Thursday, July 31st, 2014

MAC A Novel Romance Collection
MAC A Novel Romance Collection

Fall in lust with A Novel Romance, a colour collection teeming with luscious shades that will have you feeling overwhelmed with desire. Eyes tantalize in Electric Cool Eye Shadow, Fluidline Eye Liner and Mineralize Eye Shadow quads, as lips provoke in seductive shades of Lipstick. Cheeks flush in shimmering Powder Blush, and Nail Lacquers tempt you to take the plunge in intriguing nocturnal hues. Like fiction brought life, the surging passions of this after-dark adventure seem almost too good to be true.

Lipstick ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • A Novel Romance Light cool dusty pink (Cremesheen)
  • Good KisserMid-tone fuchsia (Matte)
  • Hearts Aflame Mid-tone brick red (Matte)
  • Lingering Kiss Deep plum red (Matte)
  • Myself Soft shimmery nude beige (Lustre)
  • Yield to Love Mid-tone rose (Cremesheen) (Online Exclusive)

Lipglass ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Bared for You Soft rose gold
  • Pure Fiction Mid-tone violet pink
  • Reckless Desire Sheer pearlescent lavender grey
  • Talk Sexy Dark purple
  • Wanting More Washed-out lavender

Powder Blush ($22.00 U.S. / $26.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Fun Ending Soft neutral peach (Satin)
  • Animal Instinctss Shimmering plum (Frost)

A Novel Romance Quad ($40.00 U.S. / $48.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • My Fantasy Pale neutral olive (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Fall in Lust Mid-tone cool grey mauve (Frost)
  • Dance in the Dark Deep blackened brown (Matte)
  • Rising Passions Greenish charcoal with gold pearl (Velvet)

An Amorous Adventure Quad ($40.00 U.S. / $48.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Sable Gold plum with bronze pearl (Frost) (Permanent)
  • Sex & the Oyster Mid-tone seafoam green (Veluxe Pearl) (Repromote)
  • Brawn Mid-tone plum brown (Satin)
  • Black TiedBlack with silver sparkle (Velvet) (Permanent)

A Passionate Quest Quad ($40.00 U.S. / $48.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • The Wrong Man Light cool dusty pink (Satin)
  • Serenade Mid-tone orchid pink with blue duochrome pearl (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Brazenly Rich eggplant (Veluxe Pearl) (Repromote)
  • Stay Sultry Deep violet (Satin)

Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 U.S. / $14.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Before Dawn Green grey
  • Midnight Storm Deep magenta
  • Sunset Sky Mid-tone crimson
  • Midnight Strata Dark violet
  • Midnight Ocean Dark royal blue
  • Midnight Sky Deep charcoal

Fluidline Eye Pencil ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Atomic Ore Gold
  • Earth Sign Deep brown
  • Deep Blue Sea Deep ocean blue
  • Metropolis Deep metal gray
  • Evil Twin Blue purple
  • Black Brilliance Black
  • Water Willow Deep khaki green

Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($21.00 U.S. / $25.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Pure Flash! Pale champagne (Repromote)
  • Love Power Soft shimmering rose (Repromote)
  • Superwatt Light shimmering taupe (Repromote)
  • Coil Copper bronze (Repromote)
  • Gilded Thrill Gold
  • Switch to Blue Rich cobalt (Repromote)
  • Highly Charged Rich purple with pink pearl (Repromote)
  • Blacklit Black with multidimensional pearl (Repromote)

Availability: Online August 14th, 2014, in-stores August 21st, 2014 (North America); September 2014 (International)

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Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

MAC Style Approved Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Style Approved Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Style Approved Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright orange coral.” It’s a muted, medium orange with a very, very slight coral tinge and a soft shine and subtle gold shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage that was buildable from semi-sheer and applied fairly evenly. It wore well for three and a half hours on me and was lightly hydrating. Givenchy Corail Signature (317) (P, $36.00) is brighter. Sephora Collection Samba (LE, $12.50) is brighter, lighter. Paul and Joe Beaute Once Upon a Time (081) (LE, $17.00) is yellower. MAC Sweet Grenadine (LE, $17.00) is darker. MAC Tart & Trendy (LE, $16.00) is brighter, darker. MAC Saigon Summer (LE, $16.00) is darker, sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Tropical Buzz Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “dirty muted orange.” It’s a brightened, pumpkin orange with warm, yellow undertones and a glossy shine. It had buildable, mostly opaque color coverage, but the texture was slightly thicker and more emollient, so it didn’t apply evenly. This shade wore for three hours on me and was somewhat hydrating. Paul and Joe Beaute Once Upon a Time (081) (LE, $17.00) is darker. MAC Tangerine Dream (P, $16.00) is very similar. MAC Sheer Mandarin (LE, $17.00) is lighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Banjee (P, $18.00) is slightly brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Wear with Flare Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “midtone neutral.” It’s a muted, rosy beige with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had buildable, mostly opaque color coverage, but it didn’t apply totally even as it tended to streak and bunch up due to the more slippery consistency. This shade lasted two and a half hours on me, which is on the short side for me, but it was lightly hydrating. Guerlain Galiane (15) (P, $51.00) is lighter, less warm-toned. Maybelline Truffle Tease (930) (P, $7.49) is browner. NARS Pago Pago (P, $26.00) is sheerer. Bobbi Brown Uber Beige (P, $24.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Style Approved

