Monday, June 16th, 2014

MAC Mineralize Update
MAC Mineralize Update

Mineralize Eyeshadow ($22.00) (Permanent)

  • Smutty Green Cream/warm green/black veining (Repromote)
  • Young Punk Mineralize black with pinkish purple pearl (Repromote)
  • Gilt by Association Mineralize black with gold bronze pearl (Repromote)
  • Blue Flame Mineralize black with blue pearl (Repromote)
  • Cinderfella Mineralize black with silver pearl (Repromote)

Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo ($22.00) (Permanent)

  • Joy & Laughter Dirty pink with hot pink and charcoal grey veining/icy pink (Repromote)
  • Love Connection Pale beige with gold and blue veining/warm gold mono (Repromote)
  • Spiced Metal Pale pink/metal bronze (New)
  • Dual Rays Pink/gold (New)
  • Ever Amethyst Soft violet/deep violet (New)

Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad ($22.00) (Permanent)

  • Fog & Mist Soft pearly white/pale icy blue/charcoal grey/sparkling black (New)
  • Golden Hours Copper bronze/golden brown/soft golden peach/pale yellow gold (Repromote)
  • Pink Sensibilities Pinky brown/chocolate brown/yellow pink/icy blue pink (Repromote)
  • Great Beyond Deep blue/dusky plum/icy white lilac/soft mauve brown (Repromote)
  • In the Meadow Icy shimmering white/dirty olive green/golden mint green/pale yellow (Repromote)

Mineralize Blush ($27.00) (Permanent)

  • New Romance Peach (New)
  • Just a Wisp Pale pink (New)
  • Dainty Light yellow pink with gold pearl (Repromote)
  • Gentle Raspberry with gold pearl (Repromote)
  • Warm Soul Mid-tone beige with gold pearl (Repromote)
  • Gleeful Deep dirty blue pink with gold pearl (Repromote)
  • Love Joy Warm mid-tone brown with gold pearl (Repromote)
  • Love Thing Dirty burgundy with gold pearl (Repromote)

Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00) (Permanent)

  • Lightscapade Soft candlelight beige with multidimensional shimmer (Repromote)
  • Global Glow Neutral tan with silver sheen (Repromote)
  • Soft & Gentle Gilded peach bronze (Repromote)
  • Cheeky Bronze Soft coral with golden shimmer (Repromote)
  • Gold Deposit Soft reflective golden bronze (Repromote)

Mineralize Skinfinish Natural ($32.00) (Permanent)

  • Light
  • Light Plus
  • Medium
  • Medium Golden
  • Medium Plus
  • Medium Tan
  • Medium Dark
  • Medium Deep
  • Dark
  • Dark Golden
  • Dark Deep
  • Dark Deepest
  • Dark Tan
  • Give Me Sun! (Repromote)
  • Sun Power (Repromote)

Availability: Now at counters and stores, including online at Nordstrom

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Sunday, June 15th, 2014

One of my favorite products these days are cream eyeshadows, particular one-and-done shades, which I’ve included three of here, and then two brighter, more vibrant shades that could be used as bases or incorporated with other eyeshadows for a major look.

  1. Benefit Birthday Suit — a bronzy taupe
  2. Maybelline Fierce & Tangy — tangerine orange
  3. Shiseido Esmaralda — a bluish-teal
  4. MAC Rubenesque — a coppery peach
  5. Dior Lune — a shimmery white

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

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

MAC Beige Eyeshadow Swatches Part 2

Brule is described as a “soft creamy-beige [with a Satin finish].” It’s a light, warm-toned beige with a satin finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Grain is described as a “golden beige with icy shimmer [with a Satin finish].” It is a light, warm-toned beige with a pearled sheen. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Malt is described as a “soft pinkish-beige [with a Matte finish].” It is a light-medium, rosy beige with a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Orb is described as a “soft peachy-beige [with a Satin finish].” It is a pink-tinged beige with a satiny sheen. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ricepaper is described as a “peachy gold with shimmer [with a Frost finish].” It is a light, golden beige with warm, yellow-y undertones and a pearly sheen. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Shroom is described as a “soft beige with shimmer [with a Satin finish].” It is a light beige with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bonus

