Saturday, September 27th, 2014

MAC x Rocky Horror Picture Show Lipsticks
MAC x Rocky Horror Picture Show Lipsticks

MAC Frank-n-Furter Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep raspberry wine [with a Matte finish].” It’s a deepened red with subtle, cool undertones with a matte finish. I don’t get raspberry/wine vibes from it (not even in the tube). It had mostly opaque color coverage with a lightly creamy consistency that allowed the color to go on evenly and smoothly. This color wore well for six and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. I didn’t have any feathering/bleeding with this shade, but I’m not prone to either. Chanel La Desiree (327) (LE, $34.00) is similar. MAC Just a Bite (LE, $16.00) is less matte. NARS Mascate (P, $26.00) is slightly darker. MAC Such Flare (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC MAC Red (P, $16.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC Charmed, I’m Sure (LE, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Oblivion Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vivid bluish-red [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a medium, brightened red with a luminous sheen and neutral-to-cool undertones. I can barely detect the blue undertones, as it just looks warm-toned against my complexion. It’s only when I swatched it against more strongly blue- and orange-toned lipsticks that it seemed to look cooler. It was creamy, easy to apply, and lasted for six and a half hours on me. It was lightly hydrating and didn’t feather or bleed outside the edges of my lip line. Guerlain Red Hot (328) (P, $37.00) is darker, more muted. MAC Ruby (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is similar. Estee Lauder Vengeful Red (P, $30.00) is similar. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse (01) (LE) is warmer. Edward Bess Eternal Passion (P, $32.00) is similar. Maybelline On Fire Red (P, $7.49) is slightly cooler-toned, brighter. Buxom Scoundrel (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Sin Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep dark blue red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a dark, burgundy-red with subtle cool, fuchsia-ish undertones with a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff, though it is buildable to fully opaque color. I think it is only when you try one of MAC’s original Matte formulas and then immediately try one of their newer shades that you can appreciate the improvements they’ve made. The texture of this is much drier, so it does drag and tug on the lips somewhat. It was a bit drying over time, though the color lasted for over seven hours. NARS Ingrid (P, $32.00) is glossier. NARS Liv (P, $32.00) is cooler-toned, glossier. Kat Von D Motorhead (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Talk That Talk (LE, $16.00) is is cooler-toned. MAC Soulfully Rich (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Endless Drama (P, $18.00) is less matte. MAC Prince Noir (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Strange Journey Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “yellowish brick red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, orange-red with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had really good color payoff, and the texture was creamy and glided on beautifully (creamiest of the four). The color stayed on well for six hours and left a stain behind. It was neither drying nor hydrating. Bobbi Brown Lady Ruba (P, $26.00) is lighter. NARS Carmen (P, $32.00) is redder. NARS Marlene (P, $32.00) is similar. NARS Rita (P, $32.00) is darker, redder. NARS Annabella (P, $32.00) is brighter. MAC Dangerous (P, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Scarlet Ibis (LE, $16.00) is more matte, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

P.S. — These are supposed to launch online on September 29th and in-stores on October 2nd (MAC Stores only).

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Friday, September 26th, 2014

MAC x Brooke Shields Gravitas Eyeshadow Palette
MAC x Brooke Shields Gravitas Eyeshadow Palette

Just received my order earlier this afternoon, so I’m still in the process of working through the eyeshadows for wear, but I hope you’ll enjoy this quick look featuring a couple of photos and lots of swatches. The MAC x Brooke Shields Gravitas Eyeshadow Palette ($85.00 for 0.68 oz.) was quick to sell out on launch day, but the collection will also launch at other retailers like Nordstrom, Dillard’s, Bloomingdale’s, and Macy’s. I”ll have a full review, photos, swatches, thoughts, etc. soon, so sit tight and hold any questions for that post! I appreciate it :)

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Friday, September 26th, 2014

MAC Scone Bronzing Powder
MAC Scone Bronzing Powder

MAC Scone Bronzing Powder ($27.50 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “neutral tan.” It’s a medium, subtly warm-toned brown with a hint of sheen–it’s almost matte. Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is lighter, yellower. MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is darker, grayer. NARS Paloma Contour (P) is slightly grayer. Urban Decay Bronzer (P) is warmer, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC describes it as a “lightly frosted, tinted powder that gives skin sheer, natural colour effects and highlights.” Initially, it had a stiffer, harder surface, but after a couple of swatches, the powder seemed to give and became softer and easier to use. It had semi-sheer color payoff that was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage, if desired. It had a lightweight feel, didn’t look powdery on, and blended easily on the skin. The bronzer wore well for eight hours before fading on me. I was disappointed that the compact only contained 0.17 oz., whereas a full-sized Bronzing Powder (from the permanent range) contains 0.35 oz. If you prefer your compacts with mirrors, note that this one doesn’t have one.