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9/10

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10/10

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9/10

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8/10

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4.5/5

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Tropical Buzz

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8/10

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10/10

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7.5/10

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7.5/10

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4/5

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Wear with Flare

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7.5/10

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10/10

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7/10

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Sunday, July 27th, 2014

MAC Dream Daze Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Dream Daze Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Dream Daze Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “midtone pink nude.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned pink with a soft sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage that was buildable from semi-opaque to mostly opaque. It was comfortable to wear, lasted for three hours, and applied evenly. MAC Soft Savour (LE, $16.00) is pinker, less warm-toned, more matte. Givenchy Nude Guipure (106) (P, $36.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Summer Fling (04) (LE, $49.00) is sheerer, pinker. YSL Nude Beige (1) (P, $34.00) is lighter. Too Faced Taffy (P, $22.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Native (P, $22.00) is pinker, lighter. Revlon Pink Lemonade (P, $7.49) is sheerer, lighter. NYX Blush (P, $4.00) is pinker, darker. MAC Shy Shine (P, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Fashion Trip Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright orange red.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark orange-red with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had buildable coverage from semi-opaque to nearly opaque. The color wore well for five hours, and it was hydrating while worn. MAC True Red (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Bite Beauty Grandifolia (LE, $28.00) is redder. Estee Lauder Impassioned (P, $30.00) is lighter. MAC Cherry Glaze (LE, $20.00) is redder. Givenchy Carmin Escarpin (306) (P, $36.00) is similar. MAC Night to Remember (LE, $16.00) is redder. NARS Future Red (LE, $26.00) is redder. MAC Dangerous (P, $16.00) is matte. Maybelline Infra-red (LE, $7.49) is similar. MAC Cockney (P, $16.00) is darker, sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Love Temple Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright pink coral.” It’s a brightened, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a light shine. It had buildable coverage from semi-opaque to mostly opaque color coverage. This shade applied evenly and fairly smoothly without bunching up on the lip. It wore well for four and a half hours and was hydrating while worn. Marc Jacobs Beauty Wham (604) (P, $28.00) is pinker, more matte. Revlon Snow Peach (LE, $7.99) is lighter. MAC Be a Lady (P, $22.00) is lighter, pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Paradiso (07) (LE, $49.00) is pinker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is more matte, darker. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur (171) (LE, $35.00) is pinker. YSL Rose Neillia (33) (P, $34.00) is similar. Chanel Melodieuse (136) (P, $34.00) is similar. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is pinker. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is similar. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Dream Daze

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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5/5

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9.5/10

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10/10

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10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

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5/5

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Love Temple

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9.5/10

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10/10

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10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4.5/5

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Saturday, July 26th, 2014

theBalm #19 Makeup Geek Moondust Giorgio Armani #09 Edward Bess Dusk

Since we looked at pewter last week, I thought that we should focus on taupe this week, because it’s an equally complex and interesting color.  I love how it can run warm and cool-toned (or even nearly neutral), so it’s a very versatile shade to work with.  Check back tomorrow for my top five picks on cool taupes as well! :)  I’d love to hear about your personal favorites in the commments–always looking for suggestions!

  1. MAC Tailor Grey — a subtly warm-toned, gray-taupe in cream form
  2. theBalm #19 — a light-medium, golden taupe
  3. Makeup Geek Moondust — a dark, bronzy taupe
  4. Giorgio Armani #09 — a brightened, medium-dark golden taupe
  5. Edward Bess Dusk — a deepened, warm taupe

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Friday, July 25th, 2014

MAC All About Plum Look in a Box
MAC All About Plum Look in a Box

MAC All About Plum Look in a Box ($49.50 for 0.43 oz.) is described as “shades of cool-toned lilacs, soft pale pinks, and silvery warm greys.” The palette contains two blushes, six eyeshadows, two lipsticks, and a double-ended brush (275SE/316SE). Each eyeshadow is 0.0176 oz. each (0.106 oz. total), blush is 0.14 oz. each (0.28 oz. total), and lipstick is 0.02 oz. each (0.04 oz. total). Based on price per ounce, the kit contains $31.68 worth of eyeshadow, $28 worth of blush, and $6.40 worth of lipstick, which adds up to $66.08. There is also a dual-ended brush, so I guess that’s valued at $34.92 in order to add up to the $101 value listed.

There were a couple of complete misses in this palette, but most of it was just average, which isn’t impressive. There were only three shades (out of 10) that were B+ or better rated. It’s always disappointing when MAC puts out subpar palettes like this, because they can do an excellent eyeshadow, so I don’t know why they don’t improve the formula in these. I’d rather they offer less product if they could be more consistent with the quality.

