Thursday, March 5th, 2015

MAC Linda Blush
MAC Linda Blush

MAC Linda Blush ($24.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “soft pink bronze.” It’s a slightly muted, coppery-orange with warm undertones and a satiny sheen. Colour Pop Bonus (P, $8.00) is brighter, cream. NARS Frenzy (Right) (P) is more shimmery. MAC Seduced at Sea (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery. MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $25.00) is darker. MAC Bad Girl Gone Good (LE, $21.00) is darker. NARS Soulshine #2 (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery. NARS Gina (P, $29.00) is similar. MAC Eternal Sun (P, $23.50) is darker, browner. MAC Coppertone (P, $21.00) is slightly darker, rosier. MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $25.00) is lighter. Illamasqua Expose (P, $26.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture is very soft, finely-milled, and blendable, though it can get a smidgen powdery in the pan, but luckily, it doesn’t translate on the skin. Applied, it gives a beautiful, luminous sheen that keeps skin looking natural and fresh without being too dewy. The finish gives a noticeable glow but doesn’t emphasize pores. It’s also very pigmented but diffuses easily for a softer flush if desired. On me, the blush wore well for eight hours before fading. This was one of the best products in the collection.

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Thursday, March 5th, 2015

MAC Bao Bao's Jewels Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a mix of warmer-toned neutrals with a splash of bluish-gray. I think this could have been such a great combo with a richer blue or emerald green (jewel tones!). In case you’re unfamiliar with MAC’s Veluxe Pearlfusion formula, it’s a wet/dry product where dry application results in “sheer coverage with a soft, sparkling finish,” while damp application results in “super saturation of colour with metallic brilliance.” Some shades are true to this, others are pigmented either way (which you may find is a good thing, depending on how you like to apply your eyeshadows). If you love a lot of sparkle or metallic finishes, you may like this formula, but it isn’t the easiest to work with as it tends to have a slightly dry texture that doesn’t bind together without a tacky base or damp application. The more sparkly shades tend to have some fall out during wear, though the color portions tend to wear eight to nine hours on me.

Bao Bao’s Jewels #1 is described as a “pale pink shimmer.” It’s a champagne beige with larger pink sparkle and glitter. This is a very glittery shade that is very dry, so it gets everywhere if you use it dry. When I used it with a damp brush, it was better, but it still had a lot of glittery fall out during application as well as during wear. The color part of it lasted for eight hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bao Bao’s Jewels #2 is described as a “gold shimmer.” It’s a brightened, coppery gold with warm, brown undertones and a bright, metallic finish. It’s pretty pigmented regardless of dry or damp application, though dampened application is smoother and more brilliant. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bao Bao’s Jewels #3 is described as a “dark rose bronze.” It’s a coppery bronze brown with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. This is another shade that was richly pigmented both wet and dry, which may be a happy accident for those who don’t want to have to use them damp to get the more opaque payoff, but it’s by no means “sheer” dry. The color wore well for nine hours but there was a bit of fall out from the sparkle in it. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bao Bao’s Jewels #4 is described as a “dark brown with silver pearl.” It’s a taupe brown with warm, yellow undertones and and silver sparkle and smaller shimmers. It had semi-opaque coverage applied dry and fully opaque coverage applied damp, but the damp application makes it much easier to use, as it is smoother and the product holds together better. When I used it dry, the texture is drier and doesn’t bind as well, so there is a ton of fall out during application, and it just doesn’t wear as well dry for this shade–six hours with fall out–whereas damp application helps the powder bind and adhere to the skin and lasts eight hours with minor fall out. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bao Bao’s Jewels #5 is described as a “steel grey shimmer.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark bluish-gray with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had sheer coverage applied dry (yay! just as described!) and mostly opaque when applied damp. This shade wore well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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8/10

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Thursday, March 5th, 2015

MAC Burmese Kiss Lipstick
MAC Burmese Kiss Lipstick

MAC Burmese Kiss Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright coral pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a vibrant, bold pink-coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. Bite Beauty Sucre (P, $24.00) is slightly lighter. MAC La Vie En Rouge (LE, $16.00) is redder. Gucci Beauty Hibiscus Thrill (P, $39.00) is glossier. Bobbi Brown Watermelon (P, $26.00) is pinker. NARS Kelly (P, $32.00) is glossier. NARS Grace (P, $32.00) is pinker. NARS Natalie (P, $32.00) is lighter. Chanel La Malicieuse (46) (P, $34.00) is pinker. Bite Beauty Crush (P, $28.00) is brighter, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is pinker. MAC Toxic Tale (LE, $16.00) is slightly more orange. Make Up For Ever #37 (P, $19.00) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It was intensely pigmented with a medium-thick, velvety consistency that was lightly creamy and didn’t drag on the lips during application. The color went on evenly with opaque coverage that lasted for six and a half hours. It left a stain behind, and it was slightly drying after four hours of wear. Even though it’s listed as a Matte finish, it has a noticeable sheen to it that gives it more of a satin-like finish when I tried it, though of course, it mattifies over time as the shine wears away.

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Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

MAC Purpurine Lipglass
MAC Purpurine Lipglass

MAC Purpurine Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer peach shimmer with pink and gold pearl.” It’s a peach-tinted clear base with gold and white micro-shimmer with larger pink sparkle/shimmer. MAC Glass Slipper (LE, $15.00) has less shimmer. MAC Happily Ever After (LE, $15.00) has teal shimmer. MAC Beautiful Moves (LE, $22.00) is cooler-toned. Dior Gold Rain (164) (LE, $29.50) is all gold. MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned but looks very similar applied. MAC Clear Water (LE, $15.00) has less pink shimmer. Chanel Eau de Rose (86) (LE, $27.00) is pinker. MAC Soft Spoken (LE, $15.00) is pinker. MAC Boundless Beige (P, $19.50) is similar. MAC Rags to Riches (P, $20.00) is pinker, more sparkly. MAC Like Venus (P, $20.00) is pinker. L’Oreal Pretty Precious (LE, $9.99) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC has released several of these very shimmery, very sheer glosses in the past couple of years, so while always pretty and sparkly, they can get repetitive if you’re not someone who goes through them (as most of them have been limited edition). The texture is thick and tacky, as most Lipglasses are, though this shade felt thicker than some of the more recently released sheerer Lipglasses, so it actually felt heavy. It lasted for three hours on me and was neither hydrating nor drying.

