Thursday, August 7th, 2014

MAC Amberluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette
MAC Amberluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette

MAC Amberluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.14 oz.) contains “five complementary shades that glide on and blend beautifully for infinite day-to-night looks.” MAC describes it as a “hybrid formula” that can be applied dry for sheer color, wet for opaque color. Amberluxe is a warm-toned, orange-y palette that goes from warm white to dark brown. The formula is quite blendable, but some shades are so soft that they are almost crumbly and prone to powderiness. I highly recommend applying the palette prior to any base makeup, as there is a ton of fall out (both in the form of powder and glitter/sparkle) during application, even when lightly patting color on. There is fall out during wear as well with the more sparkly/glittery shades. I find these look prettier on and in person than they appear in photos, but you have to like a fairly glittery look. I have the best luck applying these when using a dampened brush, as the dry application tends to go on unevenly as the powder doesn’t adhere quite as well.

Amberluxe #1 is described as a “white.” It’s a white gold with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted finish. Applied dry, it was sheer, and when applied damp, it was fully opaque and smoother. It wore well for eight hours before creasing slightly. MAC Fabulous Three #1 (LE) is very similar. MAC Apricot Blend #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #3 (P) is cooler-toned. MAC Phresh Out #1 (LE) is less golden. Kat Von D Galore (LE) is similar. Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Amberluxe #2 is described as a “yellow gold.” It’s a light-medium, yellow gold with a pearly sheen. Applied dry, it was sheer, and it was mostly opaque after applying it with a dampened brush. The texture was a bit powdery, though. It lasted for eight hours before fading slightly. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #4 (LE) is more metallic. theBalm #40 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Sunset Blvd. (LE) is warmer. theBalm D1 (LE, $16.00) is lighter. CoverGirl Melted Gold (320) (P, $4.99) is darker. Disney by Sephora Triton (LE) is similar. NARS Goldfinger (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Gorgeous Gold (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Goldmine (P, $15.00) is similar. bareMinerals Remix (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Amberluxe #3 is described as a “bronze.” It’s a brightened, coppery brown with a pearly sheen. It was actually quite pigmented applied dry–it was opaque regardless of application method, which is great for those who prefer to skip that step, but it isn’t true to the formula’s promise (so you’ll see the rating reflect that). It wore well for eight hours before fading. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #3 (LE) is darker. MAC Olive Blend #1 (LE) is lighter. theBalm #21 (P, $6.50) is more muted. Kat Von D Dog Roses (LE) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #3 (P) is browner. Tarina Tarantino Amber (P) is similar. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #2 (P, $21.00) is more metallic. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #10 (P, $9.99) is more metallic. NARS Isolde #1 (P, $24.00) is darker. MAC Amber Lights (P, $15.00) is warmer, richer. bareMinerals Hoopla (LE) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Amberluxe #4 is described as a “peachy orange.” It’s a sparkling, medium orange with warm undertones and a glittery finish. The texture of this shade was somewhat crumbly, so it was very prone to fall out during application and doesn’t bind together as well as the other shades. It was semi-sheer applied dry, and it was more opaque applied damp. The color lasted for seven and a half hours, but there was a lot of fall out during wear. MAC Golden Hours #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Chessa (LE, $15.00) is less sparkly. Chanel Pearl River #4 (LE) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Amberluxe #5 is described as a “dark brown.” It’s a dark brown with subtle, neutral-to-cool undertones with a satin finish. Applied dry, it was sheer, and applied damp, it was mostly opaque, but the texture was stiffer and difficult to blend. On me, the color stayed true for seven and a half hours before fading. MAC Rising Passions (LE, $15.00) is more matte. MAC Collective Chic #3 (LE) is warmer. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #5 (P) is darker. MAC Well Put Together (LE, $15.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, August 4th, 2014

MAC x Rihanna -- Viva Glam Rihanna 2 for Fall 2014
MAC x Rihanna — Viva Glam Rihanna 2 for Fall 2014

Rihanna brings a bold look to her fierce NEW VIVA GLAM campaign, accenting her fearless, confident style with new shades of frosted metallic mauve lipstick and lipglass, in a velvety soft packaging featuring her signature. Also available, the modern red hues of Rihanna’s original Viva Glam collection.

EVERY CENT OF THE SELLING PRICE OF VIVA GLAM RIHANNA GOES TOWARD HELPING WOMEN, MEN AND CHILDREN LIVING WITH AND AFFECTED BY HIV/AIDS.

Lipstick ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Viva Glam Rihanna II Warm mauve with silver frost

Lipglass ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Viva Glam Rihanna II Cool mauve with red frost

Availability: September 8th online, September 11th, 2014 at all North America MAC locations; September 2014 at all international MAC locations. Limited life — 6 months on-counter.

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Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

MAC A Novel Romance Collection
MAC A Novel Romance Collection

MAC A Novel Romance Collection will launch online on August 14th and arrive in-stores and at-counters on August 21st (North America); later on in September for international locations. It’s a very large collection featuring eyeshadow quads, lipsticks, lipglosses, blushes, eyeliners, and nail lacquers.  There were hits and misses with products getting As as well as one product getting a D+.  Some of the lipsticks, lipglosses, and eyeshadows seem more dupable than not, so you might want to check your stash for similar shades from past launches.  I was really happy to see that the three eyeshadow quads performed fairly well.