Lessons in Love (Blush) is a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a soft, golden shimmer-sheen. It had decent color payoff, though it was slightly dry and powdery. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

All Races (Eyeshadow) is a pale, cool-toned, lavender-gray with a matte finish. It is lighter and very, very stiff/dry in the pan–very unlike the single version I’ve used (it is limited edition but has been released previously). It started to fade after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Elementary Pink (Eyeshadow) is a brightened, light pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and finely-milled, though a touch powdery. I noticed fading after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lingering Dusk (Eyeshadow) is a muted, bronzy pink with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had a drier consistency, which made getting the pigment out of it more difficult, and it didn’t blend as easily on the skin. The color wore well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dress to Impress (Lipstick) is a light, cool-toned milky pink. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it applied fairly evenly, though not perfectly. The lipstick wore well for three hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Style Cast (Blush) is a light-medium, muted orange with gold shimmer. It had decent color payoff that was fairly blendable. The color stayed on for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fashion Beat (Eyeshadow) is a light-medium, golden taupe with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation that applied smoothly and was easy to blend. The color didn’t fade until after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stormy Sunset (Eyeshadow) is a muted, light-medium gray with a hint of purple and a frosted finish. It had decent color payoff, but it wasn’t fully pigmented as a result of the slightly dry texture. The color wore well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Blackboard (Eyeshadow) is a medium-dark, warm-toned black with a matte finish. It was powdery, semi-opaque, and faded after seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Up the Amp (Lipstick) is a brightened, pinky purple with subtle, cool undertones and a soft shine. It had rich, opaque color coverage and wore well for five hours. This is a permanent shade. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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All About Plum

B-

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Lesson in Love

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8/10

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9/10

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8/10

Longevity

8/10

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4.5/5

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All Races

D+

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

6.5/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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4/5

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Friday, July 25th, 2014

MAC All About Beige Look in a Box
MAC All About Beige Look in a Box

MAC All About Beige Look in a Box ($49.50 for 0.43 oz.) is described as “shades of soft tan, copper, and pewtered bronze.” The palette contains two blushes, six eyeshadows, two lipsticks, and a double-ended brush (275SE/316SE). Each eyeshadow is 0.0176 oz. each (0.106 oz. total), blush is 0.14 oz. each (0.28 oz. total), and lipstick is 0.02 oz. each (0.04 oz. total). Based on price per ounce, the kit contains $31.68 worth of eyeshadow, $28 worth of blush, and $6.40 worth of lipstick, which adds up to $66.08. There is also a dual-ended brush, so I guess that’s valued at $34.92 in order to add up to the $101 value listed. I was underwhelmed by the palette; it’s not the worst I’ve tried from MAC, but it’s still a far cry from when MAC does their best. The quality is all over the map, but several shades suffered from drier, stiffer textures that made them harder to apply and use. As a heads up, the blush pans are on the smaller side, so you’ll need to use a smaller-than-average-sized blush brush for application.

Love & Laughter (Blush) is a medium, orange-coral with a gold shimmer and a satiny sheen. It had good color payoff, but it was drier in texture, and it seemed to be a lot less pigmented on the skin. On me, it lasted for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Light Study (Eyeshadow) is a light beige with a matte finish and subtle, warm undertones. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and the texture was somewhat stiff. It wore well for seven hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Honesty (Eyeshadow) is a coppery brown with flecks of copper sparkle and finer copper shimmer. This is a permanent shade. It had decent pigmentation, though it had fall out when worn. The color itself didn’t start fading until after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sable Riche (Eyeshadow) is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with golden shimmer. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth, while it lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

What’s Haute? (Lipstick) is a peachy-pink with a satin-matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, was slightly drying, and lasted for three hours on me but settled into lip lines towards the last hour of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Liberating (Blush) is a medium-dark, muted brown with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The texture was dry, slightly stiff, which made it harder to get color payoff out of the shade. It lasted for seven hours before fading on my skin. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rocket Girl (Eyeshadow) is a medium-dark gold with hints of brown and a soft, frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and it applied easily due to its soft, finely-milled texture. On me, the color stayed true for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Plum Ember (Eyeshadow) is a medium-dark brown with reddish undertones and a satin finish. It had such a dry, stiff texture that resulted in sheer color payoff. It was difficult to use on the lid, as it didn’t want to blend. The color wore well for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cocktail Black (Eyeshadow) is a burgundy-brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. The texture was drier, so it was difficult to blend, and it didn’t have great color payoff. The color stayed on for seven hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Modern Wow! (Lipstick) is a brightened, almost-neon coral-pink with a soft sheen. It had opaque color coverage, and while the consistency was very creamy, it was slightly thick so that “lines” were created when I pressed my lips together (whether on purpose or inadvertently while talking). The color lasted for four hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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All About Beige

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Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Love & Laughter

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8/10

Longevity

8/10

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4.5/5

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Light Study

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6.5/10

Pigmentation

6.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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4.5/5

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