Thursday, December 4th, 2014

MAC Give Me Fire Eyeshadow
MAC Give Me Fire Eyeshadow

MAC Give Me Fire Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “soft pink champagne with pearl [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light-medium, beige-brown with warm undertones and a golden sparkle. It had semi-opaque color coverage with loose sparkle that tended to drop underneath the lid when initially applied. The texture was thin but not dry. It wore well for eight hours on me. MAC Terre (Left) (LE) is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Sweet Sovereign (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Envol (847) (LE, $36.00) is a cream product. Hello Kitty Apple Pie (LE) is lighter. Urban Decay Last Sin (LE, $18.00) is similar. bareMinerals Future (P) is pinker. Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (P, $21.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Honey Bunny (400) (P, $28.00) is a cream product. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #1 (P) is lighter, pinker, more shimmery. Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. NARS Nepal (P, $24.00) is very similar. MAC Naked Lunch (P, $15.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Strike While Haute Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “true red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, medium red with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation that went on smoothly, but it does need to patted on with minimal blending to maintain its intensity. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before fading. Wet ‘n’ Wild Three’s a Party #2 (LE, $2.29) is warmer, darker. Sugarpill Love+ (P, $12.00) is richer. Inglot #366 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Red Alert Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “rusty red mid-tone copper [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a rusty, muted orange-copper with hints of brown and a slight reddish tint. It had a frosted finish with a smooth sheen. The color payoff was fully opaque with a soft, blendable texture that made it easy to use. The color wore well for eight hours before fading. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #2 (LE) is redder. MAC Gingersnap (P, $15.00) is a smidgen lighter. MAC Amorous Alloy (LE, $19.50) is darker. NARS Cambodia (LE, $24.00) is redder. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #8 (P, $9.99) is redder. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #3 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery. Disney by Sephora Trust Me (LE) is similar. NARS California (P, $24.00) is darker. MAC Magnetic Attraction (LE, $21.00) is redder. MAC Coppering (P, $15.00) is brighter. Le Metier de Beaute Innocence (DC, $30.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, December 4th, 2014

MAC Hot Sensation Beauty Powder
MAC Hot Sensation Beauty Powder

MAC Hot Sensation Beauty Powder ($26.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “sheer pale peach highlighter.” It’s a very light white-beige with a satin finish. Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) and Cle de Peau Pastel (11) (P, $55.00) are both more shimmery. NARS Highlight (P) is similar. Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $80.00) is warmer. MAC Forever Marilyn (LE, $28.00) is darker, pinker. Natural Beauty (LE, $30.00) is darker, peachier. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It doesn’t have much of a sheen, so it is a very subtle highlighter, and on me, it tends to look chalky/ashy because it is more lightening than highlighting on my skin tone. It would be a better for fairer complexions than mine. If you prefer more shimmery highlighters, you’ll want to look elsewhere. The consistency is very silky and finely-milled, so it’s soft without being powdery and applies to skin easily. It worked better to set concealer, though it is still on the light side for me, but for light or fairer skin tones, it may work well for brightening certain areas of the face without adding a lot of shimmer or metallic sheen. It seemed to last about seven and a half hours on me when I wore it dusted on cheek bones, down the bridge of the nose, and lightly across the forehead. Beauty Powders are more of a multi-purpose product, though this one is described as highlighter, but they’re often marketed as highlighters, finishing powders, or blushes (when they provide more color).

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Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

MAC Red, Red, Red Collection
MAC Red, Red, Red Collection

Set the scene for a scarlet seduction with this smoking-hot collection of red, red and more red. Let inhibitions fall by the wayside with this sizzling collection that turns the heat all the way. Eyes flit the gamut from soft pink to fiery red, while lips run rampant from yellow-tinged tomato to soft orange and unabashed raspberry. Casual Colour brings warmth to lips and cheeks in hues from coral to soft rose, while Nail Lacquer completes the sexiest of looks in bright pink, creamy orange-red or ruby frost with sparkles.

Dazzleglass ($20.00)

  • Love Alert Raspberry red with red pearl (Permanent)

Lipstick ($16.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Lady Bug Yellow tomato (Lustre) (Permanent)
  • Sea Sheer Grapefruit pink (Lustre) (Permanent)
  • Toxic Tale Bright coral (Satin) (Limited Edition, Repromote)
  • 5 Alarm Soft orange-red (Lustre) (Limited Edition)

Beauty Powder ($26.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Hot Sensation Sheer pale peach highlighter (Limited Edition)

Eyeshadow ($16.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Give Me Fire Soft pink champagne with pearl (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
  • Red Alert Rusty red mid-tone copper (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Strike While Haute True red (Matte) (Limited Edition)

Cremesheen Glass ($20.00)

  • Meteoric Mid-tone vibrant coral (Limited Edition, Repromote)
  • Nectarsweet Soft pink-peach (Limited Edition, Repromote)
  • Night is Young Bright red cream (Limited Edition, Repromote)

Nail Lacquer ($12.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Impassioned Bright warm pink (Cream) (Permanent)
  • Red, Red, Red Creamy orange red (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Rouge Combustion Pink red with sparkle (Frost) (Limited Edition)

Casual Colour ($22.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Out for Fun Cool coral (Permanent)
  • Red Obsessed Soft rose (Limited Edition)
  • Secret Admirer Coral pink (Limited Edition)

Availability: Now at Nordstrom (I’ve reached out to MAC for official information/press release, all the info I have presently is from Nordstrom!); December 4th, 2014 at select MAC locations and maccosmetics.com (North America); February 2015 at select MAC locations (International)

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Monday, December 1st, 2014

MAC Technakohl Liners
MAC Technakohl Liners

MAC Technakohl Liners ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) are supposed to have a “soft and creamy” formula with “intense, rich colour deposit” while being long-wearing (specified as eight hours) and smudge-proof. This is the last of the reviews for the new shades, and we don’t end on a very happy note; there are better eyeliner formulas on the marketplace, both more, less, or equally expensive and accessible. MAC created some more unusual colors, but I found the formula to be lacking in color payoff, longevity, and texture.

