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MAC In the Spotlight Collection for Holiday 2016

MAC In the Spotlight Collection
MAC In the Spotlight Collection

With M∙A∙C In The Spotlight, reach radiant skin in a flash, no matter what the lighting conditions. M∙A∙C introduces extended shades of Strobe Cream — including the iconic original, now named Pinklite — destined to incite the next cult craze. Super-powered with potent botanicals, antioxidants and iridescent pearl particles, Strobe Cream de-stresses, de-snoozes, hydrates, fresher and boosts the look of dull, tired-looking skin. Add to the beaming effects with silky, weightless Extra Dimension Skinfinish. Whatever formula you choose, take your place… in the spotlight.

Availability

Now online for Select members, November 3rd for all (November 10th in-stores)

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Strobe Cream | $33.00 U.S. / $40.00 CAD | Permanent

  • Pinklite Pink pearls (Formerly the original)
  • Peachlite Peach pearls
  • Silverlite Silver pearls
  • Redlite Red pearls
  • Goldlite Gold pearls

Extra Dimension Skinfinish | $33.00 U.S. / $38.00 CAD | Permanent

  • Show Gold Peach that breaks pink
  • Double-Gleam Beige that breaks silver
  • Beaming Blush Pink that breaks gold
  • Soft Frost White that breaks violet

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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Lip Gloss Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Lip Gloss Kit
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Lip Gloss Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Lip Gloss Kit ($35.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) contains three Cremesheen Glasses and one Dazzleglass in variations on “red.” Cremesheen Glass is supposed to be creamy, hydrating, and sheerer. Dazzleglass is supposed to have medium coverage with a hydrating, non-tacky formula filled with lots of shimmer/sparkle. In general, Cremesheen Glass tends to have a creamier, milkier quality to it, which makes it comfortable and hydrating to wear, but it often looks streaky, settles into lip lines, and is shorter wearing. Dazzleglass is moderately tacky, thicker, and wears longer and has tons of sparkle, but it is more semi-sheer in coverage. What I’ve always found funny about the holiday gloss sets is that they’re called “minis,” but they’re larger than full-size.

Value

  • Cremesheen Glass: $21.00 for 0.09 fl. oz. or $233.33/oz.
  • Dazzleglass: $20.00 for 0.06 fl. oz. or $333.33/oz.
  • Set Value: $70.00 worth of Cremesheen Glass, $33.33 worth of Dazzleglass
  • Total Value: $103.33

Galaxy Rose is a muted, medium-dark raspberry pink with subtle, cooler undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-sheer to medium coverage that went on fairly evenly, but some of the color emphasized in lip lines as it gathered there. The color wore for three and a half hours and was moisturizing. Giorgio Armani #519 (P, $29.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Stella (P, $26.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). MAC Kiss, Kiss (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Chanel Sonate (178) (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gumdrop is a bright pinky-red with fine pink and ruby red pearl. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly, while it lasted for four hours and was hydrating over time. MAC Hot/Cold (LE, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Smart Aleck (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Right Up My Alley (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Strawberry Malt (LE, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Radiant Ruby (530) (P, $8.99) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Prepare for Pleasure (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Suggestive (LE, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Pleasant (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Sephora Fuchsia Fiesta (22) (P, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Tease Don't Touch (LE, $20.00)(85% similar). Dior Ceremony Red (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Viva Glam Rihanna (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Dior Rose Harpers (766) (P, $35.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay 69 (P, $26.00) is brighter, warmer (80% similar). NARS Burning Love (LE, $26.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Courting Chic is a medium-dark red with subtle, cool undertones and copper and gold flecks of shimmer. It had medium coverage, but it applied unevenly and had a tendency to darken every lip line I had (and then some!). This would be prettier over a more opaque lipstick, particularly pinks and reds. It wore well for four hours and was lightly hydrating. Chanel Dzhari (608) (LE, $30.00)(95% similar). Bobbi Brown Black Ruby (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). L'Oreal Sparkle Frenzy (LE, $9.99) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Sultana (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Restless (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Hell Bound (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #200 Night Berry (P, $38.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Dior Ceremony Red (LE, $28.00) is brighter (85% similar). Chanel Daydream (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Cle de Peau Lempicka Red (18) (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Chanel Triomphal (LE, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Gash (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Plum Fun (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Chanel Chene Rouge (212) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Phiff is a translucent beige with silver and gold sparkle. It was really sheer but had “semi-sheer” coverage in the way of sparkle, but it was one of the least sparkly Dazzleglasses launched. I think this would have made more sense if it was actually more red-toned or had more red-hued sparkle. The consistency was thicker, tacky, and lasted for four hours on me. MAC Boundless Beige (P, $19.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Soft Serenade (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Candlelight (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Moth to Flame (P, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel French Toffee (83) (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). L'Oreal Something Shiny (LE, $9.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Rollergirl (LE, $20.00) is darker, more pigmented (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #700 (P, $29.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Lip Gloss Kit Red
Red
Red
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
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Best Brushes | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

