Friday, August 22nd, 2014

MAC That Trillion Dollar Look Eyeshadow Quad
MAC That Trillion Dollar Look Eyeshadow Quad

MAC That Trillion Dollar Look Eyeshadow Quad ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a mix of greens, more or less. There are four shades housed in a metal compact all in a row. The pans seem the same size as full-sized eyeshadows, but the quantity is actually smaller. The usual pre-made eyeshadow quads contain 0.19 oz. (almost always have one Veluxe Pearl, which are 0.04 oz. in full-size, individual pans, whereas other finishes are 0.05 oz.), so you are getting a bit less here. A few shades in this palette were on the powdery side, which made them more difficult to use and prone to fading/sheering out during application, so I think using a good primer underneath these is a real must.

Lisa’s Spikes is described as a “lime green [with a Frost finish].” It’s a brightened, yellowed green with a satiny sheen. It had fairly good pigmentation, though the texture was blendable, it was also on the powdery side. It was slightly faded after seven and a half hours of wear. Make Up For Ever I-30 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, cream. NARS Tropical Princess #1 (LE, $24.00) is brighter, slightly less yellow. Urban Decay Thrash (P) is more matte, brighter. MAC Chartreuse Bouquet (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. Kat Von D Birdcage (LE) is darker. Aveda Papyrus (P, $14.00) is darker, more matte. NARS Rated R #1 (P, $24.00) is brighter. bareMinerals Icon (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Apple Squishee is described as a “mid-tone Kelly green [with a Frost finish].” It’s a brightened, medium grass green with a pearly sheen. It had really good color payoff, but it was somewhat powdery–I also found it was very prone to sheering out when applied to the lid. I felt like I had to pat it on firmly and barely blend the edges or else it would disappear. It seemed really promising when I initially swatched it, but in practice, it stumbled. On me, the color wore well for seven hours before fading. Makeup Geek Appletini (P, $5.99)is slightly warmer. MAC Wondergrass (LE, $15.00) is brighter. MAC Guacamole (LE, $15.00) is more muted. MAC Feeling Fresh (LE, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

2 Dozen and One Greyhounds is described as a “dirty olive green [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a light, golden green with warm, olive undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft, smooth, and very blendable. It wore well for eight hours before fading. YSL Avant Garde #5 (P) is cooler-toned. theBalm #16 (P, $6.50) is darker. MAC In the Meadow #3 (LE, $21.00) is greener. Tarina Tarantino Secret Pond (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Jealous #2 (LE, $18.00) is similar. Chanel Metamorphose (44) #3 (LE) is more muted. bareMinerals Wicked (P) is cooler-toned. Inglot #412 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chalkboard Dreams is described as a “deep blackened teal [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a blackened teal with subtle lighter teal sparkle over a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a powdery, drier texture that kicked up a lot of excess product both in the pan as well as during application, so you’ll want to pat it on and probably do eyes first (and base after). It was fairly blendable, which was a surprise. On me, the color didn’t show signs of fading until after eight hours of wear. Chanel Fascination #4 (P) is bluer. MAC Blue Spruce (LE, $15.00) is darker. Guerlain Les Aquas #1 (P) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

LE
palette

That Trillion Dollar Look

B

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Lisa's Spikes

B

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Apple Squishee

B-

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, August 22nd, 2014

MAC Marge Simpson's Cutie-cles Nail Stickers
MAC Marge Simpson’s Cutie-cles Nail Stickers

MAC Marge Simpson’s Cutie-cle Nail Stickers ($16.50) have a shiny, yellow background with the cast of the Simpsons drawn in black. It’s the same pattern/design as featured on the boxes in this collection. You get two strips, each with eight diffently-sized “nails.” They’re about an inch in length (from the usable edge to the tip).

I don’t know if I’ve ever used nail stickers, but at least not in the last decade, so I was honestly surprised at how easy these were to apply and how nice they looked. The instructions were helpful, and as someone who has pretty much nil experience with it, I only had one goof where the sticker creased a tiny bit on one nail. I started by peeled the back of the sticker halfway, which exposed only the lower half of the sticker, so I could maneuver that along the bottom of each nail, and then slowly peeled the remaining bit off as I stretched and pressed the sticker onto the nail. Then, I bent the excess sticker over the free edge of my nail, rounding along the curves, and used a glass nail file to remove the excess. I did all ten nails in about five minutes–it was extremely easy! I’ve had them on for seven days, and they’re no worse for the wear: they look exactly the same eight days later as they did when I put them on. To remove, I used regular nail polish remover and felt, and it removed easily (pretty much like regular polish), and bonus: no yellow staining.

