Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

MAC x Prabal Gurung Collection for Holiday 2014
MAC x Prabal Gurung Collection for Holiday 2014

The modern glamour and immaculate style of fashion designer Prabal Gurung comes to M•A•C in an opulent collaboration featuring smoky, gilded hues and ultra-smart, custom gold packaging.

Lipstick ($30.00 U.S. / $36.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Light English Red Sheer beige red (Lustre)
  • Carmine Rouge Clean true red (Matte)
  • Ultramarine Pink Mid-tone dirty violet (Satin)

Lipglass ($30.00 U.S. / $36.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Light English Red Sheer beige nude
  • Carmine Rouge Clean true red
  • Ultramarine Pink Mid-tone dirty violet

Eyeshadow Duo ($40.00 U.S. / $48.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Satin Ochre Soft pale white gold (Frost) / Coral orange (Matte)
  • Terre Shimmering neutral beige (Veluxe Pearl) / Mid-tone warm brown (Satin)
  • Cinder Smoky cool grey (Lustre) / Dark charcoal (Matte)

Kohl Power Eye Pencil ($20.00 U.S. / $24.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Feline Rich black

Chromagraphic Pencil ($20.00 U.S. / $24.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • NW25/NC30 Flesh-toned

Cream Colour Base ($70.00 U.S. / $84.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Coral Lumineux Vivid coral creme

Bronzing Powder ($70.00 U.S. / $84.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Matte Bronze Bare shouldered bronze

Brush ($70.00 U.S. / $84.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • MAC + Prabal Gurung Square Handled Buffer

Availability: Online November 20th; November 26th at select MAC stores (North America); December 2014 at select MAC stores (International, exlcuding China)

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Saturday, November 8th, 2014

‘Tis the season for red lips–or at least, that’s often how it feels–so how about a top five of creamy, glossy reds? (For this one, I specifically wanted to highlight shimmer-free shades.) What are your must-haved reds?

  1. Dior Vie d’Enfer (869) — medium, blue-based red
  2. Laura Mercier Poppy — a bold,, medium red with orange undertones
  3. Milani Red My Lips — a bright, neutral red
  4. Maybelline Signature Scarlet — a warm red
  5. MAC Russian Red — a blue-based red cream

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Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

MAC Viva Glam x Miley Cyrus for 2015
MAC Viva Glam x Miley Cyrus for 2015

M•A•C Cosmetics is thrilled to announce the next #VIVAGLAM spokesperson: Miley Cyrus. Arriving January 2015. Every cent of the selling price of #VIVAGLAM goes toward helping women, men and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

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

  • Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Hot pink (Amplified)

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

  • Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Hot pink with sparkling pearl

Availability: January 22nd, 2015 (North America), February 12th, 2015 (International)

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

MAC x Nasty Gal Collection
MAC x Nasty Gal Collection

M∙A∙C partners with Nasty Gal, the style destination for risk-takers and tastemakers, in a high-intensity collection of shades as daring and dramatic as the #GIRLBOSS herself, Sophia Amoruso. Deep purple, bombshell red and rich burgundy lipsticks pair perfectly with a fiery nail lacquer. This season, style has attitude, and so do you.

Availability: December 4th, 2014 at select MAC locations and maccosmetics.com; February 2015 at select international locations

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

  • Stunner Clean red (Matte)
  • Runner Burgundy (Matte)
  • Gunner Deep purple (Matte)

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

  • Flaming Rose True red (Creme) (Permanent)

Availability: December 4th, 2014 at select MAC locations and maccosmetics.com; February 2015 at select international locations

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Monday, October 20th, 2014

MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Face Palette
MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Face Palette

MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Face Palette ($49.50 for 0.287 oz.) contains three eyeshadows, two cheek products, and two lip colors housed in a medium-large sized ivory-hued palette with a strand of “pearls” along the exterior edge of the palette. It has a mirror on the interior and a plastic flap that covers the three cream products and protects them from getting powdery bits mixed in them. I wasn’t wowed by any of the products in this particular set, unfortunately. The pearls feel flimsy–I greatly worry about them lifting while traveling (same goes for all of the compacts like this in the collection). The palette includes: $18 worth of eyeshadow, $5.44 worth of lipstick, $15.40 worth of Cream Colour Base, and $8.63 worth of Iridescent Pressed Powder (best estimate based on last price/oz. I have, since this isn’t a formula MAC has released in a long time individually). There is also a double-ended 275/316 brush included, which adds some value. The value of the color products is $47.47 plus the brush. MAC’s pre-made face palettes always seem to be the least value-packed.

