Friday, November 28th, 2014

MAC Smoky Black Friday Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Trio
MAC Smoky Black Friday Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Trio

MAC Smoky Black Friday Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Trio ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is the brand’s online-only, limited edition offering for Black Friday. It’s a mix of warm white, medium silver, and shimmery black for a smoky, monochromatic eye. It uses MAC’s Veluxe Pearlfusion formula, which is designed to give “sheer coverage with a soft finish” when used dry and “super saturation of colour with metallic brilliance” when used wet. Some of the Veluxe Pearlfusion offerings are quite nice, but others are misses. This one was a miss for me, due to just so-so quality.

Smokey Black Friday #1 is a bright white with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had a soft, lightly powdery, consistency that yielded sheer color coverage applied dry and semi-opaque coverage applied damp. It lasted for eight hours before creasing. Guerlain Cygne Blanc #2 (LE) is less metallic. Too Faced Nutcracker (LE, $16.00) is less metallic. Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit #1 (LE) is less metallic. Make Up For Ever D200 Crystalline Mauve Turquoise (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever D124 Crystalline White (P, $21.00) is similar. LORAC Snow (P) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Ice Queen #1 (P) is less metallic. Dior Golden Snow #1 (LE) MAC 2x Dare #1 (LE) theBalm Metal-ica (P, $16.00) MAC Flawless Figure (LE, $15.00) MAC Chillproof (LE, $15.00) MAC Pearl (LE, $32.50) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Smokey Black Friday #2 is a purplish-gray with a light silver metallic shimmer/frost. More like a cool-toned taupe than a real gray. It was sheer applied dry and semi-sheer applied damp. It looked faded after seven hours of wear. MAC Aristocratic Aura (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Breaking Ground (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. MAC Stormy Sunset (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Ebony Blend #3 (LE) is darker. Dior Golden Snow #4 (LE) is less sparkly. MAC Parlor Smoke (LE, $15.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is darker, cream product. MAC Electroplate (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Smokey Black Friday #3 is a dark, charcoal gray with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It was slightly dry and powdery to the touch. It had sheer color payoff applied dry, but it was mostly opaque applied damp. It wore well for eight hours. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. MAC Plumluxe #5 (P) is similar. Ulta Night Sky (P, $10.00) is darker. Kat Von D Santeria (LE) is more shimmery, lighter. Illamasqua Graphica (P) is similar. Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $18.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Deep Cravings (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. LORAC Slate (P) is cooler-toned. MAC Diesel (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Smokeluxe #4 (P) is lighter. Urban Decay Asphalt (LE, $18.00) is similar. Giorgio Armani #21 (LE, $33.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

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Smoky Black Friday

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7.5/10

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8/10

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8/10

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8/10

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4.5/5

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Thursday, November 27th, 2014

MAC Nasty Gal Lipsticks
MAC Nasty Gal Lipsticks

MAC Gunner Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep purple [with a Matte finish].” It’s a lightly brightened, dark purple with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied fairly well (though not perfectly, I didn’t notice the imperfections at a normal viewing distance, only close-up). The consistency was lightly creamy and didn’t tug at the lips, but the finish isn’t truly matte as a result. It wore well for six and a half hours and left a fuchsia-like stain behind. It was a little drying over time. MAC Punk Couture (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. Illamasqua Kontrol (P, $24.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Runner Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “burgundy [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark, burgundy red with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, but it didn’t look even when applied. There was something about it that looked almost grainy. The color itself wore really long (over six hours), but it was somewhat drying towards the last half of wear. I found it particularly troublesome to apply it from the tube, as it seemed prone to skipping. Tom Ford Beauty Black Dahlia (10) (LE, $50.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Fixed on Drama (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Endless Drama (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Sin (P, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Stunner Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “clean red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, medium red with cool, pink undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had nearly full color coverage with a lightly creamy texture that was easy to apply. This shade wore well for six hours and left a stain behind. It was a little drying but the least drying of the three. MAC Kinky (LE, $16.00) is slightly warmer. Bite Beauty Fraise (P, $24.00) is lighter. NARS Deadly Catch (LE, $26.00) is slightly darker. MAC Damn Glamorous (LE, $16.00) is pinker. Kat Von D Hexagram (P, $21.00) is more matte. MAC Ruby (LE, $16.00) is glossier. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is glossier, brighter. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Ruby Woo (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC MAC Red (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

These lipsticks launch on December 4th on maccosmetics.com and at select store locations.

The Glossover

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Gunner

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

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4.5/5

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Runner

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7/10

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8.5/10

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7.5/10

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Thursday, November 20th, 2014

MAC M∙A∙Cnificent Me! Collection
MAC M∙A∙Cnificent Me! Collection

Between November 17th and December 12th, we invite you and your readers to share what makes you M∙A∙Cnificent, inside and out. You could be one of the six faces of M∙A∙C’s Fall 2015 M∙A∙Cnificent Me! campaign. Come show the world what your M∙A∙Cnificent Me is made of!

Our criteria? Style, heart and soul.

Winners will be photographed by a prestigious fashion photographer in New York City as the face of our Fall 2015 campaign. Make your case with a headline, brief essay and photo (selfies encouraged!) at http://macnificentme.com/.