They don’t look as natural as something done yourself to me, because the bottom edge of it is so perfectly curved/neat, and obviously the drawings are perfect across all your nails. The pre-cut nails fit fairly well on me; only on one nail on each side was the width not quite right, but I was able to easily cut the excess sticker by just rounding my thumbnail along that edge. It’s hard to tell that these are Simpsons-related from afar, as the drawings are smaller. I was also really bummed with how the drawings were translating onto the nails. Not a single nail (and mine are longer, 0.6″ from base to tip) has Marge on it. Smithers shows up on six of the ten nails, and Edna shows up on four of the ten nails. Part of Maggie’s head is visible on six of the ten, then Lisa and Homer show up on two of the ten. Mr. Burns shows up once on each pinky nail, and there’s a bit of Sideshow Bob visible on the pinky nail design as well. I really wish they had broken up the design and thought more about who was going to be visible towards the base (which everyone will use).

These new, limited edition nail stickers are part of MAC’s collaboration with The Simpsons, which will launch online on August 28th and in-stores September 4th.

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Thursday, August 21st, 2014

MAC Marge's Extra Ingredients Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Marge’s Extra Ingredients Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Marge’s Extra Ingredients Eyeshadow Quad ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) includes four shades held in a metal, horizontal compact. The pans seem the same size as full-sized eyeshadows, but the quantity is actually smaller. The usual pre-made eyeshadow quads contain 0.19 oz. (almost always have one Veluxe Pearl, which are 0.04 oz. in full-size, individual pans, whereas other finishes are 0.05 oz.), so you are getting a bit less here. It’s not bad, not great–decent–but they’re more dupable shades than not. I’m really bummed that the only bit o’ blue in the collection wasn’t bang-on, knock-your-socks off intense.

Harpooned Heart is described as a “light baby pink [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a cool-toned, light pink with a frosted, metallic finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a sparkly consistency–not quite smooth but not gritty or chunky. On me, the color lasted for almost eight hours, but I had some fall out. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #3 (P) is less sparkly. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #2 (LE) is cooler-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #1 (P) is similar. MAC Fair Sex (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery, warmer. MAC Young Venus (LE, $19.50) is cooler-toned, less glittery. Dior Garden Roses #1 (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sexy PB&J is described as a “mid-tone bright violet [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a medium, cool-toned violet purple with a pearly sheen. It had a soft, smooth consistency that was made it very blendable when I applied it to the lid. It lasted well for eight hours before creasing slightly. theBalm #33 (P, $6.50) is lighter, cooler-toned, more muted. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #5 (LE) is darker. Kat Von D Babe (LE) is warmer. theBalm A2 (LE, $16.00) is similar. Urban Decay Omen (P, $18.00) is slightly bluer. Urban Decay Flash (P, $18.00) is similar. Inglot #441 (P, $6.00) is brighter, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Beehive Blue is described as a “mid-tone bright blue [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a slightly muted, medium blue with a soft, frosted finish. It had so-so color payoff; the texture had a drier feel, though it seemed to apply smoothly–just not evenly. It was a little harder to work with on the lid. When I wore it, the color started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. Stila Sapphire (P) is darker, warmer. Sleek MakeUP Acid #6 (P, $9.99) is lighter. NARS Wishful Thinking (LE, $24.00) is a touch lighter. Urban Decay Madness (LE, $18.00) is warmer. CoverGirl Sapphire Flare (315) (LE, $4.99) is brighter. Urban Decay Radium (P, $18.00) is darker. NYX Kiss in Casablanca (P, $4.50) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Vivacious Vacuum Cleaner Bag is described as a “deep navy [with a Frost finish].” It’s a blackened navy blue that leaens purple with a soft, frosted finish. It’s really more like this mix of black, blue, and purple to me–even in the pan, it’s less of your true navy blue. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was a little dry but not too difficult to use. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading. Too Faced Heavy Metal (P, $16.00) is warmer. theBalm #5 (P, $6.50) is lighter. Ardency Inn Purple Hearts (P, $32.00) is similar. Chanel Apparition (LE, $36.00) is a cream product. Disney by Sephora Midnight (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Occupy (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, bluer. bareMinerals Shaken Not Stirred (P) is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

LE
palette

Marge's Extra Ingredients

B

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Harpooned Heart

B-

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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LE
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Sexy PB&J

