Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

MAC x Brooke Shields Collection for September 2014
MAC x Brooke Shields Collection for September 2014

M∙A∙C partners with Brooke Shields to create a limited-edition colour collection of shades and finishes chosen by Brooke herself, inspired by her own favourite looks for day and night – easy, modern and beautiful. This limited-edition Beauty Icon collection is made all the more special with Brooke’s signature embossed on light grey packaging with brilliant orange accents.

Lipstick ($22.00 U.S. / $26.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Excite Bright orange-red (Cremesheen)
  • Gospel Sheer rich burgundy (Lustre)

Lipglass ($22.00 U.S. / $26.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Artful Soft mid-tone coral
  • Knockout Bright orange-red

Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette ($44.00 U.S. / $53.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Trusted Instinct Beige, taupe, plum, brown, gray
  • Mortal Beige, peach, pink-peach, brown, plum

Bronzing Powder ($27.50 U.S. / $33.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Scone Neutral tan

Nail Lacquer ($17.00 U.S. / $19.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Dignity Soft coral (Cream)
  • Pricey Deep burgundy (Cream)

Brow Set ($17.00 U.S. / $21.00 CDN) (Permanent)

  • Clear Colour-free

Veluxe Brow Liner ($20.00 U.S> / $24.00 CDN) (Permanent)

  • Brunette Muted mid-tone grey

Cream Colour Base Duo ($31.00 U.S. / $37.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Cherished Bright coral pink/soft burgundy rose

Gravitas Eyeshadow Palette ($85.00 U.S. / $102.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Pretty Soft golden peachy beige (Satin)
  • Soft Brown Soft golden peachy brown (Matte) (Permanent)
  • Expensive Pink Pink with duochrome (Veluxe Pearl) (Permanent)
  • Clove Mid-tone golden brown (Satin) (Permanent)
  • Satin Taupe Taupe with silver shimmer (Permanent)
  • Canter Soft neutral gold (Frost)
  • Luscious Neutral bronze (Frost)
  • Antiqued Ash brown with bronze (Veluxe Pearl) (Permanent)
  • Psyche Shimmering golden olive (Frost)
  • Carbon Intense black (Matte) (Permanent)
  • Shroom Soft beige with shimmer (Satin) (Permanent)
  • Persuade Mid-tone cool grey brown (Matte)
  • Plummed Shimmering dark plum (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Lofty Cool blackened brown (Satin)
  • Pepper Dark charcoal (Velvet)

Availability: Online September 25th, 2014; in-stores October 2nd, 2014 (North America), October 2014 at select international locations.

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Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Gray can be a very versatile shade to have in one’s stash, as it can be used to darken (without overwhelming, like a black eyeshadow might) any shade, but it can also be used to add depth and dimension. What are your favorite grays?

  1. Makeup Geek Galaxy — a medium-dark, shimmery gray
  2. Urban Decay Desperation — a medium-dark, lightly shimmered gray with warm undertones
  3. MAC Typographic — a matte, medium gray
  4. MAC Nehru — a matte, medium-dark gray with cooler undertones
  5. Inglot #451 — a shimmery, cool-toned gray

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Saturday, September 20th, 2014

One common color combination I feel I’ve been seeing more often as we get into autumn is a mix of copper, gold, and plum. Here’s my current favorite mix of shades in that vein! :) These could all be worn together or as three or four shades.  Subra is great for making the look appear smokier, cooler, while Goddess and Deep Damson create dimension with their less frosted finishes.  I’d love to hear what shades you’re using to recreate the combination as well.

  1. Make Up For Ever ME728 Copper Red — a metallic, golden copper
  2. Makeup Geek Goddess — a satiny, orange with hints of brown
  3. Make Up For Ever ME654 Cauldron — a rich bronze with a frosted sheen
  4. MAC Deep Damson — a matte, plummy burgundy
  5. NARS Subra — a deepened yet muted purpled burgundy with a soft, frosted finish

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Friday, September 5th, 2014

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipglass
MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipglass

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “cool mauve with red frost.” It’s a sheer, gray-ish tinted gloss with iridescent pink and silver shimmer and sparkle. MAC Reckless Desire (LE, $15.00) is pinker, finer. Chanel Songe (191) (LE, $29.50) is finer shimmer. MAC Vacant (LE, $15.00) is more lavender. MAC Icescape (LE, $15.00) is pinker. Bobbi Brown Firefly (P, $24.00) is more silvered. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The base is almost clear, though there’s a general cool/gray vibe that translates onto lips by giving them a more muted, toned down look. Otherwise, it is primarily shimmer/sparkle that gets noticed. I wish MAC had thought to include/indicate that it was a sheer gloss in the description or else amped up the pigmentation to actually fit the description. I think it’s a shade that is best for layering, as it adds a pretty sparkle over anything you may layer it over. It’s thinner than the average Lipglass but still tacky and thicker on. The color lasted three hours on me and was neither hydrating nor drying. This shade will be available for the next six months, and it comes with a metallic red, rubberized cap instead of a glossy black one. Viva Glam is one of the best charitable causes in beauty, as every cent of the selling price goes to the MAC AIDS Fund.

The Glossover

LE
product

Viva Glam Rihanna 2

C+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

6.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, September 5th, 2014

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “warm mauve with silver frost.” It’s a muted, dark brown with copper, mauve, and silver flecks of shimmer in it. The finish is more frosted, lightly metallic. MAC Icon (DC, $16.00) is several shades lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had mostly opaque color coverage with a lightly creamy consistency, but it didn’t apply as evenly as I’d like. It doesn’t feel gritty in the tube, despite the high shimmer content, initially or as it wears away. On me, the color lasted four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating over time. It is a Viva Glam, limited life, shade, and it is packaged in a metallic red, rubberized tube. Viva Glam is one of the best charitable causes in beauty, as every cent of the selling price goes to the MAC AIDS Fund.

The Glossover

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Viva Glam Rihanna 2

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, September 4th, 2014

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipglass & Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipglass & Lipstick

Here’s a quick peak at the upcoming MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipstick & Lipglass. It launches online September 8th and in-stores September 11th. It’ll be available for six months. Full reviews, photos, and swatches tomorrow! :)

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