proud moment…and yours too. Keep the VIVA GLAM clan alive and thriving!

‘Tis Noble to Give Viva Glam Lip Bag ($36.00 U.S. / $43.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Viva Glam V Lipstick Neutral pink with pearl
  • Viva Glam V Lipglass Neutral pink with pearl

This go ’round, our special project for Kids Helping Kids is all about what happens when Teddy Boys meet Fuzzy Bears! M∙A∙C Sir Teddy has been officially knighted as the international symbol of KHK, at the pleasure of Her M∙A∙C Majesty! Squeezable, laughably lovable Sir Teddy comes in two versions: A too-cute tartan key clip that makes you smile every time you “turn it on.” Or go plush: A clan-tastic “collage” cuddly doll that you want to hug till it hurts! All part of the big plan, getting bigger every year: M∙A∙C’s Kids Helping Kids is a tale we’re thrilled to tell over and over.

Sir Teddy ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

Sir Teddy (with clip) ($12.00 U.S. / $14.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

We asked our extraordinary kids everywhere to tell their own Tartan Tales, and the results are more artful, abstract and inventive than anything the international art world could have come up with…and quite a bit less complicated! These cards, created by kids affected by HIV/AIDS, are so full of calamitous charisma, bold bravado, tartan tenacity…they’re teeming with optimism and individuality! You’ll treasure them, every one a masterpiece, just as much as we do… with all proceeds going to the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund. Good for giving all year ’round!

6 Kids Helping Kids Cards ($8.00 U.S. / $10.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

12 Kids Helping Kids Gift Cards ($8.00 U.S. / $10.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

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MAC A Tartan Tale Collection: Chapter 2 for Holiday 2010 Official Photos & Info

MAC A Tartan Tale Collection: Chapter 2 for Holiday 2010

U.S./Canada Launch Date: November 4th, 2010
International Launch Date: November 2010

A wicked tale, a Celtic conundrum! Which to choose? With a kiss from a rose, holiday kits come hither! Bawdy beauties and sexy swains swagger with safety-pin snarls and curtsy coquettishness – it takes all kinds! So we’re offering this exclusive, and extensive, lineup: 5 Sassy Pink Lassies Lipglass; 5 Sassy Coral Lassies Lipglass; 5 Sassy Neutral Lassies Lipglass. And for those that require pixie dust, 5 Warm Thrillseekers Pigments/Glitter; 5 Cool Thrillseekers Pigments/Glitter; 5 Smoky Thrillseekers Pigments/Glitter and God Save the Queens! 5 Naughty Little Vices Nail Lacquer… a new shade called “Vice Is Nice” says it all!

Sassy Pink Lassies Lipglass ($29.50 U.S. / $35.50 CDN)

  • Sassy Lassy Bright pink fuchsia (Limited Edition)
  • Fab Fun Pale crystal pink (Limited Edition)
  • Frozen Dream Medium pink rose (Limited Edition) (Repromote from Chill, ’08)
  • Electro-Lush Medium mauve (Limited Edition) (Possibly repromote–description is different)
  • The Wee Coquette Naked neutral pink (Limited Edition)

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MAC A Tartan Tale Collection: Chapter 1 for Holiday 2010 Official Photos & Info

MAC A Tartan Tale Collection: Chapter 1 for Holiday 2010

U.S./Canada Launch Date: October 28th, 2010
International Launch Date: November 2010

Lip, Eye and Face Kits Peekaboo! Poking a little fun at the kinky part of the kilt, these incorrigible kits for Lips, Eyes and Face have some flasher fun with mirrored compacts, but remain dignified with proper M∙A∙C family crests… New giftables that prove to be seductive, cheeky, good fun, including 6 Dashing Lassie Eye Shadows, 6 Beauties Play It Cool Eye Shadows, 6 Twists of Tartan Eye Shadows, 6 Reelers & Rockers Eye Shadows, Happily Ever After and A Fabulous Fantasy Lip Kits, plus A Triumphant Blush and Hark The Heraldry Face Kits.

6 Dashing Lassie Eyeshadow Palette ($36.00 U.S. / $43.50 CDN)

  • Bronze Copper penny (Frost) (Limited Edition — possibly permanent; description is different)
  • Buckwheat Frosty medium brown (Frost) (Limited Edition) (Repromote from Naked Honey, ’09)
  • A Dashing Lassie Metallic milk (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Magical Mist Metallic taupe (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
  • Showstopper Dark brown (Matte) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Once Upon a Time (Will update when we have it!)

