MAC News Flash! Blush

MAC News Flash! Blush ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “red orange with pearl [with a Satin finish].” It’s a rich, deep orange-red with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. NYX Crimson (P, $6.50) is darker (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Fira (P, $37.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Adobe Brick (LE, $22.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Slowburn (P) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Exhibit A (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC News Flash! Blush
MAC Powder Blush (Small) News Flash!
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
94%

MAC Saucy Miss Blush

MAC Saucy Miss Blush ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “bright blue pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a bold, bright, medium-dark magenta with cool undertones and a matte finish. Surratt Beauty Se Pomponner (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Bright Pink (P, $16.00) is brighter (90% similar). MAC This Could Be Fun (LE, $22.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Pie (DC, $8.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Homie (DC, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Unashamed (LE) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Starscape (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Sephora I'm Shocked (09) (P, $14.00) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Savage (P) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Saucy Miss Blush
MAC Powder Blush (Small) Saucy Miss
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
88%

MAC Bangin’ Brilliant Eyeshadows (Part 2)

MAC Shock Factor Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “lime green [with a Matte finish].” It’s a bright, light-medium chartreuse green with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation with a dusty, chalky consistency that was hard to work with. It looked uneven and dry on the skin–with or without primer!–and I could not seem to get it to look decent at all. I even patted it over eyeliner, and it made it look terrible. What I was able to apply lasted six hours! Inglot #343 (P, $6.00) is brighter (95% similar). NARS Celebrate (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Bitter (P, $16.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Madly Sunny (LE, $22.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Eyeshadow
MAC Eyeshadow Shock Factor
F
Product
5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
5
Longevity
6.5
Application
1.5
Total
56%
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MAC Bangin’ Brilliant Eyeshadows (Part 1)

MAC Up at Dawn Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “sherbet orange [with a Satin finish].” It’s a lightly brightened, meidum orange with warm undertones and a satin shimmer. It had good color payoff, but the texture was dusty and on the thinner side, so it had trouble adhering well to the skin. It only seemed to work decently over a thicker base like a MAC Paint Pot, but it did not work well with thinner primers like Urban Decay Primer Potion or MAC’s 24-Hour Prep + Prime. I could get a tinge of the color if I swept it above the crease, but it was never opaque. The color lasted for seven hours on me. Inglot #123R Top (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Apricot Blend #3 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Trumpette (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dior Pareo (P, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). Milani Bella Mandarin (27) (P, $4.49) is cooler (90% similar). Dior Sundeck #3 (LE) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Newport Nights #5 (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Rouge-Gorge (116) (LE, $32.00) is more muted, cooler (85% similar). Sephora Rio (91) (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Fyrinnae Pyromantic Erotica (P, $6.80) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Eyeshadow
MAC Eyeshadow Up at Dawn
C
Product
7
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
3
Total
73%
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Sneak Peek: MAC Sized to Go Lipglasses Photos & Swatches

MAC Sized to Go Lipglass
MAC Sized to Go Lipglass

MAC Sized to Go Lipglass ($10.00 for 0.08 fl. oz.) just launched 12 travel-sized glosses; some are repromotes from past limited edition collections and others are new. Full-size Lipglass retails for $15.00 and contains 0.16 fl. oz., so comparing the two, Sized to Go costs $125.00/oz., while the full-size is $93.75/oz. Another way to think about it is you’re paying 2/3 the price for 1/2 the product, but if you have a lot of gloss or travel frequently, smaller sizes may still be better as they’re easier to go through.

As a note: two of the repromoted shades, Carousel and Lots of Laughs, seemed darker in the Sized to Go than my original versions.

MAC Sized to Go Lipglass

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