Friday, June 27th, 2014

MAC Screaming Bright, Silver Dew, Formidable Studio Studio Nail Lacquers
MAC Screaming Bright, Silver Dew, Formidable Studio Studio Nail Lacquers

MAC Screaming Bright Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “super glitter gold [with a Pearl finish].” It’s a light-medium, slightly warm-toned gold with a pearly, slightly metallic, finish. It was very nearly opaque after two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so the polish spread evenly across the nail without a fuss. It dried down slightly faster than other shades in the range. There were very slightly visible brush strokes, but they weren’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance. NARS Gold Viper (LE, $20.00) is more metallic. L’Oreal The Statement Piece (LE, $6.99) is more glittery. Revlon Gold Coin (P, $4.99) is cooler-toned. Illamasqua Swinger (P, $17.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel Diwali (LE, $27.00) is darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Cruising (P, $10.00) is darker, yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Silver Dew Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “gold glitter base with multi-colored large glitter [with a Glitter finish].” It’s a glittering, white gold with larger multi-colored glitter. It was semi-sheer after two coats with noticeable translucency. It might be better as a top coat, though it’s almost too pigmented for that. Chanel Pearl Drop (LE, $27.00) was the closest I had in color, but it has such a different finish, so I wouldn’t consider them dupes.

MAC Formidable Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “teal green with pink multi-changing pearl [with a Pearl finish].” It’s a plummy purple base with iridescent shimmer that shifts from bluish-teal to fiery pink-plum. It’s semi-opaque after two coats (it’s really a three-coater, if you want nice results). The shimmer/pearl disperses fairly evenly, and it dries down to a lightly glossy finish. It had a slightly thinner consistency, but it didn’t pool along the edges or seem watery. Orly Galaxy Girl is very similar (thanks for the reminders!).

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Thursday, June 26th, 2014

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer
MAC Studio Nail Lacquers — Impassioned, Only in Florida, Erogenous

MAC Impassioned Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright warm pink [with a Cream finish].” It’s a medium, orange-coral with warm undertones and a cream finish. It was fully opaque after two coats, and it applied beautifully without streaking or pooling along the edges. It dried down to a high-shine finish. MAC Bougainvillea (LE, $16.00) is more orange. Tom Ford Beauty Coral Beach (03) (LE, $32.00) is lighter. MAC Impassioned (LE, $16.00) was ever-so-slightly pinker in the original form. Chanel Lilis (647) (LE, $27.00) is similar. MAC Oriele Orange (LE, $16.00) is more orange. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Only in Florida Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “midtone orange coral [with a Cream finish].” It’s a brightened, orange-coral (leans very orange, just a little pink/red in it) with a cream finish. It was very nearly opaque after two coats, and applied evenly and smoothly with two coats, but the initial coat was slightly streaky. The consistency was on the thicker side, but it didn’t pool along the edges at least. I tested this shade for wear, and it lasted for seven days and had minor tip wear. MAC Razzledazzler (LE, $16.00) is pinker. MAC Fiestaware (LE, $16.00) is more orange. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Erogenous Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “light milky peach [with a Cream finish].” It’s a light peach with warm, orange undertones and a cream finish. It had almost full color coverage after two coats–a little visible nail line at certain angles/lighting situations–and it applied surprisingly evenly, but it wasn’t perfect application–slightly streaky. This shade showed minor tip wear after seven days of wear. MAC Skin (LE, $16.00) is darker. Zoya Chantal (P, $9.00) is lighter. MAC Sweet Pop (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Pep Pep Pep (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Life & Beth (LE, $16.00) is more white-based. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

MAC Just a Wisp Mineralize Blush
MAC Just a Wisp Mineralize Blush

MAC Just a Wisp Mineralize Blush ($27.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “pink.” It’s a light, cool-toned pink with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. The highly reflective finish is actually what makes this less similar than other pale pinks I’ve come across. Makeup Geek First Love (P, $9.99) is more muted, more matte. Surratt Beauty Guimauve (P, $32.00) is more matte. Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is more matte. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Pink Buttercream (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is another new (and permanent!) shade that’s been added to the Mineralize Blush range in the new, updated packaging. It had semi-opaque coverage in one layer, but it was buildable to full coverage in two layers or easily blended out for sheerer color. If you use a fan brush and a light hand, it becomes more of a pink-tinged highlighter. The high shimmer content makes it more wearable on darker complexions as well, as it doesn’t appear chalky at all, but it would make for a nice, soft pink blush on fairer complexions as well. The finish is quite reflective but seemed to only emphasize pores very, very slightly–something I only noticed when I looked exactly for that but felt like you couldn’t really tell at a distance. The texture was soft, lightly powdery, but smooth and silky to the touch. This shade wore well for seven hours before it turned a bit patchy.

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7.5/10

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Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer
MAC Studio Nail Lacquers — Rebel, Sour Cherry, Shirelle

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is the brand’s latest nail polish formula that is supposed to be brand new. The bottle looks the same as before with a black, rubberized cap and clear glass bottle in a cylindrical shape. MAC has widened the brush that uses what seems like (at least to me) finer strands, because I definitely noticed an improvement in application across the board. I didn’t have any wear issues with MAC’s formula in the past, but the polishes often looked streaky and uneven, and the bristles of the brush just seemed too sharply cut or too thick, contributing to streakiness. The brush is wider but not too wide; it fits well on the nail, even my pinky nail, and you can press and flatten it across the nail so that it splays out and you can get almost coverage across the entire nail in one stroke. (This, of course, will vary depending on the width of your nail bed.) I’ve tested seven shades for wear, and they all lasted seven days with minor tip wear for me, which is the norm for me–almost nothing chips on me.