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10/10

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7/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

MAC Lavender Jade Lipstick
MAC Lavender Jade Lipstick

MAC Lavender Jade Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “dirty mauve with gold pearl [with a Matte finish].” It’s a cool-toned, light-medium lavender purple with a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage that went on smoothly and evenly. The texture was a little thick overall, and I noticed some of the color pulled into lip lines after four hours of wear, though total wear time was around five hours. It was lightly drying after three hours. Maybelline Lilac Flush (725) (P, $7.49) is pinker, glossier, sheerer. Colour Pop Brills (P, $5.00) is pinker, more matte. NYX Violet (P, $6.00) is darker. Kat Von D Coven (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. Melt Cosmetics Darling (P, $19.00) is lighter. MAC Dodgy Girl (LE, $16.00) is lighter, pinker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Rollergirl (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Fresh Amour (LE, $16.00) is lighter, grayer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Digitalis (P, $18.00) is lighter, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Forbidden Sunrise Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “creamy orange [with a Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, medium orange with strong, yellow and red undertones with a very subtle gold micro-shimmer and a more satiny finish. The texture had that same, slightly thickened consistency but still applied well with even, opaque color coverage. On me, it wore well for six hours and felt a bit drying at the four-hour mark. The lightness coupled with the stronger yellow undertones make it less common compared to the more typical orange-red. Guerlain Peach Satin (540) (LE, $37.00) is lighter, more muted. MAC Ravishingly Rich (P, $23.00) is darker. NARS Iberico (LE, $25.00) is darker, more matte. NARS Geraldine (P, $32.00) is darker, glossier. NARS Timanfaya (P, $25.00) is darker. Paul and Joe Beaute Once Upon a Time (081) (LE, $17.00) is lighter. MAC Tangerine Dream (P, $16.00) is lighter, yellower. Milani Sweet Nectar (P, $5.49) is darker. MAC Sounds Like Noise (LE, $16.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Romantic Breakdown Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “sheer nude [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a muted, light peach with a hint of beige, warmer undertones, and a subtle shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage with a noticeable sheen and slight shimmer, which is what you might expect from a Lustre finish (they are designed as a sheerer option). The texture is thinner with some slip, and it applied fairly evenly though it pulled into lip lines as I wore it. This shade lasted for two and a half hours on me and was drying. Urban Decay Sheer Walk of Shame (P, $20.00) is less glossy. Tom Ford Beauty Orlando (LE, $32.00) is slightly warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Holden (LE, $32.00) is pinker. Burberry Gold No. 217 (LE, $33.00) is sheerer. Chanel Volage (227) (LE, $34.00) is less glossy. Chanel Charmeuse (142) (LE, $34.00) is similar. MAC Fleur d’Coral (LE, $16.00) is slightly pinker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) (P, $30.00) is warmer. Buxom Nudist (P, $21.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

P.S. — This collection has gone really quickly online, unfortunately, so your best bet may be to find a local store that carries it, but I would recommend calling prior, as the distribution is “select locations,” but I don’t have any specific location information to pass on. Bloomingdale’s has Burmese Kiss and Romantic Breakdown still in stock (it also showed Forbidden Sunrise, but when I tested it in check out, it said out of stock), which is the same situation at Macy’s.

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Lavender Jade

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Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

MAC Summer Opal Beauty Powder
MAC Summer Opal Beauty Powder

MAC Summer Opal Beauty Powder ($28.00 for 0.39 oz.) is described as a “light bronze with golden shimmer.” It’s a light, golden peach with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Pink Glow (LE, $45.00) is lighter. Benefit CORALista (Palette) (P, $28.00) is warmer. Becca Guava/Moonstone (P, $27.00) is darker. Becca Fig/Opal (P, $27.00) is darker. MAC Stereo Rose (2014) (LE, $30.00) is peachier. MAC Perfect Topping (2014) (LE, $30.00) is pinker. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is lighter. Becca Rose Gold (LE, $38.00) is darker. Urban Decay Glint (LE) is more sparkly. MAC Soft & Gentle (P, $30.00) is less peach. Le Metier de Beaute Whisper (P, $30.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC describes it as a “subtle luminescent glow” with a “micro-fine” and “silky” texture that has “sheer” coverage. It had semi-sheer color coverage when I applied it to the skin, but it seemed buildable if you wanted greater warmth/shimmer. The texture feels smooth, but it’s thinner and drier with the powder having a firmer press overall, though it didn’t seem stiff to me–I didn’t have any problems getting the highlighter onto the skin even with my softest natural hair brushes. It has enough shimmer in it to be luminous and lightly frosted, and it very slightly emphasized pores on my skin. With my medium skin-tone, it added a subtle warmth and sheen, but fairer skin tones may see a greater color impact and deeper skin tones may find it doesn’t add warmth, just shimmer. It wore well for eight hours before fading on me.

P.S. — This collection has gone really quickly online, unfortunately, so your best bet may be to find a local store that carries it, but I would recommend calling prior, as the distribution is “select locations,” but I don’t have any specific location information to pass on.

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Summer Opal

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

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8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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