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Any favorites? What’s on your wish list? Are you skipping entirely?

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

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

MAC Midnight Storm Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep magenta.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy berry with warm undertones and a subtle, metallic shimmer. The way the shimmer runs through this one gives it more depth but doesn’t make it look shimmery. It was nearly opaque in a single coat, but I applied two for good measure. The consistency was slightly thick. NARS Elbrus (P, $20.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Dayflower (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Rebel (DC, $16.00) is less shimmery. Rescue Beauty Lounge Bruised (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Midnight Strata Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “dark violet.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark violet purple with cool undertones and a very, very subtle pearl. I could hardly see it, even under bright lights. It was opaque after two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pagan (LE, $10.00) is less shimmery. NARS New York Dolls (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned. Illamasqua Faux Pas (LE, $17.00) is less glossy, lighter. Zoya Mira (P, $9.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Sunset Sky Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone crimson. It’s a deepened, dark red with warm, brown undertones and a barley-there pearl. It had full color coverage in two coats, and the consistency was balanced–not too thick or too thin–and applied evenly. Essie Shearling Darling (P, $8.00) is darker. NARS Chinatown (P, $20.00) is brighter. Dior Apparat (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Rouge Fatal (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Continuing with the theme of all things scorching hot, how about a focus on orange eyeshadow? I’d love to hear about your personal favorites and how you like to wear orange eyeshadow.

  1. Fyrinnae Pyromantic Erotica — a light-medium, shimmery tangerine
  2. Make Up For Ever #10 — a bold, bright orange cream eyeshadow
  3. Sugarpill Flamepoint — a bright, red-orange with a matte finish
  4. MAC Red Brick — a medium orange-red with a matte finish
  5. NARS Persia — a deepened, dark orange-red with a matte finish

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Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

MAC Pure Flash! Electric Cool Eyeshadow
MAC Pure Flash! Electric Cool Eyeshadow

Here are the other four shades of MAC Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) launching with the A Novel Romance collection (August 14th online, August 21st in-stores). To recap, these have a sponge-like texture with some spring, so they are a cream eyeshadow but dry down and set to more of a powder finish. If you’ve tried Chanel’s Illusion d’Ombres or Buxom Stay There Eyeshadows, these are similar in regards to texture. The performance of these really ranges from shade to shade, and the major weakness is really in the application/texture as some shades sheer out easily or apply unevenly (usually the darker shades). They don’t crease easily, and only the very sparkly shades have a bit of fall out.

MAC Pure Flash! Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “pale champagne.” It’s a light, peachy-beige with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had mostly opaque color in one layer, and it applied evenly for the most part on the lid. It doesn’t crease, and I only noticed slight fading after nine hours of wear. Marc Jacobs Beauty Honey Bunny (400) (P, $28.00) is cooler-toned. Divergent Humble Sheen (LE) is a powder. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #1 (P) is darker, powder. NARS Jezebel (P) is a powder. Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is a powder. Kat Von D Precious (LE) is a powder. Disney by Sephora Splendid (LE) is a powder. MAC Naked Lunch (P, $15.00) is slightly pinker, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Superwatt Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “light shimmering taupe.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-taoned taupe brown with a hint of gray and frosted, metallic finish. It was mostly opaque with one layer of product, which could be sheered out for more of a wash if desired. The color wore well for eight and a half hours before starting to fade. Marc Jacobs Beauty Au Revoir (406) (P, $28.00) is slightly darker. YSL Saharienne #4 (P) is darker, powder. NARS Himalia (P, $29.00) is powder. Giorgio Armani #09 (P, $32.00) is darker, powder. Clarins Forest #4 (LE) is less shimmery, darker, powder. Too Faced Crisp Apple Strudel (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Shakedown (LE, $18.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Blacklit Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “black with multidimensional pearl.” It’s a soft, medium black with multi-colored sparkle–the teal sparkle seems to dominate. It had semi-opaque color coverage that applied evenly for the most part. It was buildable with two to three layers. The color lasted for eight hours with minor fall out. MAC Tonight’s Temptation #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker, powder. CoverGirl Molten Black (300) (P, $4.99) is cooler-toned, powder.. Sephora Collection Jungle Party (09) (P, $13.00) is greener. Sephora Collection Animal Instinct (01) (P, $13.00) is less multi-colored in its shimmer. Urban Decay Oil Slick (P, $18.00) MAC Cinderfella (P, $21.00) is a powder. Buxom Black Lab (P, $18.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Switch to Blue Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “rich cobalt.” It’s a muted, medium-dark blue with a pearly sheen. It seemed to have good color payoff, but it had a tendency to sheer out and apply unevenly on the lid. The color wore well for eight hours before starting to fade slightly. Make Up For Ever I-22 (P, $21.00) is brighter. Dior Atlantique #4 (LE) is lighter, powder. Sleek MakeUP Acid #5 (P, $9.99) is powder, more shimmery. MAC A Sprinkle of Blues #3 (P, $21.00) is darker, powder. MAC Tonight’s Temptation #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, brighter, powder. Urban Decay Radium (P, $18.00) is lighter, powder. Maybelline Electric Blue (P, $6.99) is darker. Buxom Bulldog (P, $18.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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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