MAC Rebel Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “midtone rich plum [with a Cream finish].” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned berry purple with a cream finish. It was fully opaque after two coats, and it wasn’t too thick or too thin. The consistency was easy to work with, and I didn’t have issues with the polish streaking or pooling along the edges. In the previous formula, Rebel was somewhat streaky, so there was a definite improvement here (which I owe a lot to the brush, as it is wider, better cut, and seems to use much finer strands). MAC Dayflower (LE, $16.00) is a touch darker, warmer. Rescue Beauty Lounge Bruised (LE, $20.00) is slightly warmer. China Glaze Traffic Jam (LE, $7.50) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Sour Cherry Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “dark berry red [with a Cream finish].” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned red with a cream finish. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but in brighter lighting, there was a very faint hint of visible nail line. The finish came across as almost a jelly-cream hybrid that leaned towards cream. It applied beautifully, though, and it dried down to a smooth, even, high-shine finish. This shade wore well for seven days and had only minor tip wear. Revlon Bordeaux (P, $4.99) is cooler-toned, darker. Tom Ford Beauty Trophy Wife (LE, $32.00) is slightly brighter. NARS Lost Red (LE, $19.00) is brighter. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Stage Red (LE, $16.00) is darker. Illamasqua Throb (P, $17.00) is similar. Chanel Suspicious (P, $27.00) is cooler-toned, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Shirelle Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “classic bright red [with a Cream finish].” It’s a medium, brightened red with subtle cool undertones and a cream finish. It’s fully opaque in two coats (almost in one!). The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it applied without streaking or pooling along the edges. NARS Lost Red (LE, $19.00) is darker. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is more muted. MAC Touch of Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Flaming Rose (P, $16.00) is pinker. Guerlain Rouge d’Enfer (P, $23.00) is similar. Cult Nails Evil Queen (P, $12.00) is more neutral. Zoya Sooki (P, $9.00) Butter London Pillar Box Red (P, $15.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, June 23rd, 2014

MAC New Romance Mineralize Blush
MAC New Romance Mineralize Blush

MAC New Romance Mineralize Blush ($27.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “peach.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-pink with a soft, champagne frosted finish and warm undertones. Makeup Geek Romance (P, $9.99) is warmer, more golden, darker. Makeup Geek Honeymoon (P, $9.99) is less shimmery. Becca Lychee/Opal (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Perfect Topping (2014) (LE, $30.00) is lighter, less shimmery, less pink. MAC Stereo Rose (LE, $30.00) is darker. MAC Light Year (LE, $30.00) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is a new–and, wait for it, permanent!–shade released with the packaging update on MAC’s Mineralize range. I sent in an inquiry about whether the Mineralize products were reformulated or simply repackaged, but I haven’t heard back. From what I can tell through texture, wear, and application, I think that some of the older shades have been updated to reflect some of the more recent textures we’ve seen in the Mineralize range. According to MAC, the Mineralize Blush formula is described as a “sheer and lightweight” formula where “colour builds lightly” with “luminous, pearlized shimmer.” It also looks like these increased in price to $27 (I reviewed two in February ’14, and they were $25), though the size is the same. The updated packaging is similar in size but is now glossy black, and the bottom of the compact curves inwards, which does make them more space-saving, but I wouldn’t recommend stacking these vertically, as they wobble–it is nice if you store them on their side in a container, though.

The texture of the powder was soft, smooth, and silky without being too powdery or dusty, as some of the Mineralize products can be. It had semi-sheer color payoff initially, but it was buildable to fairly opaque coverage (it is a lighter shade, though, so skin tones like mine or deeper will naturally see less wham! color than someone who is very fair) in a couple of layers. The powder blends easily once applied to the skin for a soft, diffused edge, but the high-shimmer finish does somewhat emphasize pores. When I wore this blush, the color stayed true for six and a half hours and then started to fade from there.

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7/10

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Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

MAC Green Pearl over Nocturnelle Nail Lacquer
MAC Green Pearl over Nocturnelle Nail Lacquer

MAC Gold Pearl Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as “sheer gold pearl transformer.” It’s a sheer, gold-shimmered polish with a warm, yellow-tinged base and fine, gold pearl shimmer. It makes nails look almost metallic, because the shimmer is quite fine and creates “threads” of shimmer that are somewhat visible (depends on the angle). The consistency is slightly thick but manageable during application. I tried one coat over Impassioned, which is a bright coral, and it warmed it up, lightened the color, and added shimmer. The way the two worked together was nice–it didn’t look like an overlay of shimmer, it was as if the two were really one, which is a great effect. It’s not much of a duochrome, as it is just gold and golder, though it almost looks a bit like a duochrome in the bottle.

MAC Green Pearl Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as “sheer green pearl transformer.” This shade is much more nuanced and more of a duochrome top coat, as you can see the shimmer goes from golden green to emerald green to plum. On its own, you lose a lot of the nuances to the shift, and it seemed best layered over darker, cooler-toned polishes (I tried Nocturnelle). The shimmer is very fine, but the result is almost metallic so there are slightly visible brush strokes. The wider brush helps, as you can get it to splay out and almost cover the nail in single pull, which helps brush strokes to look even and become more camouflaged. I tested this shade, and it showed minor tip wear after seven days.

MAC Pink Pearl Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as “sheer pink pearl transformer.” It shifts from a medium gold-orange to pink to pink-red. It seemed to have less shimmer compared to the other two, but this one applied better with less visible brush strokes. It does add a slight warmth when layered over another polish as well (I tried Shirelle), though it is primarily adding shimmer/pearl. The texture was also a bit thinner compared to the other two so it was easier to work with.

I haven’t come across too many top coats like these, so I don’t have any dupes to suggest based on experience, but if you have any suggestions, please share in the comments! Thank you!

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9/10

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