Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

It’s going to be a scorching hot weekend here, and I thought with the many variations on copper out there, it would be a fitting time to share my very favorites with you!

  1. Inglot #405 — a coppery bronze
  2. Make Up For Ever ME728 Copper Red — a metallic golden copper
  3. MAC Amber Lights — a metallic copper
  4. Makeup Geek Glamorous — a soft copper brown with a satiny finish
  5. Fyrinnae Fireside Interlude — a rich, molten copper

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

MAC A Novel Romance Nail Lacquers
MAC A Novel Romance Nail Lacquers

MAC Before Dawn Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “green grey.” It’s a muted, smoky green with a subtle, cool undertone. There’s a very fine lighter green shimmer running through it, but it is hard to see most of the time. It was fully opaque after two coats, but it was almost opaque after one. The consistency was slightly thicker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Poison (LE, $10.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Cult Nails Grunge (P, $12.00) is lighter. MAC Fatigues (LE, $16.00) is warmer, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Midnight Ocean Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “dark royal blue.” It’s a muted, medium-dark navy blue with very fine, lighter blue micro-shimmer. It was nearly opaque after one coat, but I applied two coats to be sure. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. Again, the shimmer is ultra-fine, so it looks mostly like a cream except in very bright light. Formula X Beacon (P, $12.50) is more shimmery. Chanel Magic (LE, $27.00) is warmer, less shimmery. Wet ‘n’ Wild Mazel Tov Madness (LE, $3.99) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Blue Velvet (132) (P, $18.00) is brighter, warmer. MAC Double Trouble (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Illamasqua Force (P, $17.00) is brighter, less shimmery. Chanel Blue Rebel (LE, $27.00) is more muted, less shimmery. Rescue Beauty Lounge Dead Calm (LE, $20.00) is darker. China Glaze Manhunt (LE, $7.50) is brighter, less shimmery. China Glaze First Mate (LE, $7.50) is darker, less shimmery. Zoya Song (P, $9.00) is brighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Midnight Sky Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep charcoal.” It’s a dark, smoky gray with very fine lighter gray micro-shimmer and cool undertones. Because the shimmer is so fine, it is hard to see except under brighter lighting conditions. It was almost full coverage after one coat, but I still applied two to be sure. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too smooth, so it was easy to apply. NARS Galion (LE, $20.00) is darker, less shimmery. Chanel Steel (LE, $27.00) is darker. Deborah Lippmann Stormy Weather (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I’ll have a review for the other three polishes up soon! :) As a reminder, these are from MAC’s upcoming A Novel Romance collection, which will launch online on August 14th and be in-stores on August 21st.

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Friday, August 1st, 2014

MAC Atomic Ore Fluidline Eye Pencil
MAC Atomic Ore Fluidline Eye Pencil

MAC Fluidline Eye Pencil ($16.00 for 0.01 oz.) is a new, twist-up pencil eyeliner from the brand available in seven limited edition shades. Overall, the formula has good pigmentation that is buildable to fully opaque color in two layers, wears about eight hours on me, and has a lightly creamy consistency. These will launch with the A Novel Romance Collection on August 14th online and August 21st in-stores. The ratings are preliminary! I won’t have official product information/claims for about a week — once I have those, the ratings may change. Right now, they’re being rated as an average MAC eyeliner formula (long-wearing, glides on, pigmented).

Atomic Ore ($16.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “gold.” It’s a muted, medium gold with a dirty tone to it–makes it less yellow, rather green-tinged–with a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color in one stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color. The consistency was a little on the drier side. It lasted for seven hours on me before fading. MAC Powerline (P, $20.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #9L (P, $19.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Black Brilliance ($16.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “black.” It’s a dark black with a satin finish. It had good pigmentation in one pass, and it had a really creamy, glide-on consistency that worked well on the lash line. This shade wore well for eight hours before migrating to the outer corner of the lash line. There is no shortage of black eyeliners on the marketplace, so here are some comparison swatches / view dupes.