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, August 21st, 2014

MAC Sideshow You Blush
MAC Sideshow You Blush

MAC Sideshow You Blush ($24.00 for 0.33 oz.) is described as a “light peach coral [with a Satin finish].” It’s a lightly brightened, medium pink coral with a semi-matte finish. I found it to be mostly matte with just a smidgen of shimmer, but on the skin, it appears more matte than anything else. Urban Decay Streak Blush (P) is a touch lighter. Guerlain Coral Blush (LE) is darker. Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is pinker. NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is similar. Milani Coral Cove (05) (LE, $7.99) is warmer, brighter. Hourglass Luminous Flush (P, $35.00) is pinker. Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is lighter. Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is more shimmery. Tarte True Love (P, $26.00) is pinker. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery. MAC Supercontinental (LE, $21.00) is mor eshimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is a new, limited edition shade exclusively available online as part of MAC’s collaboration with The Simpsons, which will launch online on August 28th and in-stores September 4th. It’s an over-sized MAC blush: think the size of Beauty Powders, Mineralize Skinfinishes, and so forth. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and on the thinner side. It had a little bit of powderiness, but it was blendable on the skin and didn’t read powdery applied. It had good color payoff that could be sheered out or layered for a brighter quality. On me, the blush lasted for almost eight hours before fading along the edges.

The Glossover

LE
product

Sideshow You

B-

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, August 21st, 2014

MAC Pink Sprinkles Blush
MAC Pink Sprinkles Blush

MAC Pink Sprinkles Blush ($24.00 for 0.33 oz.) is described as a “cute blue pink [with a Satin finish].” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle, blue undertones and a semi-matte finish. Dior My Lady (002) (LE, $60.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product. Urban Decay Blush (P) is cooler-toned, brighter. Revlon Haute Pink (002) (P, $9.99) is more shimmery. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is cooler-toned. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is slightly brighter, cooler-toned. Too Faced Lollipop (LE) is more shimmery. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $20.00) is similar. theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is brighter. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, brighter. MAC Stay Pretty (P, $23.50) is slightly more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is a new, limited edition shade available online as part of MAC’s collaboration with The Simpsons, which will launch online on August 28th and in-stores September 4th. The compact is the size of a MAC Beauty Powder or Mineralize Skinfinish, so it is larger than their regular blush compacts. The powder had a soft, somewhat powdery, consistency that was a thinner, drier powder, but it was still blendable when applied to the skin. It also didn’t look powdery applied, which is where powderiness really matters. It had fairly good pigmentation, though it wasn’t quite as intense as it appeared in the pan without three or four layers of product. The color wore well for eight hours before fading.

The Glossover

LE
product

Pink Sprinkles

B-

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, August 21st, 2014

MAC x The Simpsions Lipglasses
MAC x The Simpsions Lipglasses

There are four new, limited edition shades of MAC Lipglass ($16.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) featured in the upcoming collaboration with The Simpsons, which releases online on August 28th and in-stores on September 4th.  I think seeing these made me long for lipsticks, too, as MAC often does lipgloss and lipstick pairing.  Over the years, it’s often their limited edition lipstick shades that sell out the quickest, and I kept thinking, “What would they have created to pair with yellow lipgloss?”

MAC Grand Pumpkin Lipglass ($16.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright creamy orange.” It’s a slightly muted, medium orange with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that just slightly settled into lip lines (but it wasn’t too noticeable). It lasted for four hours on me when I tested it. NYX Cherry Cheesecake (P, $5.00) is slightly brighter. NARS Wonder (P, $26.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Live It Up (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Cheerful (P, $22.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Itchy & Scratchy & Sexy Lipglass ($16.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as an “electric blue violet.” It’s a brightened, fuchsia magenta with cool, blue undertones and violet shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly and smoothly. The color wore well for five hours. MAC Unlimited Style (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Pink Poodle (By Request) (LE, $15.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Crush (P, $19.00) is purpler. MAC Style Packed (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Heroine (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Embrace Me (LE, $15.00) is pinker. MAC Narcissus (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, purpler. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Nacho Cheese Explosion Lipglass ($16.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright neon lime yellow.” It’s a bright, green-tinged yellow–like highlighter yellow–with faint yellow pearl. Applied, it turns my lips more of a yellow-orange kind of color, as it had semi-sheer color coverage. This applied horribly; it settled into lip lines, was impossible to even out, and in general, a very fussy lip color. If you apply a very small amount (less than one pull of gloss), you might get semi-decent evenness in the application. On me, it wore for three hours. I could only think of one other yellow gloss: MAC Bright Side (LE, $15.00), which is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Red Blazer Lipglass ($16.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright fuchsia.” It’s a bright, fuchsia-red with pink pearl and subtle, cool undertones. It had fairly opaque pigmentation, and it applied evenly and smoothly. It lasted for five hours on me. MAC Glam (LE, $15.00) is redder. Revlon Adorned (P, $7.49) is more opaque. Giorgio Armani #523 (P, $29.00) is redder. Milani Flashy (DC, $6.49) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. MAC Embrace Me (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #505 (P, $29.00) is redder. Burberry Pink Sweet Pea (LE, $27.00) is slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

LE
product

Grand Pumpkin

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Itchy & Scratchy & Sexy

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Nacho Cheese Explosion

C-

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

2.5/5

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