Born to Dazzle is described as a “white gold champagne with pearl.” It’s a very sparkly, white gold with warm, yellow undertones and a glittery finish. It is more metallic on the skin, so it does emphasize pores somewhat. The color payoff is nice, and it doesn’t have a white or chalky base to it. On me, it lasted seven and a half hours before turning patchy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Filament is described as a “platinum silver [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a golden silver–like a really, really light warm pewter–with a sparkly finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, in line with the Lustre formula, and a sparkly texture that resulted in some fall out during wear. A lot of the sparkles didn’t seem to translate on the lid, though. It lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes. /

Aristocratic Aura is described as a “dirty blue grey with silver pearl [with a Frost finish].” It’s a muted, medium taupe with a hint of mauve and a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, and the texture was really stiff to work with, which made it frustrating to apply. The color started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Carbon is described as an “intense black [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark black with a matte finish. It’s made a few appearances in the holiday collection this year, and none of them good. This version was particularly bad, as the color payoff was sheer, while the texture was so, so dry and stiff. You can the ever-growing list of dupes here.

Pearl is described as a “pale gold with icy shimmer.” It’s a light, golden beige with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had good color payoff that was buildable and blendable, so you could wear it more intensely or as a subtle wash. It had a creamy, emollient consistency that made it easy to spread across the skin, but it only wore for six and a half hours on me. It’s part of the permanent range. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Petulance is described as a “mauvey mid-tone nude [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a muted, light-medium, pink-tinged peach with a soft sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly, but it could be a bit streaky if you’re not careful. It lasted for three hours and felt thin, a little clingy, on the lips. It didn’t seem drying, though, so that was a surprise. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Evening Posh is described as a “clean bright red [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a medium-dark red with subtle, cool undertones and a luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage and wore well for six hours. The consistency was creamier than Petulance, so it applied more readily and was comfortable to wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

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Smoky

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7/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Born to Dazzle

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4.5/5

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Filament

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Sunday, October 19th, 2014

MAC Keepsakes/Plum Eye Bag
MAC Keepsakes/Plum Eye Bag

MAC Keepsakes/Plum Eye Bag ($39.50 for 0.62 oz.) is a cool-toned set of shades in iridescent lavender and deep plum with a cool purple eyeliner. Both of the eyeshadows are repromotes, while the eyeliner is permanent. The eyeliner was disappointing, as it was sheer and drier. It includes an Extra Dimension eyeshadow duo (0.14 oz.), In Extreme Dimension Lash Mascara (0.44 fl. oz.), and a Powerpoint Eye Pencil (0.04 oz.). Everything in the set is full-sized, and it all fits into a small, glittery, zippered bag. In May, MAC released smaller-sized Extra Dimensions eyeshadows at $19.50/0.04 oz., whereas the duo contains 0.14 oz. in total, so there is a value of $68.25 there, plus $22 for the mascara and $16 for the eyeliner, for a total value of $106.25–so it is an excellent deal if they’re products you would use. Even if you just liked the eyeshadow duo, it is almost the same as what you would have paid on two singles (and you’ll get more–I have no idea how they managed to get more product into the compact, given they’re visually the same size as the singles).

Triple Impact is described as an “opalescent pink.” It’s an iridescent, cool-toned lilac with a frosted finish. It had semi-sheer coverage applied damp, and the coverage increased to semi-opaque when applied dampened, but it isn’t the most pigmented eyeshadow. The texture was soft and blendable, though, and it wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Round Midnight is described as a “rich reddish plum.” It’s a depened, plummy burgundy with subtle, warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had incredibly rich, opaque color payoff both wet and dry, and it’s not what I would call buildable (which is how this formula is described)–but you may prefer it that way. Applied, I didn’t notice any fading until after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Permaplum is described as a “deep plum with dark shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned violet purple with a pearly sheen. It was a drier pencil, so the coverage was semi-sheer and uneven, unfortunately. I wasn’t able to get it to be fully opaque, even after layering it a few times, as it looked uneven. The color lasted for seven and a half hours before I noticed thinning. It’s part of the permanent range. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Plum Eye

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Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Triple Impact

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8.5/10

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9/10

Longevity

10/10

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4.5/5

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9/10

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8.5/10

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10/10

Longevity

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Application

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