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MAC Plumful Lipstick

MAC Plumful Lipstick
MAC Plumful Lipstick

Maybe Not Sultry, But Still Pretty

MAC Plumful Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted medium pink with a touch of plum, which gives it a slightly darker overall appearance. It has a lustre finish, but it delivers a surprising amount of color pay off (semi-opaque). I originally bought this to use in the Sultry Season, but it’s just not vampy and dark and sultry enough for that purpose! However, it is a gorgeous shade of pink without being milky, candy, or bright. I think it’s very wearable for both cooler and warmer skin tones, though it leans slightly cool. I don’t know how I went this long without Plumful in my stash!

Lustre finishes are supposed to be more moisturizing but can be somewhat drying (but Plumful wasn’t), but they’re often on the sheerer side; I’m happy that Plumful isn’t, just because some of the lustre shades barely show up at all. All MAC lipsticks are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste. I typically get four hours of wear out of MAC lipsticks, with some of the darker shades going as long as five.

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MAC Venomous Villains: Discussion #2

MAC Venomous Villains: It’s Here

According to MAC LiveChat (which I did both at 9AM PST and noon PST), Venomous Villains will launch TODAY online at 6PM EST (that’s 3PM PST, 5PM CST) NOW UP 🙂  The consistency in which this is being said gives me hope that it is true, and I’ll be sure to keep you updated with links as they go live.

  • Edited @ 3:17PM PST — Readers are reporting that they’re being told (via MAC reps, either phone or online): “tomorrow morning,” “tonight,” and “midnight.”   I did a LiveChat myself, and they’re now reporting “sometime tonight” and saying “it’s scheduled to launch online tonight.”
  • Edited @ 3:19PM PST — “The collection was actually scheduled to launch Tues (tomorrow), but we are doing an earlier launch tonight due to the demand. I wish I had a better time frame for you, but at this time we can’t make any promises. I just know it will be tonight.”
  • Edited @ 4:01PM PST — COLLECTION IS UP MY LOVES! <3  Direct links below or else search by product name.
  • Edited @ 12:41PM PST (9/28):  Macy’s has Venomous Villains up! 🙂  You can search or go to Beauty > MAC > Venomous Villains.
  • Edited @ 4:05AM PST (9/29): Nordstrom’s has Venomous Villains up!  (The link will take you straight to the collection page.)

VENOMOUS VILLAINS HAS LAUNCHED ONLINE!

The landing page hasn’t been created, but below are direct links to each character’s collection for purchase.  Otherwise, you can search by product name, too.

  • Cruella (Innocence, Beware! @ 8:00AM PST; Wicked Ways @ 10:00AM PST are sold out)
  • Evil Queen (Toxic Tale @ 10PM PST; Strange Potion @ 9PM PST; Bite of an Apple @ 9PM PST, Oh So Fair @ 3:00AM PST are all sold out)
  • Dr. Facilier
  • Maleficent (Bad Fairy @ 9PM PST, Briar Rose @ 10AM PST; Revenge is Sweet, Formidable! and both MES  are all sold out)

Tips & Tricks

  • Make sure you have your log-in information/personal profile up-to-date.  Have your payment method handy or else already on-file.
  • Have your list ready in advance, that way you can add everything quickly.  Just because it’s in your cart doesn’t mean it’s yours.
  • Make two orders — order everything you must have or items you think are going to sell out quickest the first time, and then make your second order more leisurely or for items you want to think about for a bit.
  • IT IS JUST MAKEUP.  I know, I get it, part of the fun is the chase, but it is just makeup, so let the chase be fun, not heartbreaking.
  • If something sells out or you’re not able to get to the website right when it launches, the collection will also be available through retailers like Dillard’s, Macy’s, and Nordstrom.  I asked @nordstrom this morning, and they are reporting in-store and online launch for the 30th.

Free shipping codes:  Looks like the free shipping code VILLAINS is active and working, but you can also use CS106LIVECHAT (which any can get by doing a LiveChat).