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Thursday, September 25th, 2014

MAC x Brooke Shields Collection
MAC x Brooke Shields Collection

MAC x Brooke Shields Collection launched online today on MAC’s website (still to launch on other retailers’ websites as well as in-stores on October 2nd!). For international locations, I just have “October 2014″ but nothing more specific than that. I received product samples earlier today, but I didn’t receive the Gravitas eyeshadow palette–however, I did purchase it this morning and selected overnight shipping, so I should get it sometime tomorrow (could be anytime tomorrow, as late as 8PM!). I’ll have full reviews, photos, swatches, dupes, and all that jazz for this collection tomorrow! :)

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Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

MAC Ultimate Collection for October 2014
MAC Ultimate Collection for October 2014

The epitome of bold luxury, M∙A∙C Ultimate combines an innovative design aesthetic with the sumptuous formulas of our Ultimate Lipstick and Sheer Mystery Powder. Ten new lip colours are utterly chic, while Sheer Mystery Powder smoothes onto skin in luminous hues that are barely there. Perfectly encased in modern geometric designs, this standout packaging features a sleek chrome finish in two cult-collectible accessories.

Ultimate Lipstick ($23.00 U.S. / $28.00 CDN) (Permanent)

  • To Savour Light cool pink
  • Soft Pout Sheer pink peach with white pearl (Repromote)
  • Marque Soft light neutral pink
  • Ravishingly Rich Bright mid-tone orange
  • Femme-de-Luxe Bright pink
  • Catharina Fuchsia (Repromote)
  • Audacious Warm mid-tone red
  • Dangerously Chic Cool mid-tone red
  • Vogue en Violet Cool mid-tone violet
  • The Scene Deep berry (Repromote)
  • Fashion Fruit (Asia Exclusive)
  • In Vogue (Asia Exclusive)
  • Lover’s Street (Asia Exclusive)

Sheer Mystery Powder ($60.00 U.S. / $72.00 CDN) (Permanent)

  • Light Medium Pale ivory
  • Medium Plus Tan beige
  • Dark Secret Deep caramel
  • Deep Dark Caramelized brown

Availability: Online October 29th, in-stores December 1st, 2014 (North America), December 2014 (International). Permanent.

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Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

MAC The Matte Lip Collection for October 2014
MAC The Matte Lip Collection for October 2014

Revamp your look with daring new shades of our iconic matte Lipstick. Vibrant hues like fuchsia Heroine and Le Vie En Rouge are a bold contrast to the rich burgundy of Fashion Revival and sultry nude of Styled in Sepia. For the ultimate in colour intensity, Pro Longwear Lip Pencils enhance Lipstick in super-saturated shades that make a classic, modern statement. For a polished finish, accent with the soft, pinky hues of Pro Longwear Blush — long-lasting colour that’s purely fabulous.

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

  • Styled in Sepia Dirty cement beige
  • Nouvelle Vogue Soft blue pink
  • Pander Me Soft peachy mocha
  • Damn Glamorous Bright pink red
  • Le Vie En Rouge Bright orange coral
  • Fashion Revival Deep raspberry
  • Heroine Vibrant violet (Permanent)
  • Living Legend Deep plum

Pro Longwear Lip Pencil ($19.50 U.S. / $23.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Etcetera Creamy beige (Permanent)
  • Staunchly Stylish Pinky beige (Permanent)
  • Trust in Red Bright cool red cream (Permanent)
  • Fashion Boost Bright purple cream (Repromote)
  • Absolute It Soft burgundy (Permanent)
  • Bespoken For Dark plum cream

Pro Longwear Blush ($26.00 U.S. / $31.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • I’m a Lover Pink
  • Fleeting Romance Coral
  • Make You Mine Dirty salmon

Availability: Online October 2nd, in-stores October 9th, 2014 (North America), October 2014 for International Locations

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