Will you be entering? Will we see a Temptalia reader or two in the fall campaign? :)  Good luck if you enter!

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

MAC Satin Ochre Eyeshadow Duo
MAC Satin Ochre Eyeshadow Duo

MAC Satin Ochre Eyeshadow Duo ($40.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a mix of beige and coral. It’s part of the collaboration with Prabal Gurung, which will launch online on November 20th (in select stores on the 26th). One shade was really nice to work with, while the other needed improvement. At this price point, both shades should hit it out of the park. I also wish these were the equivalent of two full-sized eyeshadows.

Satin Ochre (Left) is described as a “soft pale white gold [with a Frost finish].” It’s a warm, golden beige with a frosted sheen. The texture was soft, smooth, and buttery, while the color payoff was mostly opaque. The eyeshadow wore well for eight hours before fading slightly. Chanel Poesie #2 (LE) is more muted. MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $19.50) is more sparkly. theBalm High Tide (LE, $16.00) is similar. Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P) is a touch darker. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #1 (LE) is slightly darker. Make Up For Ever I514 Pink Ivory (P, $21.00) is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #3 (P) is similar. Inglot #395 (P, $6.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Satin Ochre (Right) is described as a “coral orange [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light-medium, muted orange with a matte finish. It had a thinner, slightly stiff, consistency that made application more challenging. It tended to stick to skin without wanting to blend easily. This shade started to fade after seven hours of wear. Make Up For Ever M720 Apricot (P, $21.00) is similar. Laura Mercier Ginger (P, $23.00) is more beige. MAC Samoa Silk (DC, $15.00) is lighter. Inglot #368 (P, $6.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

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Satin Ochre

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

MAC Cinder Eyeshadow Duo
MAC Cinder Eyeshadow Duo

MAC Cinder Eyeshadow Duo ($40.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a smoky duo with one more frosted, taupe shade and a more satiny, charcoal gray. The quality is decent but not excellent, and at this increased price point, they really ought to be top notch. The packaging is hefty and substantial, and you can certainly feel as if your money is going towards it.

Cinder (Left) is described as a “smoky cool grey [with a Lustre finish].” It’s an almost sooty, taupe with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had a slight sparkly consistency that is expected from the Lustre finish, but it actually had better payoff than most Lustres, and the eyeshadow looked smoother on the skin. The color wore well for almost eight hours with a bit of fall out. MAC Divine Rule (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Angel (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick #2 (P) is darker. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #1 (P) is darker. LORAC Chrome (P) is similar. MAC Silver Dawn (LE, $19.50) is darker. bareMinerals Cheers (V2) (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Vaporize (LE, $18.00) is darker. Urban Decay Derailed (LE, $18.00) is grayer. Urban Decay Mushroom (P, $18.00) is darker, grayer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cinder (Right) is described as a “dark charcoal [with a Matte finish].” It’s a dark charcoal gray with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. The major problem with this shade was that it had a thinner, drier, and more powdery texture, which resulted in sheerer color coverage and made it harder to blend out on the skin. This shade showed signs of fading after seven and a half hours of wear. Too Faced Black Licorice (LE, $16.00) is similar. Dior Pied de Poule #3 (P) is similar. LORAC Navy #7 (LE) is darker. LORAC Charcoal (P) is lighter. MAC Gravel (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Typographic (P, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Soot (P, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Nehru (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned. Guerlain Les Gris #1 (P) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Amnesia (P) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

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Cinder

C+

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

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8/10

Longevity

8/10

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4.5/5

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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Monday, November 17th, 2014

MAC Carmine Rouge Lipglass
MAC Carmine Rouge Lipglass

MAC Carmine Rouge Lipglass ($30.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “clean true red.” It’s a brightened, neutral red with a creamy, glossy finish. It seems to almost look warm on me, which is often how neutral reds look on my coloring, so it may appear more neutral or even subtly cool-toned depending on your undertones. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a fairly smooth, even application. The texture is slightly thick, tacky, but holds on well and lasts for five hours. It was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Ruby Woo (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Burning Love (LE, $26.00) is darker. Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) (LE, $30.00) is darker. Dior Vie d’Enfer (869) (P, $35.00) is warmer. Laura Mercier Poppy (P, $25.00) is warmer, brighter. MAC Viva Glam Rihanna (LE, $15.00) is shimmery, pinker. NARS Norma (P, $26.00) is similar. MAC Send Me Sailing (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Ultramarine Pink Lipglass ($30.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone dirty violet.” It’s a bold, brightened magenta plum with cool undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It was mostly opaque and applied verly evenly. The consistency is on the thicker side with a noticeable amount of tackiness. This shade lasted for five hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating over time. NYX Sugar Cookie (P, $5.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Crush (P, $19.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Girl About Town (LE, $15.00) is pinker, shimmery. Illamasqua Belladonna (P, $22.00) is slightly pinker. Buxom Berry Blast (P, $19.00) is lighter, sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

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Carmine Rouge

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9/10

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9.5/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

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5/5

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9/10

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10/10

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8.5/10

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9.5/10

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