References

Free free to chat with other Venomous Villains cyber-stalkers, share your hauls (when you make them), and shoot the breeze while we wait.

<ul>
<li><a href=”http://www.maccosmetics.com/whats_new/3880/index.tmpl” target=”_blank”><strong>Cruella</strong></a></li>
<li><a href=”http://www.maccosmetics.com/whats_new/3882/index.tmpl” target=”_blank”><strong>Evil Queen</strong></a></li>
<li><a href=”http://www.maccosmetics.com/whats_new/3881/index.tmpl” target=”_blank”><strong>Dr. Facilier</strong></a></li>
<li><a href=”http://www.maccosmetics.com/whats_new/3883/index.tmpl” target=”_blank”><strong>Maleficent</strong></a></li>
</ul>

MAC A Tartan Tale Collection for Holiday 2010

MAC A Tartan Tale Collection for Holiday 2010

U.S. Launch Date: October 28th, 2010 for Colour & Palettes; November 4th for Mini Sets

MAC’s holiday collection is always an expansive, kill-your-wallet-and-take-no-names kind of adventure. It includes a color collection as well as holiday kits, palettes, and sets.  

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 red-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)

Eyeshadow ($19.50 U.S. / $23.50 CDN)

Each eyeshadow has a plaid pattern imprinted on the eyeshadow and is similar in size to Mineralize Eyeshadows.

  • Golden Crown Light gold with bronze Tartan striping (Limited Edition)
  • A Wish Come True Dirty mauve with bubblegum pink Tartan striping (Limited Edition)
  • Follow Your Fantay Mid-tone peach with chocolate Tartan striping (Limited Edition)
  • Enviably Fun Grass green with dark green Tartan striping (Limited Edition)
  • Semi-Precious Aubergine with chocolate Tartan striping (Limited Edition)
  • Glamora Castle Dark grey with teal Tartan striping (Limited Edition)

Pigment ($19.50 U.S. / $23.50 CDN)

  • Later Black with transforming purple pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition) (Repromote from Alice + Olivia)
  • Moonlight Night Blackened teal with teal pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • The Family Crest Blackened bronze with pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)

Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Petrol Blue Deep navy with pearl (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Black Line Black with gold pearl (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Undercurrent Teal with pearl (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Black Swan Black with pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Lord It Up Bronze with pearl (Limited Edition)

Blush ($18.50 U.S. / $21.50 CDN)

  • Her Blooming Cheek Bright iridescent blue-pink (Satin) (Limited Edition)
  • My Highland Honey Bright coral with soft gold pearl (Satin) (Limited Edition)

Nail Lacquer ($13.00 U.S. / $15.00 CDN)

  • Sly as a Fox Creamy mid-tone russet/burnt red (Cream) (Limited Edition)
  • Style Clan Dark taupe with red pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)

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MAC Venomous Villains: MAC PRO Members

MAC Venomous Villains: MAC PRO Members

Several readers have emailed me reporting that if you’re a MAC PRO member, you can purchase Venomous Villains products online.   I don’t know if any orders have gone through or if this changes when it will be online for the rest of customers – but this is the information I’ve received from readers thus far.  If you’ve ordered or seen your order ship, do let me know!

Thanks to all the lovely readers who sent over screenshots for us! 🙂

MAC Pro Longwear SPF 10 Foundation

Long-wearing is the Name of the Game

MAC Pro Longwear SPF 10 Foundation ($29.50 for 1 fl. oz.) is the newest addition to MAC’s impressive range (at least in number!) of foundations, and it comes to the market with some pretty lofty claims. It’s designed to give up to fifteen hours of wear in any environmental condition while still being lightweight and delivering sheer to medium coverage. The finish is considered “natural,” which isn’t matte but neither dewy — it’s not Studio Fix Fluid (matte!) nor Mineralize Satinfinish (satin… dewy).