Deep Blue Sea ($16.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “deep ocean blue.” It’s a medium-dark, brightened blue with a pearly sheen. It had nice color payoff in a single stroke, and it was easy to build to fully opaque color coverage. It wore well for eight hours before migrating slightly to the outer corner of the eye. Urban Decay Radium (P, $19.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Abyss (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Mountain Air (P, $20.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Earth Sign ($16.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “deep brown.” It’s a deep, plummy burgundy with a soft sheen. In one stroke, it had semi-opaque color coverage, but it was opaque after two layers. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before thinning. MAC Nightshade (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Ultraviolet (P, $15.00) is similar. Urban Decay Blackheart (P, $19.00) is similar. MAC Strong Willed (P, $20.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Rockstar (P, $19.00) is similar. MAC Dark Diversion (LE, $16.00) is richer. Chanel Cassis (P, $30.00) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Black Plum (P, $24.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Evil Twin ($16.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “blue purple.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark cool-toned violet with a pearly finish. It had fairly good pigmentation in a single pass (and that’s even better for purple eyeliner, since most are weak in regards to pigmentation!), and it was buildable to opaque color after two layers. The color wore well for eight hours before fading on me. Sephora Collection Eccentric Diva (P, $9.00) is warmer. Tarina Tarantino Amethyst Android (P, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Metropolis ($16.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “deep metal gray.” It’s a dark gray with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation in one go, and it was opaque after two layers were applied. The consistency was lightly creamy, while the eyeliner wore well for eight hours before thinning. Urban Decay Uzi (P, $19.00) is less pearly, darker. Chanel Gris Scintillante (P, $29.00) is more shimmery. bareMinerals 11PM (LE, $15.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Water Willow ($16.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “deep khaki green.” It’s a dark, forest green with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff in a single stroke, and the color itself stayed on well for eight hours before migrating slightly. MAC Black Ivy (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Invasion (P, $19.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #4K (P, $17.00) is brighter, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Atomic Ore

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Deep Blue Sea

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Friday, August 1st, 2014

MAC A Novel Romance Lipglasses
MAC A Novel Romance Lipglasses

There are five new, limited edition shades of MAC Lipglass ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) in the upcoming A Novel Romance collection, which will launch online on August 14th and be in-stores (and at counters) on August 21st.

Bared for You ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft rose gold.” It’s a light-medium, peach with soft white shimmer. I get less rose gold, more peach than anything else. It had semi-opaque color coverage with plenty of shimmer and a glossy shine. It settled somewhat into lip lines but applied fairly evenly. It wore well for three and a half hours on me. MAC Water Deities (LE, $15.00) is sheerer, less peach. MAC Pure Flattery (LE, $15.00) is pinker. MAC Naked Space (LE, $15.00) is lighter, less shimmery. MAC Good Lovin’ (LE, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pure Fiction ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone violet pink.” It’s a cool-toned, light-medium pink with blue undertones and a milky, creamy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and it did settle somewhat into lip lines, unfortunately! This shade lasted for three and a half hours on me. MAC Pure Silliness (LE, $15.00) is darker, less cool-toned, brighter. MAC Carousel (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Patentpink (LE, $20.00) is slightly darker. NYX Merengue (P, $5.00) is similar. MAC Long Love Love (P, $19.50) is slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Reckless Desire ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer pearlescent lavender grey.” It has a clear base with pink and lavender iridescent shimmer. It is sheer as the base really seems colorless. It wears three hours on me. MAC Vacant (LE, $15.00)is less shimmery. MAC Icescape (LE, $15.00) is pinker. Bobbi Brown Firefly (P, $24.00) is more iridescent. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Talk Sexy ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “dark purple.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark berry plum with fuchsia and gold shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which meant that it didn’t look as even applied on its own, though it wasn’t too noticeable from a normal viewing distance (just up close). This shade wore well for four and a half hours. Dior Intrigue (995) (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, brighter. MAC Modern Lure (LE, $15.00) is redder, warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Wet Violet (P, $45.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. MAC Rebel (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery, cooler-toned. MAC Flight of Fancy (LE, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Wanting More ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “washed-out lavender.” It’s a light, milky pink with a subtle gray tint. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but this one settled terribly into lip lines and looked so uneven applied. The gloss lasted for three and a half hours on me. MAC Tender (P, $22.00) is cooler-toned. MAC The Wee Coquette (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Good Times (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, August 1st, 2014

MAC A Novel Romance Eyeshadow Quad
MAC A Novel Romance Eyeshadow Quad

MAC A Novel Romance Eyeshadow Quad ($40.00 for 0.19 oz.) is a mix of cool neutrals ranging from a green-gold to a dark brown. This quad was more consistent in quality across the board with most shades being decent to good. For those who often find warmer-toned neutrals to be difficult to work with, you may enjoy these murkier, more subdued ones. It will launch with the rest of the collection on August 14th online, August 21st in-stores.