6 Reelers & Rockers Eyeshadow Palette ($36.00 U.S. / $43.50 CDN)

  • Carbon Matte black (Matte) (Permanent)
  • White Rabbit Shimmer white (Pearl) (Limited Edition) (Repromote from Holiday, ’09)
  • Melt My Heart Metallic silver (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Gaelic Gold Metallic gold (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Crown & Sceptre Metallic copper (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Family Treasure Metallic bronze (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)

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MAC A Tartan Tale Collection (Colour) for Holiday 2010 Official Photos & Info

MAC A Tartan Tale Collection (Colour) for Holiday 2010

U.S./Canada Launch Date: October 28th, 2010
International Launch Date: November 2010

Do you hear the bonny bagpipes on the moors, or Johnny Rotten and the Sex Pistols? One in each ear? We’re telling a slightly twisted Tartan Tale to celebrate holiday 2010, in all its posh, punk, ancestral, anarchic, noble and naughty glory. Royal and raunchy, colours and patterns collide, fantasies come true, punk faeries take flight, with poetic new looks for Eyes to gaze long upon Glamora Castle: Dazzleglass Creme like Radiant Jewels; Lipstick kisses from The Faerie Glen; Black Swan Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner; Family Crest Pigment; My Highland Honey from the heather in Powder Blush; Sexy Style Clan Nail Lacquer; and forever Zoom Fast Black Lash mascara, for the Dark Prince, or Princess. Enter A Tartan Tale, and be transformed!

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

  • Cut-a-Caper Mid-tone peachy pink (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
  • The Faerie Glen Pale neutral pink (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
  • Deepest Wish Deep creamy reddish brown (Amplified) (Limited Edition)
  • Full Fuchsia Bright blue fuchsia (Amplified) (Permanent at PRO)
  • Courting Lilac Sheer lilac mauve with soft gold pearl (Glaze) (Limited Edition)

Dazzleglass Creme ($18.00 U.S. / $21.00 CDN)

  • Radiant Jewels Dark sparkly magenta (Limited Edition)
  • Soft Dazzle Mid-tone peach pink with gold pearl (Limited Edition) (Repromote from Dazzleglass Creme, ’09)
  • Passing Fancy Bright orange coral with soft pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Lightly Prancing Light peach with gold pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Romancin’ Mid-tone lavender with multi-dimensional pearl (Limited Edition)

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Lipstick Comparisons: $13 to $25 (Part 2)


Lipstick Comparisons: $13 to $25 (Part 2)

In this price range, lipsticks tend to be more pigmented, have less synthetic scents, and wear an average of four hours. I’m not typically disappointed beyond belief with a lipstick formula in this price range. Brands from MAC to NARS to Smashbox fall into this price tier, while designer brands like Chanel, Dior, and YSL are in the next tier. There are really SO many brands and formulas to choose from in this category that I had to split this post into two parts!

MAC Lipstick ($14.50)

  • PROS: Ridiculously large shade range, variety of finishes, wears from 3 to 6 hours (depends on finish/shade)
  • NEUTRAL: 0.10 oz., Depending on finish, shades range from sheer to opaque; similarly, more matte shades are drier while lustre shades are more moisturizing, vanilla-scented
  • CONS: If you’re not familiar with the MAC range and finishes, it can be overwhelming and difficult to choose the right shade; not all shades are great or consistent against other shades within a finish family
  • MY REC: I like MAC lipsticks quite a bit. I think they have some incredibly flattering shades as well as fun colors in their permanent line, but without having some MAC product knowledge, I can imagine it being daunting trying to figure out which shade is opaque, which is sheer, what finish might be best, and so on. There is a lot of variance between shades and even within finishes. Lustres and glazes tend to be sheerer, while amplified cremes and satins are creamier and more opaque. Mattes are on the drier side with some being exceptionally so (Ruby Woo, I’m talking to you).

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick ($19.00)

  • PROS: Long-wearing (5 to 6 hours on average), pigmented, wide range of shades
  • NEUTRAL: 0.12 oz., range includes wearable shades as well as out of the box shades, scent0free
  • CONS: Shades are a bit one-note, texture is a little dry (but it’s not drying)
  • MY REC: If you have pigmented lips and struggle to find true-to-tube color translate onto your lips, Rouge Artist Intense is a good line to try out, because the colors really are opaque.

NARS Lipstick ($24.00)

  • PROS: Long-wearing (4 to 6 hours on average), moisturizing, creamy, good shade range
  • NEUTRAL: 0.12 oz., scent-free, some really sheer shades while others are opaque
  • CONS: Can smell waxy, lighter/sheerer shades fade in 1 to 3 hours
  • MY REC: Though NARS’ lipsticks are unscented, sometimes the waxiness of the lipstick itself comes through, and it’s not so pleasant. It’s a more moisturizing lipstick than your average lipstick, though if you have ultra dry lips, you may still want to prep lips with some balm. I’ve also found that their sheerer or lighter shades don’t last nearly as long as their medium to dark shades.

Shiseido Perfect Rouge Lipstick ($25.00)

  • PROS: Creamy, moisturizing, glossy, semi-sheer to opaque, wears 2 to 4 hours, good shade range
  • NEUTRAL: 0.14 oz., scent-free
  • CONS: Numbering system can make it difficult to determine colors
  • MY REC: I feel like I rarely see mentions for Shiseido’s Perfect Rouge lipstick line, and it’s really a top notch line. They’re creamy, smooth, and richly pigmented.