This shade has been discontinued but was re-swatched in the process, so… bonus :)

Bisque is a cool-toned, light beige with a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

What’s Swatch Saturday? I can’t always review products with full, in-depth reviews, but sometimes, I can at least give you photos and swatches, and then also provide a link to dupes and comparisons for those interested! This also helps us to build up our Swatch Gallery and add even more entries to The Dupe List, which can be helpful to readers at any point.

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Friday, June 13th, 2014

MAC Moody Blooms Collection
MAC Moody Blooms Collection

MAC Moody Blooms Collection is set to launch online on June 19th, now moved to June 24th and will be in stores and at counters on June 26th. International readers can expect it to arrive July 2014 (call your local stores to see if they have a more definite date). There are some hits and misses in this collection; it is really an assortment of quality from my experience. I hope to buy Green Room when it launches online and review that, but that review will, at best, go up a few days after the online launch, so unfortunately, I cannot get any thoughts on that shade up beforehand.

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Friday, June 13th, 2014

MAC Blushing Berry Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tint
MAC Blushing Berry Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tint

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tint ($20.00 for 0.08 oz.) is supposed to be a formula that uses “PH pigments that work with body’s natural temperature to give you a fresh color that yours alone.” The formula is described as “lightweight,” “moisturizing,” and “lipgloss with a tint.” They are click-type glosses, so you twist and gloss is dispensed over a brush-type applicator. I struggled with these quite a bit last year when they initially released (these have all been out before). I feel like the formula has changed, as these seemed to stain/darken a lot less. I waited about forty minutes before taking photos for each gloss but they really didn’t change color once applied. They just seemed lighter overall.

When I wore these, the texture seemed medium-thick in consistency, gets quite tacky after about thirty seconds, and I still had some issues with the color feathering outside my natural lip line with the darker shades. These also fade poorly, as the color from the center disappears and leaves a noticeable “ring” of color. There is also an off-taste–like a lemon-y chemical taste–though it has a sweet vanilla scent. This formula is still a miss for me, unfortunately.

Blushing Berry is described as a “mid-tone cool red.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark pinky-red with cool undertones and a glossy shine. It had semi-sheer color coverage that applied unevenly–it just looked splotchy once on. This shade wore well for four hours and left a very subtle stain behind. It wore fairly well for four hours, and after five, there was uneven fading and a splotchy ring of color left behind. MAC Viva Glam Rihanna (LE, $15.00 is more shimmery. MAC Love Alert (LE, $20.00) is more sparkly. Chanel Emoi (P, $32.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bubblegum is described as a “soft warm pink.” It’s a light, milky pink with warm, yellow undertones. It was semi-sheer applied to lips. The milkiness of the color made it harder to get an even application, as it would show “lines” if you pressed your lips together and tended to gather in the lip lines. This shade wore well for four hours on me. MAC Bijou (LE, $15.00) is more opaque. NARS Tasmania (P, $26.00) is similar. NARS Turkish Delight (P, $26.00) is lighter. Chanel Murmure (179) (P, $29.50) is sheerer. Maybelline Petal Plush (100) (P, $8.99) is lighter. NYX Maple Blondie (P, $5.00) is more opaque. MAC Angel (LE, $15.00) is more opaque. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Glorious Intent is described as a “warm plum.” It’s a medium, raspberry pink with cool, blue undertones and a glossy shine. It was slightly splotch applied and had semi-sheer color payoff. It wore well for almost five hours before it started to fade from the center and, unfortunately, left that dreaded ring of color along the outer area of the lip. There was feathering that appeared after an hour and a half of wear. Sisley Paris Berry (5) (P, $50.00) is less glossy. NARS Quito (P, $26.00) is similar. Chanel Tocade (182) (P, $29.50) is darker. MAC Fashion Perk (P, $22.00) is more muted. Milani Berry Tempting (05) (P, $5.49) is darker. MAC Colour Saturation (LE, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Gwi-yo-mi is described as a “mid-tone raspberry.” It’s a medium, slightly muted, pink with subtle cool undertones. Applied against my skin tone, it almost turns warm-toned. It had semi-sheer color coverage, but this one applied more evenly compared to the others. The color lasted for almost four hours, but it didn’t feather as quickly as some of the other shades. Chanel Baie Rose (89) (LE, $27.00) is lighter. Revlon Pink Pop (P, $7.99) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Simply Wow is described as a “mid-tone cool mauve.” It’s a pinky-mauve with cool, blue undertones. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, which didn’t apply too evenly–it settled and gathered into lip lines. This shade lasted for just over four hours but there was feathering visible after four hours with a very faint stain along the edges of the lips for another hour. NARS Angelika (P, $26.00) is lighter. MAC Fearless (LE, $20.00) is warmer. Milani Pink Lady (07) (P, $5.49) is lighter. L’Oreal Florid Pink (LE, $7.99) is less glossy, lighter. MAC Pink Nouveau (LE, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, June 12th, 2014