My Fantasy is described as a “pale neutral olive [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a light-medium, green-tinged gold with a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation that applied smoothly and evenly. The color wore well for eight hours before fading slightly. bareMinerals Golden Coast (LE) is darker, warmer. MAC Rose Blend #3 (LE) is similar. MAC Golden Hours #3 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Secret Pond (LE) is darker. Chanel Convoitise (90) (LE, $36.00) is a cream product, lighter. Urban Decay Blitz (LE, $18.00) is darker. bareMinerals Standing O (P) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fall in Lust is described as a “mid-tone cool grey mauve [with a Frost finish].” It’s a cool-toned, taupe with a gray leaning and a soft, frosted finish. This shade had good color payoff, and the texture was blendable but a little powdery. I didn’t notice any fading until after eight and a half hours of wear. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #3 (P) is darker, more shimmery. Laura Mercier Sable (P, $22.00) is warmer, less shimmery. MAC Phresh Out #4 (LE) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Bust (P, $18.00) is slightly cooler-toned. NARS Lhasa (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Romance Me (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Twilight Falls (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

Dance in the Dark is described as a “deep blackened brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a cool-toned, dark brown with a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was a little dry and thin but not too difficult to work with. It wore well for eight hours before fading. This is a repromote. Chanel Charming #5 (LE) is slightly warmer.MAC Midnight Flurry (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Showstopper (LE, $15.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rising Passions is described as a “greenish charcoal with gold pearl [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and an olive gold shimmer. It had good pigmentation that applied evenly and smoothly. The consistency was soft but not powdery, and it lasted for just over eight hours before showing a bit of creasing. MAC Collective Chic #3 (LE) is darker. Too Faced Leopard (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (more similar in the pan than swatched). MAC Well Put Together (LE, $15.00) is warmer. NARS Mekong (P, $24.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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A Novel Romance

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Fall in Lust

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Thursday, July 31st, 2014

MAC A Passionate Quest Eyeshadow Quad
MAC A Passionate Quest Eyeshadow Quad

MAC A Passionate Quest Eyeshadow Quad ($40.00 for 0.19 oz.) is a mix of cool pink and purple. Three of the four shades were quite good, with the very last shade being somewhat of a miss (not a total miss, but it could be better). They work well together, and there is a good mix of finishes and contrast in the palette so there are several looks that could be created from it. It will launch with the rest of the collection on August 14th online, August 21st in-stores.

The Wrong Man is described as a “light cool dusty pink [with a Satin finish].” It’s a light pink with subtle cool, lavender undertones and a mostly matte finish. It looks primarily matte, even if it is listed as a Satin. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and blendable, while it lasted for eight hours on me. Tarte Pink Outside the Box (LE) is lighter. NARS Bouthan #1 (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Dynamic Duo 4 #1 (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Miss Piggy Pink (LE, $15.00) is darker. Benefit Pinky Swear (P, $20.00) is lighter. Benefit Pause for Applause (P, $20.00) is slightly more lavender. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Serenade is described as a “mid-tone orchid pink with blue duochrome pearl [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a warm-toned, medium pink-shimmered plum with a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was fairly smooth and easy to use. On me, the color didn’t show signs of fading until after eight hours of wear. MAC Violet Blend #3 (LE) is warmer. Fyrinnae Meerkat (Pressed) (P, $8.25) is darker. Milani Pink Twice (P, $6.99) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Brazenly is described as a “rich eggplant [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a brightened, medium-dark plum with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft and buttery. It’s still one of MAC’s better LE eyeshadows (it is a repromote). It wore well for eight and a half hours before starting to slightly fade along the outer edge. MAC Hidden Motive (LE, $15.00) is a touch lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #4 (P) is darker. Chanel Delicatesse #4 (LE) is darker. MAC Double Feature #1 #2 (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #6 (LE) is cooler-toned. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Overlook (P, $14.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stay Sultry is described as a “deep violet navy [with a Satin finish].” It’s a dark purple with navy micro-shimmer over a satin finish. It had so-so color payoff, and the texture was on the drier, thinner side. This was the miss of the palette, though in practical terms, if you apply it as a crease/outer lid color with a fluffier brush, it performs a bit better than it looks. I wish it was softer, so it would be easier to blend out (and probably would have had better color payoff!). It lasted for eight hours on me before showing a little creasing. This is a repromote. theBalm #5 (P, $6.50) is bluer. theBalm The Stroke (P, $16.00) is similar. MAC Double Feature #8 #2 (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Ron Ron Run (LE, $15.00) is more matte, a touch lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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A Passionate Quest

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The Wrong Man

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Serenade

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