Smashbox Photo Finish Lipstick ($22.00)

  • PROS: Creamy, glossy, moisturizing, semi-opaque to opaque colors, wears 3 to 4 hours
  • NEUTRAL: 0.12 oz., vanilla-scented
  • CONS: Limited shade range
  • MY REC: It’s a shame that Smashbox doesn’t expand their lipstick range, because I’ve liked several of the ones I’ve tried from it–but there just aren’t many colors available. These are moisturizing with a glossy finish and creamy texture. Similar to Laura Mercier Stick Gloss and Korres Mango Butters.

Urban Decay Lipstick ($22.00)

  • PROS: Creamy, moisturizing, wears 3 to 5 hours
  • NEUTRAL: 0.13 oz., burnt sugar scent (“caramel” or “creme brulee”)
  • CONS: Sheer to opaque variances make it difficult to buy online or sight unseen, sometimes has an off-taste
  • MY REC: I know that one of the biggest drawbacks to Urban Decay is inconsistency in the scent and taste of their lipsticks. The more shimmery shades seem to have a stronger averse taste than creamier shades. I don’t notice the scent when I wear them, so it’s not a deal breaker for me.

The Lipstick Comparisons series is designed to provide a quick reference summary sheet for some of the many available lipstick formulas. It seems like most brands have at least a couple of formulas, if not half a dozen, and it can be difficult to find the formulas that will work best for your budget, coloring, style, or taste.

This is not necessarily a best of list, and it’s not exhaustive–it is based on actual lipsticks that I’ve tried; they are all, however, decent to excellent lipsticks. (And perhaps, some day, it will be an exhaustive list.) I have summarized my experience based on pros and cons, but also some “neutral” factors that may be pros or cons, depending on your preferences. I will update this series as I try new lipstick formulas.

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer

The Mysterious Case of Tired Face

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer ($16.50 for 0.30 fl. oz.) has been a product I’ve felt compelled to test for the past two weeks straight. I don’t like to review a product until I have a good handle on how I feel about it, and I’m not big on reviewing anything that I’m waffling over.

Admittedly, I’ve been sleeping a lot less and not nearly as well as I usually do, which is good news for concealer-testing purposes, given that my under eye circles are more prevalent this week than they normally are! Often when I’m running on low sleep, I suffer from a phenomenon I’ve named TIREDFACE. The primary symptom is tightness around the eye area (at least for me). So, one of the things I’ve had going on has been this feeling of tightness when I’ve been wearing this concealer, and I wasn’t sure whether it was due to the concealer itself or more to the exhaustion. For about three days, I wore concealer under one eye and none under the other. The concealer does contribute to some of the feeling of tightness.

The concealer does last a miraculous twelve hours, though, without creasing or budging. It is a very dry product, and if you have a lot of dryness around the areas you’re trying to conceal, I think this may emphasize those areas rather than hide them. I felt like it pulled a little underneath my eyes (which is where I used it most of the time), which is why I felt that tightness despite no discernible dryness in the area.  It conceals good, though for the heaviest of dark circles, it may not be enough, and it’s difficult to layer this product for additional coverage due to its fast drying time.

It has a creamy feel when dispensed, and it’s not too thick–there’s a good consistency to it, but it dries quickly, so you’ll have to work just as quickly. I actually recommend doing one eye at a time, because if you don’t move fast enough, it can be difficult to blend out! I also liked using a flat concealer brush like the 195 for application; the 217 seemed to sheer it out too much. I have noticed that it will settle a little into fine lines if you don’t blend out the area first. Once you’ve blended it out, though, it won’t creep back in.

I originally tried this in NC30, but it’s definitely a little on the orange side. I received a sample of NC20, so I figured I might as well give that a shot, though I’m ultimately thinking that NC25 or even NW25 might be the best match for me (I am NC25). NC20 seemed like a pretty good match, but next time I’m at the counter, I’m going to grab samples of NC25 and NW25 to see if either of those is a better match.

I was incredibly frustrated by the inclusion of a pump that–wait for it–pumps out enough to cover half your face in concealer. If the technology is not available to create a pump that easily distributes just enough for the product’s purpose, why use something inferior? It is certainly possible to get just the right amount out, but after two weeks of use, I couldn’t do so consistently. Sometimes I got just enough, sometimes a nice blob that went down the sink. If you’re having pump troubles like I have had, I recommend pumping once or twice into a small sampling jar. No need to pump it all into there, just whatever excess–that way you can go back and use that during the week and not let it go to waste.

All in all, this concealer does last all day long for me. It doesn’t crease later on during the day, and this is a big deal for a lot of us. I do feel a little tightness around my under eye when I wear this, though, so I probably won’t wear this every day.  It’s definitely worth trying out for its long-wearing prowess–but if you can, grab a sample, so you can find your shade and decide if you like it without having to purchase from the get-go.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 2/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you have really dry skin that you’re looking to use this concealer on, I think this may be too drying and end up just looking cakey on you.  The wear of this is fantastic, and the coverage is good for light to moderate under eye circles or blemishes.  If you have really heavy under eye circles, this might not be enough coverage.  Overall, it’s worth a try, particularly if you’re able to grab a sample.

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

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