MAC Sterling Silver Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “silver.” It’s a bright, metallic silver. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in a single stroke, and it didn’t build up color from there. This shade had a waxy consistency, and it lasted for six and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Counterfeit Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “silver grey.” It’s a medium-dark gray with warm undertones–almost looks like a silvery taupe–with a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in a single pass, which was somewhat buildable to semi-opaque coverage, though it didn’t apply evenly. This color wore well for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Clay Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “deep grey.” It’s a dark warm gray with a pearly sheen. It had a drier, waxier consistency that made it hard to get good color payoff out of it in a single stroke, but it seemed to be more buildable compared to many of the other shades, as after a few layers, I was able to get opaque color. This shade started to look blown out after six and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Steelpoint Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “deep smoky metallic grey.” It’s a dark gray with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in one pass, which was fairly buildable to opaque color. The consistency wasn’t too waxy, and the color wore well for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Superfly Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “soft black.” It’s a rich black (not a soft black at all, actually) with a satin finish. It had a waxy feel to it, but it was buildable to opaque color after two layers. The eyeliner looked softened and smudged after six hours, though. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, December 1st, 2014

MAC Technakohl Liners
MAC Technakohl Liners

MAC Technakohl Liners ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) are supposed to have a “soft and creamy” formula with “intense, rich colour deposit” while being long-wearing (specified as eight hours) and smudge-proof. I wish I could say that these were more impressive than the shades I’ve already reviewed, but these may be even more disappointing. The formula is soft as in waxy, so while it usually glides across the skin, it doesn’t lay down much color while doing so, and the waxiness builds up such that the color goes on unevenly and sticks in some places but not others. The wear is also shorter (though MAC’s saving grace is that they specified eight hours of wear) than most eyeliners, but the wear I get is shorter than they’ve claimed for most shades.

MAC Skyscape Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “metallic deep sky blue.” It’s a muted, medium blue with cool undertones and a metallic shimmer-sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff in a single stroke, which was buildable to semi-opaque color coverage, but it applied unevenly and bunched up on itself, which made parts of it appear darker and thicker. This shade lasted for six hours on me. Such a shame, because it is a more unique shade as far as I can tell for eyeliners. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Raisinette Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “brown-purple.” It’s a deepened, burgundy brown with cool undertones and a satin finish. The texture was waxy and a little stiff, which made it prone to dragging and skipping. It had decent pigmentation, but it was hard to apply. It lasted for seven hours on me before blowing out. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Bishop Blue Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “blue-purple.” It’s a muted, dark purple with a hint of blue and a soft, pearly shimmer. It was sheer, dry, and very waxy, which gave it–at most–semi-sheer pigmentation and a faded quality to it at that. For me, this shade had smudged after six hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Image Conscious Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “purple.” It’s a medium-dark purple with soft shimmer and a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in a single pass, which wasn’t buildable for much more intensity than that. The waxy consistency made it hard to build up the color. On me, this shade lasted for six and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Alpha Grey Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “metal grey.” It’s a pewter gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It’s so sheer with a really waxy consistency that just doesn’t help this apply well. It’s not sharp or painful, but you can’t get good color or application out of it. This shade stayed in place for six hours before it looked smudged/blown out. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, November 30th, 2014

MAC Technakohl Liners
MAC Technakohl Liners

MAC Technakohl Liners ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) are supposed to have a “soft and creamy” formula with “intense, rich colour deposit” while being long-wearing (specified as eight hours) and smudge-proof. Most of these were disappointing with sheer color payoff that was only somewhat buildable and shorter (six hours) wear.

MAC Whirlpool Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “dark deep blue.” It’s a bluish-teal with subtle green tones and a pearly sheen. It had sheer pigmentation in a single stroke, and it was only somewhat buildable to semi-sheer intensity. The consistency was very waxy, so while it didn’t feel sharp or dry against the lash line, it still tended to skip. This shade lasted for six and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Take the Plunge Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “deep ocean blue.” It’s a medium-dark blue with a hint of “warmth” that makes it almost a blue-teal (but I think it is quite blue). It is very creamy and prone to “breaking” and leaving chunks of product when applied, so use a very light pressure when applying to avoid this. It had good color payoff, but it doesn’t like to be layered as it will cause the product to push onto itself and look somewhat uneven. This looked softened and blown out after six hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Vent Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “metallic lime.” It’s a muted, medium-dark green with subtle golden warmth and a metallic sheen. It had sheer coverage in one pass, and it was semi-opaque after a few layers. It, too, had that waxier consistency that made it sheerer but not dry (though it looks that way due to the poor pigmentation). This shade lasted for six hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Cool Jazz Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “navy blue.” It’s a medium-dark, brightened navy blue with a satin finish. The consistency was slightly dry, fairly waxy, and prone to skipping. It had semi-sheer color coverage in a single pass but was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. It started to smudge after six hours (looked blown out). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Metalhead Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “greyish metal blue.” It’s a muted, blackened blue with a pearly shimmer. It had very sheer pigmentation in a single pass, which I was able to build up to semi-opaque color coverage with four or five layers. It looked quite faded and softened after six hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Cast Iron Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “elephant grey.” It’s a muted, bluish-gray with a satin finish. It was waxy and sheer, though I was able to build it up to semi-opaque color coverage with several passes. It wore well for seven hours before it faded. At least this shade was more unique, though the formula is still disappointing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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