Best Brushes | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

It’s that time of the year again:  holiday gift guides aplenty!  This year, I’ve broken out my gift guides into best of selections for blush, eyeshadow, highlighter, lipstick, lipgloss, palettes, and brushes.  These guides feature permanent formulas so that they can be useful anytime during the holiday season or even into next year.  For limited edition holiday products, you can check out our list of the top 50 highest-rated holiday products, which updates as I post more reviews for holiday products. Here’s a look at a few of my must-have brushes (there are so, so, so many more I wanted to include!):

Chikuhodo GSN-09 Eyeshadow Brush

Chikuhodo GSN-09 Eyeshadow Brush<

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Chikuhodo GSN-09 Eyeshadow Brush ($25.00) is a small-medium, dome-shaped eyeshadow brush made out of gray squirrel hair. The narrower width allows it to apply color more precisely, which is helpful if you’re using more than two or three colors on the lid. It packs on, sweeps, and diffuses eyeshadow beautifully. The edge also fits into the crease area well and can apply color there, too. It’s incredibly soft and silky against the skin, but it still picks up plenty of product, so you don’t sacrifice color payoff in your application. This is a brush that I have multiples of!

Availability

Beautylish

Chikuhodo Z-4 Cheek/Highlight Brush

Chikuhodo Z-4 Cheek/Highlight Brush

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Chikuhodo Z-4 Cheek/Highlight Brush ($73.00) medium-sized, blush brush with a domed edge and tapered bristles (so the lengths get shorter as you move outward from the center). It’s not a rounded brush, more flattened, but it is not really thin or flat. The brush is made out of gray squirrel. It’s excellent for applying soft, even color along the cheeks with minimal blending required.

Availability

Beautylish

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Best Eyeshadow Palettes | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

Best Eyeshadow Palettes | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

It’s that time of the year again:  holiday gift guides aplenty!  This year, I’ve broken out my gift guides into best of selections for blush, eyeshadow, highlighter, lipstick, lipgloss, palettes, and brushes.  These guides feature permanent formulas so that they can be useful anytime during the holiday season or even into next year.  For limited edition holiday products, you can check out our list of the top 50 highest-rated holiday products, which updates as I post more reviews for holiday products.  I hope you find this list of top performing eyeshadow palettes helpful!

Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette

Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette

Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette ($42.00 for 0.35 oz.) includes 14 eyeshadows that come in a mix of warmer neutrals and pops of pink/red. For a mostly matte palette, it actually applied quite well to bare skin, and I didn’t have issues blending out the majority of the shades. The eyeshadows adhered exceptionally well to bare skin without sheering out or becoming patchy. The majority of the shades were pigmented and wore for seven to eight hours.

Availability

Sephora, Ulta, Macy’s

BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes Palette

BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes Palette

BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes Palette ($19.00 for 1.58 oz.) contains 28, metallic eyeshadows. I picked this up a couple of months ago, because it was getting a lot of buzz, and I’ve been really impressed by the quality overall. Only a few shades had issues, and they were fairly minor (slightly less pigmented, could apply better with primer or with a dampened brush). The majority of the eyeshadows were very pigmented, applied beautifully on bare skin, blended out easily, and lasted for seven to nine hours on me (without primer). As they are all shimmery, it may not work as well as an all-in-one-look palette, though. If you like your high-shimmer, metallic eyeshadows, it’s well worth checking out!

Availability

BH Cosmetics

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Smoky Eye Bag

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Smoky Eye Bag
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Smoky Eye Bag

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Smoky Eye Bag ($42.50 for 0.50 oz.) includes a full-sized eyeshadow, cream eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara.  The three color products coordinated well together, but the Pro Longwear Paint Pot left something to be desired with regards to pigmentation and blendability, as it had a lot of slip, which gave it sheerer, uneven coverage in practice.

Value

  • Extra Dimension Eyeshadow: $20.00 for 0.04 oz.
  • Pro Longwear Paint Pot: $22.00 for 0.17 oz.
  • Technakohl Liner: $18.00 for 0.012 oz.
  • Mascara: $23.00 for 0.28 oz.
  • Total Value: $83.00