MAC Moody Bloom Eyeshadows
MAC Moody Bloom Eyeshadows

There are six shades of MAC Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) in the upcoming Moody Blooms collection. I have five of the six, and they’re quite good. Four of the six have a Veluxe Pearl, which is easily one of MAC’s most consistent and high-performing finishes.

Artistic License is described as a “pinky gold [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a peachy-pink with a gold shimmer and a soft, frosted finish. It had fairly good color payoff, but the texture was a bit thinner and drier than most Veluxe Pearls. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. Too Faced Jardin (P, $16.00) is darker, brighter. Urban Decay X (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Dynamic Duo 1 #1 (LE, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Blooming Mad is described as a “mid-tone ultra violet [with a Frost finish].” It’s a light-medium, fuchsia-lavender with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had decent color payoff, but it could have been a bit softer and pigmented. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Illamasqua Charm (P) is similar. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #2 (P) is darker, less shimmery. NARS Rage (LE, $24.00) is darker. MAC Violet Impact (LE, $15.00) is darker. CoverGirl Blazing Purple (340) (P, $4.99) is lighter. L’Oreal With a Twist (LE, $7.99) is more frosted, purpler. Urban Decay Grifter (P, $18.00) is lighter, more glittery. MAC Stars ‘n’ Rockets (P, $15.00) is very similar. Urban Decay Fishnet (P, $19.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Deep Fixation is described as a “metallic brown [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, red undertones and a soft, pearly finish. The texture is soft, buttery, and smooth, while the color payoff is excellent. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Too Faced Soleil (P, $16.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Country Girl (P, $5.99) is lighter. NARS Naiade (P) is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC Antiqued (P, $15.00) is less red-toned. Guerlain Turandot #2 (LE) is similar. Guerlain Les Fauves #2 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Hidden Motive is described as a “deep aubergine [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a medium-dark purple with warm, reddish undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and smooth. This shade lasted for eight hours on me. Givenchy Prune Taffetas (8) (P, $23.00) is a cream product. theBalm #2 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker. NARS Caravaggio #2 (P, $24.00) is darker. MAC Double Feature #1 #2 (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Plum Dressing (P, $15.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lucky Green is described as a “dark yellow green [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a brightened, light-medium green with warm, yellow undertones and a golden sheen. It had great color payoff, and the texture was soft and buttery to the touch. This shade lasted for eight hours on me. This is a permanent shade. NARS Tropical Princess #1 (LE, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Chartreuse Bouquet (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, brighter. Kat Von D Birdcage (LE) is a touch lighter. Inglot #412 (P, $6.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Green Room is described as a “mid-tone teal [with a Satin finish].” I did not receive this shade, so I can’t share it with you at this time, but I hope to purchase it when it is available.

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