On color matching: I picked up NC30, which was my MAC match for a very long time, and I wasn’t sure if these leaned dark/light, so I figured that just might work. I haven’t been to the MAC store in a bit, so I don’t have full knowledge of the range’s shades, but NC30 was a little dark and a touch orange on me; luckily, it’s almost impossible to tell in the comparison photos. (Phew!) I think I’ll grab NC25 next time I’m at MAC, though. I did, however, compare the shade against some of the other MAC foundations I own. It seems in line with Face & Body (a little deeper, but it should be yellower), a definite shade deeper than NC25 in Studio Fix Fluid. However, when compared to Make Up For Ever HD in 140 (which, according to The Foundation Matrix, is equivalent to NC30-NC35), it’s a little darker but looks almost orange in comparison. All in all, like any foundation, try to grab a sample or get matched in-store to avoid embarrassing foundation face!

Active Ingredient: Titanium Dioxide 4.7%

Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Butylene Glycol, Trimethyl Pentaphenyl Trisiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Magnesium Sulfate, Tribehenin, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Bis-Peg/Ppg-14/14 Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dimethicone, Phenyl Methicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Methicone, Tetramethyl Hexaphenyl Tetrasiloxane, Glycerin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Silica, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Laureth-7, Hexyl Laurate, Xanthan Gum, Cellulose Gum, Propylene Carbonate, Alumina, Polymethylsilsequioxane, Dimethicone Silylate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Chlorphenesin [ /- Mica, Iron Oxides (C) 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (C) 77891, Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288)

On finish: This foundation is definitely one of the best MAC foundations I’ve tried to date, and I do love Studio Fix Fluid, though I don’t currently wear it–but I did wear it for nearly three years. (So many foundations, only one face!) The finish is absolutely beautiful; it’s not flat or matte, but it’s not oily, greasy, or “dewy.” It really is natural; there’s a little of that lit-from-within glow going on here. It won’t accentuate your oiliness. However, if you have very dry skin, I think it may be too close to a matte finish and would advise trying before buying. Coverage is light-medium to me; I don’t think it’s sheer, but it can be built up to a more medium coverage. I find it is similar in coverage to Studio Fix Fluid.

On consistency, feel, transfer: It’s has lightweight feel–lighter than Studio Fix Fluid, heavier than Face & Body–with a thinner consistency than Studio Fix Fluid but not as watery as Face & Body. It dries down quickly (so work in sections or be quick about your business!) and doesn’t feel tacky or sticky to the touch. As far as I could tell, it’s pretty transfer-resistant, even ten hours later. I took a tissue to my face, and just pressing didn’t transfer anything, I had to rub it across my forehead to get any foundation to show up on the tissue.

On wear: But I suppose the best part about this foundation is that is really is long-wearing without being heavy, cakey, or thick. I wore it for twelve hours, and my makeup looked nearly as good then as it did when I first applied it in the morning. Normally, I get a little oily around my t-zone if I’ve worn foundation for eight hours or more. I’d say there might have been a touch more shine after twelve hours than when I started wearing it, but very slight, and it didn’t transfer.

All in all, a pretty stellar foundation!

If you want to know more about how products are evaluated, read out Rating System FAQ! 🙂

  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: I’d give it a shot if you’re able to sample the shade range and find the best match for you.  It should be suitable for dry to oily skin, but if you have very dry or flaky/dry patches on your face, you may want to try it first, because of the natural finish (which isn’t quite matte but near enough to it) may accentuate dryness.

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

MAC Venomous Villains: Discussion

MAC Venomous Villains: Discussion

I know many of you are getting ready to head out to Venomous Villains’ unveiling parties across the U.S., and I thought it might be fun to create a place for everyone to discuss the collection.  Last minute decisions, hauls, wish lists… ask for recommendations or insight from other readers.  Even if you’re not going to an unveiling, feel free to join in with your thoughts, to-buy lists, or what have you.

Chatter away! 🙂

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