Fathoms Deep is a muted, dark purple with a metallic sheen and cool undertones. It had mostly opaque coverage dry, though it wasn’t quite as deep, and it wore well for six hours. Applied damp, it was fully opaque and wore well for eight hours. Giorgio Armani #3 (P, $33.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Feel the Fever (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Nashville (P, $16.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Inglot #420 (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Frost at Midnight (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Grand Galaxy (P, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Organica (Left) (LE) is lighter, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Bae (P, $5.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Estee Lauder Cyber Lilac (LE, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). L'Oreal Purple Priority (758) (P, $7.99) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Viseart Saint Germain (P) is less shimmery, warmer (80% similar). Giorgio Armani Shadow (07) (P, $39.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Too Faced Badass (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). MAC leap #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter (80% similar). Makeup Geek High Wire (P, $9.99) is lighter (80% similar). Sleek MakeUP Romance in Rome (LE, $9.99) is lighter (80% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Uptown Girl #2 (P) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Ardency Inn Purple Hearts (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). MAC Lapisluxe #2 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dream Scene is a light-medium, silvery blue with cooler undertones and a frosted sheen. The pigmentation was just so-so, which I expect is a result of the really emollient, thinner consistency, so it was very prone to sheering out and looking somewhat uneven. It was best as a sheerer wash of color or used as a base underneath powder eyeshadows. On its own, the color wore well for 12 hours, which is great wear but shy of the 15 hours claimed. MAC Water & Ice #1 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Just Breathe #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Hydrangea Hype (135) (LE, $6.99) is brighter (90% similar). Milani Bella Silver (20) (P, $4.49) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline Cool Crush (LE, $6.99) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Platinum (P, $30.00) is brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Shellshock (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Buxom Chihuahua (P, $18.00) is warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Iced Blue (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). YSL Wet Blue (10) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Maybelline Seashore Frosts (LE, $6.99) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Graphblack is a medium-dark black with a semi-matte finish. It had good pigmentation in one stroke, and the consistency was soft enough to glide across the lash line without tugging, but it is not so creamy that it slides around. The eyeliner wore for eight hours on me. MAC Definitely Black (P, $20.00)(100% similar). Buxom Call Me (P, $17.00)(100% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $20.00)(100% similar). NARS Via Veneto (P, $24.00)(100% similar). Guerlain Noir Volcanique (01) (P, $37.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Blacktrack (P, $16.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Urban Decay Zero (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Engraved (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). Guerlain Black Jack (01) (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Perfect Black (P, $18.00) is glossier (95% similar). Zoeva Black to Earth (P, $7.50) is lighter, glossier (95% similar). MAC Superfly (P, $16.00) is glossier (95% similar). Colour Pop Swerve (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Stila Stingray (P, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Black Brilliance (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Black Valley (P, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora All Black Everything (P, $14.00) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Black Lace (P, $10.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Black Moon (P, $24.00) is glossier (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Eye Bag Smoky Eye Bag
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
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MAC x Helmut Newton Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours

MAC x Helmut Newton Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours
MAC x Helmut Newton Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours

There are three shades of MAC x Helmut Newton Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour ($21.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) that will be available online on October 27th. While I have found MAC’s liquid lipstick to be inconsistent, I actually felt like the three shades in the collection were improved with respect to the formulation itself compared to the permanent range of Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours. The formula seemed more pigmented, smoother, and the dry down was more forgiving as my lips “cracked” less. It wasn’t any less drying than the past, but at least it looked more even and nice on the lips. All three shades wore really, really long–they were still going after eight hours of wear–but were moderately drying.

High Heels is a medium red with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was good–not quite opaque but very close to it–and delivered smooth, even coverage in a single layer. It was still going strong after eight hours of wear, but it was drying on me. Urban Decay 714 (P, $17.00) is glossier (95% similar). Estee Lauder Decisive Poppy (P, $30.00) is glossier (95% similar). Colour Pop Fighter (DC, $5.00) is glossier (95% similar). Kat Von D Hexagram (P, $21.00) is brighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Trust Me (P, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Always Red (LE, $14.00) is brighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Weekender (LE, $5.00) is brighter, cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Tijuana (P, $21.00) is glossier (95% similar). Colour Pop Silhouette (DC, $6.00) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Just Add Romance (P, $20.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Nutcracker Rouge (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Kinky (LE, $17.00) is brighter, glossier (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ruby Rush (07) (P, $50.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC Tenor Voice (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (90% similar). Too Faced Rebel Heart (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia American Doll (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Leading Lady Red (LE, $18.00) is glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Jingle (LE, $5.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). MAC Opera (LE, $17.00) is brighter, glossier (90% similar). Tarte Bae (P, $20.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chateau M is a medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that applied evenly and smoothly without emphasizing lip lines or streaking. The consistency was thin, spreadable, and easy to work with on the lips. It lasted for over eight hours and was drying over time. MAC Candy Cane (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever Red Ink (LE) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M401 (P, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Ruby Woo (P, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Red Carpet Red (P, $32.00) is brighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Ribbon (LE, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Unzipped (P, $21.00) is darker, glossier (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Carina's Love (P, $32.00) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Frank-n-furter (LE, $17.00) is glossier (95% similar). Tarte Firework (P, $22.00) is glossier (90% similar). Milani Romance (LE, $8.99) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Dance With Me (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Charnel (56) (P, $36.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Creeper (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Dominic (P, $35.00) is glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Blood (DC, $5.00) is glossier (90% similar). NARS Rouge Improbable (LE, $28.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Self Portrait is a deep burgundy with cooler undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a fairly even application, though of the three, this one had room for improvement. The consistency was thin, a little more watery compared to the other two shades, but it spread across the lips and self-leveled as it dried down. Like the other shades, the liquid lipstick wore for over eight hours but was drying. MAC High Drama (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Drop Dead Red (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour High Heels
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Chateau M
Chateau M
Chateau M
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Self Portrait
7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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