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MAC Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny QuikTrik Stick

01/04

MAC Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny QuikTrik Stick Duo

Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny

MAC Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny Studio QuikTrik Stick ($32.00 for 0.42 oz.) is comprised of a sheer, shimmery silvery rose shade (best for highlighting) and muted, mid-tone brown with subtle, warmer undertones (best for bronzing or contouring).

The QuikTrik Stick is a double-ended, cream-based stick that’s supposed to work for highlighting, contouring, bronzing, or blushing. It is supposed to have buildable, blendable color and can be worn over bare skin or foundation. One side is more shimmery, while the other is darker and more natural (but still has a sheen from the creamier consistency) in finish. In general, the formula applies well to bare skin or over liquid foundation, as it is very emollient, blendable, and easy to spread across the skin, but I notice that it seemed to break up my foundation a bit after six hours of wear. The pigmentation was semi-sheer, buildable up to semi-opaque coverage.

The downside to the formula is that both shades remained lightly tacky with a moderately dewy finish, and, unsurprisingly, the wear time was shorter at six hours. I get better wear (an extra hour or two) if I lightly pat translucent powder on top or pair with a similarly-hued powder blush. The finish is lovely if you like a dewier finish–they reminded me of the type of products I’d reach for in the summer to pat over bare skin.

MAC QuikTrik Stick Duo Softly Does It/Tight and Tawny
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total

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C-

Softly Does It

Limited Edition
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B+

Tight and Tawny

Limited Edition
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MAC Miss Cupcake/Tomato QuikTrik Stick

01/04

MAC Miss Cupcake/Tomato QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Miss Cupcake/Tomato QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Miss Cupcake/Tomato QuikTrik Stick Duo

MAC Miss Cupcake/Tomato QuikTrik Stick Duo

Miss Cupcake/Tomato

MAC Miss Cupcake/Tomato Studio QuikTrik Stick ($32.00 for 0.42 oz.) is double-ended, cream-based stick that’s supposed to work for highlighting, contouring, bronzing, or blushing. It is supposed to have buildable, blendable color and can be worn over bare skin or foundation. One side is more shimmery, while the other is darker and more natural (but still has a sheen from the creamier consistency) in finish.

The formula applies well to bare skin or over liquid foundation, as it is very emollient, blendable, and easy to spread across the skin, but I notice that it seemed to break up my foundation a bit after six hours of wear. The pigmentation was semi-sheer, buildable up to semi-opaque coverage. The downside to the formula is that both shades remained lightly tacky with a moderately dewy finish, and, unsurprisingly, the wear time was shorter at six hours. I get better wear (an extra hour or two) if I lightly pat translucent powder on top or pair with a similarly-hued powder blush. The finish is lovely if you like a dewier finish–they reminded me of the type of products I’d reach for in the summer to pat over bare skin.

MAC QuikTrik Stick Duo Miss Cupcake/Tomato
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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B

Miss Cupcake

Limited Edition
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B+

Tomato

Limited Edition
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MAC Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish

01/06

MAC Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish

Show Gold

MAC Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($33.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a light, yellowed peach base with shimmer that shifts from pink to golden peach with a more sparkling, metallic finish.

The Extra Dimension Skinfinish formula now features four, permanent shades, and the formula is supposed to be a highlighter that “lasts up to ten hours” with “prismatic reflections.” Show Gold was the most sparkly of the four new, permanent highlighters that were released–it had noticeable sparkle and was both more visible on as well as felt by touch in the pan. The texture was drier and looser in feel, though it did not feel too soft or actually loose in the pan overall. It blended out well on the skin and had medium, buildable coverage. It wore well for eight hours on me before I noticed fading, but it was very subtle applied with a highlighting brush, as I think the shimmer was larger and so there was less of an all-over sheen compared to the other shades.

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish Show Gold
Show Gold
Show Gold
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total
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MAC Beaming Blush Extra Dimension Skinfinish

01/07

MAC Beaming Blush Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Beaming Blush Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Beaming Blush Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Beaming Blush Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Beaming Blush Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Beaming Blush Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Beaming Blush Extra Dimension Skinfinish

Beaming Blush

MAC Beaming Blush Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($33.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a light, subtly warm-toned pink base with a gold and pink shimmer.

The Extra Dimension Skinfinish formula now features four, permanent shades, and the formula is supposed to be a highlighter that “lasts up to ten hours” with “prismatic reflections.” Beaming Blush had semi-opaque, buildable coverage with a soft, lightly dusty consistency that had a few larger sparkles paired with finer shimmer, so I felt like it looked more sparkly on the skin compared to some of the other shades in the formula have. It was very blendable and easy to apply, and I did not notice it emphasizing my skin’s natural texture. The color wore well for eight hours on me.

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish Beaming Blush
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Warm Eye Compact

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Warm Eye Compact
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Warm Eye Compact

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Warm Eye Compact ($39.50 for 0.27 oz.) includes nine eyeshadows in warmer hues. MAC’s eyeshadow palettes for the holidays definitely leave something to be desired, and unfortunately, this was a continuation on that theme. There are better neutral palettes available, even MAC’s 15-pan pre-made neutral palettes are better.

Value

  • Eyeshadow: $16.00 for 0.05 oz. or $320.00/oz.
  • Total Value: $86.40

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Smoky Eye Compact

01/06

MAC Smoky Eye Compact Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact

MAC Smoky Eye Compact Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact

MAC Smoky Eye Compact Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact

MAC Smoky Eye Compact Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact

MAC Smoky Eye Compact Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact

MAC Smoky Eye Compact Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact

Smoky Eye Compact

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Smoky Eye Compact ($39.50 for 0.27 oz.) is a warm-toned, neutral eyeshadow palette with nine shades. There are some nicer shades in the palette, but there are also some real misses, and at this price point, that makes it far less enticing. There are better neutral palettes out there, especially of the warm-toned variety.

Value

  • Eyeshadow: $16.00 for 0.05 oz. or $320.00/oz.
  • Total Value: $86.40

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact Smoky Eye Compact
7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total

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